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New on the Tracer 275 is a proprietary hydroformed tubing specifically for this bike. The rear swingarm has been redesigned, and is no longer using the replaceable G1 dropout system. It is now sporting fixed 12x142mm dropouts. All of these changes allowed Intense to shave nearly a pound off the frame weight, making it much more competitive with other alloy trail bikes on the market. the geometry has also been tweaked. Intense wanted to improve ride quality, and keep it in-line with current trends among Enduro/Trail/AM bikes. The head angle has been slackened to 66.5° and the BB height lowered to 13.5". Top tube and reach measurements have also been revised to accommodate the first-ever extra large bike for Intense. That's right, the Tracer 275 is now available in extra large. You may view full geometry/specifications in the chart below.
The Tracer 275 boasts adjustable travel between 140mm and 160mm (5.5" - 6.3"). Travel is adjusted via the upper shock bolt. Simply unscrew the bolt using a 5mm allen wrench, and align the shock to desired travel setting. The 2015 Tracer 275 is now stocked with a Cane Creek DB Inline rear shock. The DB Inline is a fantastic lightweight shock, offering ample external adjustability including high/low speed compression and high/low speed rebound. It also features a Climb Switch, which improves climbing performance by deadening both low speed rebound and low speed compression.
Intense understands that there are a multitude of drivetrain options for this style of bike, so they fitted the frame with a fully CNC'd 73mm BB/ISCG '05 unit. 1x10, 2x10, and 3x10 drivetrains are all a breeze to setup with just about any chainguide or front derailleur. A direct mount tab takes the guess-work out of front derailleur fitment, and makes the frame fully compatible with Shimano and SRAM direct mount front derailleurs.
As with the rest of Intense's new bikes, the Tracer 275 utilizes their latest bearing and pivot axle system. The lower pivot uses two alloy oversized main axles with expander cones to insure tightness. Bearing maintenance is a breeze since the frame is equipped with grease ports. Regular maintenance will result in excellent bearing longevity. The frame is fitted with internal dropper post routing, compatible with posts such as the Rock Shox Reverb Stealth or KS LEV Integra.
We've had the chance to ride the 2015 Tracer 275 Alloy, and we came back all smiles. The bike is noticeably more lively and playful compared to the previous model. The improvements in geometry certainly don't go unnoticed. We found the bike to be nearly as confident as the Tracer 275 Carbon. If you don't have room in the budget for the flaghship carbon bike, the Tracer 275 Alloy is a fantastic choice, and won't leave you feeling like you're missing out on something better.
The Tracer 275 frame comes stock with a Cane Creek DB Inline rear shock, a 12x142mm Syntace bolt-on rear axle, and a FLK:GRD downtube protector. As with all Intense bikes, the frame is backed by Intense's five year warranty.