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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.
Expert Reviews90/100 based on 2 rated expert reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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