Intense is well known these days for being the first to market with a full suspension 27.5″ wheeled bike in the form of the Tracer 275. The Carbine 275 soon followed and both have proven to be outstanding. Amid all the excitement about 27.5″ wheels, many have forgotten that Intense was an innovator with 29″ wheels at a time when the big boys in the industry were going on record saying that they would never make a 29er (Giant and Specialized, I am looking at you). Intense has continued to develop new 29ers and offers their Carbine 29 as their trail slaying monster truck mountain bike.
The new bike has all the same features of the Carbine 275, including the same wheel travel, 160mm. Geometry is equally aggressive with a 67 degree head angle and 13.75″ bottom bracket height. Chainstay length is at a good middle ground of 17.75″ long for high speed stability without making the bike too difficult to get around switchbacks. Weight is just 5.8lbs for a medium. The orange and raw carbon finish look amazing too.
Jeff Steber has clearly been focused on orange and other citrus colors this year because the Intense booth was full of bikes in these shades. The Carbine 275 will now be offered in yellow and black and the alloy bikes will have orange as an option.
The other big news was Intense’s new budget Tracer 275 complete bike. At the heart is the same Rick the Welder, American-made frame that has always been the Tracer 275, and the retail price is just under $3500! The build consists of a SRAM X9/X7 componentry, Intense branded bar, stem, seatpost, and saddle, Sun Ringle Inferno wheels, X-Fusion Sweep RL2 fork and X-Fusion O2 RL rear shock. This is a serious bargain for an Intense with this build kit. We hope to have them in stock soon.