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    Special Edition Tracer VP

    Many of you and many consumers have commented on the colors available on the Tracer VP. The CRC team blue has been one of the most sought after colors. We have decided to produce a limited batch of Special Edition Tracers. The frames will be CRC Blue with Nickel plated links and bolts. It will be offered as a complete XTR bike with a white Fox Talas 150 RLC fork with tapered 1.5-1 and 1/18 steerer, white DT SWiss wheelset, white grips and saddle. Complete weight minus pedals is 26.4 lbs in a medium. MSRP is $5999. We are planning on making 50. Make sure you get an order in if you want one. Late Decemeber delivery.
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    More photos

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    Total......hotness. Wow.
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    Oh for F--k sake, why do I have to have every part but the frame right now.

    Electroless nickel?

    Can I get the just the nickel hardware?

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    down to 49

    first one sold approx. 30 seconds after I sent the email to dealers!

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    Cool-blue Rhythm

    Is this just for the US? Also can you explain the nickel linkage and bolts, what's the difference between stock?

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    oh thats the hotness... too bad i'm a poor mofo

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    48.......

    going, going,.......

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    WOW! Gorgeous! That's way expensive too. Must be nice to be able to drop 6 grand just like that.

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    Ya...

    Quote Originally Posted by pecusick
    first one sold approx. 30 seconds after I sent the email to dealers!
    Ya, I can't keep myself away from the damned reply button when you send an email like this...

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    Nice, real nice

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    Quote Originally Posted by dvo1
    Oh for F--k sake, why do I have to have every part but the frame right now.

    Electroless nickel?

    Can I get the just the nickel hardware?
    Yes, the links , shoulder bolts & pivot pins are all Electroless Nickel or "EN" plated.
    The EN plating process uses no electrical current and offers very even coating and high corrosion resistance.
    I will work on getting some better pics of EN plated links as they are beautiful and have a almost Pewter look to them.

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    will it have a qr 15 fork on it or the standard qr model in the pictures?

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    Quote Originally Posted by esquire
    Ya, I can't keep myself away from the damned reply button when you send an email like this...
    Bastage, I gotta see this in your shop?
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    Std Qr

    we were origianlly planning on the XTR wheelset which is only available as a QR so that is the fork we spec'ed. After seeing the white DT wheels, we had to go with them.

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    my original plan was a works red with more of a freeride build... but the blue is too sexy...
    will it be available as a frame only?
    Do we order from Intense directly or thru a dealer?
    any plans for shock options.. like CCDB?
    thanks!

    edit: just wanted to say, that even though I was asking for a frame only... this special edition build is probably the best looking bike i've ever seen.
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    I gotta say that you guys making this a limited prod color partly because of the comments you've recieved from riders (possibly primarily on mtbr regarding this thread: works blue ?) is frickin awesome. Possibly the best example of giving the customer what he wants, and direct customer/company interaction (although still keeping support through the LBS; man you guys can't stop!).

    I mean seriously, I've never heard of another company in any industry doing anything like this. You guys rock! And dope bike too, although I think the xtr wheels (albeit they're not white) would be sweeter, but I bet it would bump the price tag mmmm, 6 grand....

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    Quote Originally Posted by stuffshredman
    my original plan was a works red with more of a freeride build... but the blue is too sexy...
    will it be available as a frame only?
    Do we order from Intense directly or thru a dealer?
    any plans for shock options.. like CCDB?
    thanks!
    I'm interested in to get a frame only with CCDB too.
    will it be possible?

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    Porn,pure porn

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbikerx
    Bastage, I gotta see this in your shop?
    Nope

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    No good

    Quote Originally Posted by pecusick
    we were origianlly planning on the XTR wheelset which is only available as a QR so that is the fork we spec'ed. After seeing the white DT wheels, we had to go with them.
    You are kidding, right? You are letting the color of the rims dictate that you spec a 9mm QR?!

    There are lots of white wheels out there. Lots and lots and lots. It has been the trend for 2 years now.

    There is NO WAY I would ever spec a 9mm QR on a 150mm travel bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CharacterZero
    You are kidding, right? You are letting the color of the rims dictate that you spec a 9mm QR?!

