With roots in downhill racing and doing so flamboyantly, Intense has a habit of going full-bore on everything they do. Their XC mountain bike, the Sniper is more aggressive and capable than any other bike in it’s class, while their M29 downhill bike pioneered 29er wheels in a world where 26” wheels still reigned. The Intense Tazer e-MTB aims to do the same thing do the electric assist MTB world. 155 mm rear suspension travel, a Shimano STEPS E8000 drive unit, and a full carbon frame make the 2020 Intense Tazer Pro e-MTB a full-fledged effort.
An Intense wouldn’t be an Intense without a JS Tuned suspension, and makes use of a modified Trail linkage. Think of JS Tuned suspension as an evolution of VPP kinematics we’ve loved for years on Santa Cruz bikes; as Santa Cruz has evolved, so too has Intense. Using their Trail tune with an upper mount shock, the Sniper provides their best pedaling platform while maintaining the active small bump sensitivity and grip Intense bikes are known for. This is a holistic approach that includes geometry, suspension tune, frame design, and parts spec to make for the best trail bike Intense can make.
The Tazer features 155 mm, which paired to a 160 mm fork and just-right geometry`makes for a maneuverable bike that can go down just as fast as the motor assist helps it get up. His goal was to make an E-bike that didn’t feel cumbersome, had a seamless pedal-to-power transition and delivered a true mountain bike experience. Intense uses an external Shimano battery, which is completely integrated into the carbon frame and accessible via a flap. Other features include a molded downtube cover, rear wheel fender to protect the drive unit and linkage from grime, internal cable routing, and cable routing specific to Shimano STEPS.
Perhaps the most interesting part of the Tazer is the mixed wheel choice here. Tazer uses a 29 x 2.6” tire up front for superior rollover capability over rough terrain. Out back is a 27.5 x 2.8” tire that offers loads of grip where needed. It is a combination that fully takes advantage of the performance of a drive-assist unit and the suspension with few if any sacrifices.
Each 2020 Intense Tazer Pro features a full-carbon frame rear triangle, paired to a Shimano STEPS E8000 drive unit. A Fox Factory E-Bike 36 with 160 mm travel is up front with a 155 mm Fox Factory DPX2 shock out back. A Shimano XT/SLX 11-speed drivetrain with an 11-42t cassette, Shimano XT four-piston calipers, DT Swiss H1700 29/27.5” wheels, and an Intense dropper seatpost complete the package. Tazer Pro is available in four sizes (SM-XL).
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