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    Here's a very bad photo. The weld is cracked all around. I had noticed a creaking but it seems to have totally let go when I dropped off a curb. This frame gave me many years of faithful service, so I ain't mad...

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    Quote Originally Posted by pomocanthus View Post
    Can anyone comment, from experience, how these old Horst links compare to VPP and DW Link.
    My well modified UZZI SL (SLX shock linkage and upper shock mount moved up an inch to accommodate a 7x2 Swinger Air shock) is still my AM bike of choice for daily riding. My XC race bike is a Fisher HiFi. Both are Horst Link bikes. I've ridden VPPs (no DWs) and would say that they do climb marginally better but in every other area, the Horst Link bikes still work as well and in some areas, even better.
    However, because the VPPs do climb so well, they can go with more travel and still pedal well.
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    Uzzi sl / 5.5

    This is my Uzzi sl and 5.5
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brendan J View Post
    This is my Uzzi sl and 5.5
    That would make you the guy to ask about the differences.
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    The 5.5 is overall a better bike in my opinion. The Uzzi sl is super plush on the small bumps but bottoms easily on the big hits. The 5.5 is not as plush on the small bumps but resists bottoming more. The 5.5 also wins hand down in the pedaling efficiency.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brendan J View Post
    The 5.5 is overall a better bike in my opinion. The Uzzi sl is super plush on the small bumps but bottoms easily on the big hits. The 5.5 is not as plush on the small bumps but resists bottoming more. The 5.5 also wins hand down in the pedaling efficiency.
    That's what I felt, but I wouldn't go so far as, "wins hands down".

    Also, the bottoming out thing is shock setup. The fact that your sl bottoms out means the rear is set a little too soft. This would also negatively affect your pedaling efficiency.
    I think if you worked on a little suspension tuning you'd be surprised how close your sl can get to your VPP. Maybe not AS good, but closer than you think.
    One more thing, switching to a rear platform air shock would be a huge eye opener. The sl works really well with these.
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    Nice rides Brendan. I've had my 5.5 since 07 and am thinking of trying out a T29er or a TB. Not many active threads on 29ers for Intense. Is that a sign?

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    Quote Originally Posted by roxtar View Post
    That's what I felt, but I wouldn't go so far as, "wins hands down".

    Also, the bottoming out thing is shock setup. The fact that your sl bottoms out means the rear is set a little too soft. This would also negatively affect your pedaling efficiency.
    I think if you worked on a little suspension tuning you'd be surprised how close your sl can get to your VPP. Maybe not AS good, but closer than you think.
    One more thing, switching to a rear platform air shock would be a huge eye opener. The sl works really well with these.
    Well I'm 205lbs and I don't recall ever bottoming out my SL. I run the stock FOX Vanilla RC coil. I'm sure after all these years both of my shock and fork could use an overhaul. But never a problem with bottoming out. FOX Vanilla RLC 125mm up front.

    So roxstar what platform air shock have you tried on an SL?
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    I've been using a Manitou Swinger 3way Air but just swapped in a FoxRP23.
    Was happy with the Swinger but figured I'd give the Fox a try.

    I've changed a few things on my SL, though. I went to an SLX shock linkage and then welded in new front shock mounts about an inch forward of the stock mount. This allowed me to use a 7.5x2 shock with the slx linkage without getting a crazy high BB. Mating a Marzocchi 55ATA160 fork to it gives me a nice 6" travel AM bike with a 15"BB and 67* head angle.
    Even with a bomber wheelset and big Schwalbe 2.4s it comes in at 31lbs

    And it still pedals like an SL.
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    [QUOTE=nordstadt;9311262]
    Great shot! What setting on the camera gives you that result?





    Anybody else have an older INTENSE still in use? Care to share?
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    [QUOTE=DIRTJUNKIE,;9438365]
    Quote Originally Posted by nordstadt View Post
    Great shot! What setting on the camera gives you that result?
    Photoshop...

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    My daily rider; UZzziSL on steroids

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    Anybody else have an older INTENSE still in use? Care to share?
    I have a FR bike and an XC race rig but my '01ish Uzzi SL is my primary (AM) ride:









    I moved the upper shock mount 1" forward to allow me to fit a 7.75"x 2.25" Fox RL and then swapped in SLX shock links. With the 160mm Marzocchi 55 ATA, it's got 6" of F&R travel, a 69* head angle, a manageable 15.5" BB height, and weighs in just under 30lbs.
    Hadleys tied to WTB Frequency i23 rims with Schwalbe 2.4 RaRas
    Handles like, well, like an Uzzi.

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    Here's my recently finished Tazer. Rescued from the dead and turned into ex-team/prototype inspired play-bike. Huge fun to ride!
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    nice.

