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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 lineThe 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 Reviews80/100 based on 1 rated expert review
Intense Tazer eMTB Review
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…
Reviewed: Intense Tazer
…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.
Intense Tazer Long Term Review
…the Tazer isn’t a bike designed for pootling, it rewards hard, aggressive riding…
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.
The Intense TAZER and My 2 Favorite eBike Uses!
I really like this bike… It’s gonna take pretty gnarly, unfun trails and tame them and make them very enjoyable.
Intense Tazer eMTB – First Impressions
Does the mismatched wheel size feel odd on the trail? Not one little bit, other than to appreciate the extra confidence of a 29” wheel up front…
Intense Tazer E Bike Honest Review. Are Mixers Rad or a Fad?
Descending on this thing was really fun… the bike was handling pretty much anything we threw at it… Easy to throw around, jumping all the jumps we usually do… It’s a good climber for sure…
Intense Tazer Review
Even in demanding situations, the bike instills its rider with confidence, always behaving predictably.
Intense Tazer e-MTB First Ride Review
Generally, extra length adds stability… This made the Tazer feel incredibly planted on fast straights and over the rougher trails.… when it came to tight, twisty trails, the Tazer required some extra muscling to get it to feel sprightly and agile…
Intense Tazer Pro Electric Mountain Bike Review
It’s a great mountain bike that happens to have pedal assist… The stable yet quick-handling frame is well-matched to the Shimano STEPS electric powertrain and creates an eMTB that gives you a huge amount of fun.
In Barcelona for the New Intense Tazer [Italian]
Very positive first sensations… the Intense Tazer must be driven very actively, always trying to push hard when cornering and pumping any roughness of the terrain, so as to maintain a high pace.
New Star In The EMTB Sky? [German]
Top ride characteristics, low weight, intelligent battery integration: The Intense Tazer plays in the upper league of modern E-MTBs.