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Intense 2017 Recluse Expert 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 Expert Build adds a batch of reliable components to offer up a worry-free bike. Shimano XT shifters and rear-derailleur ensure the 1x11 shifting goes smoothly. Shimano XT brakes keep things under control. And 25mm 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 110x15mm in the front
  • JS Tuned rear linkage result in a very efficient and balanced feel while fighting or enjoying gravity
  • Tapered headtube shaves grams and improves stiffness
  • Flak guard protects the down tube 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 RC3 takes care of the 140mm of rear travel
  • Internal routing looks clean and keeps cables protected from impacts
  • 27.5in. DT Swiss E 1900 wheels are 25mm wide and combines reliability and performance
  • Maxxis HighRoller II are 2.3in. wide and offers excellent grip in a wide variety of conditions
  • RockShox Reverb Stealth seatpost with 150mm of travel makes transitions from climb to descent a breeze
  • Shimano XT M8000 1x11 drivetrain is efficient and reliable
  • Race Face Turbine crank complement the 1x system from Shimano with a 32T chainring
  • Shimano XT M8000 hydraulic disc brakes with 180 and 160mm rotors front and rear respectively, offers plenty of power without breaking the bank
  • WTB Silverado Race 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

Ideal for
  • Enduro
FrameIntense Recluse carbon
ForkRockShox Pike RC
Front travel150mm
Rear travel140mm
Rear shockRockShox Monarch Plus RC3
StemThomson Elite X4 31.8mm
SeatpostRock Shox Reverb Stealth with 150mm travel
HeadsetCane Creek 40
HandlebarsRenthal FatBar 31.8mm
Grips/tapeIntense Dual Density Lock-on
  • Shimano XT (hydraulic disc)
Brake leversShimano XT
ShiftersShimano XT
Derailleur (front)N/A
Derailleur (rear)Shimano XT
Crank + ringsRace Face Turbine 32T
Bottom bracketRaceFace PF92
PedalsSold separately
Shimano XT 11-speed 11-42T
  • Maxxis High Roller II 27.5 x 2.3
WheelDT Swiss E 1900 Spline
SaddleWTB Silverado Race
Made inTaiwan

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