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    So how much travel in that configuration?
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    Quote Originally Posted by roxtar View Post
    My well modified UZZI SL (SLX shock linkage and upper shock mount moved up an inch to accommodate a 7x2 Swinger Air shock) is still my AM bike of choice for daily riding. My XC race bike is a Fisher HiFi. Both are Horst Link bikes. I've ridden VPPs (no DWs) and would say that they do climb marginally better but in every other area, the Horst Link bikes still work as well and in some areas, even better.
    However, because the VPPs do climb so well, they can go with more travel and still pedal well.
    I finally finish putting together the old Tracer. She looks great but rides terrible (there's a sexist joke in there somewhere). On high gear ratio, she rides OK but even on a slight incline and I am hammering away on lower gears I feel like I'm on a pogo stick. A couple of times after hitting modest bumps at moderate speed, I just about bounced off the bike. My Giant NRS and even my "faux" bar Kona rides MUCH better than this. Is this to be expected from an old bike or should I invest in Fox propedal offerings?
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    Quote Originally Posted by roxtar View Post
    My well modified UZZI SL (SLX shock linkage and upper shock mount moved up an inch to accommodate a 7.5x2 Swinger Air shock) is still my AM bike of choice for daily riding. My XC race bike is a Fisher HiFi. Both are Horst Link bikes. I've ridden VPPs (no DWs) and would say that they do climb marginally better but in every other area, the Horst Link bikes still work as well and in some areas, even better.
    However, because the VPPs do climb so well, they can go with more travel and still pedal well.
    Quote Originally Posted by pomocanthus View Post
    I finally finish putting together the old Tracer. She looks great but rides terrible (there's a sexist joke in there somewhere). On high gear ratio, she rides OK but even on a slight incline and I am hammering away on lower gears I feel like I'm on a pogo stick. A couple of times after hitting modest bumps at moderate speed, I just about bounced off the bike. My Giant NRS and even my "faux" bar Kona rides MUCH better than this. Is this to be expected from an old bike or should I invest in Fox propedal offerings?
    You'd be amazed at what a good platform shock will do.
    I just swapped the Swinger for an RP23 and it's even better.

    I also just got the frame back from anodizing:





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    Quote Originally Posted by roxtar View Post
    You'd be amazed at what a good platform shock will do.
    I just swapped the Swinger for an RP23 and it's even better.

    I also just got the frame back from anodizing:
    That orange anodize is great! Mind if I ask what it cost you? Did you sand blast frame yourself or had it done? That's a lot of prep work but I'm sure it's worth it. It looks amazing!

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    Anybody else have an older INTENSE still in use? Care to share?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pomocanthus View Post
    That orange anodize is great! Mind if I ask what it cost you? Did you sand blast frame yourself or had it done? That's a lot of prep work but I'm sure it's worth it. It looks amazing!
    Thanks, it was really simple. For $150 just send them the frame (It can have NO steel attached to it. Remove any steel bushings, races, whatever) and they strip all paint, powdercoat, or old anodize off it and anodize it.

    McNicholsAnodizing.com

    They do a great job.
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    My 2000 model , still rocks !!




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    Quote Originally Posted by Christ D View Post
    My 2000 model , still rocks !!



    Nice ride Christ D, Back in 2000' I was just entering the game. I narrowed the field down to 2 bikes. I was torn between the Intense Tracer in red exactly like yours or the top of the line GT an XCR-LE. I ended up withe the LE. I loved that bike it handled like a dream and with disc brakes which were in the infancy stage at the time weighed in at 26.5 lbs.

    Well I ended up cracking 2 of those frames in a year and a half time. GT warranted the first frame. But the second one I was SOL due to GT claiming bankruptcy. My bike shop stepped up and offered up a good size discount towards any other brand they carried. So I was then again looking at Intense. I was torn between the Tracer and the Uzzi-SL and the Uzzi-SLX. Having just went through hell cracking 2 lightweight. XC frames I leaned away from the Tracer. I ended up choosing the middle of the road. Not the lightweight Tracer or the burly SLX but rather I chose the Uzzi-SL in red of course.Guess what I have been on my 2001' Uzzi-SL since 2002' And she's still RockN. Love old Intense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE, View Post
    Nice ride Christ D
    Thanks !! I still hammer that thing , no issues so far. I bought the frame a couple of years ago from a guy in San Diego. Was a white and had it repainted in red wich was my favorite colour for the older Intense Tracer's. I really love , tho' it's getting old.

    Intense should do a special edition of the old Tracer .

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    Good choice in the repaint to original Intense Team Red. I bet I know your bike having lived in San Diego for numerous years. I remember a guy from San Diego with a white older Tracer who posted here back in the day. BTW I am still rocking a 2001' UZZI-SL which is red of course. A photo of which is in the first post of this thread. That is an old photo and all parts have been updated since.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE, View Post
    Good choice in the repaint to original Intense Team Red. I bet I know your bike having lived in San Diego for numerous years. I remember a guy from San Diego with a white older Tracer who posted here back in the day. BTW I am still rocking a 2001' UZZI-SL which is red of course. A photo of which is in the first post of this thread. That is an old photo and all parts have been updated since.
    Well , that guy became a good friend and took me on a roadtrip back in 2010 where i got to hammer his other black 2003 Tracer . Love that thing , Intense should do an anniversary edition of the old Tracer !

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    Is it worth it to put a new rear shock on the old Tracer frame and if so which shock works best?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rojo Grande' View Post
    Is it worth it to put a new rear shock on the old Tracer frame and if so which shock works best?