    There are lots of white wheels out there. Lots and lots and lots. It has been the trend for 2 years now.

    There is NO WAY I would ever spec a 9mm QR on a 150mm travel bike.
    I think he means the original full XTR kit caused them to pre-order a bunch of QR forks which they are essentially stuck with. The wheelset change was just for color but they had to keep the QR because they had the forks? I don't know any of this just guessing based on his first reply.

    I agree thought you can keep a QR wheel on a bike like this. No thanks.

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    WOW - The linkage bits are awesome looking.

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    whoa...

    I guess my son can start his first year of college at the local community school, instead of a private university
    I could just sell his Socom to pay for it...

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    XTR wheels

    Quote Originally Posted by pecusick
    we were origianlly planning on the XTR wheelset which is only available as a QR so that is the fork we spec'ed. After seeing the white DT wheels, we had to go with them.
    Good choice on the wheels. Keep The XTR wheels on XC race bikes. We trail riders need an all mountain wheel. and a XTR wheel just doesn't sound to up to the task for burly rock gardens and flying, and dropping off things like we like.

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    Wow that is SICK. I do like my own Tracer, though this one is only $700 more than what I spent!

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    i just poked the bottom of my desk. HOT

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    Tasty...but I'm still holding out for the special edition Black Chrome with the nickel bits.

    There's one lucky SOB in the US that got the black chrome "mistake" frame and there should be at least 49 other tax-paying, flag-waving, PBR drinking, Intense-Loving hooligans as fortunate as that guy!

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    Good to see you using the old Intense head badge - the Fro one sucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pecusick
    we were origianlly planning on the XTR wheelset which is only available as a QR so that is the fork we spec'ed. After seeing the white DT wheels, we had to go with them.
    that's a shame. no 5" plus travel bike should have a standard qr fork. miniumum 15mm but really should be a 20mm on this

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    How I would love to make that Dirty!
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    The frame and links look fantastic but I agree with other posters who are disappointed with the fork choice. The QR really has no place on that bike and given the amount of travel of the fork. 6K for that fork and front wheel is not a good deal. If anything, you should be discounting the price given the outdated and less functional front wheel + fork. Apologies if this sounds harsh, but you are not giving your customers much value or even credit with this build at this price.
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    Can I Just Order The Frame?(ltd Edition)

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    don't get me wrong, but that build is just way to xc for a tracer. those wheels belong on a spider not an all mountain rig. dt 4.1 rims are too light weight for this bike and this travel along with that standard qr fork. i don't know if it's a good deal when i don't think those wheels will hold up to some real trail abuse.
    awesome that you listen to your customers though and i do love that colour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Resident Alien
    The frame and links look fantastic but I agree with other posters who are disappointed with the fork choice. The QR really has no place on that bike and given the amount of travel of the fork. 6K for that fork and front wheel is not a good deal. If anything, you should be discounting the price given the outdated and less functional front wheel + fork. Apologies if this sounds harsh, but you are not giving your customers much value or even credit with this build at this price.
    I agree. It leaves them selling a less-than-desirable fork and wheel combo on the classifieds and searching for an upgrade - which I think is quite inconvenient for the $6k pricetag.

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    Custom...

    Quote Originally Posted by CharacterZero
    I agree. It leaves them selling a less-than-desirable fork and wheel combo on the classifieds and searching for an upgrade - which I think is quite inconvenient for the $6k pricetag.
    I completely understand the hesitancy of the QR, I really do. But, this fork must be a custom jobby as I can't find a 150mm white talas anywhere, retail. Now, someone could put a white Float 36 on there at 160mm, but its a fixed travel, or a 15mm Talas that maxes out at 140mm. At 230lbs, I'm not a QR fan, but I have to admit, I had no problems with them on my all out do it all trail bike years back when that is all we had to run.

