If you are racing 4x / Slalom, you will either be onTheTazer VP or behind one.That was Intenses bold announcement whenThey introducedTheTazer. Its certainly a statementThey can backup--just look upThe rides of World Champions Anneke Beerten and Jill Kitner. 6061-T6 custom aluminum frame AdjustableTravel from 3.25"To 4" with included Fox RP23 rear shock Assymetrical swingarm 31.6 seatpost 73mm BB 1.5 headtube 135mm rear spacing 12.75" BB height ISCG 05Tabs Note: Complete bike
from Portsmouth, UK
Date Reviewed: September 18, 2006
Strengths: sheer performance i ride off road daily and this bike performs perfectly i have covered 3000km (yes really) since i bought this frame and have found almost no terrain it doesn't excel at it jumps well pedals well and climbs superb considering its a 9 speed my local dh track ( the chavanne in les gets) has been a good test for the frame and after testing other bikes on it i have found how well the sus works it tracks better than bikes with twice the travel.
Weaknesses: the lower pivot bolt for the rear shock i broke 3 this season. the braking bumbs heat the bolt weakening it until it snaps. bearing life on the pivots and the fact that the back end wags like a dog as soon as the bearings show any wear especially sketchy on the longer corners. lack of tyre clearance (to be expected on a 4x bike)
as a bike guide i don't really use this bike for its intended purpose often but it is a great all rounder for dirt xc dh 4x and more. only fork out the cash if you think you will really notice the performance. reliability is an issue and intense's customer service is attrocious. a tiny bike which i like that performs amazingly when its working.
Similar Products Used: non. previously owned commencal supreme FR. dialled prince albert. rockhopper fsr. giant atx 2. before buying the tazer i demo'd giant anthem and trance,cannondale prophet,trek remedy 66, whyte 46, plus others.
Bike Setup: fox vanilla fork then marzocchi mx comps. waiting for pikes. manitou metal rp. full xt groupset hope xc hubs on sunsingle tracks with maxxis 2.35 high rollers. thomson seatpost and x4 stem hope headset and mono minis dmr speed guide elite and elite saddle and v8 pedals
Date Reviewed: July 19, 2006
Strengths: seem strong , and biutifull , very light , and very good for pedaling only some very small oscillation when you pedaling hard after the gate !!!
Weaknesses: many axles so you must check often if that's not bad tight...
original shock (manitout 3way) not very good for small bump replaced for manitout 4way with gaz cylinder (the best will be probabli the fox shox !!!)
my bank acount !!!!
for me the better frame never tested , no flex or soft on pedaling and many grip for turn , well the best !!!!
Bike Setup: mx pro marzzocchi , profile bmx crank and spocket, bombshell whells , hayes carbon magnesium brack ,tioga tyre and seat , easton bar stem seat post
a Weekend Warrior
from Santa Barbara
Date Reviewed: November 2, 2005
Strengths: Very stiff frame. Gussets galore. Beautiful. Steep seattube angle allows for excellent pedaling, even when the seat's very low; that allows for laying down lots of power very quickly and comfortably; but i'm not sitting most of the time anyway. 4"(not 4.5" as described above) feels a lot bigger than what I had expected. very easy to pop the front end for bunnyhopping.
Weaknesses: ultra chi-chi-racerboy type frame. there's slight lateral flex when mashing a gear on a slight incline(imagine the rear triangle moving like a wagging tail of a dog) but this is very minimal and acceptable. There's also no real good lock out there that can safely lock this bike to anything. Get insurance.
Sick frame, ultra-rare, ultra chi-chi, but that's part of it's allure. The tazer just takes off on the ground, and then it flies like it's got wings. So far i've ridden to the local DJ parks which is about 2-3 miles away, and pedaling is a lot more comfortable than what I had expected. When i arrive at the DJ's, i slam the seat down and fly. it's not a do it all bike, keep this in mind when you're considering this frame; i run the RC2 fork at 110 mm, 125mm at the most; anything more and it's just rediculous to ride. Apparently the Blur 4x can take a 5" fork, but I've never test rode that. The headangle is what I prefer on my bikes, less than 69 degrees. With the fork at 110mm, it's probably about 68 degrees, which feels aboslutely rock solid for steering stability in the berms and doubles.
I would not rule out taking this bike out on a liesurely xc ride at all, regardless of how inappropriate it is to ride such a 'race specific' bike on nice rolling singletrack, but to hell with that....this thing can do lots!
I've been told by many that installing a front derailleur is NOT reccommended, if not impossible. Well, i've done it, and it works perfectly. but i'm beginning to realize i don't really need it! plus, i'm thinking to swap the 32T chainring for a 34-36T because i can top out the gears so much quicker than on say my as-x.
Sure, for the same amount of money, you can get a different intense with 2.5 or more inches of travel, but that's up to you and what you plan to do with it. i plan to punish this frame and the swinger 4-way shock is meant to let me do that without worrying too much.
I give it 5 flamin value chili's because it's fricken purely wicked insane expensive, but it's worth it!
from Albuquerque, NM, USA
Date Reviewed: August 13, 2005
Strengths: this frame is the sweetest mtn cross /dj fullsuspension out there! it looks like its going 300mph standing still...this frame is soooo lightweight but still has so much strength in every way!..the geometry on this frame is perfect the amount of travel is perfect, the bb height is low and the head tube angle is set just right making this thing corner like no other! this bike immediatly makes you feel at home on it. this bike manuals, pedals, corners, and jumps like a dream. it is the best fullsuspension bike i have ever ridden for 4x/dj!
Weaknesses: the monocoque desighn is a little loud, but you can easily fix that by corectly wrapping the chainstays (not a problem)... also the price is alot
to start.. if you get this frame dont get the 5th element, i feel that the manitou 4 way is a better shock. this bike does cost alot but in the end it is worth every penny!!i would highly highly recomend this bike,,, i feel that Intense did a great job!! Get one