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    Back in the fold with a Tracer 275!

    Well it's been about five years but I've finally got myself another Intense which will be my 7th in the form of a new Tracer 275 in neon yellow. I've bought it as a frame only to build it up nice and slow over the next could of months, hopefully being ready by late spring. I've bought it to go alongside my 29ers to see what all the fuss is and to cover all areas of the riding that I like to do. My intended build is as follows:

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    Rockshox Pike or Xfusion Sweep 160mm
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    Really looking forward to building this up and running it long travel, it kind of feels like I'm at home on an Intense and especially an alloy one.
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    Glad to have you back for another Intense!

    If I can make a recommendation, go for the Pike over the sweep fork. I'd also grab an SDG saddle over the bonty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam-IntenseCustServ View Post
    Glad to have you back for another Intense!

    If I can make a recommendation, go for the Pike over the sweep fork. I'd also grab an SDG saddle over the bonty.
    This ^ Loving the Pike on my T275. It's the best air fork I've ridden with the most coil-like feel. Which rear shock did you go with? I had a CTD on the Carbine and it was definitely much better than the HV RP23. The CCDBA is a great pair up with the Pike.

    Have fun with the build!

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    Thanks guys! I really like my Pike that I have on my SB95c it's a fantastic fork so to be fair it's probably what I'll go for although I thought my Xfusion Trace was the best fork I'd tried up until the Pikes too so we'll see.

    My frame has the CTD on it, should work well. The Bonty saddle works well for me, took me a long time to find something that I could ride all day without too much trouble, the SDG's are my close second favourites though.
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    Back in the fold with a Tracer 275!

    A quick update on my slow build...









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    Nice.

    FYI, Zee brakes have been on sale at Jenson's for a minute. They're going for $129. I put those on my Intense and love em.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doe Boy View Post
    Nice.

    FYI, Zee brakes have been on sale at Jenson's for a minute. They're going for $129. I put those on my Intense and love em.
    Aah interesting Doe Boy, I was thinking about Zee's, I have SLX brakes on my hard tail and I find them to be awesome, do you think the Zee's would be better still?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Just J View Post
    Aah interesting Doe Boy, I was thinking about Zee's, I have SLX brakes on my hard tail and I find them to be awesome, do you think the Zee's would be better still?
    I will second the recommendation on the Zee's. I have a set on my Tracer 2/27.5 with 180mm Ice-Tech rotors. They felt a little grabby at first compared to my Ice-Tech XT's. Took less than a ride to get used to the modulation and now I love them. Best brakes for hauling my 200 lb ass to a stop on those long steep descents!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MondoRides View Post
    I will second the recommendation on the Zee's. I have a set on my Tracer 2/27.5 with 180mm Ice-Tech rotors. They felt a little grabby at first compared to my Ice-Tech XT's. Took less than a ride to get used to the modulation and now I love them. Best brakes for hauling my 200 lb ass to a stop on those long steep descents!
    So they're actually more powerful than XT's? This is important for us clydes! Funny you say they feel more grabby than the XT's, Pinkbike actually found the opposite to be true during their tests but it's all pretty subjective stuff I guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Just J View Post
    So they're actually more powerful than XT's? This is important for us clydes! Funny you say they feel more grabby than the XT's, Pinkbike actually found the opposite to be true during their tests but it's all pretty subjective stuff I guess.
    They certainly feel that way to me. As I understood it, the Zee's are supposed to be comparable to the Saint disc brakes in power. 4-piston, Ice Tech, but without the reach adjustment knob and no free-stroke adjustment. Kind of how you might compare the SLX to the XT discs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MondoRides View Post
    They certainly feel that way to me. As I understood it, the Zee's are supposed to be comparable to the Saint disc brakes in power. 4-piston, Ice Tech, but without the reach adjustment knob and no free-stroke adjustment. Kind of how you might compare the SLX to the XT discs.
    Very cool thanks, I'll go tale a look at some and decide what to do,thanks for your help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Just J View Post
    Aah interesting Doe Boy, I was thinking about Zee's, I have SLX brakes on my hard tail and I find them to be awesome, do you think the Zee's would be better still?
    I think the Zee's would definitely be better. I'm 6'5" 300lbs and they provide plenty of stopping power. Like Mondo said, the 180mm Ice-Tech Rotors work amazing with it. Moreover, for $129 at JensonUSA, that's a steal. They are normally $229 and up.

    At that price, I picked up an additional set for my Kona and transferred the SLX brakes from the Kona to wife's Tracer275.

    BTW, your bike looks like an LA Laker should be riding it with the purp and yellow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Just J View Post
    A quick update on my slow build...









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    that color is pure sex. with the purple it will look great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mzorich View Post
    that color is pure sex. with the purple it will look great!
    Yeah, but I'm thinking you're gonna need to replace those CB Mallets with these!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MondoRides View Post
    Yeah, but I'm thinking you're gonna need to replace those CB Mallets with these!

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    That's nice. As much as I love CB DH Mallets, I wish they would offer more than one color. I had CB add a gold spring and end cap to mine to match things up a little. Just J gonna have to source out some purp and yellow parts.

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    Ha ha yeah I've been thinking the same thing, I've just bought a new set of Mallet 3's to go on my Yeti but they are only available in red too! My flat days are just about over, only really ride them in the worst mud or snow, but I could be tempted with those Straitlines or these Hopes for those days!

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    You'll be pleased to know that I am going with matching purple Hope hubs too!
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    Back in the fold with a Tracer 275!

    Quick update; just got this tonight:



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    Back in the fold with a Tracer 275!

    This has got to be the longest build I've ever done but after a long wait for the Xfusion forks that were promised to me I've decided to put some Pikes on it instead. I've been running them on my Yeti and like them a lot so I'm looking forward to see what the extra travel will feel like.

    My Hope wheels should be here in a couple of weeks then we'll be good to go! I'll post some build pics then.
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    Come on with it man!!!

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    Still waiting on those wheels!

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    Back in the fold with a Tracer 275!

    Slowest build ever but it's getting there!















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    That is coming out fantastic! Tire's look a little skinny though

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    You better hurry up, by the time you get this done they are going to have the tracer 3
    Looks really nice!
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    Thanks guys!

    Hopefully will have it ready next week...
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    That does look incredible. I finally saw one up close in person, oh man do I want one now.

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