Type “XC bikes are dead” into Google and you get 385,000 results. But if the new Intense Sniper taught me anything, it’s that short travel bikes with proper modern geometry, wide bars, and a dropper post make a complete mockery of this myth.
Over three years in development, the Carbide SL is the ultimate in lightweight, stiffness and pedaling efficiency. At a scant 4.4 pound frame weight with DT Swiss carbon shock, it’s one of the lightest XC full suspension bikes on the market, and certainly the stiffest. The Carbide SL can be hammered through anything an XC rider or racer could throw at it.
When the 29'er hit the market, there were instant skeptics and equipment problems. But with a amazing dedication to Mountain Biking, The Gary Fisher Bicycle Company set out to change the standard of 29'ers, Mr Fisher loves the 29'er and it shows in the final product. Let me share my story in hopes of inspiring you to simply "try one out!"