Now everyone knows that mountain bikers have strong opinions on wheel sizes. To quote the hilarious Youtube video How to be a Mounter Biker by IFHT Films, “pick a wheel size and be a di*k about it”. With the 2020 Intense Primer, the days of a specific bike only being available with one wheel size are over. Want a 29er? Great! Want a 27.5 play bike? Also great! Want to be like all those EWS and DH pros and run a “mullet” bike? You can do that too! The Intense Primer 2020 comes in both major wheel sizes and even a mix of both. You are currently looking at the 27.5" Elite version of the 2020 Primer.
If you looked at an Intense bike from several years past, you’d find a VPP decal near the rear shock. VPP stands for Virtual Pivot Point and is one of the most renowned suspension designs in mountain biking. Several years ago, Intense Founder, Jeff Steber decided to take VPP and improve upon it. The result is JS-Tuned suspension, which is present on the entire 2020 line of Intense bikes. JS-Tuned still uses two short counter-rotating links, but now the new “trail-link” system present on the Primer provides efficient pedaling on the top of the travel without losing any small bump sensitivity while descending. Achieving both of these suspension characteristics is as ideal as it gets.
The Intense Primer 29 Elite stays true to the trails and comes with a great build kit for the price. A Fox Factory 34 fork up front and Fox Factory DPX2 rear shock smooth out the roughest trails, the wide range SRAM X01 Eagle 12-speed drivetrain gives you all the gears you need to climb the steepest hills and sprint past every finish line, the Shimano XT M8020/M8000 hydraulic disc brakes give you exceptional stopping power when the ride gets too rowdy, and E*Thirteen LG1 Enduro Race Carbon wheels wrapped with Maxxis High Roller II and Maxxis Aggressor tires provide you with a tubeless setup for ultimate traction and control.
Whether you’re a fan of 29-inch wheels, 27.5-inch wheels, or maybe you want to try both at the same time, the 2020 Intense Primer is calling your name. With 140mm of rear travel, it’s the perfect weapon for anything from local single-track to gnarly enduro races. Throw a leg over the Primer and ride your favorite trails with speed, confidence, and most importantly, excitement!
COMPARE GEOMETRY: Compare the geometry of all three models of the Primer at the bottom of this product page.
Vital MTB - "The new 2020 Primer mountain bikes keep the Intense Cycles tradition alive with cleanly designed, high-performing trail machines." - Shawn Spomer
MTBR - "If one had to summarize these three, we’d say they’re siblings that are definitely related but have their own character. The 29er is the fastest, the 275 is the most playful and the 279 Primer S is the rowdiest." - Francis Cebedo
JS-Tuned suspension provides a great pedaling platform while retaining excellent small bump sensitivity
140mm of rear travel makes the Primer the perfect all-around bike for many aspects of mountain biking
Thick frame guards on bottom of the downtube and seattube protect the carbon frame from flying debris
Three versions of the Primer allow you to choose the wheel size and geometry you want
2020 Intense Primer, JS-Tuned Suspension, Carbon Fiber, 12x148mm
J: Standover Height (Primer 27.5”) (Primer 29”) (Primer S 27.5/29”)
785.8 807.6 799.9
785.5 807 799.2
789 811 803
797.9 820 812.5
K: Chainstay Length (Primer 27.5”) (Primer 29”) (Primer S 27.5/29”)
433.82 441.5 441.5
433.82 441.5 441.5
433.82 441.5 441.5
433.82 441.5 441.5
L: Wheelbase (Primer 27.5”) (Primer 29”) (Primer S 27.5/29”)
1154.3 1168.9 1168.7
1184.3 1199 1198.7
1213.4 1227.82 1227.71
1251.5 1265.8 1265.7
Suggested Rider Height
5'5 - 5'6 154 - 166 cm
5'4 - 5'10 164 - 177 cm
5'8 - 6'2 175 - 187 cm
6'2 - 6'6 185 - 197 cm
CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 65 WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including (Cadmium, Phthalates, Bisphenol, Nickel (Metallic), di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate "DEHP"), which is known to the State of California to cause cancer and/or cause birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information, go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.
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