Gear Preview: Intense Cycles Launches Spider 2

Intense Cycles is filling the gap between its 4-inch Spider FRO and the longer-travel Tracer VP trail bike with the new Spider 2. The new bike will have adjustable rear travel from 4.5- to 5-inches and is designed for riders who want an XC bike they can abuse.

"We designed the bike to be between a full-on trail bike and a race bike," said Paul Cusick of Intense Cycles. "We had the Spider FRO [For Race Only] and found that people were buying it and putting longer-travel forks on it. The Tracer was designed to be slack and low—you can't fit a water bottle in the frame. We wanted a bike you could fit a full-size bottle in that won't be as flexy as a full-on XC race bike."

The Spider 2's 5.7-pound frame (with shock) uses traditional tubes, opposed to the heavier monocoque toptube on the Tracer. The bike’s geometry leans more toward cross-country set, too, with a headtube angle of 69 or 70 degrees, depending on travel setting. It also has grease ports at the main pivots help keep maintenance to a minimum. The new bike will come in four sizes—small, medium, large and extra-large—and retails at $1,999 for frame and shock.