Intense Tazer

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15.53 Mph
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47.40 lbs
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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Intense Tazer. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

17 reasons to buy

  • Progressive geometry suited fast, winding trails while maintaining a stable ride.
  • In ‘boost’ mode, riders said it climbed rugged hills with the vigor of a frightened cat.
  • Fox’s e-bike 36 GRIP2 suspension fork was described as “sublime” by one expert.
  • A steep seat angle kept riders’ weight forward on climbs.
  • The Tazer’s rear linkage and DPX2 suspension setup was progressive and deep.
  • Shimano’s STEPS E8000 system kicked in assist with absolute minimal lag.
  • A long reach kept the Tazer stable at speed and comfortable on long-distance rides.
  • The wide 2.8” rear tire on a 27.5” wheel, dug in with ample traction on climbs.
  • Riders can select their level of input with three levels of assist; Eco, Trail and Boost.
  • In tests, Maxxis Minion tires were grippy and tough.
  • A 504Wh battery allowed for ample ride distance without concern over running flat.
  • Under assist, the 11-speed Shimano SLX drivetrain provided generous range.
  • Shimano’s full-color control unit was compact, direct and straightforward.
  • The Shimano STEPS 504 Wh battery is designed to be easy to swap out at the trail.
  • The width and shape of the Intense Recon Alloy handlebar satisfied experts.
  • There is room to attach a water bottle cage in the main triangle of the Tazer.
  • Powerful braking is supplied by Shimano 4-piston hydraulic brakesets with 200mm disc rotors.

6 reasons not to buy

  • An expert felt that reach on the Tazer was too long.
  • A test rider wasn’t too impressed by battery life on the STEPS E8000 system.
  • Battery rattle was consistent on one reviewer’s test-bike.
  • A long-term reviewer said the battery compartment let in a little water.
  • The Fox Transfer dropper seatpost sometimes failed to fully extend.
  • One reviewer felt that rear wheel clearance was limited, moreso with a fender attached.

Bottom line

The Tazer is a premium e-bike from a company with extensive mountain bike credentials. Components were uniformly lauded for quality and performance, although some reviewers expected more of a drivetrain than Shimano SLX (for the Tazer’s not-insignificant price). This was a bike for those who liked to ride hard and ride long – and that’s how experts found it liked to be ridden. For this reason, Intense designed the Tazer with the expectation that riders would want to swap out their depleted battery for a backup unit on epic travails. Stability was awesome, due to a low center-of-gravity and looong reach. For some, this reach was a little too long, leading experienced e-mountainbikers to choose a size smaller than their usual.

Expert Reviews

80/100 based on 1 expert reviews
Level 3 expert

Intense Tazer eMTB Review

Level 3 expert

The Tazer is mighty impressive. It’s an innovative setup… a solid and well-rounded package that really excels on trails… When it comes to value, despite being a boutique brand, the Tazer isn’t too much of a credit wrecking proposition compared to similarly specced rivals thanks to their shift to direct sales…

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Level 1 expert

Reviewed: Intense Tazer

Level 1 expert

…you are getting a full carbon frame which is littered with candy sweet components, including the best e-Bike motor in the game… I constantly felt as though I was riding right on that threshold… Yep, this bike sure does feel fast.

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Singletrack Charged
Level 1 expert

Intense Tazer Long Term Review

Level 1 expert

…the Tazer isn’t a bike designed for pootling, it rewards hard, aggressive riding…

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Electric Bike Action
Level 2 expert

Intense Tazer

Level 2 expert

The Tazer is a lot of bike for the money. The geometry is nimble yet forgiving. The way this bike is set up makes for a confident ride over everything—dirt, rocks, logs, singletrack. It takes it all in stride.

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Jeff Kendall-Weed
Level 1 expert

The Intense TAZER and My 2 Favorite eBike Uses!

Level 1 expert

I really like this bike… It’s gonna take pretty gnarly, unfun trails and tame them and make them very enjoyable.

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User Ratings

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