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    My Tracer

    Frame: Medium
    Fork: Fox Talas 36 160mm
    Shock: Fox RP23
    Headset: Chris King
    Handle Bar: Easton Haven Carbon
    Stem: Thomson X4 70mm, 0 degrees
    Grip: Lizard Skin Lock-On Peaty
    Brake: Shimano XTR Trial
    Rotor: Ice Tech (7 inch front, 6 inch back)
    Crank: Hammerschmidt AM 170
    Pedal: Crank Bros. Mallet 3
    Shifters: Shimano XTR (rear) Sram Hammer (front)
    Rear Derailluer: Shimano XTR
    Cassette: Shimano XTR
    Chain: Shimano XTR
    Saddle: Selle Italia SLR Ti
    Seatpost: Thomson Elite
    Wheelset: Easton Haven
    Tire: Maxxis Minion DHF 2.35 (front and rear)

    Weight: 31 pounds
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    Nice rig.

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    wonderful wheels on a wonderful bike!

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    Stunning bike

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    So nice that doesn't even look real!

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    are those the 2012 mavic crossmax st? how are they? choosing between the st or havens...

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    really liking those havens...

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    Mine....

    New to me.... barely used (ridden 2x before me)

    Build:
    Frame: 2010 Large Red w/ RP23 BV
    Fork: Fox 32 Talas 150 RLC Taper 15QR
    Headset: Chris King
    Stem: Truvativ Stylo 90
    Bars: Easton Monkey Lite XC Riser
    Drivetrain: Full XT 10sp 3x9
    Rims: DT Swiss EX500 (soon to be ghetto tubeless)
    Hubs: DT Swiss 350
    Tire: Maxxis high roller non-UST going to true UST Nevegal (F) and Mountain King rear.
    Post: Thompson
    Seat: Fizik Gobi Ti
    Brakes: Formula RX with Hayes V7 rotors

    Still to do:
    -Tubeless conversion
    -put new rotors on
    -tune rear shock (so it stops blowing through the midstroke)

    Great bike for me.
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    Nice Tracer yogi sounds like you scored a deal on an almost brand new beauty. Do yourself a favor and add some wider bars to your TO DO list. Nothing wrong with the MonkeyLite XC if your a pure xc rider but I believe those are somewhere in the 685 mm wide range?. I thought my Tracer felt pretty good with Monkey Lite DH carbons at 711 mm until I switched to some 760's (cut from 777) now that's control when the going gets rough - just my $.02

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    Funny what you say about the wider bars - it came with new Easton Havens that are wider, but I wasn't comfortable going that wide. I'm tall and thin, and sort of wondered if they where too wide for my shoulders.

    They have a similar riser profile as the Monkey Lites, only wider.

    When I got the Monkey Lites, they where wider than the previous XC bars and I did like the change.

    For some of the riding I do in CO, there does seem to be bars that are too wide to get through tight spots in the trees and brush...

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    You would be very surprised how much an extra 1/2" - 1" on each side changes the handling characteristics of the bike. I thought the same thing about narrow trails but found you barely even notice clearance issues, but gain a whole lot of extra control - well worth the trade-off IMO.

    I'm 6'2" and 165lbs so I hear ya on the tall thin thing and wider was definitely way better for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trojans1993 View Post
    I'm 6'2" and 165lbs so I hear ya on the tall thin thing and wider was definitely way better for me.
    So, are you on a Large? What size stem do you use?

    I have a 90 and will probably drop to an 80.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yogidave View Post
    What size stem do you use?

    I have a 90 and will probably drop to an 80.
    Stem length is equally important when it comes to the way the bike handles. I always rode a longer stem back in my Specialized Enduro days because I'm fairly tall with longer than average arms and it just felt more comfortable. When I got my Tracer I decided to go to a shorter 70mm Point One SS stem along with wider bars and my bike suddenly felt like super fun, giant BMX bike or something. So much more control on berms, jumps, and just basic fun type of riding.

    If you're into longer multi-hour rides with a lot of saddle time, then I wouldn't go shorter than a 70mm, but most of my rides are <2hrs and i spend half the time out of the saddle just having fun on whatever comes along. If that's the type of riding you like to do then I would say 70mm is max. I would love to get a 50mm but I'm already pushing the comfort zone of my Large frame and find my Split Second 70 a pretty fun comprimise.

