Intense Tracer 275 Carbon Frame with Fox Float CTD Shock
Back in 2012, Intense was at the forefront of the 27.5"-wheel movement, offering up the Carbine 275, followed by the Tracer 275 and the 951 EVO. Their rapid response to demand left many other bigger brands scrambling to catch up. Now some of you may be asking, why another carbon 27.5" trail bike from Intense? There are several key factors that set the Tracer 275 Carbon apart from the rest, making this Intense's finest piece ever produced.
First up, the Tracer 275 Carbon marks Intense's first dedicated 27.5" full carbon trail bike. The Carbine 275 is essentially a 26" bike with a special dropout kit to allow the use of 27.5" wheels. This is great as a gateway bike to the 27.5" movement, as it allows us feel out the new wheel size without fully committing to it. The only issue is the bike's geometry suffers slightly by tacking on longer dropouts. Given the explosive popularity of 27.5" trail bikes, Intense knew they had to build a new full carbon bike from the ground-up - a bike built specifically for 27.5" wheels with perfectly balanced geometry. And that's exactly what they have done with the Tracer 275 Carbon. Jeff Steiber has spent an ungodly number of hours developing this frame, tweaking geometry, and painstakingly working every last detail. The final product is nothing short of breathtaking. Intense never disappoints in the sex-appeal department, and the Tracer 275 Carbon is no exception. In fact, this might just be the most beautiful bike we've ever laid eyes on. But the fun doesn't stop there - several new features include full internal cable routing, revamped rear swingarm with fixed carbon 12x142mm dropouts, and a new carbon layup process that makes this frame stronger, lighter, and even more appealing than the Carbine 275.
The Tracer 275 Carbon design and geometry are based largely on the Tracer 275 Alloy, but adapted to suit the more aggressive trail riders out there. With 150 - 160mm adjustable travel, this bike sees a 10mm increase in travel compared to the alloy Tracer 275. Geometry has been reworked accordingly - a 66.5° head angle, 17" chainstay, 13.5" BB height all come together to make this bike an absolute beast on the trail. Combine the 27.5" wheels with 160mm travel, along with aggressive angles, and you've got a bike that will take anything on. Period.
New on the Tracer 275 Carbon is a revamped full carbon rear swingarm, including molded fixed 12x142mm Syntace dropouts. This is a departure from Intense's usual G1 interhangeable dropout. Although the new system does not allow you change between 10x135/12x142mm dropout standards, it is a lighter and cleaner setup. It's will also be less expensive for you as the consumer when you need to replace a derailleur hanger. The 12x142mm Syntace dropout standard has essentially become the golden standard for all trail bikes these days, so Intense didn't see the need to offer a 10x135mm option - we agree. Compatible axles include Intense's bolt-on alloy Syntace option, or the DT Swiss RWS Syntace option. You may select your axle option using the dropdown menus. Upon examining the rear swingarm, you'll notice a couple other nice enhancements. Intense has implemented internal rear derailleur cable routing through the chainstay, making things as clean as possible. Stiffness and strength have also been improved by using an oblong-boxed construction the seatstays and chainstays. Finishing things off, the chainstay is protected with Intense's FLK:GRD carbon-leather protectors, keeping the carbon safe from chain slap.
Up front, the mainframe looks similar to the Carbine at first glance, but again, there are several improvements to note. As with the rear swingarm, the mainframe is setup for internal shifter, brake, and Reverb Stealth dropper post routing. That means there is very little exposed cable on this bike, something we always like to see on high-end bikes. The Tracer 275 Carbon uses a new monocoque frame construction, built from high-model unidirectional carbon. These cutting-edge construction methods and materials ultimately provide an unparalleled strength-to-weight ratio. Just like the Carbine and the Tracer, this bike is fitted with a high-direct front derailleur tab. Out of the box, it is protected by a bolt-on alloy plate for those who are not planning on using a front derailleur.
To handle the suspension duties, Intense has stocked a Fox CTD rear shock. The Fox CTD is a fantastic lightweight shock featuring a Climb Switch, which improves climbing performance by deadening both low speed rebound and low speed compression.
As with all Intense bikes, the Tracer 275 Carbon is backed by Intense's five year warranty.