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INTENSE SNIPER XC ELITE

Price: £5,499.00 (as tested)

From: Intense Cycles UK, uk.intensecycles.com

Thee first of our trio is the Intense Sniper. While there is a 120/120mm Trail version of the bike, this is the unadorned, hang-on-to-your-hats 100/100mm, as fast as possible XC version. And it looks as fast as its intended use. We’ve been testing the ‘Elite’ build, which is as good as anyone should need, short of the World Cup circuit.

Thee thought behind the Sniper was to build a bike that was ideal for those fast, flat-out lunch rides and those afterwork thrashes where you want to go as fast as possible, but without sacrifficing downhill ability. It’s also intended to be a fast, light, shorter travel bike for riders more used to the forgiving ways of trail bikes.

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