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Costco Members: Intense 951 Trail Mountain Bike (Various Frames Sizes) EXPIRED

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Costco Wholesale has for their Members: Intense 951 Trail Mountain Bike (Various Frames Sizes) on sale for $3249.99. Shipping is free.

Note, must be logged in to your Costco account w/ an active membership to purchase

Thanks to Community Member ottothecow for finding this deal

About the Product
  • Lightweight Carbon Frame
  • JS Trail Link Suspension, a Great Balance of Climbing and Descending
  • 140mm Rear/150mm Front Travel from Adjustable Fox Shock and Fork
  • 12-Speed Drivetrain Offers a Wide Range of Gears for Easy Climbing
  • Internal Cable Guides Offer Easy Maintenance and a Quiet Ride

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The longer travel Trail bike version is back in stock on Costco.com.

All sizes OUT OF STOCK currently available for immediate shipping. Price includes shipping. Costco's return policy applies.

https://www.costco.com/intense-95...92028.html

Features:
  • Lightweight Carbon Frame
  • JS Trail Link Suspension, a Great Balance of Climbing and Descending
  • 140mm Rear/150mm Front Travel from Adjustable Fox Shock and Fork
  • 12-Speed Drivetrain Offers a Wide Range of Gears for Easy Climbing
  • Internal Cable Guides Offer Easy Maintenance and a Quiet Ride

Previous deal threads:
https://slickdeals.net/f/15149284-intense-951-trail-bike-costco-3-249-99-3-249-99?src=SiteSearch
https://slickdeals.net/f/15114577-costco-members-intense-951-xc-mountain-bike-various-frame-sizes-3250-free-s-h?src=SiteSearch


These bikes are Intense Primer frames with a lower-end build kit (SRAM NX, TRP brakes, Fox Rhythm fork, lower spec wheels/tires). Intense sells the Primer frameset for $2,999, so you're basically getting the rest of the build kit for $250. The SRAM NX Intense Primer build costs $4300 (but features a much nicer fork, better wheels/tires, Shimano brakes).

Yes, for most people $3.5k is a lot of money for a bike, but for a serious mountain biker who wants a carbon fiber mid-travel bike, this is a very good deal. It is also available NOW. Something like a Fezzari Delano Peak might be a better deal at $3600 (mostly SLX parts, DVO shocks are probably better than base-spec fox rhythm), but the current delivery time is 35-40 WEEKS.

edit: If you are buying this, it might be worth upgrading to costco executive membership. The 2% rebate pays for itself on this purchase alone.
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Full specs here: https://intense951.com/products/951-series-trail

Brakes are TRP Slate T4 4-piston brakes. Never used them, but reviews are positive--take shimano 4-pot pads, perform well, preferable to the SRAMs that would probably be specced on an NX bike. Retail for $120 each (without rotors).

One other downside I just noticed is that it uses the SRAM PG-1230 cassette, which means it is coming with a hyperglide freehub and not a newer XD driver. If you want to upgrade wheels, you'll have to buy a new cassette if you don't want to buy outdated wheels. That said, a new cassette is also an easy way to shave weight and a cassette will eventually wear out anyways.

I do still think however that what makes this a screaming deal is availability. But still, look at something like a Stumpjumper Evo Comp Alloy--$3800 for an aluminum frame, full NX, and a Rhythm 36 fork. Even if you could find one in stock somewhere, you're paying 550 more for better tires and a pinch more travel but an alloy frame (same Hyperglide cassette even).

And unlike an overseas D2C brand, you've got Costco's return policy and a 5-year frame warranty from Intense (which is located in California).
Depends--are you charging up with a 6 piece Chicken McNugget or a 20 piece?

I'd reckon about one mile [caloriesburnedhq.com] per nugget [fatsecret.com]
In my experience it's not too easy to match this spec at this price point in general, let alone in this market and with this lack of availability. The carbon frame set itself is about $3k without the components...making the SRAM NX groupset and TRP brakes seem like a very fair deal IMO.

Last week at SkyPark in SoCal I noticed they stock this exact bike for their rental. That should be a testament to the confidence people are putting in the bike.

