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When you've accomplished as much on a bike as Brian Lopes, you know how to dial in your rides. Brian just built up an Intense Tracer T275 and Intense Carbine 29 for the up-coming enduro season. While they're extremely similar, there are some subtle differences like size, gearing, stem length and tire choice. Plus, we like head-to-head battles. Dig into these svelte carbon steeds and pick your favorite by voting at the end. Photos and info by Dan Severson

Brian Lopes Intense Tracer T275 Highlights

  • Size Large, 160mm travel
  • X-Fusion Vector Rear Shock with 375lb Super Alloy Spring
  • X-Fusion Metric Fork with HLR Damper
  • Shimano XTR Shifter and Rear Derailleur, XT 11-42t cassette, XTR cranks (175mm) and Wolftooth Dropstop Chainring 34t
  • Magura MT5 brakes
  • Factor 327 Carbon Wheelset
  • Maxxis High Roller II 3C/EXO/TR front, Minion DHR II 3C/EXO/TRrear
  • KS Lev 150mm drop seatpost
  • HT T1 Pedals
  • Renthal Fatbar Carbon (760mm) and Apex Stem (40mm)
  • ODI Elite Series grips (prototype compound)
  • KMC X 11 SL SLC chain
  • Chris King headset and bottom bracket
  • WTB Silverado saddle
  • Weight 29lbs

Brian Lopes Intense Carbine 29 Highlights

  • Size Medium, 140mm travel
  • X-Fusion Vector Rear Shock with prototype internals and 350lb Super Alloy Spring
  • X-Fusion Trace Fork with HLR Damper
  • Shimano XTR Shifter and Rear Derailleur, XTR 11-40t cassette, XTR cranks (175mm) and Wolftooth Dropstop Chainring 36t
  • Magura MT5 brakes
  • Factor 329 Carbon Wheelset
  • Maxxis Minion DHF 3C/EXO/TR front, High Roller II 3C/EXO/TR rear
  • KS Lev 150mm drop seatpost
  • HT T1 Pedals
  • Renthal Fatbar Carbon (760mm) and Apex Stem (50mm)
  • ODI Elite Series grips (prototype compound)
  • KMC X 11 SL SLC chain
  • Chris King headset and bottom bracket
  • WTB Silverado saddle
  • Weight 28.5lbs

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Choose your favorite!

Vital MTB Poll

Brian Lopes' Bike vs Bike - Which is Your Favorite?

Listen to what Brian says about his new bikes

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Edit: Here are the notes Lopes filled out. Stem lengths are shown for the doubters : )

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