    Give it a try along with your Haven bars and I'm pretty sure you'll like it - feels a little awkward at first, but soon as you hit a good stretch of fast dirt you'll be grinning ear-to-ear on how much fun it is compared to the XC style setup (at least I was)

    Good luck, post some pics if you make any changes.

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    Purchased the frame through JensonUSA last summer but didn't get a chance to ride it much due to getting married in July. I love this bike! Now I just need to change out the RP23 to a Monarch and it'll be perfect.

    Lyrik U-Turn
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    Heres my Tracer VP...

    Frame: small
    Fork: Fox float 32 RLC 140mm
    Shock: Fox DHX 5.0 air
    Headset: Chris King
    Handle Bar: Spank spike
    Stem: Thomson X4 50mm, 0 degrees
    Grip: ODI Oury
    Brake: Shimano Saint
    Crank: Shimano Saint with e13 34t chainring
    Pedal: Wellgo
    Shifters: Shimano SLX
    Rear Derailluer: Shimano Saint
    Chain: KMC X9
    Chainguide: MRP mini G2
    Saddle: SDG fly
    Seatpost: KS 950i
    Wheelset: Stan's ZTR flow with Hope pro 2 hubs
    Tire: Maxxis High roller 2.35 front, Maxxis Larsen TT 2.35 rear
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    Nice rides bigkat and Ice - I just recently sold my TVP to my riding parter (reluctantly) but absolutely loved it. You will find they are much more capable rides than expected and climbs awesome.

    Hey bigcat, do yourself a favor and put some much wider bars (710mm min) on there and shorten the stem up a bit (70mm max) if you have the room. The TVP completely transforms into a true AM ride with a more aggressive cockpit making it WAY more fun going down and still climbs like a champ. Don't worry about "front end lifting while climbing" its hardly noticable and the benefits of a wider/shorter setup is well worth the tradeoff IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trojans1993 View Post
    put some much wider bars (710mm min) on there and shorten the stem up a bit (70mm max) if you have the room.
    Do you guys not have any trees in SoCal? Mountain Bike Action (also in SoCal) yammers on endlessly about installing 400-foot wide bars on bikes and how great it is. Around here, you'd get about 20 feet before those bars would hook about 20 trees and rip you off the bike. I ride 640's and that's about all the wider you can go around here without having to tiptoe between everything. I'd try 'em if I lived in Phoenix (the only other place where I've ridden extensively), but certainly not here in the land of the tree-lined small intestine. Horses for courses, I guess.

    BTW, nice bikes, everyone. I don't think I posted mine in this thread; this photo isn't fully up to date anymore, tho. Once my parts mix settles, I'll snap a new one. I just now realized how much I've changed...


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    Quote Originally Posted by CTB View Post
    Do you guys not have any trees in SoCal? Mountain Bike Action (also in SoCal) yammers on endlessly about installing 400-foot wide bars on bikes and how great it is. Around here, you'd get about 20 feet before those bars would hook about 20 trees and rip you off the bike.
    Going from a 640 to a 710 is only a bit more than 1" on each side of the bar but adds a world of stability - you adapt pretty quick - I thought the same excact thing you did but haven't had any issues - a slight bar movement in the occassional tight spots is well worth it. If I jump on a bike with really narrow (<650) bars now it feels so foreign to me, like a light XC cruiser instead of a true AM rig.

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    I ride Easton Havoc 750mm bars and love them. I'm demoing a Carbine right now that has 685mm bars and they feel crazy narrow... though I'm also 6'2", so I'd run wider bars regardless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trojans1993 View Post
    Nice rides bigkat and Ice - I just recently sold my TVP to my riding parter (reluctantly) but absolutely loved it. You will find they are much more capable rides than expected and climbs awesome.

    Hey bigcat, do yourself a favor and put some much wider bars (710mm min) on there and shorten the stem up a bit (70mm max) if you have the room. The TVP completely transforms into a true AM ride with a more aggressive cockpit making it WAY more fun going down and still climbs like a champ. Don't worry about "front end lifting while climbing" its hardly noticable and the benefits of a wider/shorter setup is well worth the tradeoff IMO.
    The EA70's are 685mm and the stem is 80mm. I have been considering a wider bar (Haven Carbon to be exact) but just havent pulled the trigger yet. I will end up trying it this summer I imagine.

