Intense Cycles Reviews and News


Intense Factory Racing Team in action

Meet the 2017 Intense Factory Racing team: Jack Moir, Dean Lucas, Charlie Harrison, and Nik Nestoroff. Click through to see a little pre-season hazing and some serious shredding.

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Intense Tracer enduro bike completely redesigned


The Tracer is Intense’s best selling model. With the latest update, the California-based bike maker gave it more aggressive geometry, a new suspension design, and more.

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Outerbike Test Sessions: Intense Primer


The Intense Primer 29er was one of the best looking bikes spotted at Outerbike. But how did it ride?

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Intense Recluse 27.5 trail bike first look


If the Intense Spider is your garden variety trail ripper, the all new 140mm Recluse is a deadly weapon.

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Pro Bike Gallery: Michael Broderick’s Intense Carbine 29C


Michael Broderick was once among the best XC racers in the United States. Now he’s making waves in the masters class of the Enduro World Series. Here’s a look at his 140mm Intense Carbine 29C race bike.

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Intense Primer 29 first ride report


Intense has modernized its bikes and suspension designs with the introduction of the ACV 27.5 Plus and the Primer 29, both with 130mm of front and rear suspension. Find out more about the 29 in this first ride review.

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Intense 27.5 Plus ACV first ride


Intense Cycles throws their hat in the full suspension Plus bike arena with this attractive ACV – All Conditions Vehicle, with 130mm of rear travel.

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Intense Spider 275 C review


The newest Intense takes cues from the slopestyle scene to create a nimble short travel trail bike capable of handling just about anything.

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Budget friendly Intense M16 Carbon Expert Edition DH bike


In an effort to bring its top end downhill bike to the masses, Intense Cycles has released the M16 Carbon Expert Edition, which sells for $5899.

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9 Dream Bikes That Will Break Your Budget


Amazing bikes from GT, Marin, Norco, BMC, Intense, Rocky Mountain, Pivot, Scott and Cannondale for the Powerball winning mountain biker.

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Bike Check: Chris Kovarik’s new Intense M16 Carbon


Chris Kovarik discusses the development of the new Intense M16C DH bike, and component and suspension setup.

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Review: Intense M16 Carbon downhill bike


Downhill bikes have come along way since the Intense M1 ruled the podiums. Is the newest M series a worthy successor?

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First Ride Review: Intense Spider 29 Carbon


Intense’s take on the increasingly popular 29er trail bike was tossable in back and forth S turns without feeling too big wheel sluggish. Find out more in our First Ride Review.

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Interbike 2015: Intense introduces new 27.5″ Uzzi


After a short sabbatical, the Intense Uzzi is back, this time with 27.5 wheels and 190mm of plush rear travel.

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News: Intense Cycles Seaching for America’s Next Top DH Racer


Mountain biking legend Shaun Palmer and Intense seek Junior Expert DH racers for training and coaching.

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Bike Review: Intense Tracer 275 Alloy Foundation


Intense’s 2015 Tracer 275 Alloy Foundation packs in long-travel value, performance, and made-in-the-USA pride at an affordable price.

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Outerbike photo preview of 2015′s hottest mountain bikes


Events: Mtbr brings you a look at a dozen of 2015′s hottest bikes from the Outerbike demo fest in Moab, Utah.

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Race: 2014 Taxco Urban Downhill bike check


Race Coverage: On the eve of the Taxco Urban Downhill Race, Jon Buckell shows us his specially-prepped Santa Cruz V10 and the bikes of some of his competitors.

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Round-up: 12 awesome value mountain bikes under $3000


Check out our collection of some of the hottest new mountain bikes for riders on a budget.

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Best in Show: 30 cool new bike products for 2015


Best in Show: See the coolest new bike gear for 2015 as our crew of editors picks the best bikes, accessories, apparel and more from Interbike and Eurobike.

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Intense Cycles Interbike 2014


Intense Cycles highlights their Carbine 29er, Tracer 275 Factory build, Spider 29er Carbon and Tracer 275 that’s handmade in the USA.