    I "think" the internals on the front hub of the DT swiss are adaptable to 20 or 15mm as well. I hope so anyway... This is a limited, VERY limited, run of Tracers designed from what I can tell to be as light as possible at the same time getting some of the CRC blue that people have been clammoring for. Another option would have been the DT Swiss 1750 wheels (which again are white), and have 20mm thru and 15mm thru options, wider rims, but are of course 300g heavier than the spec'd wheelset.

    Come on now guys, at 26 and change for weight, this thing at 5.5-6" of travel could be raced with... When spec'ing a bike, nobody ever pleases everyone, EVER! I've tried, just to please those I thought I knew, and failed more times than not. I think its great that Intense, even while busily cranking out frames, decided even to take this option up and to put out a frame that is absolutely gorgeous. I'm selling tickets right now to the cage match I'm preparing for the 4-5 guys who want this bike. I need help, should I do a battle royale, or a round robin? A round robin means more fights, but you never get to see a 2 on 1 beat down like the battle royale...

    Since it won't be here till late December, I'm thinking of calling the cage matches, "Fight for your Christmas Gift..." or "New Year, New Fight, New Bike..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by esquire
    I "think" the internals on the front hub of the DT swiss are adaptable to 20 or 15mm as well. I hope so anyway... This is a limited, VERY limited, run of Tracers designed from what I can tell to be as light as possible at the same time getting some of the CRC blue that people have been clammoring for. Another option would have been the DT Swiss 1750 wheels (which again are white), and have 20mm thru and 15mm thru options, wider rims, but are of course 300g heavier than the spec'd wheelset.
    There is the the ability to run the 9mm thru bolt on the 240 wheel they used but not a 15 or 20mm, I have a set that just showed up at my house the other day.

    The EX1750 is less then 300 grams heavier, rims are heavier but the aerolites compared to competitions, is a big weight drop.

    I am waiting for a 15mm axle fork to show up, DT is saying the regular 240 can't do a 15mm but I think I can swap the bearing tube inside and make it work.

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    Serves me right...

    Quote Originally Posted by dvo1
    There is the the ability to run the 9mm thru bolt on the 240 wheel they used but not a 15 or 20mm, I have a set that just showed up at my house the other day.

    The EX1750 is less then 300 grams heavier, rims are heavier but the aerolites compared to competitions, is a big weight drop.

    I am waiting for a 15mm axle fork to show up, DT is saying the regular 240 can't do a 15mm but I think I can swap the bearing tube inside and make it work.
    I assumed the 1750's were, well, 1750 grams and the 1450's, well, 1450 grams... I hope you can get that swap around, otherwise, we might be selling those wheels in exchange for the 1750's, just so we'd have the option of any fork at all.

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    I thought the whole point with the tracer is that you can build it up to be a lightweight trail bike, or a burlier freeride bike?

    If that build kit is too lightweight, don't buy it!?
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    Quote Originally Posted by esquire
    I assumed the 1750's were, well, 1750 grams and the 1450's, well, 1450 grams... I hope you can get that swap around, otherwise, we might be selling those wheels in exchange for the 1750's, just so we'd have the option of any fork at all.
    But I don't think those are true 1450 wheels, if they have aerolites and pro locks, they are
    1495 grams competition and brass brings them to 1641.

    I didn't weigh mine when they showed up and have swapped to rws thru bolts so mine are going to be slightly heavier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by esquire
    But, this fork must be a custom jobby as I can't find a 150mm white talas anywhere, retail.

    OEM fork option, i know scott bikes for 09 will be getting an oem 150mm talas qr15 too

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    A cage match? I thought I had a lock on that bike? How bout if you send all four guys into a bar and the first one with carnal knowledge wins it?
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    there's a big difference between a trail bike and an xc racer build. qr15mm=trail bike standard qr and dt swiss 240 hubs/4.1 rims=xc racer

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    Well, needlees to say further, this is one of the most beautiful colors ever on a bike, period. Can't like more white and blue bikes, just get crazy around them.

    But is the spec right? 150mm non-15 QR TALAS? Thought all 150mm were 15QR, what would make a lot more sense to such a bike like this. Anyway, loved the white touchs, although I'd like to see it with more silver parts, like a 36 and the new Crossmax SX.

