Intense Launches New Recluse

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Intense has released an all-new 2017 140mm carbon trail bike.

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The Recluse will join a host of new Intense goodness this year, after the Californian brand launched the new Primer, ACV and Spider 275c earlier in the summer. And apparently it’s not the ‘Recluse’, but more like the ‘Reck-loose’ – it’s named after a spider… Can you see what it’s done there?

This new Intense model, one of many released this year, features 150mm front and 140mm rear travel. It’s intended for hard-charging trail riding, as evidenced by the Fox X2 rear shocks and Fox 36 and Pike forks in the specs. it also sees the release of Intense’s own-brand carbon wheels. It’s a dedicated 27.5in bike, rather than offering any other sort of 29er or Plus compatibility.

Intense is really pushing its brand towards the high-market with the introduction of this new carbon bike. It’s quickly filling in all the gaps in its range this year – and we hear that even more new machines are waiting in the wings. The Primer, ACV and Spider all already include a carbon offering in their line-up and who knows what Intense has planned.

The 27.5in Recluse is available in five builds with prices starting at £4200. Importers Saddleback reckon they’ll have stock of the bikes in the next week or so.

Factory Edition

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High-Modulus Carbon Fibre // Fox Factory 36 Float, Kashima 150 MM // Mavic XA Pro Carbon Wheelset 110×15 mm Front, 148 x 12mm Rear // SRAM XX1 // RockShox Reverb // Renthal Carbon Fatbar  // Fabric Saddle // Shimano XTR disc brakes.

Price: £8700 of your Earth Pounds.

Elite Edition

recluse elite

High-Modulus Carbon Fibre // Fox Performance Float 36, 150 MM // Intense Recon Carbon Wheels (below) // Race Face Carbon Cranks // RockShox Reverb Stealth Seatpost // Renthal Carbon Fatbar // SRAM Guide RS Brakes.


The All-New Intense Recon Trail 275 Carbon Wheelset, a first for the brand, featuring a 36mm outer/31mm inner width rim and DT Swiss 350 hubs // Available in boost/148mm spacing only.

Price: £6600

Pro Edition

recluse pro

High-Modulus Carbon Fibre // Fox Performance Float 36, 150 MM Fork // Fox Performance Float X2, 2 Position Rear Shock // Intense Recon Carbon Wheels // Race Face Carbon Cranks // RockShox Reverb Stealth Seatpost // Renthal Carbon Fatbar // SRAM Guide RS Brakes.

Price: The Pro is £5800

Expert Edition


Carbon Fibre Front & Rear Triangles // Rock Shox Pike RC // Rock Shox Monarch RC3 Debonair // DT Swiss M 1900 BOOST // Shimano Deore XT 11-speed // Renthal Fatbar // Shimano XT Hydraulic brakes // RockShox Reverb Stealth Seatpost.

Price: £5,300

Foundation Edition


Carbon Fibre Front & Rear Triangles // RockShox Pike RC Fork // RockShox Monarch R Debonair Shock // Sram 1×11 drivetrain // Intense Recon Bars //  Intense Recon Stem.


Boost 148mm Rear Spacing // Integrated Chainstay-Seatstay protection // Internal Cable Routing.

Price: The Foundation spec is £4200

More information and the full specs can be found here.

Comments (2)

    Lovely looking bike!! But £8700……wow!

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