The new Intense Tracer 27. 5 Carbon frame may have a familiar name, but it's a marked step forward from its aluminum predecessor. While the alloy Tracer is no slouch, the new carbon fiber version kicks the trail fiend's formula up a notch by adding 10mm of travel, kicking out the head angle a degree, and lengthening the wheelbase by half an inch. All this while hitting a stunning sub 5. 5 pound frame weight. And that's with a shock. If you're not happy until you're ripping your favorite trails to pieces, both up and down, the Tracer Carbon just may be what your dreams are made of. You probably already know about Intense's long history with American made aluminum, so we'd forgive you if you were skeptical about the Tracer's carbon fiber construction. But Jeff Steber and co. aren't the type to cut corners, so Intense brought in consultants from the composite wizards at SEED Engineering. We don't use the term wizards lightly, either, and the firm's extensive experience in building carbon fiber structures was tapped to make the best possible use of the material. The Made in USA ethos still stands, though, thanks to the fact that all the links and hardware are built in Temecula, alongside Intense's aluminum models. This ensures that your bike benefits from the best of modern composite construction and maintains the soul you'd expect from an Intense. Both the front and rear triangles are constructed as a whole, rather than bonding them together from subassemblies. This construction method has been well proven on Intense's Carbine models, but the Tracer employs a different blend of materials and a finely tuned layup that shave additional weight, while maintaining maximum strength. This keeps the frame weight at 5. 3 pounds for a medium frame, while maintaining the strength and stiffness necessary for the most aggressive riders to keep it pinned in terrain that would have lesser bikes shaking in their boots. The Tracer's geometry sheet makes its intentions crystal...