27.5+ / 29+ Reviews and News


Niner SIR 9 trail bike launched


News out of the Niner camp today. The Colorado-based bike maker has re-released its original steel classic, the SIR 9, in a redesigned, ready for anything form.

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Fezzari offers new return policy, scales tall mountains


The Utah-based direct-to-consumer seller makes a huge range of bikes, including a great selection of mountain and road bikes. Find out more about what’s new and cool.

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Breadwinner Cycles Goodwater rolls out


Breadwinner Cycles was on hand at Sea Otter, showing off the new Goodwater, a bike the Portland-based custom builder calls its most versatile to date.

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2018 Ibis Ripley LS first ride review


The 3rd generation Ripley is here. It shares the same geometry as the beloved LS, but features a brand new rear triangle that can accommodate massive tires.

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A new tire size is coming and it doesn’t suck


Plus sized erupted in popularity last year. The problem for many aggressive riders is that they didn’t hold up. Now a new tire size is coming that should split the difference between plus size and traditional tires.

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Bontrager Line Pro 40 29+ carbon wheels review


The Line Pro 40 carbon wheelset is one of several new Line Pro components that have significantly upped the quality and design aesthetics game of the Bontrager brand. Is it worth the price of the upgrade over aluminum?

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Dream Build: Santa Cruz Hightower with all the trimmings


This Santa Cruz Hightower with dreamy component spec is admittedly a little over the top. But when you live and ride in a place like Crested Butte, your bike should be worth more than your car.

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X-Fusion McQueen Plus fork review


The new McQueen fork from X-Fusion retails for roughly 20% less than it’s competitors. So how does it compare?

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Video: Trek Powerfly 8 FS review


The Powerfly 8 is Trek’s 130mm travel full suspension e-bike. Based off the Fuel EX-platform, this bike is fully compliant with e-bike regulations and performs well on the trail.

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2018 Santa Cruz Chameleon 27.5+ spy photos


This new Chameleon from Santa Cruz has been spotted in several Santa Cruz dealers. It not only looks promising but the the rumored pricing is attractive as well.

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Salsa Deadwood 29+ adventure bike launched


The new Salsa Deadwood harnesses 29+ wheels and an efficient short travel carbon frame to create the ultimate bike packing and endurance racing machine.

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Rocky Mountain Pipeline plus bike review


Think plus bikes are just for beginners? The Rocky Mountain Pipeline might change your mind. Check out the Mtbr review.

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Maxxis Minion and HighRoller Plus tires weights and measurements


Plus Tires is a growing category eagerly awaiting the arrival of more tires with better side knobs and sidewalls. How big are they and how much do they weigh?

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Guerrilla Gravity unveils new Megatrail and Megatrail SS


Guerrilla Gravity has launched a new version of the Megatrail that’s billed as a “big mountain liberator.” The versatile bike is designed to conquer everything from getting after it at your local enduro race, shredding bike park laps, or just slaying your after-work rides.

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Is the new WTB Ranger 29+ the ultimate bike packing tire?


While plus tires are popular in the mountain bike arena for their ability to level terrain, they’ve also helped open up a new whole world to bikepackers.

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Mtbr’s top 10 most read articles in 2016


What are Mtbr readers most interested in? If we use the top 10 most read articles of 2016 as a barometer, it’s reviews, reviews, and more reviews. Plus a smattering of interviews and product roundups.

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Mtbr Best of 2016 Awards: Plus Bike


What makes the Santa Cruz Hightower great? For starters, it’s not just a plus bike; it’s a trail ripping, do-it-all singletrack slayer that can be set up with 27.5+ wheels and a 150mm fork or 29er hoops and 140mm of front end squish. Click through to find out more.

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Video: Torture testing a $1000 hardtail


Can an $1000 hardtail survive bike park abuse under a professional rider? The results may surprise you.

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Specialized Fuse Expert Carbon 6Fattie review


Hardtails aren’t dead. Not by a long shot. Specialized’s new Fuse Expert Carbon 6Fattie proves that thanks to its fun geometry, excellent parts spec, and agreeable price point.

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Outerbike Test Sessions: Yeti SB5+


Meet the Yeti SB5+, a comfortable and sure-footed plus bike that’s downright capable and damned playful in temperament.

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Outerbike Test Sessions: Pivot Switchblade


The original Switchblade (made by Titus 15 years ago) ticked all the right boxes for a high-end full suspension bike. The new Pivot Switchblade was tops on the Outerbike Test Sessions list for the very same reasons.

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Niner unveils budget priced alloy Jet 9 trail bike


Niner has expanded its Jet 9 trail bike line-up to include a budget-friendly $2600 alloy option to go along with the current carbon frame offerings.

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10 great upgrades for your bike — and more


It’s easy to get caught up in the latest and greatest. But it’s very possible your best option is not buying all new gear. Instead give one of these upgrades a try.

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12 best mountain bikes for around $1000


At this price you can expect to get an aluminum hardtail, though many manufacturers are using plus size tires to breathe new life into the category. Here are some great options from Scott, Marin, Haro, KHS and more.

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Ellsworth Interbike 2016


Ellsworth launches the Rogue Forty all-mountain bike, tightens up of its proprietary suspension design, and unveils a company rebranding.

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