Interbike 2015: Intense introduces new 27.5″ Uzzi

With 190mm of rear travel, this bike can handle park, DH - or super enduro

27.5 DH Enduro Interbike

Interbike Mtbr

Flat purple or fluorescent yellow? The choice is yours.

Flat purple or fluorescent yellow? The choice is yours (click to enlarge).

For 2016, Intense is re-introducing the beloved Uzzi as a 190mm travel bike designed for super enduro (their words, not ours) and park riding. It’s built with a 180mm fork in mind, but can pull double duty as a downhill rig with a dual crown fork.

Two different shock positions on the upper linkage allow for geometry tuning.

Two different shock positions on the upper linkage allow for geometry tuning (click to enlarge).

The aluminum chassis is hydroformed and welded at the Intense factory in Temecula, California. The linkage has two different mounting positions, which can slacken the 65-degree headtube angle by one degree and lengthen the wheelbase by 3mm.

The lower linkage is now better protected from impacts.

The lower linkage is now better protected from impacts (click to enlarge).

The frame continues to utilize the VPP suspension platform, but the lower link is now placed forward and above the bottom bracket. This helps reduce the length of the chainstays and marginally increases tire clearance.

Goodbye G2 dropouts. The new Uzzi is built specifically around 27.5” wheels and the new rear Boost 148 standard.

Goodbye G2 dropouts. The new Uzzi is built specifically around 27.5” wheels and the new rear Boost 148 standard (click to enlarge).

The frame utilizes the new Boost 148 rear spacing standard and will be 1x specific. Ditching 2x compatibility allowed Intense to utilize more bracing, which they claim creates a stiffer rear end than some competitor’s carbon frames.

All of Intense's aluminum frames and linkages are built in the U.S.

All of Intense’s aluminum frames and linkages are built in the U.S. (click to enlarge)

Intense will be offering two build kits, as well as a frame only option. The foundation model pictured here will retail for $4,000.

For more information please visit www.intensecycles.com.

This article is part of Mtbr’s coverage of the 2015 Interbike trade show in Las Vegas. For more from Interbike CLICK HERE.


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