Intense Sniper 29er Full Suspension

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DESCRIPTION

  • Slack headtube angle coupled with the offset fork
  • Carbon frame with carbon/magnesium links

 

  Available Models:

  • Sniper XC Factory
  • Sniper XC Elite
  • Sniper XC Expert
  • Sniper XC Pro
  • Sniper Trail Expert
  • Sniper Trail Pro

USER REVIEWS

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[Oct 18, 2021]
betarider


OVERALL
RATING
4
Strength:

first let me tell you about the rider. this will help make sense of the review. I am 65 years old and have been riding MTBs since they first came out in 1985. so I have gone through many bikes and many technology changes! I ride several times a week and also ride dirt bikes for many years. the bike I rode for years before buying this Sniper T was, and I still have, a 2014 Pivot Mach 5.7 carbon with 26 inch wheels. the bike weighed 24 LBS and had 6 inches of suspension travel. hard to beat that set-up. I ride in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana, and Ohio. lots of rocks and roots. to sum it up, is the Sniper any better than the Pivot? No! the Pivot has much plusher suspension and climbs better. am I sorry I bought Sniper? NO! It is a really good bike I like it alot. Unfortunately bike design changes have let the Pivot behind, but it will still hold its own with the sniper. fork very very harsh at first with Fox performance 34, but I installed a Fit 4 damper in the fork and it is MUCH better. If I had it to do over I would have bought a Pivot trail429, but with bike sales in last year just crazy they were bringing major dollars and I got a good deal on this bike with just two rides on it. But overall this is a very nice bike and does nothing bad or weird. I would recommend it to others! enjoy. see you on the trails.

Weakness:

fox performance level fork does not work good on THIS bike.

Price Paid:
3000.00
Purchased:
Used  
Model Year:
2020
[Jul 16, 2020]
Leyenda


OVERALL
RATING
5
Strength:

I've had my Intense Sniper T expert for 4 months now. In that time I've done roughly 1600 km, enough to sort out the suspension, get the seating position where I want it, and get some idea of the bike's quirks. For reference, I'm 190 cm and weigh 80 kg, and am riding an XL. My previous bike was a 2013 Canyon Nerve AL (what they used to call the Neuron); that bike has what was "trail" geometry for the time (69.5 degree HA, 435mm reach on size L, 90mm stem, etc), but which today would be pretty standard XC geometry. In retrospect that frame was always slightly small on me, one of the reasons I decided to buy a new bike... In summary: Believe the hype. The Sniper's geometry oozes confidence on the descents, which I somewhat expected from the reviews. What I didn't anticipate is how eager the bike is to be leaned hard into corners; the difference here with respect to my old bike is as big as it is surprising. This makes even XC-type riding exhilarating and immensely fun. I had never ridden a "longer / lower / slacker" bike and the benefits with respect to more traditional geometry are noticeable from the moment you get on the bike. It makes you want to get up and sprint out of every turn or over every hill, giving back everything you put in (and more), while treating every trail like a pump-track. Despite the difference in look and feel, the bike handled intuitively from the moment I got on the saddle and started pedaling. I was worried I'd find the raked-out front wheel "weird" and perhaps not like it, especially on a bike I had never swung a leg over before buying, but this fear turned out to be misplaced. This combination of different, but intuitive, is IMO, the bike's secret sauce. One surprise is just how aggressive the seating position is. The short head angle and long reach mean you can get as low and stretched out as you want for racing. But this, combined with slightly longer travel and aggressive geometry is the core of what makes the bike special. It really is XC position and pedaling efficiency with trail geometry. For all that, you don't give up much, if anything, on steep climbs or hairpin turns; the bike never feels too big or too slow, and in any case you quickly adapt to the changes. In terms of suspension, the Sniper is in a different league compared to my old Horst-link setup. I believe part of this is the new generation of Fox rear shocks: the EVOL sleeve makes it super sensitive to small bumps in the first third of it's trave

Weakness:

-The fox 34 feels surprisingly harsh, especially when compared to the rear suspension. Removing the 2 stock air volume spacers helped, but honestly, I've been a little disappointed by this fork, especially given its stellar reviews. I would stay its not plusher than my old 2013 fox 32 CTD. It is, however, a lot stiffer. - If I can nitpick, having a steeper ST angle would have been nice, especially in this XL size. I have long legs so have to run my saddle quite high, which means unless I slam it forward on the seaport, it feels like I'm hanging over the rear wheel... not the best pedaling position, especially on climbs. -

Price Paid:
3600
Purchased:
New  
Model Year:
2020
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