2013 Intense Tracer 275 and Carbine 275 – 650b Action Photos!


We recently got some exclusive action photos and info about the BRAND new 27.5 (aka 650b) bikes coming from Intense Cycles. The Official World Wide launch will be at Bike DealerCamp (from the good folks at Lifeboat Events.) Mtbr.com will be there to cover the new bikes, but we received these photos from Mr. Intense himself (Jeff Steber) to hold us over until Bike DealerCamp, being held later this month.

The Tracer 275 will start shipping in September and the Carbine 275 will be shipping real soon since it is just a G1 drop out variation.

We also have more photos and specs of the prototypes from Sea Otter here.


For more Intense Cycles info: www.intensecycles.com

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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 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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  • Gary Lowen says:

    I am trying to decide between a Tracer 29 and the 27.5. Any opinions on the loss degrees on head angle between the two?? All I own is AM 26ers. Does the tire size increase mean this is a non issue??

  • Bikethrasher says:

    Can’t wait to ride these bikes. I love the idea of the 9er but just couldn’t find one that I liked more than a 26″ trail bike. Maybe the middle ground will be a winner.

  • MissedThePoint says:

    27.5″! Mtn biking is slowly losing its American heritage, where mtn biking was born, by going with metric measurements. That or the bike industry is trying to get American’s to be more comfortable with the metric system.

    Honestly, I don’t care for either. It needs a shorter nick name, like 9er, cause two-seven-point-five and six-fifty-bee are a quite a mouthful. I’m just gonna call it six fifty, cause it sounds gangsta.

    I’m not going to be sold on the wheel size until I ride it. For hardtails, rigid, and short travel FS, I’m still convinced that 9er wheels rule. In the 5.5″ to 7″ travel area, and you’ll have me curious, and these are certainly worth watching out for, for a demo ride. The hype and marketing of a launch is just going to get me to know it exists, as I’m not the type to have a checklist of things I want in a bike, based off of numbers. It’s got to feel balanced, capable, comfortable, and fun. It also has to look good and be reliable. With how 9ers have evolved to have new designs fit all those requirements and offer gobs of traction and unstoppable momentum, 27.5″ just seems like a bridge between the two wheel sizes, to get the 26″ non-DH riders to see the advantages of bigger wheels.

    If I didn’t live in an area, SoCal, where 29ers seem to be better than 26″ on a majority of the local trails, I wouldn’t be so biased toward the 9er, but I wouldn’t say there’s no market for these bikes here. Geo is compromised with 9ers and sometimes people don’t like the monster truck attributes, preferring to use skill and more travel to get through obstacle strewn sections carrying just as much speed. Need more tire makers to jump in, especially Maxxis, as I’m a big fan of some of their tires.

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