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    Tracer T275C owners....

    ....how do you like your bike after riding it for a while?? I started this thread in the All-Mountain area but realized I should have posted here. Anyway, I ask because I just rode one at a demo and was completely blown away. This bike just killed it!

    I've been off the saddle for over 4 years and a lot has changed since then. I like my '09 Santa Cruz (single-pivot) Heckler but man the Tracer just felt waaay better in every way. Climbing, descending, technical stuff, you name it. I literally had a huge grin on my face the entire ride! Now, I realize a lot of new bikes will feel better than my old Heckler and I do plan on test riding some more. The Nomad and Pivot Mach 6 look good to me geometry and spec-wise. Something about that Tracer though...it really rocked my world!

    So I've been reading every review I can find on it but nothing I saw had any "long-term" reviews for it. Just wondering if you guys have had any issues at all? Do you feel like it was money well spent? Some reviews said it is a "high maintenance" bike but not exactly sure what that means. If you could go back, would you buy Tracer 275C again or would you consider something else? Please be honest. Dropping high dollars on a bike may land me in a divorce, lol (just kidding....kinda). Thanks in advance guys. Oh, and the build I rode and am considering is the "expert" I believe (Shimano XT and Fox suspension).

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    I don't know nutthin! But I'm trying to save a bit more for the Pro model. Gotta have that SRAM X01 11-speed with Pike and Monarch.

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    Pricepoint has them on sale right now. I just picked up a PRO for $5199. I changed a few parts. No rides on it yet. It was below zero this morning but Ill be heading out soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kntr View Post
    Pricepoint has them on sale right now. I just picked up a PRO for $5199. I changed a few parts. No rides on it yet. It was below zero this morning but Ill be heading out soon.
    Way to go!

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    Good question and I imagine that most T275C owners don't have much time to write reviews about their bikes due to them being out riding with giant grins on their faces. This bike is a keeper. I have ridden bikes before that I think just cant be any better and then Intense comes up with a new more refined frame but the T275C is that good and I'm not sure that it could be any better. You might think that they maybe could shed some weight but this frame is already crazy light. As far as performance goes, I'm not sure that there is a bike out there that can beat it. Maybe the new Yeti is on par.
    As far as maintenance, I ride in pretty dry conditions but did a weekend in Seattle area where I did three rides in some very wet conditions. The next weekend I was riding in dry north Idaho and had a bearing in the lower link seize and come apart on me. I called Sam at Intense and he sent me a entire lower link and I had it in three days. Other than that, I have had no issues with the frame. My XX1 drivetrain is another story but I wont get into that here. I do check my pivot bolts often to make sure they don't back out and I have pushed some grease through the lower link bearings a couple times over the summer but other than that, I have had really good luck with the T275C. I also will say that I ride at least 4 times a week both road and mountain but I have found such a love for this bike that my road bike has only 4 rides on it over this last summer. If you have the funds for this frame, then I promise you wont be disappointed. By the way, I have had the T275C since April and it has about 1000 miles on it.
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    Ridnw/bear, thank you for the input!! How hard was it to replace that bearing? Glad to hear Intense hooked you up with a new lower link. Hopefully they'll still be that helpful after the warranty runs out? I ride in pretty dry conditions too (Northern California) but am known to blast through an occasional mud puddle just for fun, ha. Well I figured there would be more things to keep an eye on with the Tracer than my simple Heckler. The only other thing that has me slightly nervous is....carbon. I admit I'm far from being a great rider or maybe I just ride a little beyond my skill level and so my bike and I enjoy time apart from each other fairly often on the trail (read: I eat sh*t alot) so I'm hoping they have all this carbon fiber stuff figured out to where it can withstand the same amount of abuse as aluminum. By the way, I love that photo!

    kntr...thanks for the tip on Pricepoint. I think that's the lowest I've seen them go for!

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    I was missing a few parts in my box from Pricepoint. They told me Intense puts the bikes together and that Intense forgot the parts. It was no big deal really. The top cap to the stem was missing and so were a few stem spacers. Pricepoint was going to send the parts to me... that was a week ago and nothing.




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    VERY nice. I've never been a red guy but that bike looks hot!

    So, the bikes from Pricepoint don't come assembled I take it? Are the wheels/tires set up tubeless? And just curious, what parts did you swap out and why? Thanks bud....let me know how your first ride on it goes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayTee View Post
    VERY nice. I've never been a red guy but that bike looks hot!