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Video: Shaun Palmer comes home as new Intense team manager, brand ambassador


New video chronicles Shaun Palmer’s return to Intense Cycles as talent scout and brand ambassador.

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Video: Brian Lopes sends the gap with SoCal grom squad


Intense Cycles-sponsored mountain bike legend Brian Lopes gaps big air with some SoCal MTB groms, proving once again that it ain’t the miles on the odometer that matter, but what you got left in the tank.

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Video: Brian Lopes gives us a ‘Cribs’-style tour of his Sprinter van


On his way to the Oregon Enduro Series, Intense Cycle’s rider Brian Lopes gave Western Bikeworks a tongue-in-cheek tour of his pimped-out Mercedes Sprinter Van, complete with garage, rooftop patio and home theater.

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Boothstorming Sea Otter: Intense Cycles in the middle of all the action


The Mtbr crew checks out the double-decker race it setup of legendary SoCal bike maker Intense Cycles.

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Daily coverage from the 2014 Sea Otter Classic Day 1


Welcome to Day 1 of Mtbr’s daily coverage of the 2014 Sea Otter Classic. We’ll be continually updating this page with photos and beta on all the latest in mountain bike technology.

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Race Video: Brian Lopes slaying Leaping Lizard DH on his new Intense Tracer 275


He may be in the over-40 age bracket, but when it comes to going fast, Brian Lopes proves he’s no old man. Check out this quick video of him absolutely scorching the Leaping Lizard DH on his new Intense Tracer 275.

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Team News: Brian Lopes to ride for Intense in 2014


Intense Cycles announces their new relationship with multi-time world and national mountain bike world champion Brian Lopes, via a short video.

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Review: Intense Tracer T275 Carbon


The Intense Tracer 275C is an impressive bike, utilizing carbon fiber front and rear triangles, which provide exceptional damping and stiffness. Toss it down through the gnar and chunder and it just effortlessly glides through stuff like it’s hardly there, creating a confidence inspiring experience.

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Enduro Compare-O Bottom Line: Intense’s Carbine 29 knows how to go big, fast and fun


The confidence-inspiring Intense Carbine 29 likes it meaty, beaty, big and bouncy-check it out right here.

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Compare-O First Look: Intense Carbine 29


Intense sets out to change minds about 29ers with burlier, longer-legged version of the big hooper that’s well-spec’d to boot. Take a First Look with us.

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Factory Tour: Intense Cycles


Intense Cycles has been on a roll lately plowing out aluminum and carbon bikes, with some great highlights in the 27.5 and 29-inch wheel sizes, and we got a glimpse of their inner workings with a factory tour.

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27.5 All-Mountain/Enduro Bike Round Up


Is 650B/27.5″ THE Ultimate All Mountain Bike Platform? We round-up a few of the latest and greatest from Norco, Scott, Intense and Foes to compare them all side by side.

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KRob’s Outerbike 2013 Bike Demo Reviews – Part 2


Part two of KRob’s Outerbike bike tests. Here he gives us his opinion on the new Norco Sight, Pivot Firebird 27.5, Intense Carbine 275, Devinci Troy, Turner Flux 27.5 and Santa Cruz Heckler 27.5.

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KRob’s Outerbike 2013 Bike Demo Reviews – Part 1


Part one of KRob’s Outerbike bike tests. Here he gives us his opinion on the new Ibis Ripley, Yeti SB95 Carbon, Intense Spyder Comp 29 Carbon, Ibis HDR 650b, Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt, GT Force, and Giant Trance 27.5

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Announced: Intense Carbine 29 – Trail/Enduro/AM


Intense reveals the all new Carbine 29. A carbon version of the Tracer 29, the Carbine 29 has 5 or 5.5″ of VPP travel, G2 dropouts and the ride quality of carbon.

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Intense Cycles 951 EVO – Production 27.5 DH Racer


Originally developed as a 29er, the Intense Cycles 951 finds it’s true identity as a 27.5″ DH bike. Intense claims that the 951 EVO will be the first production 27.5 downhill bike on the market. New video added!

