Intense Cycles Carbine and Tracer 650b bikes revealed

If 29er was the ‘big thing’ that was causing heated debates and arguments right across the internet, then what are we to make of the growing number of 650b bikes? Simply more choice, which can’t be a bad thing, or a step in the wrong direction for the future of the sport?

Whatever the answer, Intense Cycles have released details and photos of two new 650b bikes (or 27.5 as they’d rather call it but we’re going to stick with 650b, because that’s what it is), in the Carbine and Tracer.

Intense have used their G1 dropout system to make the change easy, machining dropouts that allows the frame to take 650b wheels. They also stretch the chainstays a tad and drop the bottom bracket height a smidgen.

The Tracer here is built with a RockShox 150mm 650b fork and delivers a 67 degree head angle and 13.3in bottom bracket height. And that’s about all we know for how. Lovely look bike that Carbine though.

More details soon.

www.intensecycles.com

Tell us you think below…

  1. wobbem

    Sweet, 150mm travel and bigger wheels, looking forward to the reviews on these set ups, the future is looking interesting.

  2. chris-m

    They don’t look all that different to a 26 wheel IMHO, so may be this is the sweet spot, so to speak. Perhaps it’s this size of wheel that shorter people should be using rather than the ultra small framed 29ers that are being produced by the big companies!?
    I like the fact that the industry pushes the envelope, I just hope that if it doesn’t work, they’ll just put their hands up, admit they’re wrong and lay it to rest – if that’s needed, as all may be fine.
    The above Intense bikes look superb but I’m a super big fan of their fellow VPP bikes, Santa Cruz, so I’ll be waiting with their designs to come to fruition. Although, I dread to think how much bike companies’ R&D costs must be at the moment!

  3. serge the seal of death

    650 b i think is where it shoudl be for this type of bike,
    geometry looks good, and as chris says, these wheels would be great for people who are shorter or who still want the frame size small.
    i wonder what a 650b would ride like with 26 inch wheels,

    could you have an interchagable wheelset?

  4. David Arthur

    Don’t see why you could swap between 26/650 or 650/29er, with the right fork and swappable dropouts at the rear. Different wheel size for different days?

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