Intense Tracer Expert
Unless you’re doing the Rampage in Moab, 160 mm travel is a ton of travel. And with a ton of suspension travel comes a helping of vagueness and a feeling of stability while losing out on any nimbleness that might make a bike more fun to ride. Intense may have cracked the code: with a JS Tuned suspension, low weight, and just-right geo, the 2021 Intense Tracer Expert is a legitimately fun, maneuverable enduro bike.
JS Tuned suspension is the name of the game with each Intense. It is an evolution of the famous VPP suspension, here using the brand’s Enduro linkage. Unique to this bike is a nearly-completely progressive leverage rate that makes for excellent small bump compliance while still taking advantage of the naturally-good pedaling platform that a VPP bike has. This leads to a supple mid-stroke feel that floats nicely over the chop but is plenty supportive on huck-to-flat type rides without the pedal kickback that other bikes might have. Everything else, from the shock tune, component choice, even carbon fiber layup, makes every Tracer enduro bike a JS Tuned bike.
Geometry is similarly-just right, with numbers that aren’t as ‘long, low, and slack’ as the competition to make the bike more flickable, more maneuverable, and more fun. Numbers are par for the course, but it makes the bike manageable on climbs with hardly any of the vagueness in steering a slacker bike might feel. Other features include a carbon top link, internal cable routing with built-in cable guides, integrated protectors, large-diameter bearings for greater durability, and a grease fitting to keep everything easily lubricated.
The 2021 Intense Tracer Expert features a full carbon frame and rear triangle and pairs it to a Fox Performance 36 fork with 160 mm travel upfront and a 165 mm Fox Performance X2 rear shock. SRAM NX Eagle provides the go with 12 speeds, while Shimano MT520 four-piston calipers pair to a Maxxis Minion DHF/Minion DHR combination to keep your ride under control. 27.5” E13 LG1 Enduro wheels and an Intense Recon dropper, handlebar, and stem complete the package. Tracer is available in four sizes (S-XL).
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Intense Tracer Expert