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Intense Uzzi, Tracer VP and Spider 2 launched

Posted by Matt | January 10, 2009 | 3 comments so far

Intense Cycles all-new Uzzi
Over the past few months the folks at Intense Cycles have been quietly busy revamping their product line-up. The result is a ratonalisation of the range to speed up manufacturing and a more versatile product range.

Starting with the new Uzzi (Bikemagic) you’re looking at a bike that is capable of serious all mountain performance or freeride work, offering anywhere between 6.5″ to 7.5″ of travel depending on which type of shock you choose (the factory offers both coil and air shocks).

Added to that there’s compatibility with Truvativ’s Hammerschmidt planetary gear system (well, ISCG mounts at least) and adjustable dropouts to alter wheelbase and frame angles to suit your taste and bike build (burly or burly plus).

Sitting in the middle of the range comes the Tracer VP, a replacement for the 5.5 EVP which I nearly bought myself 18 months back. That bike was (pun intended) too intense for me, offering no off switch to relax. I enjoyed it greatly but didn’t fancy it as my main bike.

Intense Cycles all-new Tracer VP

In contrast, the Tracer VP (BikeRadar review) sounds like it offers more all round performance—at least as far as BikeRadar seems to think so—and comes with custom Easton tubing, a 1.5 inch headtube, great looks and travel options between 5.5 and 6 inches at the rear and 130mm to 160mm up front. Overkill (probably pleasurably so) for our Surrey Hills riding but likely to be a joy anywhere more rugged, I wouldn’t mind a go on this just to see.

Intense Cycles all-new Spider 2

Finally, the Spider 2 (Bikemagic) replaces the Spider FRO and uses many of the features from the Tracer but with shorter travel (4.5 to 5.5 inches) and racier looking angles. It’s all relative since this is still a bike designed for 100-140mm travel forks so is no slouch on the rough stuff but it’s clearly more focussed than the two bikes above. The upside is a frame weighing at least 1/2 a pound lighter than the Tracer VP and probably a much lighter bike overall with an appropriately sensible build.

Worth a look I reckon for our local trails and likely to be just as much a blast elsewhere it’s a shame the current pound/dollar situation might price some potential buyers out of the market.

Filed under 2009, News in January 2009

Matt

About the author

Matt is one of the founding Molefathers of the Muddymoles, and is the designer and main administrator of the website.

Having ridden a 2007 Orange Five for many years he's now running a YT Industries Jeffsy 29er and a Bird AM Zero Boost.

An early On-One Inbred still lurks in the back of the stable as a reminder of how things have moved on. You can even find him on road bikes - currently a 2019 Cannondale Topstone 105 SE, a much-used 2011 Specialized Secteur and very niche belt drive Trek District 1.

If you've ever wondered how we got into mountain biking and how the MuddyMoles started, well wonder no more.

There are 3 comments on ‘Intense Uzzi, Tracer VP and Spider 2 launched’

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  1. Keith says:

    Hi Matt,

    We’re pleased to announce that we are hiring out Intense bikes next year. It helps having Markus Stoeckl (YouTube vid) as a cousin-in-law (he is the one in the shiny red).

    We’ll be trying out their range on the mountain trails out here in Austria—can’t wait for the snow to go! (actually I’m enjoying the skiing loads)

    I noticed one thing though, I don’t think the Spider 2 is replacing the Spider FRO just bridging the gap between the Tracer and the FRO.

    cheers

    Keith

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