The Intense Tracer certainly stands out from the crowd. The bling spec list and drool-worthy colours make for a bike that is hard to ignore. We caught up with Intense Saddleback team rider Ajay Jones, for a chat about his setup at round four of the Enduro World Series in Wicklow, Ireland.
Intense Tracer Tyre choice/pressure:
Ajay runs MAXXIS tyres on his Tracer. On the front he is running a Shorty in the 3C compound with a DoubleDown casing, set at 25 psi. A faster rolling HighRoller II keeps things moving at the back. Ajay chooses to run a heavier DH casing on the rear for improved protection from the rocky Irish trails. The rear tyre is made of the SuperTacky compound, and set at 25 psi. Ajay’s Tracer rolls on ENVE M70 rims laced to Chris King hubs.
Intense Tracer Suspension Setup:
Intense Saddleback Racing is supported by SRAM, so Ajay is running Rockshox suspension on his Tracer. Upfront, a Rockshox Lyrik with the brand new “Charger 2” damper takes the hits, and a metric sized Super Deluxe keeps the rear wheel tracking. Ajay is running 80 psi in his fork with 3 tokens to add some progression. The Rockshox Super Deluxe fitted to Ajay’s Tracer is set at 185 psi. At 90 kg, Ajay has a custom shock tune with thicker shim stacks for faster rebound to suit his body weight.
Intense Tracer Brakes and Drivetrain.
Brakes and transmission are also taken care of by SRAM in the form of their Eagle drivetrain and Guide RSC brakes. Ajay runs Rotor cranks and an oval chainring to help keep his legs spinning. Ajay told us he gets his brakes bled regularly by his mechanic to keep them feeling new, and he is running sintered pads this weekend for better longevity in the wet conditions. Ajay likes the Eagle drivetrain and says the massive 50 tooth cog lets him spin up even the toughest transitions.
Intense Tracer Cockpit/contact points
ENVE takes care of the cockpit, with their Mountain stem and DH bar. Ajay runs his bars cut down to 780 mm, paired with a 35 mm stem.
Shimano pedals and an Italian made carbon seat finish off the contact points.
Words: Finlay Anderson Photos: Trev Worsey