The Intense Tracer 2 is one of the most versatile frames in their line up. With it's adjustable travel you can build up a lightweight endurance race machine with a 140mm fork to be a well balnced yet condidence inspiring bike. Or build it up a little beefier with a 160mm fork to conquer epic all mountain excursions or gravity days at the bike park. The Tracer 2 can really do it all! Features -Adjustable travel 5.75?-6.25? (145mm-160mm), easily set at the upper link -Wide range geometry settings for aggressive trail or fast XC riding -Full 1.5" head tube to accomodate all steerer and headset options available -ISCG-05 integrated into fully machined BB shell -Improved bearings with EZ-lock binder-bolt main pivot system -Rear dropout mount system accepts 142x12 Shimano, SyntaceX12, or standard 135QR dropouts. -Threaded, replaceable zerk grease fittings -Redesigned yoke & lower link machining for added rigidity and strength -Redesigned proprietary hydroformed downtube reduces weight and adds strength -NEW Machined ?boxbrace? seatstay bridge adds swingarm rigidity for a far more stable ride -World Cup, National, and World Championship winning VPP suspension platform -Fox RP23 shock stock; Cane Creek Double Barrel shock upgrade options available -Custom color paint options also available
Strengths: Frame looks good, however the Fox Float CTD rear shock (ID CCHW, Boost Valve Tune 175, Rebound Tune L, and Velocity Tune M) installed by Intense Cycles on new Intense Tracer 2 frame 2013 suffered catastrophic failure on first ride. Rear shock blew apart at canister threads. Fox replaced the shock claiming Intense installed the wrong shock. The second shock suffered the same failure within minutes. WTF? Intense has not returned any emails or calls. Is anyone else having this issue?
Weaknesses: Rear shock blew apart at canister threads. Fox replaced the shock claiming Intense installed the wrong shock. The second shock suffered the same failure. Rear shock performance prior to catastrophic failure was great as expected. Threads appear to be stripped. Shock was not modified by user. Any thoughts?
No customer service. Plenty of other nice frames on the market, find something else. I really wanted to like my new Intense.
Strengths: Strong frame for 160mm Travel . Great design ( great looking bike )!!! Excellent handling - confident on cornering and switchback!!
vpp is an outstanding suspension design !!
Weaknesses: Little bite heavy. Some welding spot and paint area is unacceptable . And some bolt need to be tight more. When I got the frame, one of the deraileur hanger bolt was kind of loose.
Made in USA ???!!! Hope they have a better quality control !!!
I used to have Intense 5.5 and love how its handling .
Now 2012 Tracer 2 is even better! Thanks VPP suspension design.
over all it s a great bike . it s one of favorite bikes.
Bike Setup: 2012 Intense 2 Rear shock : Fox RP32 Kashima coated . 160mm travel. Fork: 2012 Fox Racing Talas terralogic 110-140mm travel. Kashima coated. Wheelset: front 15mm axle SRAM 9 Hub and mavic EN321 rim with 2.3 Kenda Nevegal tire. Rear wheel 12x142 axle SRAM 9 Hub and Mavic EN321 rim with 2.3 Kenda Nevegal tire. Crankset : Shimano XT Dyna 10speed. Seatpost : Thomson masterpiece 31.6mm Handlebar: Azonic B-52 scandium . Stem: syncros FR. Headset: top cane creek FORTY Bottom headset: cane creek 110. Brake set : formula R1 racing 180mm front and 160mm Rear. Shifter : shimano dyna 10 speed. Front deraileur : shimano XT Rear deraileur : shimano XT Cassette : shimano XT.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: February 4, 2012
Strengths: super stiff under my 200# weight. The bike steers predictably and tracks super well. The angles seem spot on. This bike is dialed. Also love the rear thru axle, which goes a long way to help with the overall stiffness of the bike. The rear dropouts can be changed out to accomodate standard qr rears, too. Pedals great and descending is buttery smooth. The bike is really stable. It rocks on drops, steeps, and even steep climbing. It's not the fastest racerboy climber out there, but it climbs like a goat on technical terrain.
