Intense Cycles is based out of Temecula, CA and is one of those rare bicycle companies who have a rich and storied history in the cycling community. They’ve helped stimulate local businesses and continue to fabricate many high-end mountain bikes and CNC parts in-house.They’re a company who pride themselves on their downhill history but are humble enough to know when they needed help to achieving their future goals. They’ve brought in some new employees recently that are helping Intense Cycles become the best that it can be.
With help from some new faces at Intense Cycles, they aim to produce not only better bikes, but improve their company as a whole to enable them to create more of the bikes that we all love. The main reason for our visit to their facility was to check out their new Tracer 275 Carbon bike that you’ll be reading more about below. If you’re looking to learn more about the people, process, or facility we’ve documented those as well that you should take a look at as well.
Intense Cycles was a company who initially focused only on downhill bikes. As time progressed they began to expand their lineup to include a wide variety of bikes. Intense began outfitting their bikes with the VPP linkage system that has evolved quite a bit over time and continues to be used in their full suspension platforms. As riders began demanding more out of their trail/enduro level bikes Intense was quick to answer the call and provided a wide variety of options for riders early on that enabled them to pedal a longer travel bike uphill that could also be enjoyed thoroughly on the way down.
The 26 inch wheel was the go-to wheel size for most of Intense’s bikes but they experimented quickly with 29 inch wheels and quickly came out with models to suit the bigger wheel size. At Sea Otter in 2012 Intense Cycles showed off one of the first trail-oriented 27.5” wheel bike called the Tracer 275. At the time there weren’t quite as many 27.5” / 650b wheel’d bikes available but Intense was able to create their first mid-sized wheeled bike that many people clamored for early on. As others in the cycling industry began to embrace the 27.5” wheel it wasn’t long before there were a number of options available for riders.
3 Sizes currently available (S, M, L)
142 x 12mm rear axle
RockShox Monarch / Fox Float CTD / Cane Creek DBAir CS
160mm (top hole) and 140mm travel modes
High-Module unidirectional carbon fiber
Monocoque frame construction
2 color options (Red or Naked)
Internal cable routing
press in bottom bracket – bb92
down tube flak guard and chain stay protector
Carbon Fiber front and rear triangle
With the exception of the seat stay bearings, all of the bearings are located inside the linkages.
5.7lb claimed frameset weight