2022 Intense Tracer 279 – All new and ready for the future

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It’s 2022 and we’re seeing the 2022 Intense Tracer being launched. Wow, how novel – a bike for now (well, mid-May), not a year away. It’s been in the works for ages however, with development starting in 2019. Let’s take a look at the decision making process, and the outcome.

The Tracer has been in the Intense range for well over 20 years, and Intense thinks this new bike brings it bang up to date and ready for the future. Plenty of travel, good at climbing, good at descending, ‘longer, lower, slacker’ – of course, mullet wheel size, a flip chip, and even somewhere to keep your tools on the bike.

Intense team rider Isabeau Courdurier raced different versions of the ‘new’ Tracer at the Enduro World Series in 2019. She went on to win the final race on a mixed wheel frame and in the process claimed the series win. The bike that she rode went on to be used as the blueprint for the Tracer 279 that you see now. In addition, downhill racing legend Aaron Gwin joined Intense that year and started to give his feedback and input into the design. The Tracer 279 is the first bike from Intense with Aaron’s input.

That’s one way to get a side on view of the bike. No magic stick needed.

2022 Intense Tracer 279 Features

  • 170mm front and rear travel
  • 29” front / 27.5” rear wheel
  • JF tuned enduro link
  • Flip chip adjustable geometry
  • In-frame Chad storage system
  • Öhlins spec’d s model, fox spec’d expert build • full carbon frame with titanium hardware
  • Frame protection and shuttle guard
  • All-new soft compound chainstay protector
  • Easy-to-use quick release rear axle

The Intense Tracer uses inspiration and technology from the M29 downhill bike, using a JF enduro link and taking the shock down low and horizontal. This bottom link driven rear shock provides a firm pedal platform with a lower centre of gravity. Also keeping the centre of gravity low is the Chad storage system – named after their colleague Chad Peterson – tucked away close to the bottom bracket – which is threaded, you’ll be pleased to hear.

The full-carbon Tracer is available in four sizes (S, M, L and XL), and with a reach ranging from 425mm-505mm, a 64.5⁰ head angle (HI setting), and a 77.9⁰ effective seat tube. There are two complete build options and also a frame-only package.

  • Tracer 279 Expert – $5,499/€4,999/£4,799
  • Öhlins spec’d Tracer 279 S – $7199/€6,499/£5,999
  • Factory Frame ($3299/€3,199/£2,799)

All will be available from mid-May, direct from Intense for UK buyers.

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  • Premier Icon argee
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    Have intense got a uk distributor yet, not heard much about them since they stopped distribution through saddleback?

    Premier Icon ayjaydoubleyou
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    when did they stop saddleback?
    Have a couple of friends with intenses, one had a very good and quick warranty experience, from memory last summer.

    Premier Icon chrismac
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    Does it come with a S%$t shifter to enable access to the down tube storage. Perhaps a custom tool with a frame bracket for the enduro look

    Premier Icon Hannah Dobson
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    Intense are direct to consumer in the UK and Europe: https://uk.intensecycles.com/

    Premier Icon Jay
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    I loved my Tracer, such a fast* bike. It might have had something to do with my age when I had it – a mere boy of 26.

    *Fast for me, which is very relative and also 21 years ago…

    Premier Icon stuf
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    Looks like there’s a nice mud shelf around the spring – not sure it’ll like british conditions

    Premier Icon ndthornton
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    My old Tracer 2 Raw was such a lovely looking bike. What the hell has happened? this one appears to have been driven at high speed into a brick wall!

    Premier Icon mrlebowski
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    Have a Sniper & a Primer. Great bikes & the service I’ve had from Intense UK has been 1st class (had a few questions on my Sniper when the then new cross brace came out for it & they were super helpful).

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