    I do agree with the wider/shorter concept...I run the Boobar on my park bike
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    Update on my Tracer, new tyres and down to 12.32kgs. 2.25 Racing Ralph snake skin rear, 2.4 Nobby Nic snake skin front.





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    i would like to know how much a rear triingle in m9 and a tracer Vp i case it cracks because i see a lot of frame cracked over the inernet and the warranty least two years so the life until is 2 years i am very dessapointed so until 2 month my warranty expire i will sale my bikes but i think yo should use the technology that Santa cruz i s using to demostrate how hard are your frame or create a stanrdart capable to measure how hard are your frame and put in the internet i have own 4 intense and the older are much stronger and the newest are full colors and weakist i have seen all over the internet 951 cracked and no one 5 at least , uzzi offcourse the newest tracers so yo have to make a swingarm stifftness and what aboun the older tracer owners? you must replace all that bike because ate failure

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    would like to know how much cost a rear triangle for m9 and a tracer Vp(rear triangle) in case it cracks because i see a lot of frame cracked over the inernet and the warranty least two years so the life until is 2 years i am very dissapointed so until 2 month my warranty expire i will sale my bikes but i think intense must use the santa cruz test labs that use the technology that Santa cruz i s using to demostrate how hard are your frame or create a stanrdart capable to measure how hard are your frame to break and put in the internet, i own 4 intense and the olders are much strongers and the newest are full colors and weak, i have seen all over the internet 951 cracked and no one 5 at least , uzzi offcourse the tracers VP so yo have to make a swingarm stifftness and what about the older tracer owners? you must replace all that bike because those failure some day will crack and yo know because when yo plane to make the tracer to you assume that there was an initial failure design i the first generation an d this bike cost more than 2000 dollars no???

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    Quote Originally Posted by tracerey View Post
    Frame: Intense Tracer VP (Small)
    Fork: Fox Talas 36 160mm Travel 20mm QR
    Shock: Fox DHX Air 5.0
    Headset: Chris King Dovolution
    Bottom Bracket: Chris King
    Handle Bar: Easton Haven Carbon
    Stem: Thomson X4 70mm, 0 degrees
    Grip: Lizard Skin Lock-On Northshore
    Brake: Hope Tech Evo X2
    Rotor: Hope Floating Disc (8" front & 7" rear)
    Crank: Shimano XTR 175mm. 10S Double Ring 40-28
    Pedal: Shimano XTR Trail
    Shifter: Shimano XTR
    Front Derailluer: Shimano XTR
    Rear Derailluer: Shimano XTR
    Cassett: Shimano XTR
    Chain: Shimano XTR
    Saddle: Intense "Sacred Heart"
    Seatpost: KS950i (Remote)
    Seat clamp: Thomson seat clamp
    Wheelset: Chris King Hubs, ZTR Flow, DT spokes
    Tire: Maxxis High Roller 2.35mm (not shown on photo



    Did you have any rubbing on the fork with this rotor set up.....I have heard hope floating rotors and ck and i9 hubs have compatibility issues with the fox 36

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    Maiden ride 2010 Tracer VP!
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    Updated 2009 Tracer VP
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    New Bits

    Love those throwback decals.

    Here's my Tracer with a new 70mm stem, Spank Spike Pedals, and the Bionicon C. Guide v2 at the Slaughterhouse trail.
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    You guys wanna ride bikes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7PointMe View Post

    Here's my Tracer with a new 70mm stem, Spank Spike Pedals, and the Bionicon C. Guide v2 at the Slaughterhouse trail.

    Nice build, how would you rate that Bionicon? I've heard mixed things, curious how it is on the TVP.