    So, the bikes from Pricepoint don't come assembled I take it? Are the wheels/tires set up tubeless? And just curious, what parts did you swap out and why? Thanks bud....let me know how your first ride on it goes!
    The bikes are built up by Intense to begin with. You just have to put it together. It doesn't take very long. The tires had WELTERWEIGHT tubes in them. I changed them over to tubeless. I went with carbon SixC bars because it comes with aluminum Renthal Lites. I also changed the seat to ti railed Rocket V. The SixC bars are a little lighter and I like carbon bars. The tubeless set up lost almost 1/2 lb. I use the Rocket V on all my bikes plus the ti rails lost a little too.

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    So I pulled the trigger today on a T275C!!! Super stoked! Got a great deal through Pricepoint....thanks again kntr! I just hope all the parts are in there! Got any decent saddle time on yours yet?

    I can't wait for mine to get here. Pricepoint is in California (same as me) so it would be awesome if I got it by Thanksgiving. Went with the large black expert build. I know you guys here recommended I go with the Pro build but I was already stretching my budget as it is. Plus, the demo bike I rode (and fell in love with) had the expert build so I'm perfectly okay with it. Can't wait!!! Thanks again fellas!

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    I'm loving mine, but I only have one ride on mine. Post pics once you get it built up.

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    I love mine as well. Had it for about four months. I did have some Pike issues early on, but BikeCo has straightened those out. It climbs better than expected and is a blast on the downhills.
    If I had it to do over again today I would also look at the new Ibis HDR3. Specs are very similar. The only real difference in how it feels is the VPP vs the DW link.

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    FINALLY!! Received my Tracer this week and just got it completely assembled today. SO stoked!! Can't wait to go rip up and down some trails on this thing. It's been about a month since I've ridden, the last time actually being at the demo where I test rode (and fell in love with) the T275C. And now I got one of my own. How awesome is that??



    So yeah I got the expert build and changed out the bars (went with Deity DC31 Mohawk Carbon bars), shorter stem (Spank Spike Race Stem 50mm), saddle (bought a Chromag Trailmaster) and new Canfield Crampon Ultimate pedals. Lovin' life right now!







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    ^Nice looking rig. My T275C Factory was supposed to be delivered today from Pricepoint. Woke up all excited to find out it was delayed until next Tuesday. Oh well, too wet to ride in NC right now anyway.

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    Great build! I threw a chromag saddle, crampons, shorter stem, and wider bars on my T275C as well. Two weeks on it now, my god the thing rips... enjoy!!

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    Killer bike Jaytee. Heath and Dirtysurfer be sure to post pics of your 275

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    JAYTEE,
    What did it weigh when you were done?

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    I'm curious the weight of the carbon builds. I just didn't want a press in BB so I went with alloy. Plus, I'm a metal guy for a living. My Tracer is 28.5 without pedals. 29.75 with pedals. Gotta find some lighter flats.


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    Tracer T275C owners....

    Quote Originally Posted by M1_joel View Post
    I'm curious the weight of the carbon builds. I just didn't want a press in BB so I went with alloy. Plus, I'm a metal guy for a living. My Tracer is 28.5 without pedals. 29.75 with pedals. Gotta find some lighter flats.

    No dropper on your bike saves a pound too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtysurfer View Post
    Great build! I threw a chromag saddle, crampons, shorter stem, and wider bars on my T275C as well. Two weeks on it now, my god the thing rips... enjoy!!
    Great minds....

    Quote Originally Posted by kntr View Post
    JAYTEE,
    What did it weigh when you were done?
    30 pounds on the button and I'm perfectly happy with that!
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    well, i just 'blind ordered' a t275 pro. hope i like it.

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    I'm changing the front chainring to 28. The 32 isn't low enough for some of our steep long climbs. Has anyone else changed theirs to a 28?

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    I recently swapped the 32t for a 28t ring on the T275C's XX1 group. I can manage the 32t on my 22lb Spark 900 SL but I just don't have the leg stamina to keep hammering long climbs on the Intense.

    For what I generally will use the T275 for (long ups-long downs), plus the extra weight and the smaller wheel size, the 28t felt great on my last ride. The trail wasn't Pisgah but it does have some of the best climbs in the Charlotte NC area (Rocky River Trail). Also, the 28t ring allowed me to stay more in the middle of the rear cassette which should reduce cross-chain like wear.

    Go for it, it only takes a minute to swap rings on the XX1 system.

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    This question may be worth starting a new thread, but I'm curious if any T275c owners have or switched from a Specialized Enduro 26" (2011 or newer). I have a coworker who is willing to buy my 2011 Enduro Expert today, and I already know I'd get T275c. However, that means I'd have to drain my savings account to get the new Tracer. So, I'd like to hear feedback if it's going to be worth every penny, or the performance gap between the Enduro and the Tracer isn't big enough and I should ride my Enduro for another season or two. I like my Enduro Expert, but it's now nearly four years old with some hard miles up and down the Northwest. I had a chance to ride the Tracer, but only for a few minutes and never got a chance to ring it out to see what it can do ( I know it rips from everyone says on this forum). Thanks for any input..

