Redesigning the Bike of the Year
BIKE TEST / INTENSE TRACER 275C
When Intense launched its Tracer T275C back in 2014, we were so impressed that we gave it our
prestigious Best Bike of the Year award.
When the Intense crew told us they were
launching a new version of this perennial
favorite, we were excited about the
possibility that it would be even better and
nervous that Intense might not be able to
improve on a bike that was already so great.
At the launch event prior to the first ride,
we found ourselves quietly thinking, “Please
don’t mess up the Tracer, please don’t mess
up the Tracer.” So far the bike has been in
our test fleet for several months now, and
this is what we found out after many miles
aboard the all-new Tracer 275C.
WHO IS IT MADE FOR?
The Tracer has long been Intense’s do-it-all trail machine, and the carbon version
sticks to that design theory. With 6. 3 inches
of travel, relatively slack geometry and an
ultra-light parts package, the Tracer is only
limited by the skill of its pilot.
Don’t think of it as a jack-of-all-trades,
however; think of it as the most well-rounded frameset Intense offers with all
the benefits of full-carbon construction.
WHAT IS IT MADE FROM?
Intense builds its Tracer with carbon
fiber from top to bottom. In fact, Intense has
stopped building aluminum bikes altogether
in 2017. Intense kept some of its aluminum
machinery at its Temecula factory for
building prototypes, but every production
bike from here on out will be carbon.
The Tracer is also available in two
distinctly different carbon versions.