Intense Spider 29

by FatBob on July 3, 2011

Intense Cycles is shipping their new Intense Spider 29. Click on the link to read Intense Cycles description of their new bike.The Spider 29 is a 100 to 120mm travel bike. It is a bike designed to cover a wide range of riding styles. Of course as all Intense bikes, it is designed around the VPP(virtual Pivot Point) suspension design.

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Intense Spider 29 Complete taken from Intense Cycles Website


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Raw finish, one of many paint(or lack of) options


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Works Red. I am not usually a fan of red bikes but this is beautiful !


29eronline likes Intense bikes because they are hand built in a small intimate shop in Southern California. Another cool thing about Intense Cycles is they are very accessible. I noticed this when I went to Sea Otter a couple of seasons ago. I went to the Intense booth and met Jeff Steber himself, who took time to talk and explain his bikes to me. This is so rare to be able to talk to the owner of a company in a busy setting. Not only that but he never seemed rushed and was very down to earth. Add to this the pride in craftsmanship and the willingness to push design and this is a company I like to support. Check out these pictures of the Intense Spider 29er being built taken from Intense Cycles website
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Hand Built in Southern California one of the last in house bike builders


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Detail ! that engraving is insane. This is the underside of the down tube


Still it is really how the bike rides that counts the most. Many of you will have already heard or seen this bike and followed it’s development after its announcement at Interbike last September. So why are we talking about it now ? We will be receiving an Intense Spider 29 for review at 29eronline. when it gets here we will do a thorough write up and video of its options and features followed by our video reviews. Keep watching here at 29eronline.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Andrew July 26, 2011 at 5:42 pm

Any idea when you guys will have a Spider29 to test out?

FatBob August 3, 2011 at 4:35 am

Hey Andrew, we should have it by about mid August. It should be coming off the production line this week.

If you are considering this bike let us know if you have any specific questions. We will do our best to answer them as quickly as possible.

Andrew August 4, 2011 at 12:56 pm

I’m just curious about your general impressions. I am considering it along with the Tallboy and Rip9. It would be my general purpose bike, meaning it needs to go up well and down too. Looking forward to what you have to say about it.

lars August 11, 2011 at 2:26 am

Hi there,

looking forward to the test! :-)

I’m especially interested in:
- Head angle and top tube length in 120/120 mode (site only states 100/120 mode)
- Rear suspension pedal feedback on smaller rings and out of the saddle.
- direct comparison to the Rip :-)

Best regards, Lars

FatBob August 11, 2011 at 11:19 am

Cool Lars. I will answer this as soon as we build it up. I, like yourself, am also looking forward to this one !

Anders Lund August 28, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Any first hand impressions? I am seriously considering adding this to my stable. I already have the Tracer 2 and the Spider 29 seems like a good choice but I am not sure whether it is too AM and too little XC. Unfortunately I cant demo one so I would love to hear your impression :-)

FatBob September 1, 2011 at 7:21 am

Anders, sorry to answer this so late. I have had the Intense Spider 29 in Lake Placid NY riding the North Country trails. While I cant definitively give a review, I can say it is a much different bike then the Tracer 29. The Tracer 29 is plush. The Tracer 29 pedals well for a long travel bike, really well for a long travel bike. The Spider 29 pedals very well and the suspension is crisp. It does not eliminate shock like the Tracer does. Instead it has a hollow muted feel but still doesn’t sting the body. It has awesome traction for climbing and it’s geometry is well suited to more open riding as opposed to super twisty stuff. I can see this turning more into a marathon bike then an all mountain bike. So far that’s all I have.

I hope this helps with your decision. There will be much more info on the way. This bike is really nice.

Anders Lund September 1, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Hi Fatbob,

Thanks and no problem :-) I already have the 26″ Tracer 2 for doing all mountain and need a bike for maraton and 12hour races and from what I can tell the Spider 29 seems like a good choice. It is not too XC like the tallboy but not too AM like the sultan.

Anders

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