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Intense 2017 Recluse Foundation Bike - Unisex


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The Recluse 275 isn't shy about chomping down on steep, gnarly, North Shore-esque terrain. A head tube angle of 66 degrees makes steep, technical descents feel solid and fun. The secret to its eagerness lies in the link system that gives it compact chainstays and a shortened wheelbase. Expect efficient, smooth climbing, confident ripping and subtle arcing through corners. The Foundation Build adds a batch of reliable components to offer up a worry-free bike. SRAM NX shifters and GX rear-derailleur ensure the 1x11 shifting goes smoothly. Shimano M506 brakes keep things under control. And 27mm rims ensure performance when the terrain is weird and unruly.

  • Monocoque unidirectional carbon frame is light, strong and sharp looking
  • Angular Contact/Collet Bearing System with replaceable Grease Zerks allows for easy maintenance
  • i-BOX Pivot System allows for compact seatstays and a shortened wheelbase for a remarkably nimble and efficient ride
  • 148x12mm spacing at the rear and 100x15mm in the front
  • JS Tuned rear linkage result in a very efficient and balanced feel while fighting or enjoying gravity
  • Tapered head tube shaves grams and improves stiffness
  • Flak guard protects the downtube from rock lift-off
  • RockShox Pike RC, 27.5in. with 150mm of travel is tuneable to your taste and lockable for efficient climbing
  • RockShox Monarch Plus R takes care of the 140mm of rear travel
  • Internal routing looks clean and keeps cables protected from impacts
  • 27.5in. Sun Helix TR27 rims mounted on Intense Tuned hubs are the perfect wheels for rowdy descents
  • Maxxis HighRoller II 2.3in. wide and offers excellent grip in a wide variety of conditions
  • RockShox Reverb Stealth seat post with 150mm of travel makes transitions from climb to descent a breeze
  • SRAM NX and GX 1x11 components makes for a reliable groupset
  • Race Face Aeffect crank complement the 1x system from SRAM with a 32T chainring
  • Shimano M506 hydraulic disc brakes with 180 and 160mm rotors front and rear respectively, offers plenty of power without breaking the bank
  • WTB Silverado Sport saddle is light and comfortable for long days of trail
  • Bikes are covered by MEC's Rocksolid Guarantee and Bike Service Agreement. You can bring your Intense Bike to any MEC bike shop for free adjustments and minor maintenance for 2 years after purchase
  • Based in Temecula, California, Intense Cycles have been building aggressive, game-changing and flat-out rad mountain bikes since 1993

Tech specs

Weight13.86kg (Medium)
13.07kg (Large)
Ideal for
  • Enduro
FrameIntense Recluse carbon
ForkRockShox Pike RC
Front travel150mm
Rear travel140mm
Rear shockRockShox Monarch Plus R
StemIntense 50mm 31.8mm
SeatpostRock Shox Reverb Stealth with 150mm travel
HeadsetIntense TS
HandlebarsIntense Recon 760mm 31.8mm
Grips/tapeIntense Dual Density Lock-on
  • Shimano M506 (hydraulic disc)
Brake leversShimano M506 Disc
ShiftersSRAM NX
Derailleur (front)N/A
Derailleur (rear)SRAM GX
Crank + ringsRace Face Aeffect 32T
Bottom bracketRaceFace PF92
PedalsSold separately
Hub (front)Intense Tuned
Intense Tuned
SRAM NX 11-speed 11-42T
ChainSRAM PC1110
RimsDT Swiss M1900 Spline
  • Maxxis High Roller II 27.5 x 2.3
SaddleWTB Silverado Sport
Made inTaiwan


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