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    I'm very happy with the Fox Float with pro pedal , bought it new a couple of years ago when the frame was allready 9 years old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christ D View Post
    I'm very happy with the Fox Float with pro pedal , bought it new a couple of years ago when the frame was allready 9 years old.
    I built mine in 2001 and loved it, but after having our son I quit riding for several years. I know everything has changed but I can't swing a new bike right now. I don't want to be stupid and throw money into something that won't make any real difference. I still love my bike and I'm hoping I can "Freshen it up" a little bit and get a little more time and enjoyable miles out of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rojo Grande' View Post
    I built mine in 2001 and loved it, but after having our son I quit riding for several years. I know everything has changed but I can't swing a new bike right now. I don't want to be stupid and throw money into something that won't make any real difference. I still love my bike and I'm hoping I can "Freshen it up" a little bit and get a little more time and enjoyable miles out of it.

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    I recently freshend mine up with some DT Swiss ,ZTR wheels that were on sale. No way i'm giving up on my Tracer. 12 years allready now. Do it Dan , you wont regret it. It's a great bike despite his age.

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    I found an RP23 for sale and bought it. Can't wait to take delivery and give it a ride.

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    I put the RP23 on and I love it! What a difference, even without switching over to the pro pedal it works much better. Now here's a question..........can you fit 650b/27.5's on the original Tracer frame? I rode my buddies Spesh 29'r for a couple hundred yards and couldn't believe how well it rolled through the river rock. Has anyone tried to put 27.5 on their 2001 Tracer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rojo Grande' View Post
    Now here's a question..........can you fit 650b/27.5's on the original Tracer frame? I rode my buddies Spesh 29'r for a couple hundred yards and couldn't believe how well it rolled through the river rock. Has anyone tried to put 27.5 on their 2001 Tracer?
    Doubt it.
    My UZZI SL is very tight (1/4" clearance) when running a 26x2.25 Rocket Ron on the rear. A 2.4 rubs.
    Another 3/4" of tire height would never fit.

    Pretty sure your Tracer seatstays are the same as the UZZI's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roxtar View Post
    Doubt it.
    My UZZI SL is very tight (1/4" clearance) when running a 26x2.25 Rocket Ron on the rear. A 2.4 rubs.
    Another 3/4" of tire height would never fit.

    Pretty sure your Tracer seatstays are the same as the UZZI's.
    I agree there is no way that you would fit a taller wheel. Oh and in case you were wondering about fitting a bigger tire on your UZZI-SL the answer is yes. I run a 26x2.35 Nevegal on my 01' UZZI-SL. And yes the clearance is a tight 1/8" but I have been running that size for several years with no problems. It would definitely let you know if your wheel was out of true.
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    Well it's too freaking cold to ride here at 15. So I'm wasting time on this site and as I sit here I have a complete view of my old UZZI-SL. It brought to mind this thread and how many cool old Intense bikes are still out there. Anybody care to share a photo or two of some older rides. Because "Man that was Intense".
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE, View Post
    Well it's too freaking cold to ride here at 15. So I'm wasting time on this site and as I sit here I have a complete view of my old UZZI-SL. It brought to mind this thread and how many cool old Intense bikes are still out there. Anybody care to share a photo or two of some older rides. Because "Man that was Intense".
    How about an update?
    Here is my '01 Uzzi SL, modified to give 6" F&R travel: Man that was Intense.

    And an update:






    Had it stripped down and annodized. A buddy did the die cut stickers.
    Also, swapped in a PUSHed RP23 and am planning to swap the Marz 55 for an X-Fusion Vengeance which will drop it under 30lbs.
    I love this bike. With the 65* headtube angle it descends like a monster and still pedals like an Intense.
    Looking for an Enduro to race this in. I would love to see if I can be competitive on a 12 year old frame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roxtar View Post
    How about an update?
    Here is my '01 Uzzi SL, modified to give 6" F&R travel: Man that was Intense.

    And an update:






    Had it stripped down and annodized. A buddy did the die cut stickers.
    Also, swapped in a PUSHed RP23 and am planning to swap the Marz 55 for an X-Fusion Vengeance which will drop it under 30lbs.


    I love this bike. With the 65* headtube angle it descends like a monster and still pedals like an Intense.
    Looking for an Enduro to race this in. I would love to see if I can be competitive on a 12 year old frame.
    That is sweet, good job! It's the same year as my SL. Did you use an SLX link? You can check mine out in my profile. The SL is a great handling bike in stock form. I'm running FOX Vanilla RLC 125 fork and a FOX Vanilla RC shock. So it's a 5" bike which is enough for me, but I wouldn't mind trying running that extra inch like yours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE, View Post
    That is sweet, good job! It's the same year as my SL. Did you use an SLX link? You can check mine out in my profile. The SL is a great handling bike in stock form. I'm running FOX Vanilla RLC 125 fork and a FOX Vanilla RC shock. So it's a 5" bike which is enough for me, but I wouldn't mind trying running that extra inch like yours.
    Yup, swapped in the SLX links and then changed the shock frame mount to fit the longer shock.
    Here is a link to that change:Man that was Intense.
    This gives me geometry from 64* and 14" BB to 66* and 15.5" BB, depending on which rear shock hole I use.