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    Bionicon C.Guide v2

    I like it. It doesn't provide as much tension as an ISCG mounted guide would, but it certainly quiets down the drivetrain. Big plus is that you don't really feel it. With the chain gliding through the housing you don't have any mechanism adding to resisting forces. It also cuts down the chatter while keeping the chain clear of the chainstay. I've always been concerned about my chain grinding away at the drop-chainstay over the rough stuff but had no luck getting a regular chainguide to mount and then getting the chainline and cranks set-up properly. This thing is super easy to install and way lighter than the alternatives. The long-term durability might be an issue and it's certainly not going to replace the guide on DH and Freeride bikes, but I'll post if it breaks. The biggest drawback to this is the price. I think if they would have positioned it at ~$30, they could be selling the things to everyone.

    One last thing: I see a lot of triple ring Tracers on here - the Bionicon is reportedly compatible with triple ring setups and only augments the setup. Like I said, no negatives but price.
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    This sounds encouraging. My Bionicon is on the way to me, should be here late this week. Where I ride, I don't need a full guide, I just wanted something to stop the chain from eating through my chainstay and possibly quiet the thing down.

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    Hey CTB, please post an update with your opinion of the Bionicon once you get some miles with it. I would like to hear a couple thoughts on it before I try one. I don't have a real problem with dropping chains, but I would like to have a simple guide to keep the chain a little less floppy.

    I'm not sure if the lack of a bearing roller is a good thing or not - just seems to simple to not have any drawbacks (i.e. ,chain alignment issues, drag resistance, etc). I really hope I'm wrong and it works as good as it did for 7Point ^^^. I have a 2x9 setup on my T2 and considering a Stinger or one of these.

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    i saw that they made an stronger rear triangle (tracer VPP 2009)but i am not going to wait until it break because my warranty expires in 5 months so i will like to send my old and of they can send me the stiffer rear triangle i will pay the shipment cost ???? someone know something?? please help me

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    My guide arrived today. It's very simple and the installation took less than 10 minutes, and that was with me moving like a snail and pondering different placements. It'll be a while before I get a ride in, though - I'm booked up until after the weekend, so it's likely Tuesday for my first ride.

    Here's a crappy phone video of my guide as I run the gears. I have an 11-34 9-speed rear and a 3-ring front (24-32-42). I didn't click into the granny gear, but it works fine. You can watch the guide move as each gear is selected. Not a great video, but it was the best I could do with no one around to hold the phone/camera.

    Bionicon c.guide - YouTube

    PS: The video is available in up to 720HD, but you may have to select that choice with the Youtube settings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CTB View Post
    The video is available in up to 720HD, but you may have to select that choice with the Youtube settings.
    Looks good CTB, I decided to give it a try and ordered one from PricePoint today. Were you able to get it snug enough going over the chainstay wrap? I wonder if it is possible to cut a notch in the lizard skin and have it wrap over the zip-ties? Just seems like it might get a more flush fit mounting right on the chainstay - I should have mine tomorrow and see how it goes - thanks for the vid, the quality was just fine.

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    Check Bionicon's website. Their shipped price was less than Price Point's, but I had already placed the PP order. Of course, PP claimed it was in stock, so that was worth something to me.

    I think it got it tight enough over the wrap, but I'm going to continue to check. I gave the zip ties a solid yank with pliers, and the front zip tie went where there already was one, so that part of the wrap is very compressed. I'll keep an eye on it and redo the mounting if I have to.

    It's a tight fit between the cranks and the tire when it reaches it's maximum deflections for the outer- and inner-most gears, but it looks like there won't be any clearance issues. I'm going to go 2x anyway, so the outer clearance on the big ring won't matter anymore once I do. The rear tire is a Conti RaceKing 2.2 Supersonic, so it's reasonably wide.

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    Hope Floating Rotor w/ CK

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    Did you have any rubbing on the fork with this rotor set up.....I have heard hope floating rotors and ck and i9 hubs have compatibility issues with the fox 36
    Hi. I was having rubbing issues when i was using Hope Floating Rotor pared with Shimano XT Brakeset. But, when i changed from XT Brakeset to Hope Brakeset....problem is gone.
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    been on a bit of an upgrade mission recently, finishing of with new pedals (as I smashed a 5050 on a rock!) and a smaller chainring so I can ride up hills.

    just need to order a Reverb!

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    ...didn't have enough post to put a pic up in the last post....Do now though!




