2016 Intense Spider 275c Pro

Intense Spider 275c Pro

After having a blast on the Intense Tracer, I was able to hitch a ride on the Intense Spider.

I was really impressed at how light and quick the 130 mm travel trail bike felt. It was the first time I was able to really FEEL the difference between a beefier all-mountain bike and this type of bike with less travel.

I enjoyed riding this bike more than the Tracer, but I don’t know if a shorter travel bike would hold up over time on trails like this with the amount of punishment I put it through.

2016 Santa Cruz Bronson CC X01

I rode the 2016 Santa Cruz Bronson CC X01 with Enve 60 wheels during a fantastic Santa Cruz demo day thanks to Bicycle Emporium in Auburn.


I normally ride a Yeti SB66 carbon and this bike felt like it was a notch above my Yeti – and the other demo bikes I’ve ridden recently.

I don’t know if it was the perfect combination of the carbon wheels, dropper post, tires, fork and shot, but DAMN it felt fine. The only thing I would change about this bike is the color. I’ve ridden a bland black bike for the past few years and I’m ready to get loud.

I rode the Foresthill Divide Loop, a fantastic trail system in Auburn. Here’s my ride on Strava.

Check it out the full specs on Competitive Cyclist.

2016 Yeti SB6 Carbon X01

I rode the Yeti SB6 Carbon X01 mountain bike during a demo day this weekend in Fairfax, California, put on by Big Swingin Cycles from San Francisco. I rode from the Marin Bicycle Museum up to Camp Tamarancho and had a fun time on this bike.

I have the Yeti SB66 carbon and it’s similar, but different. My bike has a 3×10 drivetrain, where this SB6 has a 1×11. My bike has 26″ wheels, this one has 27.5″ wheels.

The wide handlebars felt good but it would take a bit to get used to them getting oh so close to trees. SRAM brakes are different than what I’m used to but by the end of the ride I was feeling confident with them.

This is the best bike I’ve ever ridden, but isn’t that always the case with the latest and greatest gear?

Check it out on Competitive Cyclist