We tested the M16 aluminum a few months ago, and it proved to be one of the fastest gravity bikes we’d ever been on. The new-school geometry, combined with
the Jeff Steber-tuned, dual-link suspension design resulted in
a downhill sled that could make mince meat of rough terrain.
The carbon version is based on the same M-series pedigree but
takes it to the next level with a new material Intense has never
used for the gravity crowd: carbon. We put it to the test here.
The fastest Intense to grace
our test fleet
WHO IS IT MADE FOR?
The M16 Carbon is a pure-bred downhill race bike designed
to withstand the rigors of the World Cup-circuit elite and
satisfy the demands of the fastest privateers. This is far from
a beginner’s downhill bike. Instead, it is built for riders who
know that sometimes a little technology can mean more
speed, something that every fast downhill rider simply can’t
get enough of. The sculpted carbon chassis is built for performance but also takes the aesthetics to another level when
compared to the previous aluminum version.
WHAT IS IT MADE FROM?
The M16 is the longest-travel bike in Intense’s lineup. It
sports an adjustable dual-link suspension design that Intense
dubs “Steber-Tuned” after the company’s founder, Jeff Steber.
The bike boasts two travel settings with 215 and 241 millimeters ( 8. 5-9. 5 inches) of rear wheel travel. The bike is built with
the newest standards, including a 12x157-millimeter dropout
system fastened by a custom collet-style axle. The suspension
rides on cartridge bearings fastened by a similar collet system
in the links and custom-machined linkage bolts.
The M16 has been criticized for looking too similar to other
VPP bikes on the trail; however, the M16 carbon is its own
beast. The carbon tubes boast a hexagonal shape that lends
itself to weight reduction and improved stiffness. The suspension, while similar to VPP suspension, is 100 percent designed
and tuned by the mad scientists at Intense.