Intense’s Tracer 275C, billed as the “definitive carbon enduro bike” on its release in early 2014, is no longer such a young steed.
That’s great in terms of being a proven, trail-tough long-travel chassis that can handle some serious hammer, but it does mean this Southern Californian icon is starting to feel slightly long in the tooth compared with the latest machines.
Indeed, you could argue that elements of the Tracer were approaching obsolescence even our US team originally put it through its paces in March 2014. While Intense’s ‘super-enduro’ Uzzi has recently been updated with a linkage change – similar to the Santa Cruz Nomad – the Tracer uses an older version of VPP with a long lower linkage hanging below the bottom bracket.
The carbon front and rear triangles may be made in Asia but the upper and lower suspension links are CNC machined at Intense’s factory in Temecula, California
This increases chain growth when the shock compresses, giving very direct power delivery and tons of traction feedback for solid acceleration snap.
- Size tested: L
- Sizes available: S, M, L, XL
- Weight (complete bike): 12.6kg
- Frame: Intense carbon
- Fork: RockShox Pike RCT3 160mm
- Shock: RockShox Monarch Plus RT3 160mm
- Crankset: SRAM XX1
- Shifters: SRAM XX1
- Derailleur: SRAM XX1
- Chain: SRAM XX1
- BB: SRAM GXP Ceramic
- Cassette: SRAM XX1 10-42T
- Hubs: DT Swiss 240
- Rims: Enve AM carbon
- Tyres: Maxxis High Roller II 27.5×2.35in
- Brakes: Hope Tech X2 180mm
- Bar: Renthal Fat Bar Lite alloy 750×31.8mm
- Stem: Renthal Apex 50mm
- Grips: Ergon Pro
- Seatpost: RockShox Reverb 125mm
- Saddle: Ergon Pro
- Headset: Cane Creek
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