    Love your Uzzi, dropper post is the one thing I plan to add to mine.
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    Frame crack

    So my 2001 Tracer frame is finally cracking at the top of the seat mast. Has anyone found a good fix for this or am I done riding for a few months?

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    Well you would have to get it welded. Seems like I saw someone on this site have it done. The last version of the frame was re-enforced in that area.
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    Be somewhat careful with it afterward, though. Welding it will remove the heat treating in that area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rojo Grande' View Post
    So my 2001 Tracer frame is finally cracking at the top of the seat mast. Has anyone found a good fix for this or am I done riding for a few months?
    Rojo, what's the update with your Tracer. Did you have it welded?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Rojo, what's the update with your Tracer. Did you have it welded?
    Nope, I bought a new to me used 2010 Tracer VPP. I'm not sure if I want to have the old bike welded before I try to sell it or let the buyer see what is cracking and let them make their own decision? I love my new VPP though!

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    New question here.

    I replaced the Vanilla R on my Uzzi SL and gave an RP2 a try but didn't find the right pressure yet. I'm now at ≈17bar (240-250psi) weighting 90kg (≈200lbs) at moment and sag is still over 30% (≈0.45").
    On the other bike I run a RP23 with more travel (7.875 x 2.00) at 12bar (≈175psi).
    I was told by a suspension guy that depending of frame geo the pressure can vary a lot...
    Does anybody has the the same experience?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cubo View Post
    I replaced the Vanilla R on my Uzzi SL and gave an RP2 a try but didn't find the right pressure yet. I'm now at ≈17bar (240-250psi) weighting 90kg (≈200lbs) at moment and sag is still over 30% (≈0.45").
    On the other bike I run a RP23 with more travel (7.875 x 2.00) at 12bar (≈175psi).
    I was told by a suspension guy that depending of frame geo the pressure can vary a lot...
    Does anybody has the the same experience?
    Many things determine the amount of pressure needed in a shock. The leverage ratio of the suspension design is the biggest but there are many others.
    I went to a 160mm travel fork on my SL which slackened my head angle. This put more weight bias toward the rear, changing the air pressure. I changed to longer shock links and it had a huge effect on the air pressure. A switch to the high volume air can in my RP23 made another big change.
    That's why it's impossible to accurately say how much pressure is needed when changing anything, frame-wise.
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    I'm wondering if the pressure close to the upper limit, can affect shock's performance.

    I agree with the 160mm travel fork experience; I bought my Uzzi an 130mm DT Swiss XMM fork and now I feel that 120mm could have been the better solution...

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    This Uzzi Sl still loves to shred
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cubo View Post
    I'm wondering if the pressure close to the upper limit, can affect shock's performance.

    I agree with the 160mm travel fork experience; I bought my Uzzi an 130mm DT Swiss XMM fork and now I feel that 120mm could have been the better solution...
    When I say it slackened the head angle I wasn't complaining. It was a great change that gave it a far more modern feel to the handling. Couple that to the longer rear shock links, longer travel rear shock, and changing the upper shock mount location (bringing the BB back to an acceptable height) and it's now a true 5"+ travel AM beast at just a hair under 30lbs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RIDE-ON View Post
    This Uzzi Sl still loves to shred
    Nice photo of the "bike"
    That frame is a 2002' the last year for the UZZI-SL. Same ride as mine and still shredding.
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    Grandaddy Intense Uzzi XC - vintage 1997

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    97 Intense Uzzi XC --Need the parts to convert this to a SL or SLX.

    As an Impoverished college student back in Michigan I had desired a nice ride like an Intense but a Giant ATX890 was the best I could afford. I rode the wooded single tracks every weekend until I migrated to Arizona in 1998. The Giant ATX was stolen shortly thereafter and I never found friends who rode.

    Fast forward to last week and I got a hankering to start riding again. I found this Intense on Craigs list and adopted it for $300 from a 12-year old that it was way too big for. In fact he had used a hacksaw to cut 3" off of the Thompson seat post so he could ride it. His daddy put slicks on it for cruizing the neighborhood.

    I believe that the fork is a 97 Marzcchi Bomber in the front and a Fox ALPS 5 in the rear. There are no tabs for disc brakes. It had a XTR 3x8 drive train. I've ordered some new UST wheels and upgraded the drive train to 3x9, installed a new seatpost and a few other odds & ends.

    What I'm really yearning for is to get my hands on the parts needed to convert this XC into a SL or SLX. If anybody happens to the rear struts and shock linkage stuff please shoot me a private message.

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    Classic...nice find

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    97 Intense Uzzi XC --Need the parts to convert this to a SL or SLX.


    What I'm really yearning for is to get my hands on the parts needed to convert this XC into a SL or SLX. If anybody happens to the rear struts and shock linkage stuff please shoot me a private message.

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    Nice find I'll see the original style spiders pop up here and there but not an Uzzi xc. What it would cost you for a rear shock, shock linkage and rear stay you might as well look for a sl or slx frame and sell that to me.

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    Hey Brent you care to post up some photo's of that beauty.
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    I'm nearly done with my build and hope to have pictures to share in the next two weeks. I like how it's coming out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrentMc View Post
    I'm nearly done with my build and hope to have pictures to share in the next two weeks. I like how it's coming out.
    Still waiting!
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    Finally got it put together today - HUGE thanks to the guys on this thread!!!!!