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    Quote Originally Posted by Daveooo View Post
    been on a bit of an upgrade mission recently, finishing of with new pedals (as I smashed a 5050 on a rock!) and a smaller chainring so I can ride up hills.

    just need to order a Reverb!
    Curious, how many teeth up there in front with your 1x9? I would love to ditch my front D but no way here in socal where just about every trail has at least one fairly steep climb so it would be tough to loose the granny but I like the idea.

    Looks good, get your adj. post and it will be complete!

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    Quote Originally Posted by trojans1993 View Post
    Curious, how many teeth up there in front with your 1x9? I would love to ditch my front D but no way here in socal where just about every trail has at least one fairly steep climb so it would be tough to loose the granny but I like the idea.

    Looks good, get your adj. post and it will be complete!
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    My 2009 Tracer VP

    Who needs a carbon frame when my 2009 Tracer VP weighs in at 27.03lbs with pedals?

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    I have one too. While agree that one doesn't need to go carbon - once you throw a dropper post on there and some chunkier rubber - your knocking on 30lbs' door. I've got mine built with a dropper, big rubber and coil suspension and it's 32lbs but then I need that for some of the races I do. I'd prefer the same setup AND a 27lbs weight. Unfortunately id have to trade up to a Carbine for that.

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    Jury's still out on the blue wheels, but the blue chain ring bolts are here to stay. I have a couple wheelsets for it - the Havens are my main wheels. We'll see.




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    NO! Not the blue and take that wierd massive bar end off....

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    How are the hubs on the eastons holding up CTB?

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    Quote Originally Posted by manuelacon View Post
    How are the hubs on the eastons holding up CTB?
    I have been riding Havens pretty rough now for over a year and have had no issues at all. Just a fine adjustment with the pre-loader every once in a while and they are good to go - no regrets.

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    My comments are pretty much like Trojan's. Note: I'm a light rider (160 with full gear) with no power. I ride "light" as well, which means we have fairly mild trails here; even if I "mash" the pedals, there's still no power there; and I try to pick smart lines. That said, I ride the hell out of my bike when I can. The front Haven is new - I had to upgrade to 20mm for the new bike. Rear is on its 2nd season on two different bikes, and I've had zero issues so far. I really like the wheels a lot so far. No tape needed for tubeless = big deal. My Rovals were lighter, but every tire change mangled the tape. None needed here.

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    just bought some havens for my tracer, half price in the chainreaction sale, was aware of the hub issues but thought I'd give them a go as I was changing to a bolt thru fork. Four rides in the rear has play, tweaked it up with the preloader & its been ok for a couple of rides but it makes you wonder..

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    Put on weight, up to just under 30lbs, swapped forks for both thru's so couple of new sets of wheels, swapped brakes to XT with big discs, went 10 speed
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    My tracer with last updates. almost 4 years with me and still i love it.
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    Update to my Tracer VP - new wheelset and tyres

    Mavic XM719 on Hope Pro2 with Schwalbe Nobby Nic and Racing Ralph. Notcicably better pedaling compared to my old Kenda Nevegals on Spank Subrosa rims.


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    Good looking rig jeremy - I'm a big fan of that flat black. Do you have any room to drop to a shorter and slightly lower stem? (hard to tell but it looks like an 70-90mm on there) I noticed a marked improvement in overall handling when I went to a stiff 60mm zero degree stem with 760mm riser bars. But judging from the XL frame and post height you may need all the room you can get. At 6'2" im pushing the limits of my large T2 but find the stability benefits outweigh the initial cramped feeling. Just my $.02

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    Thanks. Being 6'5" the riding position is good for my everyday riding, but i do feel a shorter stem for more steeper technical terrain would indeed help. I will get round to trying a shorter stem.

    Quote Originally Posted by trojans1993 View Post
    Good looking rig jeremy - I'm a big fan of that flat black. Do you have any room to drop to a shorter and slightly lower stem? (hard to tell but it looks like an 70-90mm on there) I noticed a marked improvement in overall handling when I went to a stiff 60mm zero degree stem with 760mm riser bars. But judging from the XL frame and post height you may need all the room you can get. At 6'2" im pushing the limits of my large T2 but find the stability benefits outweigh the initial cramped feeling. Just my $.02

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    Ok, so maybe it isn't the best view of my bike, but I found this picture today on my GoPro and liked it a lot. Those are my buddies in front of me on our first time doing lift-assist riding in Pennsylvania.


