We recently spotted Chris Kovarik building a fresh new bike on Instagram
that's covered with Intense's prototype graphics, labeled as "Tracer 279". It's been four years since Intense has updated the Tracer model, so this could be close to a production model. We've seen Isabeau Courdurier on an alloy prototype, but the one in Kovarik's stories has a carbon front and rear triangle.
There are quite a few changes from the previous Tracer; the trunnion mount shock is now driven from the bottom link, lowering the center of gravity, and there is spacer for a water bottle to mount inside the front triangle. The aggressively sloping top tube looks to provide a super low stand-over height as well.
Chris has built the bike with a Fox 38 fork, indicating that this will be an hard charging enduro bike with a similar amount of rear wheel travel to the previous Tracer (165mm), or possibly more. The bike appears to be a dedicated mixed wheel bike based on the clearance of the 27.5" tire at the chain stay yoke and seems to lack any geometry adjustments on the shock mounts.
Jeff Steber, the founder of Intense Cycles, shared this 3D printed frame
back in March, which reveals more details, like a storage box for tools.
Intense confirmed that this is the next iteration of the bike Isabeau was on. They also said that Aaron Gwin contributed a lot of time testing. Intense does like to show its prototypes as they progress toward full production, and this is the next step with the Tracer model.