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    Intense Spider 275 C

    Is there anyone rocking this bike?
    If so, what are your thoughts on it?
    Thanks

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    I had an Intense Carbine 275. Don't know if any geo had changed since mine was a 2013-14, but it was awesome ride for me.
    Perfect for anything around here, also liked the VPP pivot design.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cafeend View Post
    Is there anyone rocking this bike?
    If so, what are your thoughts on it?
    Thanks
    Before I answer, what year model?

    I ask because they did some huge design improvements on the pivot bolts and linkage in the 2017 models.

    So I'll wait on your answer to
    Provide feedback

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seths Pool View Post
    Before I answer, what year model?

    I ask because they did some huge design improvements on the pivot bolts and linkage in the 2017 models.

    So I'll wait on your answer to
    Provide feedback
    2017 model Yr.
    Specifically looking at the pro build

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cafeend View Post
    2017 model Yr.
    Specifically looking at the pro build

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    OK, so -

    for whatever my opinion is worth to you, I haven't had a spider 27.5c, but I do have a 2017 recluse 27.5 which is just a tiny tiny bit more aggressive geometry/spec than the spider and I absolutely love it. one comparison, the recluse just has a 1* degree slacker head tube angle and 10mm more travel than the spider in its long-rear-travel (130mm) setting. looks like the spider is a 140 front & 115-130 rear, and the recluse is a 150/160 front & 140 rear

    I also owned a 2016 intense carbine 29, which I also liked quite a bit but had a bunch of pivot problems, (horrible creaking problems, repeated/constant self-loosening pivot bolts, pivot bolts & threads stripping out, etc), but the 2017 frames have completely fixed those problems by changing the location/position of the lower linkage and also using expander bolts for the pivots. I've ridden my recluse almost full time since April and have had zero frame/pivot problems (apart from me crushing an upper pivot bearing, but thats not intense's fault)

    they make very light bikes, fantastic climbers, they pedal very well, great descending, just an awesome all around bike. I would recommend it!

    I also originally bought the pro build recluse. my main complaint about it was the fox performance series suspension. the performance series X2 rear shock doesn't have any high speed adjustments (no HSR/HSC), and I've never been fox fork guy and wasn't very impressed with the fox 36 performance fork and I was much happier after I put on an X2 factory rear shock and a 160mm rock shox lyric fork
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    What Seth said.

    I ride an Intense 275c pro build and it's pretty sick. I was considering the carbon Santa Cruz 5010, but after riding the two bikes back to back I was sold on the Intense. The chainstays are ridiculously short and make the bike very 'poppy'. Sure it doesn't have as much slack as the Recluse but it's extremely nimble and a fantastic bike for the trails I ride often (Brushy, Walnut, etc.).

    I only have two complaints. The first one being that I had to get the SRAM Guide RS brakes replaced due to a known issue with the plunger expanding and not moving freely when riding in hot temps. This was covered by the warranty so no problem and I haven't had an issue since they were replaced. My second complaint is the creak. The bike was quiet when I first got it but now creaks like an old house occasionally. I've had it checked out and apparently that's common for the carbon fiber crankset. To me that's not a deal breaker but I know other people have no love for the carbon creak.

    Art's Cyclery has a good closeout deal going on for the 275c if you haven't seen that yet. If you're out at Brushy in the future let me know and you can stop by to check out the bike if you haven't found one locally to look at.
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    Guys ,, Thanks very much for the info. Chain Reaction is killing the Art's price. The hardest part of ever getting a new bike is getting the CFO in my family to approve it.
    Not sure how this happens
    I live close to BC and will ping you. What size is yours?
    Again thanks both of you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cafeend View Post
    Guys ,, Thanks very much for the info. Chain Reaction is killing the Art's price. The hardest part of ever getting a new bike is getting the CFO in my family to approve it.
    Not sure how this happens
    I live close to BC and will ping you. What size is yours?
    Again thanks both of you.
    I just bought one (large) from Art's about a month ago. Love everything about the bike. Going to Durango, CO in a few weeks with it. That Chain Reaction deal is smoking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cafeend View Post
    Guys ,, Thanks very much for the info. Chain Reaction is killing the Art's price. The hardest part of ever getting a new bike is getting the CFO in my family to approve it.
    Not sure how this happens
    I live close to BC and will ping you. What size is yours?
    Again thanks both of you.
    that is a badass deal. go for it!
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    I've got the 2017 Primer which I believe is the 29er equivalent of this bike and I love it.

