I have a size medium 5.5 that I'm going to sell. Send me a PM and we can talk.
Perhaps I may be stating the obvious, but a Tracer in the 5.5" mode has the same 5.5" of travel as the 5.5.starsky said:I built a Nomad up with a pair of PACE carbon forks and light wheels but there was just too much squidge at the back. I just don't want to fall into the same trap with a tracer.
The only one I would add to the list is the Ellsworth Epiphany. My dad has one and just loves it. I have ridden it a few times and its pretty good. I still prefer VPP. I don't think you can go wrong with any of the bikes listed here. Its really what fits you best.KRob said:If you're looking to go new and aren't totally set on going Intense....
Santa Cruz Blur LTc
Turner 5.5 Spot
If you don't mind waiting a bit and are considering a 29er, the Tracer 29er looks like a great 5.5 replacement as well.
Having said all that: I think the Tracer VP in 5.5 mode and light build would be a terrific bike as well for a 5.5 replacement. It could easily be built below 30 pounds, would feel just as snappy as the 5.5 and would give you some room to grow if you do decide to start going a bit bigger. (The Turner is also very capable of being built both XC/Trail light or Trail/AM burly)