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    get your money out of the old bike while you have a buyer. it is very common for those bikes to never sell actually.

    My alloy 2015 tracer is lighter and better equipped than 90% of the carbon tracers I see and cost a ton less. Plus it has a threaded BB. I am not a fan of a pressed in BB. Consider not draining your savings for the sake of a carbon frameset. just a different perspective on the tracer but for god's sake, sell that enduro TODAY!

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    Thanks M1_joel. My bike isn't currently for sale and I was thinking about waiting to build a 2016 T275c, but I was approached to sell my bike for good price. Cash in hand today if I decide to let it go. Tough decision because my 26 depreciates ever day and having a new ride for 2015 would be nice. Arghhh..

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    are you in a climate to be able to ride this winter? Arizona, SoCal? If you sell, are you really out of riding?

    Like I said, No one is approaching people to buy used 26" bikes for a good price. That is an exception, not the rule. Take advantage of selling while you can. like today.

    Hit up Kerry at bike bling for a killer deal on a frameset or compete bike. Got my 2015 frameset for less money that I saw closeout 2014's advertised for.

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    I live just out side of Seattle, so we ride year around. I have access to a few bikes, but never the same if it's not yours. I'll think it over a few beers before I make my decision. Thanks again and Happy New year.

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    I agree sell while you can and get something new. As for carbon vs aluminum it's all up to you. There blowing out the prices for the 14 carbon so I'd go that route instead of paying full price for a 15 aluminum frame. And there's no way M1_joel has a bettter/lighter set up then 90% of carbon ones. I also hear 90% of all facts are fabricated. Either way enjoy the new bike! Oh and whatever u do don't get the 14 aluminum tracer make sure it's the 15. Better geo and lighter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mantra27 View Post
    This question may be worth starting a new thread, but I'm curious if any T275c owners have or switched from a Specialized Enduro 26" (2011 or newer). I have a coworker who is willing to buy my 2011 Enduro Expert today, and I already know I'd get T275c. However, that means I'd have to drain my savings account to get the new Tracer. So, I'd like to hear feedback if it's going to be worth every penny, or the performance gap between the Enduro and the Tracer isn't big enough and I should ride my Enduro for another season or two. I like my Enduro Expert, but it's now nearly four years old with some hard miles up and down the Northwest. I had a chance to ride the Tracer, but only for a few minutes and never got a chance to ring it out to see what it can do ( I know it rips from everyone says on this forum). Thanks for any input..
    I sold my 2007 enduro for $1500 and bought the T275.

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    I love this bike!! Going to start the new year right and shred some loamy goodness tomorrow baby!!!


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    Tracer T275C owners....-int-1.jpgHad my T275C pro out about 6 times now. Very Impressed with the climbing ability and the speed of this thing in the forests and downhill is fantastic. BUT the major issue I'm having at the moment is clearance of the wheels. Went out last night and yes it was very muddy and sticky. This jammed up the rear with the mud collecting in front of the rear wheel and also the front wheels locked up with mud through the fork brace. Im running maxis ardent 2.25 on the rear and a high roller 2.3 on the front. This is not good because here in North Yorkshire this time of year everywhere is muddy.. I'm running bos suspension front and rear too...

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    Great story and thanks for sharing. Always a buzz getting a new bike. I got and alu Tracer 275 a year or so ago with an XT build kit. Still loving it like a new toy. I agree with the switching to a shorter stem, once I did that it made a considerable difference.

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    General question for you fellow Tracer owners; What is the correct setting for 6" of travel vs 5"?

    Since I purchased my frame it has been set up in the lower of the two holes. Is this the correct setup for 6"? I can't find any information on this anywhere.

    Thanks

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    No, the upper hole is 6" and the lower hole is 5".

    Actually, its 160mm (upper hole) and 140mm lower hole.

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    upper 160
    lower 140

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayTee View Post
    No, the upper hole is 6" and the lower hole is 5".

    Actually, its 160mm (upper hole) and 140mm lower hole.
    Quote Originally Posted by michihir0 View Post
    upper 160
    lower 140
    Thanks for the replies. Much more plush in the 160 setting.

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    Just realized all the photos I've posted of my bike are from inside my house, ha! Did a ride here in northern California a few days ago and brought the camera along with me. I am really loving this bike, it just feels so dialed in!




    A selfie. As much as I hate California for the people who run it and their politics, the weather here is epic. T-shirt and shorts in January is pretty awesome.






    Almost ran in to this guy who was just hanging out in the middle of the trail. Also reminded me I need to take some venison out of the freezer for this week.




    View of part of the bay area. Not the clearest day but good enough for me.




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