    About two months ago I posted a picture of my Grandaddy Uzzi XC and put a shout out looking for help. I was looking for a Uzzi SL or SLX rear end.

    One member named ROXTAR was so cool. He shipped me the pivot things to use on a SL at no charge. He rides a highly modified Uzzi SL that is Orange. You can see his way cool rig earlier in this thread.

    Then another member named SRALPH offered to sell me his SLX frame for $100 noting that it had a broken chain stay.

    A third member who happened to live nearby named Jay PM'd me saying he had some parts. I drove out to his house and he hooked me up with a chain stay at no charge.

    As it turns out the parts wouldn't go together as there are some small differences between them. The SLX uses BEEFIER bolts and there were a couple other small differences in the frames.

    I decided to strip the paint off the SLX with the broken chain stay. I wanted it to have that mottled RAW look that Intense is used on many of its new rigs. To accomplish this I chose not to use any abrasives at all. I used 4 cans of Duplicolor stripper and a lot of time with the pressure washer.

    I then found a guy here locally who used to weld frames for a living at Titus (Quasimoto) back in the day. He fixed the chain stay and then had it heat treated to return the Alloy to T6. The weld looks beautiful.

    Man that was Intense.-20130905_182105_resized.jpg

    This is a picture of the Chain stay that was repaired.
    Man that was Intense.-20130905_182133_resized.jpg

    I'm sooooo grateful to the guys on this thread. I can't wait to ride this weekend.


    God Bless!

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    So cool to see my old Uzzi SLX back in business. Raw finish looks great too. Lots of great adventures on that bike, was bummed when it cracked and I couldn't get a chainstay anymore.

    Have fun Brent!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrentMc View Post
    About two months ago I posted a picture of my Grandaddy Uzzi XC and put a shout out looking for help. I was looking for a Uzzi SL or SLX rear end.

    One member named ROXTAR was so cool. He shipped me the pivot things to use on a SL at no charge. He rides a highly modified Uzzi SL that is Orange. You can see his way cool rig earlier in this thread.

    Then another member named SRALPH offered to sell me his SLX frame for $100 noting that it had a broken chain stay.

    A third member who happened to live nearby named Jay PM'd me saying he had some parts. I drove out to his house and he hooked me up with a chain stay at no charge.

    As it turns out the parts wouldn't go together as there are some small differences between them. The SLX uses BEEFIER bolts and there were a couple other small differences in the frames.

    I decided to strip the paint off the SLX with the broken chain stay. I wanted it to have that mottled RAW look that Intense is used on many of its new rigs. To accomplish this I chose not to use any abrasives at all. I used 4 cans of Duplicolor stripper and a lot of time with the pressure washer.

    I then found a guy here locally who used to weld frames for a living at Titus (Quasimoto) back in the day. He fixed the chain stay and then had it heat treated to return the Alloy to T6. The weld looks beautiful.

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    I'm sooooo grateful to the guys on this thread. I can't wait to ride this weekend.


    God Bless!
    Wow that came out awesome. The weld looks pretty tight, I hope it holds up. I dread the day my uzzi-sl cracks somewhere. Just rode it yesterday and had a blast. I think you will be very happy with that bike it's a timeless design and can hold it's own on any trail.
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    Finally able to post up a recent photo of my 2001' UZZI-SL that I've owned and rode since new.
    Current build goes as follows:
    Fox RLC-125 Fork
    Fox RC - Vanilla shock
    Hope mini disc brakes with front gothic rotor - 165 both
    Chris King Hubs with fun bolts out back
    Mavic 729's with Kenda nevs. 2.35
    Easton Monkey Lite carbon bars
    ODI Lock on's with Intense grips
    Thomson stem
    Chris King headset
    Crank Brothers Joplin w/remote adjustable seat post.
    Salsa quick release on seat and front skewer
    Intense labeled titanium railed gel saddle
    TIME ATAC XC-Titanium / Carbon pedals
    XTR Crankset
    XTR Cassette
    XTR Chain
    XT front derailleur
    Sram XO rear derailler
    Sram XO trigger shifters
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrentMc View Post
    About two months ago I posted a picture of my Grandaddy Uzzi XC and put a shout out looking for help. I was looking for a Uzzi SL or SLX rear end.

    One member named ROXTAR was so cool. He shipped me the pivot things to use on a SL at no charge. He rides a highly modified Uzzi SL that is Orange. You can see his way cool rig earlier in this thread.

    Then another member named SRALPH offered to sell me his SLX frame for $100 noting that it had a broken chain stay.

    A third member who happened to live nearby named Jay PM'd me saying he had some parts. I drove out to his house and he hooked me up with a chain stay at no charge.

    As it turns out the parts wouldn't go together as there are some small differences between them. The SLX uses BEEFIER bolts and there were a couple other small differences in the frames.

    I decided to strip the paint off the SLX with the broken chain stay. I wanted it to have that mottled RAW look that Intense is used on many of its new rigs. To accomplish this I chose not to use any abrasives at all. I used 4 cans of Duplicolor stripper and a lot of time with the pressure washer.