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I bought this bike in July and it has been a great value and I plan to hold onto it until the rest of the big name bikes come back into stock sometime next year.
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I bought this bike in July and it has been a great value and I plan to hold onto it until the rest of the big name bikes come back into stock sometime next year.
Yeah, I regret not buying it back then, but I was about to embark on a cross country move and wasn't ready to commit. But now I live somewhere with much chunkier MTB trails and I'm getting my butt kicked by my hardtail (diamondback sync'r). My knees are still sore from a 20mile ride with 5200' of descending last Saturday (shuttled ride from the top of a mountain).

I'd love a Delano Peak or a Ripmo AF, but my 951 Trail is supposed to get here Thursday and I can still ride it before the snow comes...those other bikes I'd be lucky to have by the time the snow melts in the spring.
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Yeah, I regret not buying it back then, but I was about to embark on a cross country move and wasn't ready to commit. But now I live somewhere with much chunkier MTB trails and I'm getting my butt kicked by my hardtail (diamondback sync'r). My knees are still sore from a 20mile ride with 5200' of descending last Saturday (shuttled ride from the top of a mountain).

I'd love a Delano Peak or a Ripmo AF, but my 951 Trail is supposed to get here Thursday and I can still ride it before the snow comes...those other bikes I'd be lucky to have by the time the snow melts in the spring.
I ordered a Trek in February and it is just now coming in on Nov 18th. I mistakingly sold two of my three MTB's back in May so I have had a small quiver since then.
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As mentioned this a rebranded Intense Primer frame. Bought it over the summer, no regrets. Great bike. The other bike I was looking at is the YT Jeffsey Core 2. That bike and this intense bike have basically the same components except brakes. But these Tektro racing brakes on the Intense are pretty decent. Have already ridden my bike at SkyPark, all over North San Diego, Sweetwater bike park down in Bonita, so far so good.
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I'd kill myself on this thing
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How many miles does it go on a single charge?
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Its not e-bike.
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Its not e-bike.
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For $3200 it better be able fly like the ET bike.
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How many miles does it go on a single charge?
Depends--are you charging up with a 6 piece Chicken McNugget or a 20 piece?

I'd reckon about one mile [caloriesburnedhq.com] per nugget [fatsecret.com]
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I know its a carbon frame, but $3,200 bucks for a Rhythm fork and NX drivetrain seems a little underwhelming. I don't see the brake specs?
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I know its a carbon frame, but $3,200 bucks for a Rhythm fork and NX drivetrain seems a little underwhelming. I don't see the brake specs?
Full specs here: https://intense951.com/products/951-series-trail

Brakes are TRP Slate T4 4-piston brakes. Never used them, but reviews are positive--take shimano 4-pot pads, perform well, preferable to the SRAMs that would probably be specced on an NX bike. Retail for $120 each (without rotors).

One other downside I just noticed is that it uses the SRAM PG-1230 cassette, which means it is coming with a hyperglide freehub and not a newer XD driver. If you want to upgrade wheels, you'll have to buy a new cassette if you don't want to buy outdated wheels. That said, a new cassette is also an easy way to shave weight and a cassette will eventually wear out anyways.

I do still think however that what makes this a screaming deal is availability. But still, look at something like a Stumpjumper Evo Comp Alloy--$3800 for an aluminum frame, full NX, and a Rhythm 36 fork. Even if you could find one in stock somewhere, you're paying 550 more for better tires and a pinch more travel but an alloy frame (same Hyperglide cassette even).

And unlike an overseas D2C brand, you've got Costco's return policy and a 5-year frame warranty from Intense (which is located in California).
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I know its a carbon frame, but $3,200 bucks for a Rhythm fork and NX drivetrain seems a little underwhelming. I don't see the brake specs?
In my experience it's not too easy to match this spec at this price point in general, let alone in this market and with this lack of availability. The carbon frame set itself is about $3k without the components...making the SRAM NX groupset and TRP brakes seem like a very fair deal IMO.

Last week at SkyPark in SoCal I noticed they stock this exact bike for their rental. That should be a testament to the confidence people are putting in the bike.
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I know its a carbon frame, but $3,200 bucks for a Rhythm fork and NX drivetrain seems a little underwhelming. I don't see the brake specs?
The only thing I've seen that probably beats this is the YT Jeffsy Core 2 @ $2999. Still comes with the same suspension and drivetrain but probably a slightly better wheelset and a couple hundred cheaper. According to the site, 29er ships by April 2022.
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