27.5 Reviews and News


Outerbike Whistler: Hot bikes, amazing trails, good times

Consumer-facing trade show in B.C. wonderland serves up biking bliss with hundreds of demo bikes, and access to the world’s most famous bike park.

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SCOTT launches 27.5 Plus bikes

SCOTT Sports erases any doubt of whether a major European manufacturer will jump on the Plus sized bikes for 2016. They answer with a resounding ‘YES’ as they introduce five new 27.5+ bikes.

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BMC rolls out new Speedfox 27.5 Trailcrew

This beefier version of the Speedfox has a slacker head tube, lower BB, and shorter chainstays.

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First Look: YT Capra All Mountain bike

Now that the YT Industries bikes are available in this market, Mtbr was invited to Reno, Nevada to find out if the Capra shreds like its mountain goat namesake at a budget price.

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First Ride Review: 2015 Trek Stache 9

Not too fat, not too thin, the Angry Singlespeeder thinks Trek’s new Stache is just right. Check out his first ride review.

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Polygon Bikes – New Syncline 9 carbon hardtail and Collosus N9 enduro rig

Developed with help from the UR Team, Polygon is bringing the Collosus N9 to America. Also available is a Di2 spec’d carbon hardtail racer rolling on 27.5″ wheels, the Syncline 9.

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WTB showcases new products in WTB Throwdown

Following the success of popular new tires like the Vigilante and the Trail Boss, WTB reaches back to its roots to innovate with the new Trailblazer and Riddler Tires.

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First Look: Specialized Stumpjumper and Rhyme FSR 6Fattie

Specialized adds to the 29er and 27.5 stable with a 3.0 tire version. Outer tire diameter is roughly the same as the 29er version but its character is quite a bit different with ultimate comfort and traction.

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First Look: 2016 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR

The Stumpy is back in the spotlight with a major revamp. Shorter stays, slacker head angle, wider rims and a cool SWAT door are some of the tricks up its sleeve.

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Review: Vee Tire Crown tires

Vee Tire enters the market with it’s front and rear specific Crown tires designed by Mike King. Grippy rubber, high TPI and quality construction are some of some of the highlights.

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Sea Otter: Mavic updates MTB wheel-tire systems

The men in yellow unveiled a mix of updates and new product, all of it centering around mountain bike wheels and tires.

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Sea Otter: Bulls Bikes Wild Edge Team 29 endurance race machine

Bulls Bikes brings bikes direct to buyers for the US market. Highlighted here is their top of the line endurance XC model, the Wild Edge Team 29.

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First Look: Bold Bikes takes suspension inside

Rear shock housed completely inside the composite frame’s seat tube in an effort to protect it from rock strikes, crashes, mud and gunk.

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Sea Otter: Fezzari rolls out 27+ Cascade Peak

Consumer direct seller believes there’s a sea change underway with the way people buy bikes — and sees new 27+ platform as great entree into sport for new riders.

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News: SRAM RAIL 40 wheels

SRAM has made huge strides in its wheel development. They’ve dissected every part of the wheel system and improved all the components. They’re not very wide yet but the engineering is now very sound with the RAIL line of wheels. Performance and affordability are in the forefront as well.

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Sea Otter: Rocky Mountain Sherpa 27.5+ bike debuts

The acts of bike packing and shredding singletrack are usually mutually exclusive. But Rocky Mountain is trying to turn that notion on its head.

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Sea Otter: Scott Spark 700 Ultimate Di2, ultimate DT Swiss fork

If your bike buying budget is tight, don’t click through. This post will just make you frustrated, angry or both. It will also likely make you drool.

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Sea Otter: Catharine Pendrel’s Orbea Oiz World Championship race bike

A close-up look at the 2x and reigning World Champion’s ultimate race rig featuring electronic shifting and suspension control.

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Sea Otter: Haro brings back Shift line of full suspension bikes including the all new Shift Plus

Some prototype bikes from Haro’s 2016 line-up including the Shift S3, Shift R5 and R7 and the Shift Plus running the big 27.5+ tire size.

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Sea Otter: Coming soon Norco Revolver 27.5 and 29

New full-suspension bike in final stages of development now.

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Sea Otter: Specialized introduces Rumor in 650B

New trail bike gives women their choice of wheel size.

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Just In: 2016 FOX 34 Float fork

FOX stumbled a bit in fork technology since the inception of CTD forks. But we saw what they were capable of with the performance of their FOX 36 forks last year. Now, all that technology comes to the more popular 34 line of forks.

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First Look: 2015 Breezer Repack Team

160mm of all mountain/enduro travel with a unique suspension design. The Breezer Repack uses an extra pivot located midway on the chainstays. Find out what our first ride impression is.

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FOX goes 27.5+ with 110mm spacing on Factory 34 Float Fork

If there’s any doubt that 27.5+ would take off this year, they were erased by FOX’s introduction of this 27.5+ fork with 110mm hub spacing. This wider hub allows the fork legs and crown to accommodate a huge 27.5 tire like a 3.0 or 3.5 inch.

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Review: Durango Bikes Moonshine 650b

Durango Bikes set out to create a U.S. made 160mm travel All Mountain bike using the best technologies and components available. What they came up with is the alloy Moonshine with 27.5 wheels and a refined Horst Link suspension.

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