    I then found a guy here locally who used to weld frames for a living at Titus (Quasimoto) back in the day. He fixed the chain stay and then had it heat treated to return the Alloy to T6. The weld looks beautiful.

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    This is a picture of the Chain stay that I have.

    God Bless!
    Any updates on that weld holding out.
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    The Weld has held up nicely..... Heat Treating is important!!!

    The weld has held up perfectly. I ride some VERY rocky terrain here in Scottsdale Arizona. Sometimes I push it a little too hard and take a tumble every now and then. I believe that this weld will last as longer than I do...LOL

    The guy who repaired it is a professional metal worker who used to work for Titus back when they built bikes here. He has a garage full of equipment where he performed the weld and then sent it to a place to have it Heat-Treated to return it to T6 strength. The Heat-Treating is the key. It's not that hard to weld aluminium, but it becomes very brittal and will fail if it's not heat treated

    If you need have a bike fixed I'd encourage you call him. Adam Barnett 480-620-3156. He lives in Mesa Arizona.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrentMc View Post
    The weld has held up perfectly. I ride some VERY rocky terrain here in Scottsdale Arizona. Sometimes I push it a little too hard and take a tumble every now and then. I believe that this weld will last as longer than I do...LOL

    The guy who repaired it is a professional metal worker who used to work for Titus back when they built bikes here. He has a garage full of equipment where he performed the weld and then sent it to a place to have it Heat-Treated to return it to T6 strength. The Heat-Treating is the key. It's not that hard to weld aluminium, but it becomes very brittal and will fail if it's not heat treated

    If you need have a bike fixed I'd encourage you call him. Adam Barnett 480-620-3156. He lives in Mesa Arizona.
    Great to hear and great info. thanks. I'll keep him in mind if I ever run into that situation.
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    Alright I think 12 years of use it's time to rebuild my pivots. My main pivot seems to have a little slop in it. I went to tighten the bolt and it just spins. As I look through my chain rings on the opposite side it is a threaded bolt without a head on it and it's not spinning. What is going on is the bolt broken. Anybody have experience with the older UZZI-SL pivots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Alright I think 12 years of use it's time to rebuild my pivots. My main pivot seems to have a little slop in it. I went to tighten the bolt and it just spins. As I look through my chain rings on the opposite side it is a threaded bolt without a head on it and it's not spinning. What is going on is the bolt broken. Anybody have experience with the older UZZI-SL pivots.
    Yes, the bolt is broken. I was just in Temecula last week and Sam was able to scrounge up a spare for my old Tracer. The Uzzi and Tracer had a similar design but the bolt was thicker on the Uzzi, at least it was on my old SLX. Contact Sam at Intense. The bolts were machined locally for them, I don't think they are an off the shelf hardware item.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SRALPH View Post
    Yes, the bolt is broken. I was just in Temecula last week and Sam was able to scrounge up a spare for my old Tracer. The Uzzi and Tracer had a similar design but the bolt was thicker on the Uzzi, at least it was on my old SLX. Contact Sam at Intense. The bolts were machined locally for them, I don't think they are an off the shelf hardware item.
    Oh thanks just my luck I used to hit Temecula once a week. Now I'm in Colorado.

    So the bolt is broken how do you get it out. Drill it out doesn't sound very exciting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Oh thanks just my luck I used to hit Temecula once a week. Now I'm in Colorado.

    So the bolt is broken how do you get it out. Drill it out doesn't sound very exciting.
    You need to loosen off the little set screw that keeps it from walking out first. The with an Allen key and plyers you should be able to pull the rest out. Its only threaded on the last bit on the right side, its unthreaded in between. Undo the rear pivot shoulder bolts and you should be able to remove the chainstay section.

    I suspect the threaded bit might be stuck in the threads. You may be able to work that out or may need to drill it out and have the threads chased with a tap set. Mine came out with a bolt extractor and electric drill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SRALPH View Post
    You need to loosen off the little set screw that keeps it from walking out first. The with an Allen key and plyers you should be able to pull the rest out. Its only threaded on the last bit on the right side, its unthreaded in between. Undo the rear pivot shoulder bolts and you should be able to remove the chainstay section.

    I suspect the threaded bit might be stuck in the threads. You may be able to work that out or may need to drill it out and have the threads chased with a tap set. Mine came out with a bolt extractor and electric drill.
    Great info. thanks! I'm not at home but hopefully Tonight I'll have a chance to work with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SRALPH View Post
    You need to loosen off the little set screw that keeps it from walking out first. The with an Allen key and plyers you should be able to pull the rest out. Its only threaded on the last bit on the right side, its unthreaded in between. Undo the rear pivot shoulder bolts and you should be able to remove the chainstay section.

    I suspect the threaded bit might be stuck in the threads. You may be able to work that out or may need to drill it out and have the threads chased with a tap set. Mine came out with a bolt extractor and electric drill.
    When re-installing is there grease to be added. I haven't got to drill it out yet just curious what's on the inside of the sleeve. Oh and this "little set screw" is that on top of where the Allen head is. I see a little hole there but no screw head inside.
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    Anyone else care to share some old vintage Intense photos / stories / action.
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    I hadn't realized this thread was here when I did my rebuild back in the spring. I posted in the 5.5 thread, but nobody goes in there anymore I guess.