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    My Intense Tracer VP

    Here is my set up.. I just added the new 34 ctd fox float and the bike feels amazing! Bike weighs in at 27.5 pounds.

    Frame: Medium - Works Blue
    Fork: Fox Float CTD 34 160mm
    Shock: Fox RP23
    Headset: Chris King
    Handle Bar: Easton Haven Carbon
    Stem: Thomson X4 70mm
    Brake: Shimano XTR Trial
    Rotor: Ice Tech (7 inch front, 6 inch back)
    Crank: Raceface Sixc (double ring w/bash)
    Pedal: Loaded Flat Pedals
    Shifters: Shimano XTR
    Derailluers: Shimano XTR
    Cassette: Shimano XTR
    Saddle: Selle Italia SLR Ti
    Seatpost: Thomson Elite
    Wheelset: Easton Haven
    Tire: Schwalbe Nobby Nic 2.25
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    Quote Originally Posted by stevevalenuela View Post
    Here is my set up.. I just added the new 34 ctd fox float and the bike feels amazing! Bike weighs in at 27.5 pounds.
    Sweet !! How tall are you ?

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    I'm 5'7.

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    intense are the best looking bikes and makes unique the experience to own one of this beasts

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevevalenuela View Post
    Here is my set up.. I just added the new 34 ctd fox float and the bike feels amazing! Bike weighs in at 27.5 pounds.

    Frame: Medium - Works Blue
    Fork: Fox Float CTD 34 160mm
    Shock: Fox RP23
    Headset: Chris King
    Handle Bar: Easton Haven Carbon
    Stem: Thomson X4 70mm
    Brake: Shimano XTR Trial
    Rotor: Ice Tech (7 inch front, 6 inch back)
    Crank: Raceface Sixc (double ring w/bash)
    Pedal: Loaded Flat Pedals
    Shifters: Shimano XTR
    Derailluers: Shimano XTR
    Cassette: Shimano XTR
    Saddle: Selle Italia SLR Ti
    Seatpost: Thomson Elite
    Wheelset: Easton Haven
    Tire: Schwalbe Nobby Nic 2.25
    Beautiful!

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    Latest upgrades

    Tracer VP Photo Album-395492_10200335244250905_1306932991_n-1.jpgUpdated build: Replaced the RP23 and Talas with a DHX5 ti spring and a Van36. Huge difference in the ride. Also added some straitline AMPs and Atlas bars and stem and a set of Schwalbe HDs.

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    Nice upgrades E203, i dig that matte black finish. Thinking about upgrading the RP23 on my T2 as well - how much do you suffer on the climbs going from air to spring on the TVP?

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    Quote Originally Posted by trojans1993 View Post
    Nice upgrades E203, i dig that matte black finish. Thinking about upgrading the RP23 on my T2 as well - how much do you suffer on the climbs going from air to spring on the TVP?
    Thanks, I live in FL where we ride mostly in reclaimed phosphate mines. The climbs are short and steep so I hardly notice the extra weight. The ti spring reduces the weight by about 1/2 pound. The bike is just under 31 pounds. The biggest difference was the coil in the front which now tracks much better and makes it easier to pop the front end up quickly over roots and rocks. The bike launches off of lips and wooden stunts much better with the coils on both ends. It just became a more responsive and funner ride for me.

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    finally bit the bullet & went 1x10, cheap mrp in the chainreaction sale, mud tyres on the light wheels back down to 28.5lbs

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    I still love that swirl paint job. I gotta try that on something sometime.

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    I only have one ride on it but I love it! Replaced my 2001 Tracer.
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    Looking to pick up a new old stock 2010 tracer VP in works red. My question is how dose a 150mm fork work with the 6.0 in the rear or would you run it in the 5.5 in the rear. I’m in So Cal and wanting to do some enduro racing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by motoknight View Post
    Looking to pick up a new old stock 2010 tracer VP in works red. My question is how dose a 150mm fork work with the 6.0 in the rear or would you run it in the 5.5 in the rear. I’m in So Cal and wanting to do some enduro racing.
    Run it either way, but for Enduro, definitely 6". What size are you looking for?
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    im looking at a md

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    moto - I ran my TVP in both 5.5" & 6.0" starting with a Fox 32 140mm then switching to a Fox 36 160mm (both TALAS). You can run it in either mode depending on the trail, the geometry works with either combination. In my experience, the 6" was more fun on the rough stuff but very tricky to eliminate pedal bob on the climbs. In 5.5" the bike is more responsive and a better climber but definitely not as plush. Do you already have the 150 fork? If not I would consider a 36 160mm for the TVP or the T2 - noticeably stiffer and more confidence inspiring than the 32 for rougher riding, but for racing with some good climbs the 32 is very capable.