Weaknesses: Not the lightest frame, but the whole bike still comes in just over 30# well built with X9, Formula, and a RS Revelation.
Honestly? I think I've found the perfect bike. I've been on this thing for about a year now and it completely rocks. I've ridden some high end bikes for quite a while, but the Tracer 2 has put my riding into another category. You'll have to pry it from my cold dead hands!
If you're looking for one, make sure to get hold of Redstone. No fancy online ordering website, but they rock and will generally hook you up!
a Weekend Warrior
from Arlington, TX Tarrant
Date Reviewed: November 17, 2011
Strengths: Flats, Downs and Comfortable. Super Stiff
I bought this bike because I could get it cheaper than the Santa Cruz Nomad. This bike is great fun. I have not been able to win any races uphill but I am generally first down. The bike will soak up whatever I have thrown at it. I weigh 215 lbs. I bought this bike as a complete bike. I am very impressed with the stiffness of the frame, quickness in turns and suspension set up. I normally ride with the bike in the 5.5" mode being in Central Savannah River Area. Currently I have around 250 miles on the bike without any issues. My only regret is getting the 3 x 10 setup instead of the 2 x 10.
This bike is for fun and epic rides not for racers.
Strengths: With a head angle of 68' you get the confidence to really open the bike up on decents, with the upgraded beefier rear triangle it holds solid lines through corners , climbs very well. Awesome through rocky sections.
Due to the seat tube being upgraded slightly angled bend towards the rear the cockpit feels very comfortable and roomy.
Next upgrade would be a new wheel-set with the 142mm rear axle, which will compliment the bike and really get everything you can from this amazing rig.
Weaknesses: Rear Shock bolt tends to loosen, replaced the bolt due to a slight bend easily solved/fixed though. Intense staff are very helpful.
The Best Trail bike to date so far.
Fast and Flowy.
Intense all the way:)
Similar Products Used: Intense Tracer VPP, Gary Fisher Possum XO
Bike Setup: ODI TLD Grips, Sunline 745 Handle bars, Sunline AM Stem, WTB Silverado saddle, Shimano XT Brakes, Shimano XT Drivetrain, 2010 Fox Float 36, Crank Bros Joplin4 Seat Post, Crank Bros Mallet Pedals, Mavic Crossmax SX, Maxxis HighRollers 2.35 Front and Rear Tubeless,
a Weekend Warrior
from Newbury Park CA
Date Reviewed: June 23, 2011
Strengths: I wanted the next generation of total trail dominance and I think I have it with T2. Only 2 mo/300 Mi in and still trying to hit edge of performance with this rig. Every time I think I have its does one better. Super stiff tortional throughout esp with RS Lyric 20MM thru axle with king hub on front end and beefy reinforce rear. Keeps a tight line in switchbacks w no turn radius penalties. Pure point and shoot bike that will bail you out of all kinds of poor decisions in the rough and at speed.
Weaknesses: Thought steering was too squirrely but cured that with longer (100mm) stem. Chain clearance at BB tight which creates xs noise and wear on rough descents. Little hefty at 31 lbs with Lyric and XT group
Running in 6.2 travel mode makes this bike the awesome enduro hammer. Climbs well little bob even out of saddle, rules the tech downhills esp now that I am used to settling weight into center and digging hard into corners. Most secure feeling ride yet when in big rough or landing.
This is one of those bikes that assures you that the bike will not be the limiting factor in your ability to challenge the best trails around.
The guys at Intense are providing great tech support and service
Im looking to swap my Small Tracer 2 frame for a Medium. Anyone looking to do the opposite? 142x12mm rear.
Also, Id be willing to outright buy a Medium Tracer 2 frame, color doesnt matter, so let me know if you have one.
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As above, has anyone converted their tracer 2, I've asked my supplier and they think there maybe issues with tyre clearance, maybe with the bracein the swing arm or the seat tube,any advice would be welcome cheersRead More »
Just curious as to tires/size everyone is running on their builds?
I currently have a maxxis ardent 2.4 f minion 2.34 r but just ordered minion 2.5's (I predominately ride DH at Winterpark and rarely pedal anymore)
Interested to hear what everyone else is rollin...Read More »