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    Opinions on Intense Cruz Recluse?

    I'm considering getting a trail bike so I can N+1 my collection. My only other MTB is a pure-XC machine. A Giant XTC Advanced SL hardtail with 100mm Fox Factory 32 and an XT drivetrain. Looking around at my options I've come across 3 bikes I'm interested in my price range.

    1 - Intense Recluse 275 Foundation Bike
    2 - Canyon Spectral CF 8.0
    3 - YT Jeffsy CF (either CF or CF Pro)

    The Intense seems to be the best deal. For $3k it's a full carbon frame. Unfortunately I found a review or two that seems to be less than stellar,
    https://www.outdoorgearlab.com/revie...cluse-pro-2017
    MBR's video review (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OD9zlJQea98) also said it was lacking a bit on the downhill as it was super twitchy.

    I was wondering if anyone had any experience with this bike and could comment on this. I'm also not familiar with the forks that the Foundation build Intense comes in, anyone have any comments on them?

    I'm also curious what size I'd be. I'm a tad under 5'6". My Giant is a small FWIW.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alxrmrs View Post
    I'm considering getting a trail bike so I can N+1 my collection. My only other MTB is a pure-XC machine. A Giant XTC Advanced SL hardtail with 100mm Fox Factory 32 and an XT drivetrain. Looking around at my options I've come across 3 bikes I'm interested in my price range.

    1 - Intense Recluse 275 Foundation Bike
    2 - Canyon Spectral CF 8.0
    3 - YT Jeffsy CF (either CF or CF Pro)

    The Intense seems to be the best deal. For $3k it's a full carbon frame. Unfortunately I found a review or two that seems to be less than stellar,
    https://www.outdoorgearlab.com/revie...cluse-pro-2017
    MBR's video review (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OD9zlJQea98) also said it was lacking a bit on the downhill as it was super twitchy.

    I was wondering if anyone had any experience with this bike and could comment on this. I'm also not familiar with the forks that the Foundation build Intense comes in, anyone have any comments on them?

    I'm also curious what size I'd be. I'm a tad under 5'6". My Giant is a small FWIW.
    You had me confused about Santa Cruz releasing a new bike I didn't know about.

    Sorry I don't have any ride time on one. Just has to comment


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