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Intense Cycles Spider 29C Mountain Bike Frame - 2016

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Trail stalker.

The latest model of Intense Cycles' trail predator, the Spider 29C Mountain Bike Frame, stalks its web of root lattices with all the same features that made its predecessor such a dangerous presence in the dirt. The only difference is to the frame's colorways, which are relatively understated and disguise rather than broadcast the Spider's predatory tendencies. Despite the quiet paint scheme, the Spider 29C still has enough mid-travel, Virtual Pivot Point suspension to scramble across rocky trails with the confident aggression of its eight-legged namesake.

Both of the Spider's frame triangles are monocoque carbon, which allows the engineers to wrap the carbon through the joints. While you'll appreciate the increased structural integrity of this construction method, the process's primary benefit is that Intense can use less material, which lowers the overall frame weight. Long travel or not, 29ers are primarily about speed and lower weight means more propulsion, and the Spider's tapered head tube, thru axles, short links, and second generation Virtual Pivot Point (VPP) suspension take full advantage of those weight savings.

The VPP platform itself employs two aluminum counter-rotating links to balance smooth travel with a consistently solid pedaling platform. The upper link provides most of the rotation as the bike compresses into the sag point, yielding a vertical wheel path that you'll notice in the form of a firm feel during acceleration. As the bike compresses deeper into the suspension, the lower link activates, moving the axle path rearward. The rearward axle path lets the rear wheel yield gracefully to impacts, so the ride is smooth, not jarring, and pedaling efficiency isn't compromised by the frame's travel.

The Spider shares more than just a name with eight-legged predators. Its 68.5-degree head tube hits the mark between slacked-out, enduro bomber and nimble XC dart, bringing the two disciplines together for a ride that mimics a spider's dexterity. This flexibility manifests further in the Spider's upper linkage, which affords two mounting positions to cycle between 130 and 115mm of travel, depending on where you attach the shock. The frame is finished with internal routing ports for brake, shift, and dropper cables, keeping the Spider's lines as sharp and clean as the spindly legs of its arachnid namesake.

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
carbon fiber
Virtual Pivot Point
Wheel Size:
29 in
Rear Shock:
Cane Creek Inline
Rear Travel:
115 - 130 mm
Head Tube Diameter:
ZS44/EC49 mixed tapered
Headset Included:
Bottom Bracket Type:
PressFit 92
ISCG Tabs:
yes, ISCG 05
Cable Routing:
Front Derailleur Mount:
Brake Type:
Compatible Components:
stealth dropper
Seatpost Diameter:
31.6 mm
Seat Collar:
34.9 mm quick-release
Rear Axle:
12 x 142mm thru-axle
Recommended Use:
cross country, trail
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years

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Geometry Chart


Spider 29
120mm Travel Fork

Seat Tube


Effective Top Tube


Head Tube


Head Tube Angle


Seat Tube Angle


Bottom Bracket Height




S 16in 22.5in 3.7in 68.5o 73.5o 13.2in 17.5in 44in
M 18in 23.5in 4in 68.5o 73.5o 13.2in 17.5in 45in
L 19.5in 24.5in 4.5in 68.5o 73.5o 13.2in 17.5in 46in

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Dirt Demon Slick Rock Slayer

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Although I have not ridden the 2016 29C version of this bike, I have experienced pure joy with the 2015 27.5.
This bike is just plain rowdy! A true trail king, the Spider descends like a beast, but climbs solid.
The slacked geometry and VPP platform, takes on drops and eats up baby heads, but yields no sacrifice to challenging accents.
I am 5'5 and fit comfortably on a small.
I can't keep from smiling, when riding this bike!

Dirt Demon Slick Rock Slayer