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    trojans1993 I have the 150mm and run the same trails you do. Do you feel that your T2 is a big step up over the TVP i saw it on STR. I have a wheel set that will let me run a 12mm to 10mm bolt on step down to work on th TVP to make it stiffer. Trying to way out the cost to go with the T2 over what I can get the TVP for. Im coming for a stumpy.

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    The rear end is stiffer on the T2 compared to the TVP but I never tried it with anything other than a 9QR axle so your axles setup may help out there. Other than that, the G1 dropouts were nice because they gave me the option of converting to 650b. Other than that, I really liked my TVP and it rides very similar to the T2. If you are a bigger guy that cranks hard on the back end then a gently used T2 might be a better option. But if you found a killer deal on a TVP and you want a solid "do it all" bike the TVP is still a great option IMO. Hope it helps.

    BTW - I sold the TVP to my riding partner who is 6'1 200lbs and its still going strong and he loves it too.

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    thx i pulled the trigger and here is my new ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by motoknight View Post
    thx i pulled the trigger and here is my new ride
    Nice build, I dig that black - I'm positive you will love the way it rides in just about all conditions. Have fun and get it dirty now.

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    Update to my Tracer VP: swapped my Rockshox Rev for a Fox Float 34, then added TR Schwalbe Hans Dampf 2.35" Pacestar tires, F & R. Absolutely fantastic
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    Tracer Wannabe...

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    My new tracer build
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    Tracer VP MD
    Fox rp23 adaptive logic rear shock
    Fox talas 36mm with the rcl and fit
    Sun ringlet charger pro wheels with the thru axel rear bolt on
    XT 785 crankset 2x10 26-38
    XT 785 brakes with ice tech rotors and ti bolts
    XT 786 shadow plus rear derailleur
    XT 785 front derailleur
    XT 785 shifters
    XT 785 Cassettes 11-36
    KS dropper post
    Easton Haven stem 65mm
    Carbon handle bars
    Crank Brothers candy 3 pedals
    Bionic chain guide

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    Spent a few months getting the parts together to build this TVP up, and I am very happy,although it turned out a little heavier than expected but I don't feel it on the trail.

    Tracer VP Large
    Marzocchi 44 RC3 Ti
    Marzocchi Roco LO
    XM819 + CK hubs
    Panaracer CG ACAM 2.35 F/R
    XTR Brakes
    XTR Drivetrain
    Syntace bar/stem/seatpost
    Chromag Trailmaster LTD saddle.

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    Love it!

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    bye bye Intense

    the chainstay crack was getting too much - FAF - flexi as **** so has been resigned to the commuter bike with slicks
    hello Norco forum

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    That is cool! Killer B?

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    My rig as she stands today (literally - took this picture this afternoon).

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    Made a few changes - why did I wait 3 years to get a CCDB???? even with the wrong size spring (500lbs rather than 550) giving me almost 50% sag it rode better than the fox ever did.
    Plus the Reverb makes life easy, but it didn't like being cooked in the shed in the recent UK hot weather!! (but my friendly not-so-LBS sorted it when they fitted my DB - few!)



    Pre Leigh Woods/Ashton Court blast, some proper ridding next time to work the shock!

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    Added race face 32 tooth narrow-wide and dropped the front derailleur! Here you can see it poking out from underneath the Bash Guide because I couldn't see fit to get rid of that.

    I've long thought about going single ring. After today's ride, I love it! I may look at getting an 11-34 cassette out back, but the narrow-wide ring does its job. No upper guide needed. Combined with the C.Guide down low the ride was as quiet as it's ever been. I kept the C. Guide on because my rear derailleur isn't the clutch-type.

