As I was coming down from the Inspiration Point trail, I noticed this guy getting rad on his extremely nice mountain bike. We see a lot of dual-suspension mountain bikes in our neck of the woods. Seldom do I see an Intense Carbine, though…I guess I am just biased because I work at a shop that sells Kona and Santa Cruz. Intense is one of those brands that really isn’t in the vocabulary for me. I mean sure, every now and then I see an article over on Bike Rumor about their latest offering. But I remain stuck in major brand land. But that’s okay. To me, a lot of these bikes are just differences in frames and rear-suspension linkages. All the other stuff like the suspension and components tends to be the same.
That said, the Intense Carbine is one of those bikes that just wants to be in the air and sideways. All the time. This guy didn’t look like he was going to be spending too much time in the air. But I have been wrong about appearances many times. I am always told by my mountain-biking friends that the older set will still give you a run for your money. And this guy did growl at me.
*All riders who do not give me their name are automatically named Fred or Frieda.