Intense 951 29er Full Suspension

DESCRIPTION

  • Frame Carbon Carbon
  • Fork Fox Rhythm Float 34?
  • Fox Rhythm Float 36?
  • Wheel Size 29? 29?
  • Wheel Material Aluminium Aluminium
  • Brake Type Hydraulic Disc Hydraulic Disc
  • Groupset NX Eagle?
  • NX Eagle?
  • Drivetrain 1 × 12

  Available Models:

  • 951 XCc
  • 951 Trail

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 10, 2021]
Trailhala


OVERALL
RATING
5
Strength:

I Purchased my Intense 951 Trail online through Intense's 951 series portal for $3699 (financed thru affirm) Roughly 5 days shipping. The bike assembly was extremely simplified where the handlebars, tires, pedals (you need to get your own pedals), and simply screwing in the derailleur into the hanger. Torque it down, pump the tires, index the derailleur (if needed) and you are good to go. Great tutorial videos provided by intense via their YouTube Channel. Much better assembly quality than cheaper online platforms like Polygon (Bikesonline). Fair spec for the price for a full suspension carbon all-mountain trail bike. The bike is just shy of 32lbs or 14.5kg in size medium frame. Great geometry for a playful and agile experience. I tend to hit up to medium sized jumps and drops, hard on the downhills, and take on challenging climbs. This bike can handle all of that and more. Extremely capable for climbing even when suspension is fully open. Based on the geometry of the Intense Primer, Loads of room for upgrades Fox Float DPX2 Shock and Fox Float 36 Rhythm Grip2 is a great spec for the price of the bike. No compression adjustment but there are standard rebound and 3-phase lockout adjustments. TRP Slate 4 brakes provide reliable braking on the trail. May need to change them out if you are doing epic descents of long days at the bike park. For the price the SRAM NX Drivetrain Groupset is sufficient to get some good riding in. Migrated from a 2017 Niner Rip9 Alloy Enduro (150mmR/160mmF) to this Intense 951 Trail (140mmR/150mmF). This bike is such a great all around rider where it makes the trails feel alive again compared to plowing through with my old Niner. I have never felt underbiked with it so far but we shall see when it comes to the bike parks. All in all I cannot stop smiling when I am riding this thing.

Weakness:

The Kenda Regolith Pros are not appropriate for going fast on descents. These tires are also spec'd on the XC version of the 951 which would be appropriate, but not on an all-mountain trail bike. I had a lot of close calls washing out in the front. Gave them about 20 miles before swapping them out for an Maxxis Assegai 2.6" in the front and Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5" in the rear (Not so sure you could fit a 2.6" in the rear). So much better. The Intense Rear Alloy Hub is the only disappointing factor to this bike at this price range. There are no specifications to the Intense branded hub besides dimensions. Sadly, the degrees of engagement are poor and on the level of mass produced entry level Trek hardtails. There is an unsettling amount of play in my pedals before engagement in the hub. The hub is more than capable for a lot of riding styles but I have struggled with similar feeling hubs when I have been spoiled with some fairly decent performing hubs in the past like shimano XT and E13. I feel this bike offers a lot for the money and I am extremely happy but as an intermediate rider I do feel itch for an inevitable upgrade to a better wheelset with better engagement. Honestly, I found this as the best bang for the buck carbon full suspension trail bike on the market and in stock during 2021 Chain Supply shortages/ high demands.

Price Paid:
3699
Purchased:
New  
Model Year:
2021
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