    I've got red elsewhere on the bike but they were out of the red ring when I was ordering. I also got to thinking, "why does my bike need to be based solely around the very much overused black and red palette?" I think it looks great, but I may be biased.

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    Here is my toy...





    Nothing fancy, but it works:

    Lyrik 170mm
    Stock RP23 (better than expected)
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    Saint rear der. / SLX front
    Alexrims Supra w/ Muddy Mary & Ardent
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    New (to me) 2010 Tracer VP!

    Just finished getting her built up today, and went on my maiden ride! This is what I'll call an eBay bike. Bought the frame/shock used, then searched and found mostly take-offs and slightly used components to complete the build.

    2010 Intense Tracer VP size small, with Fox RP23 shock
    Fork 2013 Fox Talas 34 CTD 160mm
    Wheels Easton Haven UST. Front 15mm through, Rear 10x135 QR
    Tires Kenda Slant 6 2.35" non UST, running tubeless
    Headset Cane Creek 40 series
    Handle Bar Easton Monkey Lite 690mm
    Stem Thomson Elite 70mm
    Brakes Shimano XT hydraulic disk
    Rotors Shimano SLX 160mm
    Rear Derailleur SRAM XO Type 2 med cage
    Front Derailleur N/A
    Crankset SRAM XX1 32t
    Cassette SRAM XO 11-36 10sp
    Chain KSG 10sp
    Rear Shifter SRAM XO trigger
    Pedals Crank Brothers Mallet 2

    Haven't had a chance to weigh it yet, but I'm thrilled with the build so far. I think I'm going to like the 1x10 set up. It was very quiet, smooth, chain stayed on and had minimal chain slap. I did have to hike a bike but not much more than I've recently had to do on this same ride with my lightweight hardtail. Without even trying, I set my PR on the downhill section of the ride. Awesome!

    I think the first pic is a more accurate depiction of the color...

    Here's my ride: Mountain Bike Ride Profile | New Bike bike-hike near Prescott, AZ, USA | Times and Records | Strava
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    Looks great! I hope to upgrade to XX1 or the level below that is coming out soon on mine. 1x seems like a great choice for my area. You will set many new PR's on the downhill sections, trust me.

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    A few updates since my last post...




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    Is that an XL?

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    Yes XL - from the first batch to come to the UK.

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    Pike fitted... what a fork this is!




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    Looking good Jeremy!

    If I ever upgrade from my Lyrik, it would be to a Pike or a new Lyrik (lighter like Fox's new 36 - if you're listening SRAM). I've been running a 1 degree angleset to slacken the bike out and I really like how it feels. Can you say how much the addition of that bottom cup slacks out the HA? Looks like you're running a large, so in stock trim I'm estimating the HA was around 68degrees...

    Love my Tracer VP and with the reduced amount of riding I get to do anymore, it's all I need. I imagine someday I may be upgrading to a 275 wheeled bike (might not have a choice), but fork will likely come first. Are you running the 275 fork or the 26?
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    Coming from 09 36 VanR which has always been overkill for me. A great fork though. Believe the hype this thing is like butter out the box... set up air pressure as per chart on fork and your good to go.

    Mines is 26" 150mm. I just don't think upgrading to 27.5" and carbon frame will give me more fun. As much as i like the look of the BronsonC or Nomad. Mines is XL frame. As for running a few spacers thats just to get the bars a bit higher to my liking.

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    Looks great Jeremy! Did you get a 26" Pike or did you go with a 27.5"? Can't really tell from the axle trail in the pic. Been thinking of lightening things up with a Pike myself, but I run a Medium frame w/ a 160 Lyrik and an angleset to get it to a 66.5 degree HA. I think the additional height w/ a Pike 27.5 would mean I could forego the angleset to approximate the geometry.
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    Anyone want to sell their tracer vp? Size medium

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    Quote Originally Posted by worldkaoz View Post
    Anyone want to sell their tracer vp? Size medium
    If you want mint large Works Red frame, I have one.

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    Thanks, but i have a large vp already and is just a tad bit too big

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    Tracer 275C Pro Build with Cane Creek DB in SoCal trails.
    2015 Intense Tracer 275C
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