Intense Tracer 275 – 650b Round Up

27.5 All Mountain Trail Enduro

The Intense Cycles Tracer 275 is the natural progression of their popular Tracer VPP All Mountain bike. The Tracer 275 features 5.5 or 6″ of travel (adjustable shock mount) and is made right here in the USA at the Intense factory in Temecula, CA. In fact, that is a key factor that allows the ‘small’ guy, like Jeff Steber (founder of Intense Cycles) to be able to take a current design, adapt it and refine it for the new 27.5″ wheel platform and to be able to offer bikes available now, months before other manufacturers even have their prototypes ready.

Although very similar in design to the carbon-framed Carbine 275, there are a few differences aside from weight and price. The Tracer is longer, steeper and higher than the Carbine. The wheelbase is longer by almost an inch at at 45.4 inches. The head tube is a half a degree steeper at 67.5 and the bottom bracket is lower by .4 inches at 13.3 unsagged. We can’t really explain the logic behind these differences other than different design roots for each bike.

In this video, Francis gives us the low down on the Intense Cycles Tracer 275 and how it compares to its carbon brother, the Carbine 275.

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The Tracer 275 is very stable at speed and instills a sense of confidence that will have you going big. The VPP design is tried and true and is reason number one for the great climbing prowess of the Tracer 275. Even with the suspension fully open, it is still an efficient climber. As with the Carbine, the VPP design allows the Tracer to corner really well, especially when proper loaded. Possibly the only area that we felt could use a bit of improvement is in the bikes small bump compliance. It handles the medium to big stuff with ease but over some of the smaller bumps, we couldn’t quite get the same plushness we prefer. For jumps, drops and hucks the Tracer 275 is awesome as the whole frame is stout. The front triangle is beefy and it is complemented by huge chainstays that minimize any lateral flex. The machine will go where you point it and it will carve a line with minimal deflection

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About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato has been the Site Manager of Mtbr.com for over 12 years and enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.


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  • vincent says:

    Where did you get the chainstay protector on the flo green Intense Tracer 275?

  • Mike Gee says:

    Got the new Intense 275 after riding an Intense 5.5 (26er) for many happy years. I have to admit I was skeptical about everything I read about this new bike but wanted to give it a try. My first day out was amazing. Felt that I was going to take It easy and get use to this beast but I jumped on and it felt like my 26er, except the thing really is the best of both worlds. Geometry fits like a glove, same Bottom Bracket height as my 26er and the traction from the 275 tire is amazing. I was so comfortable and confident that my 2nd ride was at the new Big Bear MTB park without hesitation! AMAZING WORK INTENSE!

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