Words by Mike Rose
Photos by James Stokoe, Callum Philpott and Sebas Romero
We have just received stock of our awesome Tazer eBike, with more bikes arriving in October, but don’t delay, they won’t be around for long. Once they are gone, they are gone!
There is no doubt that the topic of eBikes, or electric assist bikes, can be a controversial one… there are the lovers and the haters, and everyone else in between. From personal experience, I love them. On an eBike I can do two or maybe even three times the amount of riding that I would normally do in any given period of time. And eBikes are great if you are unfit, have an injury that limits your riding, or if you don’t have much spare time, but don’t be fooled, you can go really hard on an eBike if you want to. The choice is yours.
“I ride my Tazer a ton and it’s really becoming my most used all-around bike. I love the versatility of this bike. I can train hard on it or go on big chill rides. It really levels the field and allows you to ride socially with friends and cover more terrain, which for me is really what I love most about riding. When it comes to just having fun, this thing is hard to beat.” Aaron Gwin, INTENSE Factory Racing
There is a reason that most top MTB athletes use eBikes as training tools, and if you think that eBikes are just for lazy people check out any eBike specific race. Professional road and MTB racer Tom Piddock was last year’s eBike World Champion, and he doesn’t hang around. What I’m really trying to say is that eBikes can be different things to different people. For me, an hour or two on my Tazer reminds me of why I fell in love with mountain bikes in the first place. I have have a blast, improve my fitness but I don’t come back a complete sweaty wreck! The eBike feels like part of my day rather than a complete mission!
Why all this eBike love? It is a well known fact that due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic that there is very limited stock of bikes throughout the world, so we wanted to let you know that we have just received stock of both our Tazer Expert and Pro models, and that we will be getting further stock in mid October, but these bikes won’t be around for long, they are likely to sell out very quickly. And as mentioned at the start, once they are gone, they are gone! So if you do want one, and you want to avoid disappointment, we recommend ordering or pre-ordering now. You can see what is available on our Tazer page.
ABOUT THE TAZER
With 155mm of rear travel, 160mm on the front and Shimano’s awesome STEPS motor system, the Tazer is our high performance enduro eBike. With a bump eating 29” wheel up front and traction seeking 27.5” on the back you get great handling, amazing grip and trail ride excellence. With our Tazer you’ll never look at mountain biking in the same way ever again.
The Tazer is all about getting out there and enjoying the mountain bike experience. It is playful and fun... it will have you grinning from ear to ear. You will climb faster, ride further and do more of the ‘good stuff’. The Tazer can give you new opportunities, and we honestly believe that the Tazer has the ability to change your riding... forever.
EXPLORE AND EXPERIENCE NEW ADVENTURES
Our Tazer opens up a whole new world and style of riding, one where the ups are almost as much fun as the downs. What once might have been a boring slog or just a ‘means to an end’ can now be either a super technical challenge, or just a quick spin to get you to the top and all the fun bits again. Our Pro model features the all-new EP8 motor from Shimano, and the Expert build the classic Shimano STEPS E7000, both of which give you a seamless pedal to power transition, especially when teamed up with the rear 27.5+ tire and its larger contact area and quick acceleration.
HANDLES LIKE A DREAM
The beauty of the Tazer is that all of the weight is carried down low in the middle of the bike, what this means is that the center of gravity is lower making the bike turn and grip amazingly. The position of the weight also gives the bike a solid and planted feel, it is stable and precise, and carries speed like nothing on earth. Add to that geometry that puts you in a natural position and you get perfect weight distribution to the front and rear wheels.
RIDE ANYTHING, ANYWHERE
You will eat up laps of your local trail loops, maximizing your time on your bike. But the beauty of the Tazer is that you can go as hard or as easy as you like. There is no doubt that the Tazer will help you up the hills, but if you want to beast yourself then put it in Eco mode and hammer away… but what is the fun in that!
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE SUSPENSION
We talk a lot about JS Tuned here at INTENSE. JS stands for Jeff Steber (our founder and CEO) and simply put it is a system that focuses on all of the individual parts that make up one of our bikes: from suspension, geometry, wheel size, materials and component spec. The key element of JS Tuned is our suspension system that uses two counter-rotating links to connect the front and rear triangles of the bike. The links are specifically placed to allow for separation between the pedaling and braking forces from the suspension performance. Every model in our range has its own personal and specific JS tune.
PRO AND EXPERT MODELS FEATURE
Removable Li-Ion 504Wh.
FOX FACTORY 38 FLOAT E-MOUNTAIN FORK
The new King of enduro forks, the 38 is the perfect match for our Tazer with improved stiffness, damping and support.
FOX FACTORY FLOAT X2 REAR SHOCK (XL ONLY)
Improved everywhere that translates into a more poppy feel and balanced pedaling platform.
REVISED FOX FACTORY FLOAT DPX REAR SHOCK (S, M, L)
Featuring a new base valve design and the addition of a valved circuit in open mode, which raises the performance to another level.
E*THIRTEEN BARS AND STEM
800mm width and 35mm clamp combined with a 40mm stem making the perfect cockpit.
E*THIRTEEN INFINITE DROPPER
Infinitely-adjustable travel. Two options of travel depending on sizing. For Small and Medium 120-150mm, and for Large and XL 150-180mm.
The new saddle from SDG provides extra support, comfort and power. It’s perfect for those eBike epic long adventures when you are in the saddle.
MAXXIS MINION DHR II TIRES
Maximum traction on the way up and on the way down from the industry leader.
NEW SHIMANO EP8 MOTOR
All-new from Shimano. The 85 Nm (power output) EP8 is 300gr lighter, with a 21% increase in power and 36% reduction in resistance over its predecessor the E8000. And it is now even more tunable thanks to Shimano’s new E-TUBE Project App.
NEW SHIMANO XT BRAKES
Four-piston calipers combined with 203mm rotors deliver all the power that you need.
TAZER EXPERT SPECIFIC COMPONENTS
SHIMANO E7000 MOTOR
Built on the latest technology of his bigger brother the E8000, the E7000 is slimmer and lighter, maintaining its well known reliability and toughness, giving out 60 Nm of power.