BIKE TEST / INTENSE SPIDER
The Spider is one of Intense’s flagship models and has been the do-it-all bike ever since it was introduced all the way back in 1990. The bike has seen many iterations, with at least five different versions released in that time
frame. The bike has been tirelessly reworked over the years,
with countless prototype mules built, most of which probably
ended up in the aluminum recycling bin behind the Temecula,
California, factory. The builders at Intense are perfectionists,
and this latest version of the Spider is a product of that perfectionism.
When Intense sets out to create a new bike like the Spider
Carbon, riders can rest assured the design has been rigorously
tested by not only Intense’s pro riders (Brian Lopes and Shaun
Palmer), but also by the mad scientist and founder of Intense.
Jeff Steber. Steber is one of the only guys we know in the
industry who can truly build a bike from start to finish. He can
do everything from coming up with the design to machining
Press-Fit frame parts to welding and assembly. With that kind
of expertise backing a bike, you know it’s not going to be a
me-too bike; instead, it will be one that Jeff and his crew truly
want to ride. We brought in the new Spider 275 to see if the
5-inch-travel bike could truly “do it all.”
WHO IS IT MADE FOR?
The term “do-it-all trailbike” is thrown around a lot, but the
Spider seeks to back up this bold claim with a short-travel,
efficient design built around a new-school geometry that’s
capable of tackling more difficult trails. While cross-country
racers might prefer something more svelte, and gravity or
enduro specialists might prefer more travel, the Spider sits
comfortably in Intense’s lineup as a bike that will satisfy the
needs of the largest cross-section of trail riders.
WHAT IS IT MADE FROM?
Intense built the first generation of this Spider out of aluminum to work out the bugs before coming to the table with
the carbon superbike tested here. The carbon version not only
sports the obvious material upgrade and a significant weight
reduction, but also a longer top tube, better standover height
and better overall feel.
Carbon speed machine for every rider