Also new for the latest version of the Tracer 279 is its rear shock placement. Intense uses a variant of a VPP suspension layout that they call “JS Tuned,” and with the Tracer 279, they’ve moved the rear shock to the lower linkage of the bike’s rear suspension, whereas it was previously mounted to the upper link. The layout is fairly similar to what Santa Cruz has done with their bikes in recent years, with a pair of counter-rotating links and the shock nestled low in the front triangle.
The Tracer 279 also has fully guided internal cable routing, a shuttle guard on the downtube, and molded frame protection in several other places on the bike. It uses a threaded bottom bracket, and it also has in-frame storage accessed on the underside of the down tube, near the bottom bracket. Additionally, the Tracer utilizes a flip-chip to offer two geometry settings — more on that below. There’s room for a water bottle inside the front triangle, too.