The INTENSE Tracer 279 Enduro bike has been completely redesigned and reengineered for 2022. With 170mm (6.7”) of travel and a mullet/staggered wheelset (29” front/27.5”rear), we have created a bike that is stable and capable, while also fast, fun and agile. It is perfectly at home in the bike park doing laps, out in the back country on an adventure or racing against the clock on Enduro race courses around the world.
We believe that an Enduro bike needs to do two things: eat-up mountainous terrain on the downhills and climb back up to do it all again. With our new Tracer we have made a bike that can do just that. Borrowing inspiration and technology from our M29 downhill bike, utilizing its bottom link driven rear shock and suspension design, we have designed a bike with plush travel for the roughest of descents, and a firm pedal platform when needed on the climbs. We’ve positioned the rear shock low down and centered in the frame, allowing the Tracer to descend and handle terrain flawlessly.
The first prototypes for the 2022 Tracer started back in 2019 when (then) INTENSE team rider Isabeau Courdurier raced different versions of the ‘new’ Tracer at the Enduro World Series. She went on to win the final race on a mixed wheel frame and in the process claimed the series win. It was a great start for the new Tracer, and the bike that she rode would go on to be used as the blueprint for the Tracer 279 that you see now. It’s a great example of the trickle-down effect from racing to the end consumer, something that INTENSE has always championed.
In that same year another important part of the puzzle was that downhill racing legend Aaron Gwin joined INTENSE and started to give his feedback and input into the design. As he worked closely with Jeff Steber (Owner and CEO) the Tracer 279 would go on to become the first bike from INTENSE with Aaron’s “design thumbprint” on it.
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 headangle (HI setting), and a 77.9⁰ seatangle (Effective) the Tracer is very much in line with the new-school way of thinking when it comes to ‘longer, lower, slacker’ geometry. Add in Flip Chip two-position adjustable geometry, our CHAD in-frame storage system and a threaded bottom bracket and you have a bike that ticks all the Enduro boxes.
There are two complete build options and also a frame-only package. The Tracer 279 Expert ($5,499/€4,999/£4,799), the Öhlins spec’d Tracer 279 S ($7199/€6,499/£5,999) and Factory Frame ($3299/€3,199/£2,799) will be available from mid-May.
The Tracer has been in our INTENSE range for well over 20 years, and we believe that the ‘all-new’ Tracer represents everything INTENSE stands for in 2022 and beyond. It’s big on travel (not too much!), is hard hitting, but with the modern climbing characteristics that everybody wants.
For further details on the complete 2022 Tracer range, head to the Intense Website.