Attaching the word “trail” to just about anything MTB-related means as much as describing something as long, low, and slack. What does it mean when Intense attaches it to a bike like the Sniper, an XC bike that more than tiptoes the line on XC and trail? It makes for a bike that is lighter than the competition, a better climber than other trail bikes but loses little on the descents. That is the 2020 Intense Sniper Trail Expert mountain bike.
As you’d expect, JS Tuned Suspension is the name of the game with every Intense. Think of JS Tuned suspension as an evolution of VPP kinematics we’ve loved for years on Santa Cruz bikes; as Santa Cruz has evolved, so too has Intense. Using their Trail tune with an upper mount shock, the Sniper provides their best pedaling platform while maintaining the active small bump sensitivity and grip Intense bikes are known for. This is a holistic approach that includes geometry, suspension tune, frame design, and parts spec to make for the best trail bike Intense can make.
The Sniper Trail is a unique bike for its progressive geometry. 120 mm suspension isn’t much, but combined with a 468 mm reach in a size large, 50 mm stem, and 66.5-degree headtube mean that riders who love riding up climbs can save energy on descents. It’s a stable rider with a ton of grip on climbs, allowing riders to comfortably sit and pedal away with efficiency and pace without being mucked up by roots and rocks.
Each Sniper Trail features a quality carbon frame and rear triangle with a carbon top link and alloy lower link. The suspension is provided by a Fox Performance Elite 34 Stepcast fork with 120 mm travel and a Fox Performance Elite DPS shock, also with 120 mm travel. A SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain, DT Swiss M1900 Spline 29er wheelset, Shimano XT M8000 brakes, KS Carbon LEV Ci dropper, and Maxxis Forekaster tires complete the build. Sniper Trail is available in four sizes (SM-XL) and weighs in at 25.5 lbs for a complete bike.
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