    Tell the CFO that the quicker you buy the bike the better the long-term ROI. Said differently, more years of enjoyment for lower cost than that same bike would be in the future.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cafeend View Post
    Guys ,, Thanks very much for the info. Chain Reaction is killing the Art's price. The hardest part of ever getting a new bike is getting the CFO in my family to approve it.
    Not sure how this happens
    I live close to BC and will ping you. What size is yours?
    Again thanks both of you.
    Art's now has them for the same price as chain reaction. When I bought mine I was able to use a 15% promo code. Just tried it and looks like they won't allow discounts to be applied, that would have been badass.

    I ride a small, let me know if you want to check it out.
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    Rain possible Tuesday. The CFO did not agree per se but did say that she sees why it is a nice bike. I translated that into permission. We will find out for sure when the UPS truck pulls up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cafeend View Post
    Is there anyone rocking this bike?
    If so, what are your thoughts on it?
    Thanks
    Not exactly what youre buying, but a friend of mine picked up a 275A foundation build from jenson when they were blowing them out. So far, hes replaced just about every component with the exception of the crank and derailleur. Not an intense issue, just build parts and the fact that hes a human wrecking ball like Seth. The one thing that has been rock solid is the frame and pivot hardware. He hasnt experienced any issues with that and the bike spends 75% of its life at deer valley on lift trails. On paper it actually seems like a good design geo-wise.

    Just installed an manitou mattoc pro @160 and says it still climbs reasonably well and is cush on the downs.

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/c9nT300ReUgTJDhp2
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    Cafeend, you end up getting a visit from the big brown truck? If so, what do you think of the bike?
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    Yes I did get it.. But I have not even sat on it. I got it on a wed night. Assembled friday.
    Sat I was jacking around ..(this was the rain week) and I took the brake calipers off to inspect them. Then as I was checking it out my hand inadvertently sub consciencely stupidly squeezed the brake handle promptly shooting the piston out.
    I spent the day sad and Sunday took it to a local shop.
    The guys looked at me and the new bike I obviously didnt buy from them and had this look like WTF ? And I explained my stupid move. That was a week ago Sunday. They had to order a tool to do the bleed.
    I half believe them and half think they are punishing me for not buying from them.
    Ill likely get it back in time for the impending weather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cafeend View Post
    Yes I did get it.. But I have not even sat on it. I got it on a wed night. Assembled friday.
    Sat I was jacking around ..(this was the rain week) and I took the brake calipers off to inspect them. Then as I was checking it out my hand inadvertently sub consciencely stupidly squeezed the brake handle promptly shooting the piston out.
    I spent the day sad and Sunday took it to a local shop.
    The guys looked at me and the new bike I obviously didnt buy from them and had this look like WTF ? And I explained my stupid move. That was a week ago Sunday. They had to order a tool to do the bleed.
    I half believe them and half think they are punishing me for not buying from them.
    Ill likely get it back in time for the impending weather.

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    Congrats on the new ride. What kind of brakes are they? I can't imagine a shop not having the stuff to do a brake bleed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by notyal View Post
    Congrats on the new ride. What kind of brakes are they? I can't imagine a shop not having the stuff to do a brake bleed.
    Thanks man,, You kind of planted that seed in my head
    Guide Brakes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cafeend View Post
    Thanks man,, You kind of planted that seed in my head
    Guide Brakes
    I'm a new bike enabler. Some of my friend's wives still hold a grudge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by notyal View Post
    I'm a new bike enabler. Some of my friend's wives still hold a grudge.
    She asked me dude,, But I didnt give up your name,, Snitches get Stitches like I tell my kid
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    Make sure she knows I had no prior knowledge as well.

    Hopefully get to check it out Sat.

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