Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Intense Primer 29. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
11 reasons to buy
- The Intense Primer 29 has 140mm of travel in the rear and 150mm of travel in the front, providing riders with support and comfort on trails.
- Experts were pleased with the flip-chip geometry on the shock. It allowed riders to fine-tune the bike’s head tube angle and bottom bracket height.
- The Primer 29 is lower in price than many other bikes in the carbon mid-travel mountain bike category.
- Maxxis tires give riders excellent traction for backcountry adventures over rocks and roots.
- The JS Trail suspension set-up offers riders excellent mid-stroke support, along with a quick feel on climbs.
- The Fabric Scoop saddle on the Primer 29 is comfortable.
- The ovalized Intense grips are comfortable for long days of riding singletrack.
- Intense offers riders protection for their frame, with a rubberized downtube protector and chainstay protector.
- Test riders experienced minimal pedal bob on the Intense Primer 29.
- The bike’s threaded bottom bracket makes it easy to maintain.
- Riders found the bike stable and easy to control over jumps.
3 reasons not to buy
- The bike’s long seat tube limits the dropper post length.
- Although the JS Trail suspension cushions riders on descents, this bike does not have the plushest suspension in its category, according to testers.
- The low bottom bracket led some experts to experience pedal strikes on the trail.
Expert Reviews73/100 based on 2 rated expert reviews
Intense Primer 29 Pro Review
Although the raw speed of the old Primer has been diluted in its new guise, this new version remains a fast bike that handles pretty well, and it would suit a more traditional diet of trail centre singletrack, where long, gradual climbs mix with flowing descents and you never have to be that dynamic.