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Intense Carbine 275 – 650b Round Up


For 2013 Intense Cycles actually has two All Mountain 650b bikes. The Carbine 275 and Tracer 275 both have 5.5 or 6″ of travel (adjustable shock mount). The main difference between the two are that the Carbine 275 is made from carbon and the Tracer is aluminum. How was Intense Cycles able to create a […]

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Intense Tracer 275 – 650b Round Up


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’ […]

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Intense Tracer 275 Photos and Preview


We first learned of the new 27.5 (aka 650b) bikes from Intense Cycles right before the Sea Otter Classic this past April. Since that time, Intense has been busy with not just one 27.5″ wheeled bike, but two! The Intense Tracer 275 and the Carbine 275 are two of the hottest bikes currently available. The […]

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Intense Cycles Sponsors Black Mountain Enduro


Intense Cycles is proud to sponsor Racers & Chasers Black Mountain Enduro, Oct 20 in North County San Diego. Come ride a 2013 Shimano-equipped INTENSE demo bike (entire fleet will be on-site)! All participants are automatically entered to win an INTENSE TRACER 29 frame! Hope to see you there! To register or for more info, […]

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Intense Cycles New Spider 29 Comp


Intense Cycles Announces the Unveiling of the New Spider 29 Comp at Eurobike Eurobike attendees will be among the very first to view Intense’s most recent venture into carbon fiber, the Spider 29 Comp — the forth in Intense’s line of carbon fiber mountain bike frames. The Spider 29 Comp is aimed at the xc/trail […]

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Win an Intense Tazer & Help 2 Kids get to MTB World Champs!


Here’s your chance to WIN an Intense Tazer VP Frame & help two young American racers, Austin Warren & Lauren Daney, reach the 2012 MTB World Championships in Leogang, Austria! You could also win a variety of other prizes! With ticket prices, ground transportation, food & lodging at such hi rates, we’re doing our best to […]

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Intense Tracer 275 650b


Meet the Tracer 275 – The next BIG THING from Intense Cycles. First seen at the Sea Otter Classic back in April in prototype form, then teased with action shots just the other week, Intense Cycles finally shows us the World Wide Launch of the Tracer 275 today! This bike (and the Carbine 275 hop […]

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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 […]

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Revealed: Intense Tracer and Carbine 650b Prototypes


Introduction by Francis Cebedo: The 29er battle is won. It is the growth market of 2012 and  it will dominate cross country riding and is a serious player in the All Mountain bike market.  Its success has heightened manufacturers’ awareness with new trends. No one wants to be late to the party these days.  Well […]

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Photos: Intense, Pivot, Titus and more


A few various shots around Sea Otter on Day 1. Intense was showing off the Hard Eddy carbon 29er now with their Intense carbon fork. Mr. Intense himself (aka Jeff Steber) has posted some images of two 27.5 (aka 650B) builds in our Intense forum, be sure to check out those photos here. Although they […]

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Intense Carbine SL Announced!


The much anticipated Carbine SL from Intense Cycles was announced today. This bike has been in the works for a while and is the SL version of their Carbine model. The Carbine SL joins an ever growing list of carbon fiber all mountain/trail bikes like offerings from Santa Cruz, Ibis, Yeti, Pivot Cycles and of […]

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Intense Cycles releases the ‘Carbon Carbine’ All Mountain Bike!


Meet the Carbine – Carbon Fiber With an American Attitude Intense Cycles introduces its new carbon fiber mountain bike, the Carbine The Carbine is a very refined 5.5–6 inch travel all mountain bike that climbs and descends like you can not imagine. This is due to the 5.5 lb frame, the well engineered carbon construction, […]

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Intense Cycles Hires Scott Sharples as Marketing Manager / Brand Ambassador


Temecula, CA:  Intense Cycles proudly announces the addition of Scott Sharples as Marketing Manager/brand ambassador. Scott brings with him extensive experience in the cycling industry, including a successful career as a top pro downhiller, editorial contributor to a variety of publications and founder/manager of the athlete development program “Race Brain”. Sharples is best known, however, […]

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