Like all modern enduro bikes, the new Intense Tracer gets a little longer reach and a little slacker front end. The head angle drops a full degree to 65.5º across all sizes, but the seat angle actually inclines a half degree to 75º actual (71º effective), putting the rider in a slightly more powerful position. Top tube length grows 0.25″ to 0.5″ depending on size, with the small and medium frame sizes seeing more stretch. Chainstay length sticks at 17″. Big riders can rejoice knowing there’ll be an XL right out of the gate, too. It’s more than just tweaked numbers, though – the frame gets reworked, too…
Other refinements come with new, longer “JS Enduro-link” linkages that they say improve the leverage ratio and suspension curve. Travel gets a little longer, too, up 5mm to 165mm front and rear. Two levels of frames are on offer: The SL uses titanium hardware, a carbon fiber upper link and HiMod carbon fiber throughout the frame to save 200g over the standard version, which gets an alloy upper link and UD fibers. Both have full carbon front and rear triangles.
The frame goes to Boost spacing (148mm rear axle) and moves the dropper seatpost routing inside the frame. Carry over elements are their angular contact/collet bearing system with Zerks grease injection ports, internal shift/brake routing, downtube and chainstay flak guard protection and 27.5″ wheels. Most models come with 2.35″ tires.
At the top of the five-bike hierarchy is the Factory Build with the SL frame, Enve M70HV Rims, DT Swiss hubs, SRAM XX1 Eagle, Fabric Saddle, and Rock Shox Reverb Stealth Seatpost. Full specs for all models are on their website, and retail for the Factory build is $10,399.
Next down is the Tracer Elite with the SL frame, SRAM X01 Eagle, Fabric Saddle, RoxkShox Reverb Stealth Seatpost, and SRAM Guide Brakes. Retail is $7,999.
The Pro Build is the last to use the SL frame and gets SRAM X1, 11-speed, Fabric Saddle, RockShox Reverb Stealth Dropper Post and SRAM Guide Brakes. Retail is $6,999.
Expert Build gets the UD frame with alloy upper link, built with Shimano XT 11 Speed, WTB Saddle, RockShox Reverb Dropper Post and Shimano XT Brakes. Retail is $5,899.
Last up is the Foundation Build with a Rockshox Lyric RC 160mm fork & RockShox Monarch Plus RC3 rear shock, Shimano XT 11-speed, WTB Saddle and Shimano XT Brakes. This one comes in at $4,599.
A frameset is also available. Click image to enlarge geometry chart.