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    New matte metallic blue powdercoat and decals, new pivot bearings, new old Deus crank (which is what I should have put on it back in the day), and a Pushed RP23 instead of the worn out Swinger (it wasn't yet back from Push when I took this photo). I still use my big ring, so couldn't see switching to 2x10, especially since my old X.9/X.0 stuff still functions perfectly.

    Between Maxxis having a single-ply Minion now, the lighter crankset, and the PD-M985 pedals that I've put on since this picture was taken, the bike is down to less than 28lbs vs. the 30 that it once was, and still has the durability for serious backcountry rides.

    I looking for a decent deal on a 140mm Float or TALAS to replace my 125mm one, as I've always wanted to slacken the HT angle a bit, and I'm also looking for maybe some MT8s to replace the HFX-MAG+ that are looking a little shabby.

    I'll probably ride this bike for another 10 years.

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    Man that was Intense.

    Awesome !! Nice job !


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    Quote Originally Posted by VpointVick View Post
    I hadn't realized this thread was here when I did my rebuild back in the spring. I posted in the 5.5 thread, but nobody goes in there anymore I guess.

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    New matte metallic blue powdercoat and decals, new pivot bearings, new old Deus crank (which is what I should have put on it back in the day), and a Pushed RP23 instead of the worn out Swinger (it wasn't yet back from Push when I took this photo). I still use my big ring, so couldn't see switching to 2x10, especially since my old X.9/X.0 stuff still functions perfectly.

    Between Maxxis having a single-ply Minion now, the lighter crankset, and the PD-M985 pedals that I've put on since this picture was taken, the bike is down to less than 28lbs vs. the 30 that it once was, and still has the durability for serious backcountry rides.

    I looking for a decent deal on a 140mm Float or TALAS to replace my 125mm one, as I've always wanted to slacken the HT angle a bit, and I'm also looking for maybe some MT8s to replace the HFX-MAG+ that are looking a little shabby.

    I'll probably ride this bike for another 10 years.
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    Nice ride back in the day. The envy of everyone a I would imagine.
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    Happy Holidays!

    Time for some more vintage Intense contributions.
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    I am thinking on rebuilding my UZZY SL, but need to adapt a disc brake on the back ! .....and my Old Ibis SZASBO for single speed !!, any numbers and geometry ......I don t find them !,
    Any suggestions for them !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Funambulo View Post
    I am thinking on rebuilding my UZZY SL, but need to adapt a disc brake on the back ! .....and my Old Ibis SZASBO for single speed !!, any numbers and geometry ......I don t find them !,
    Any suggestions for them !
    What year is your SL? Because UZZI-SL's from 2000' to 2002' had disc brakes. Just search the world for an SL rear triangle circa 2000' to 2002'.

    Best bet instead of Mickey Mousing an adapter.
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    2002 Intense Uzzi SLX

    I just bought my 1st ever non walmart mountain bike...what do you think?





























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    sweet piece of history there. great bike. If you stay with bikes and ride alot, you'll likely and quickly change to a bike with modern geometry because they ride so much better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M1_joel View Post
    sweet piece of history there. great bike. If you stay with bikes and ride alot, you'll likely and quickly change to a bike with modern geometry because they ride so much better.
    well i also bought a 2011 specialized enduro m5 fully built up...so it will be interesting riding both and comparing them...we shall see...especially judged by me, someone who has never owned a real bike before, so i have no prejudice to any one style or geometry

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    Some pictures from my bike trip to PNW last summer (2014). My buddy is still rocking his '99 M1! Bought it in 2002 and it has been through the wringer since then. Best of all, it just keeps going. On the last day at Ski Bowl on Mt. Hood, he launched the big Freeride drop and didn't realize his BB was unthreading which ripped out a cup when he landed. We got it fixed up and were riding Tiger Mountain outside Seattle a few days later. The M1 has been put on light duty and he has purchased an M9 to continue the beating.

    Old school meets new cool. Tiger Mountain, WA
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    Sandy Ridge, OR
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    Back at the Cabin relaxing.
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    Parking lot diagnosis after the big drop. Ski Bowl, OR
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    Sweet write up TwistedLizard with photos.

    The old Intense frames were definitely built to last. I've been rocking a 2001' UZZI-SL since new. The only thing that has ever failed is the main pivot bolt broke. That was last spring and many years of abuse. I managed to find a new bolt and I was up and running in a week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Sweet write up TwistedLizard with photos.

    The old Intense frames were definitely built to last. I've been rocking a 2001' UZZI-SL since new. The only thing that has ever failed is the main pivot bolt broke. That was last spring and many years of abuse. I managed to find a new bolt and I was up and running in a week.
    Thanks!

    We Love these old rigs. It is however getting incredibly difficult to find parts for them to keep them alive.

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    New Old Bike

    My new to me 98 UZZI SL. Short of my preference to the VPP on "Modern" Intense's I'm loving the bike so far. Also used to have an 03 Spider XVP, RIP.
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    My Intense Tracer... the last time I rode it in 2004... At Keytsone Resort in Colorado. I was working a trade show at the time...


