Intense Sniper

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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Intense Sniper. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

17 reasons to buy

  • The Intense Sniper is lightweight and quick to accelerate with its stiff carbon frame.
  • With a slack headtube angle and long wheelbase, experts found the bike stable on descents.
  • Internally routed cables give the bike a polished and neat appearance.
  • Wide 760 mm handlebars and a short 45-50mm stem provide riders with control and stability on trails. They provide great leverage to riders maneuvering through corners.
  • Maxxis Forekaster tires provide riders with excellent traction on the Sniper. One expert noted they did extremely well in wet and muddy conditions.
  • The Intense Recon or Kindshock LEV CL dropper posts included in the Sniper builds are high quality and easy to operate.
  • A water bottle can easily fit in the frame of the bike.
  • The suspension set up on the Intense Sniper is efficient. Experts rarely experienced pedal-bob or utilized the firmest setting on the shock when climbing.
  • The Sniper is nimble and easy to maneuver over jumps and other obstacles.
  • The geometry of the bike allows riders to overcome a variety of terrain at high speeds.
  • Experts noted the raked out 66.5-degree head tube angle places riders in a forgiving position on descents.
  • The Intense Sniper is affordable for the high-quality componentry included in each of the builds.
  • The bike is responsive and stays in line easily on rocky trails.
  • Shimano brakes provide riders with prompt stopping power. The M6100 is utilized on the Expert build, while XT M8100 brakes are found on the Pro and Elite builds.
  • The chainstays and downtube have protectors to keep the frame clean of damage from trail debris.
  • Riders that order the Sniper directly from Intense, are provided with a toolkit for maintenance and assembly.
  • The steep seat-tube angle of 73 degrees allows riders to comfortably shift their weight and keep the front wheel of the Sniper down on steep climbs.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Experts found they could become bucked around on the Sniper, due to its short travel.
  • The press-fit bottom bracket is more difficult to maintain than a threaded bottom bracket.

Bottom line

The Intense Sniper is a fast, cross-country bike. It is agile and stable over a variety of terrain. Experts found the Sniper easy to take off jumps. It is light enough to race. The bike is affordable for the components included in each build. The bike has shorter travel than some of its competitors, making it a rowdy ride at times.

Expert Reviews

90/100 based on 2 rated expert reviews

Intense Sniper Trail Expert Review

At 12.28kg, the Sniper Trail is noticeably lighter than most trail bikes and its suspension also firms up obviously when you put the power down, so it loves to unleash explosive acceleration at every opportunity.

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Intense Sniper Trail Expert Review

Its trump card is having so much energy and personality that you not only go fast, but you’re itching to play on every little bump and turn along the way.

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Flow Mountain Bike

New Intense Sniper XC – First Impressions

At first look, the Intense Sniper does a good job of pretending to be a conventional high-end cross-county race bike; with 29″ wheels, 100mm travel at both ends and a feathery 10.2kg weight, it has all the boxes ticked to sit alongside the likes of Giant’s new Anthem 29 or Specialized Epic. But when you look deeper, it’s clear this isn’t your usual XC race bike.

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MTB yumyum

2019 Intense Sniper Trail Test Ride & Review

For 95% of the riding I do, this bike is the perfect type of bike.

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Singletrack Magazine

Singletrack Magazine Issue 121 Bike Test: Intense

This seems to be universally praised among people that want to go flat out fast.

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Is This The Best XC Bike? 2018 Intense Sniper XC

This bike is definitely a lot of fun. It’s nimble on the uphills.

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2020 Intense Sniper T Elite Ride & Review

It’s super light. It climbs like a rocket ship.

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My Two Wheel Life

Intense Sniper

After spending ample time on the Sniper, I think this is going to be my go-to bike, unless I ride big-mountain riding. I’m really enjoying the efficiency of the bike and how easy I can cover a large amount of miles, while being comfortable and hitting technical terrain.

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Mountain Bike Action

First Rides – All New Intense Sniper XC

Most XC bikes that we have tested in the past take a few rides to get used to, but the Sniper was very easy to adapt to. The progressive geometry makes the Sniper feel like it has way more than 100mm of travel.

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Review: Intense Sniper XC Elite

XC bikes are anything but dead when they’re as well designed as the Sniper: they are fast, fun and entertaining.

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Canadian MTB

Review: Intense Sniper T 29 Elite

With slack angles and a more stout back end for the 2020 model, the Sniper T has your back when the trail gets rough.

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Mountain Bike Action

Review – Intense Sniper XC Elite

The Sniper is a bike that we didn’t see coming, and it has left a lasting impression. The lightweight build, efficient pedaling platform and descending capabilities put this beast into a category of its own. If you are a serious cross-country racer looking for a bike you can train and race on while still having a good time, the Sniper has a few tricks up its sleeve.

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Canadian MTB

Double Tap: 2020 Intense Sniper T Finds Sharper Focus

When the Sniper was launched last year, it was one of the bikes helping push cross country geometry into new territory. With a few key refinements, Intense Cycles has elevated its Sniper T from an XC bike that happens to have longer travel, to a truly long travel XC bike.

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Bike Magazine

Tested: Intense Sniper Trail Expert

I could go on and on. But here’s what you need to know: The Sniper Trail is on the cross-country end of the trail spectrum, offering outstanding pedaling efficiency blended with capable geometry and rear suspension that’s there when you need it most.

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