    Pecusick, will it be available as the kit only? This is a way too much nice color to not be an option for frame-only. Please, consider getting this color in the line, maybe for next year, if possible. Anyway, for now, I'm going white!

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    Seriuosly, if you dont like the spec, don't buy it. This is an offer to buy a bike in a special colour with some unique features that only 49 other people will experience. If you dont like the spec or don't have $6K to blow, then get over it.

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    the fact that it is a limited edition should have no bearing on whether it is a good deal or not. i imagine if these sell out quick, you will see this colour become available in the future along with the nickle links and bolts. with a small company, adding elements such as these to their line is not a huge problem. if people will pay more for custom colour options and custom link colours i sure it will happen. hell, competetive cyclist will send out your links for custom anno work now. the nickle plating won't be far behind

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    I am a little confused... don't get me wrong, i love the tracer, it was in my top few bikes before i settled on a knolly dt, but i don't know why they would offer it built so light. In my opinion, and my all mountain riding style, there is no way this bike would hold up to that type of riding. intense makes different bikes, such as the spider, 5.5, etc. which are more geared for racing / xc. So why take your bike targeted towards the aggressive or "all mountain" side of things, and spec it really light? Is it meant to be raced? Or did they just get a good deal on this kit? I can understand offering it in the beautiful blue color, and i think thats great... but why the super light xc spec? No offense intended, just curious... seems to be odd for this model.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gravityfreaky
    Good to see you using the old Intense head badge - the Fro one sucks.
    I second that
    Kind of miss the classic head badge on my old EVP after I got the FRO...

    Been on ball burnished and works for the last 2 bikes, this blue is making me reconsider painted again...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bentley78
    I am a little confused... don't get me wrong, i love the tracer, it was in my top few bikes before i settled on a knolly dt, but i don't know why they would offer it built so light. In my opinion, and my all mountain riding style, there is no way this bike would hold up to that type of riding. intense makes different bikes, such as the spider, 5.5, etc. which are more geared for racing / xc. So why take your bike targeted towards the aggressive or "all mountain" side of things, and spec it really light? Is it meant to be raced? Or did they just get a good deal on this kit? I can understand offering it in the beautiful blue color, and i think thats great... but why the super light xc spec? No offense intended, just curious... seems to be odd for this model.
    Why not spec it light? I've been riding a 5point5 for over four years with a full XTR group, including hubs, on North Eastern rocky rooted trails. The only thing not "XC spec" is a Manitou Nixon fork. The only change I found necessary was to put a bigger disc on the front. I weigh 220lbs. I have not broken a thing. Well.... I have blown shock seals but that doesn't count. Not everyone wants to do 10ft. drops If I did I'd get an UZZI. Some people like riding up as well as down. The Tracer is designed as a all mountain/trail bike and has an option for 5.5" travel and I believe will replace the 5point5. I don't think Intense had a racing bike in mind when they built the 5point5. However, if someone wants to build a more aggressive version of the Tracer, the option is there. Everything is a compromise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronnie
    Why not spec it light? I've been riding a 5point5 for over four years with a full XTR group, including hubs, on North Eastern rocky rooted trails. The only thing not "XC spec" is a Manitou Nixon fork. The only change I found necessary was to put a bigger disc on the front. I weigh 220lbs. I have not broken a thing. Well.... I have blown shock seals but that doesn't count. Not everyone wants to do 10ft. drops If I did I'd get an UZZI. Some people like riding up as well as down. The Tracer is designed as a all mountain/trail bike and has an option for 5.5" travel and I believe will replace the 5point5. I don't think Intense had a racing bike in mind when they built the 5point5. However, if someone wants to build a more aggressive version of the Tracer, the option is there. Everything is a compromise.

    Ronnie.
    you said it yourself in your description. the fork is the weak link. the wheels and forks make little sense on this build. the tracer is not an xc racer, you can build it up that way if you like, but why would you. go back and look at the whole new frame name thread. they picked tracer because this bike was made to be an all mountain rig not a racer. i just don't see why you'd spec it that way. you don't have to buy it if you don't like it, but in my opinion it's a shame that they put out a special edition with this build on it.

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