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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 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.