    At the cabin



    Lake Dillion



    "Riding" the tracer uphill.. this climb was not so difficult, at least I do not remember it being that that difficult.



    Going down, rocks...



    Logs



    Ladders...



    Drop Off... it looks flat in this pic, but in reality it was very steep



    Bottom of the "ski" run.



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    So 2004 was the last time I rode the Tracer. Here is the same bike in Apr 2015. I took her off the garage rack, and cleaned her up. As you can see, she is still in very good shape!


    I have decided to start riding again after a 10+ year break. Here her is in 2015 after a tuneup and cleanup.


    SRAM 9.0 GripShift, Easton Monkeylite handlebars, Hope Pro Levers (with Hope Pro Hydraulics), Rox Shox Psylo 100mm Race Fork, Chris King Hubs laced to Mavic 317s. Race Face Cranks. XT front der, XT cogs... and In the pic you see big Easton Platorms, as well as huge 2.5 DH tires.. but this is only for ski lift runs. She normally supports 2.1 conti tires. My Park tools are also in great shape.







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    Quote Originally Posted by Erich von Cartmann View Post
    My Intense Tracer... the last time I rode it in 2004... At Keytsone Resort in Colorado. I was working a trade show at the time...


    At the cabin



    Lake Dillion



    "Riding" the tracer uphill.. this climb was not so difficult, at least I do not remember it being that that difficult.



    Going down, rocks...



    Logs



    Ladders...



    Drop Off... it looks flat in this pic, but in reality it was very steep



    Bottom of the "ski" run.



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    So 2004 was the last time I rode the Tracer. Here is the same bike in Apr 2015. I took her off the garage rack, and cleaned her up. As you can see, she is still in very good shape!


    I have decided to start riding again after a 10+ year break. Here her is in 2015 after a tuneup and cleanup.


    SRAM 9.0 GripShift, Easton Monkeylite handlebars, Hope Pro Levers (with Hope Pro Hydraulics), Rox Shox Psylo 100mm Race Fork, Chris King Hubs laced to Mavic 317s. Race Face Cranks. XT front der, XT cogs... and In the pic you see big Easton Platorms, as well as huge 2.5 DH tires.. but this is only for ski lift runs. She normally supports 2.1 conti tires. My Park tools are also in great shape.






    Sweet! As we talked about already, glad to hear you're back raring to ride again. Your Tracer really is a time capsule and a piece of Intense history. Great write up and photos.

    I live just a couple hours from Keystone and I hope to get up their this summer. After these photos I'm a bit more ambitious to get it done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OScmidt View Post
    My new to me 98 UZZI SL. Short of my preference to the VPP on "Modern" Intense's I'm loving the bike so far. Also used to have an 03 Spider XVP, RIP.
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    Very nice old SL, not many left in that condition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OScmidt View Post
    My new to me 98 UZZI SL. Short of my preference to the VPP on "Modern" Intense's I'm loving the bike so far. Also used to have an 03 Spider XVP, RIP.
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    What shock are you running on your SL?
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    Running a fox alps 5 because thats what it came with. I have been riding her more lately and have to say for $200 she is very quickly becoming my favorite bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Sweet! As we talked about already, glad to hear you're back raring to ride again. Your Tracer really is a time capsule and a piece of Intense history. Great write up and photos.

    I live just a couple hours from Keystone and I hope to get up their this summer. After these photos I'm a bit more ambitious to get it done.

    Thanks! I plan to take her back to Keystone this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erich von Cartmann View Post
    Thanks! I plan to take her back to Keystone this year.
    I dig the tracer. Maybe I'll see you guys up at keystone at some point over the summer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erich von Cartmann View Post
    Thanks! I plan to take her back to Keystone this year.
    So old Eric got himself banned. That was a short stay.
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    Did someone mention "tis the season"?

    There's nothing wrong with my current UZZI-SL frame.

    BUT

    I came across something on eBay I couldn't pass up. A NOS "new old stock" UZZI-SL frame identical to one I have. It just arrived and it's brand spanking new. It's been hanging on a bike shop wall as a show piece all these years. A 2K. frame back in the day I picked it up for what people are selling used rear triangles for this frame. My plan is to rebuild my fork through PUSH industries and then switch over my current build to this frame. New frame new shock new pivot point bearing. As you all know my current Intense has lasted me 13 years. This one should have the same longevity. At least get me through a season or two up until I'm ready to get a current frame.



    Could this be the last NOS "new old stock" UZZI-SL left? ^^

    And then my current UZZI-SL that the parts will be switched over from below.

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    I love scrolling back though this thread and checking out all the old Intenses. Anybody have one to add?

    And I'm wondering how many that posted in here over the years are still riding those bikes. Care to chime in and let us know.
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    Wish I still had one of my original (and the best) Tracers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Just J View Post
    Wish I still had one of my original (and the best) Tracers!
    I still have my 2000 frame. Miss riding it.

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    They were awesome bikes, the newer ones have never done it for me quite like them and I doubt they ever will now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Just J View Post
    They were awesome bikes, the newer ones have never done it for me quite like them and I doubt they ever will now.
    I liked the tracer2 , 26". But the original had it all , shred at high speed or down a technical trail with ease. Damn , u made me wanna build it up again

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