Bike of the Week

Intense Tracer T275 Carbon

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Why it’s cool- The T275c is cool because it is Intense cycles latest super bike, making it the best all-around mountain bike that they have ever produced. This bike sports 160mm of travel front and rear and weighs in at 27 pounds. It can climb uphill with any other bike made then leave them in the dust on the downhill. It is made completely from carbon fiber with machined aluminum VPP2 linkages. This particular bike is Intense’s Pro Build, a SRAM X01 drivetrain, a RockShox Pike fork and it has the cane creek DBAir rear shock upgrade. We have also upgraded the stock wheels to an Industry9 Enduro wheelset. The photo doesn’t show it, but the bike has a RS Reverb Stealth dropper seatpost.

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Intense offers the T275c in three different price levels and as a frame only. The builds are:

Factory- features a full SRAM XX1 drivetrain, Shimano XTR brakes, a RS Pike fork and Monarch Plus RC3 shock and Envy carbon rims for $9999

Pro- features a SRAM X01 drivetrain, Shimano XT brakes, Stans 3.30 hubs laced to Stans ZTR Flow rims, Renthal bars and stem a RS Pike fork and RS Monarch PlusRC3 rear shock with the option of upgrading to a cane creek DBAircs. All this for $6599

Expert- features a Shimano XT 2×10 drivetrain, Stan’s 3.30 hubs laced to Stan’s ZTR Flow rims, Intense branded bars stem and saddle, Fox 34 evo fork and Float CTD shock for $5999

 

Yes, this is a premium bike at a premium price, there is no doubting that. The question is- is it worth the price? We think that it is. They haven’t skimped on the components anywhere on any of these three builds. They’ve used the best performance parts available to them. You don’t see a mixture of SRAM and Shimano components very often on the same bike, but Intense has stepped out and chosen to run Shimano brakes instead of Avid because they feel they just work better, they’ve chosen to run SRAM 1×11 drivetrains (on the factory and Pro builds) for the simplicity.  We really like that.

Who is this bike built for? If your idea of a great ride is blasting every trail at Perry Hill at ‘full pace’ both up the hill and down, I can’t think of a better bike.

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