Preview: Intense Tracer 275 Carbon

Intense goes carbon for its 650b all-mountain ride

Photos by: JP Van Swae and Tim Bardsley-Smith

Intense Tracer 275C Pro

When Intense debuted its 650b Tracer in late 2012, our own gear guru Vernon Felton asked, “What about carbon?” Well, Vernon, that day has arrived.

The matte black and grey Tracer 275c we just got our hands on is stunning, but this new Tracer is more than just good looks, and there are a few notable differences between it and its aluminum predecessor. First up are internally routed cables throughout for the SRAM XO1 drive train, RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper post and Shimano XT brakes.

A RockShox Pike fork and Monarch Plus RC3 rear shock take care of suspension duties for the bike’s 160 millimeters of travel. The frame is now a full degree slacker than the aluminum version with a 66.5-degree head angle, and the bottom bracket sits slightly taller at 13.5 inches, while still maintaining a short 17-inch chainstay length.

I’ve only got a few rides on the new Tracers 275c, but so far it’s left me with a smile on my face wanting more. We’ll be putting it through its paces over the next few months for a dual tester review in the upcoming July issue of Bike magazine.

The new 275c will be offered in three build kits: an expert kit at $5,999; the pro that we’re testing is $6,599; and the factory build will come in at $9,999. If none of those builds strike your fancy the 275c will also be offered as a frameset for $3,199. For more info head over to the Intense Cycles website.

Like a stealth bomber, this matte-black beauty is set to seek and destroy.

Like a stealth bomber, this matte-black beauty is set to seek and destroy.

The internal cable routing on the 275c is a welcome addition.

The internal cable routing on the 275c is a welcome addition.

Adjustable travel from 160 millimeters to 150 just like its aluminum sibling.

Adjustable travel from 160 millimeters to 150 just like its aluminum sibling.

The rear axle is stout and clean, keeping with the sleek look of the new carbon Tracer.

The rear axle is stout and clean, keeping with the sleek look of the new carbon Tracer.

USA born and raised.

USA born and raised.

Chris Kovarik getting to know his new friend, the Tracer 275c.

Chris Kovarik getting to know his new friend, the Tracer 275c.

The skills to two-wheel drift corners at speed are unfortunately not included.

The skills to two-wheel drift corners at speed are unfortunately not included.

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