Progressive geometry 140mm travel carbon 27.5 bike
Need to know
- 140mm rear travel (150mm fork up front)
- Aggressive trail bike
- Carbon front and rear
- ISCG mount
- Slacker and longer
- New Intense Recon carbon wheelset
Comparing the Recluse to the recently release Spider 27.5, the Recluse appears to be significantly less conservative in its numbers. Don’t get us wrong, it’s not wildly pioneering but it is very different from yer typical Intense.
It’s slacker up front: 66° head angle.
It’s steeper at the back: 75° seat angle.
It’s longer: 438mm reach on a Medium with a 1169mm wheelbase.
It’s claimed to be a bit stiffer than the Spider 27.5 too.
It’s Boost axle front and rear.
It has a carbon fibre front triangle and swingarm.
The suspension is Intense’s post-VPP dual-linkage arrangement that they call ‘JS Tuned’.
Let’s have a look at the crazy versus calm colourways that the Recluse will be available in.
What else do we know?
Not a lot at this stage. As we say, it’s something of a bolt of the blue this bike.
There’s a set of water bottle bosses on the down tube. There’s also provision for direct mounting a front mech. Internal cable routing. Titanium hardware.
Pricing will be typically Intense. The cheapest Recluse will be £4,200 and the range tops out at £8,700. Oof!
New Intense Recon carbon wheels
Another surprise announcement. These carbon hoops have 30mm internal rim width. They’re also deliberately lower profile which, Intense say, is to help de-harsh the ride that you can get with carbon rims.
The Recon wheels will initally come in two builds. Recon Trail with 28 spokes and Recon Enduro with 32 spokes. A 29er wheelset is almost certainly in the pipeline too.