27.5+ / 29+ Reviews and News


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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Marin Bikes Interbike 2016


Between the Pine Mountain 1 steel hardtail plus bike, the Attack Trail 7 trail bike, and the budget-friendly full suspension Hawk Hill, Marin Bikes is bringing a range of exciting new products to the table for a wide range of riders.

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Niner RIP Goes Alloy


Carbon bikes are awesome, but they cost a fortune. Good thing Niner is watching out for the little guy. Their new alloy bikes shares the same geo and tech as the RIP 9 RDO, but retails for significantly less.

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Just in: Maxxis Minion and Highroller II plus tires


Plus bikes are one of the key growth areas of our sport, as riders discover bigger tire volume and lower air pressures. But most of the available Plus tires thus far have very small cornering side knobs. Until now that is…

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Rocky Mountain Growler and Reaper first look


Whether you’re little ripper or just a kid at heart, Rocky Mountain has two new models that are sure to please.

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Trek Powerfly 9 FS Plus e-bike first ride review


The Powerfly series is Trek’s initial entry into the eMTB market. It’s their best selling range of bikes in the European market and is making making its U.S. debut. Click through to learn more and read our first ride impressions.

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Moots Farwell 27.5-plus Ti hardtail debuts


Meet the Moots Farwell, a 27.5-plus hardtail ripper spec’d with 2.8” tires that’s designed for all-day trail fun. And like most 27.5-plus set-ups, the Farwell can do double duty as a 29er.

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Salsa Woodsmoke first ride


Salsa introduced a lot of bikes this week with the Woodsmoke taking much of the mountain bike spotlight.

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Magura unveils inverted Boltron e-bike fork


Magura’s latest offering is an inverted suspension fork designed in conjunction with motocross suspension expert WP that is specifically for ebikes.

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Guerrilla Gravity Trail Pistol 120mm bike debuts


Colorado based Guerrilla Gravity has just rolled out a new edition to its growing line-up of trail-friendly bikes. The new Trail Pistol comes in “Crush Mode” and “Plush Mode”, which is achieved via a shock mounted flip chip that optimizes the geometry and suspension for 29” wheel “crushing” or 27.5+ “plushness.”

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Santa Cruz brings back aluminum, kills single pivot models


Santa Cruz bikes just got more affordable with the introduction of three all-new alloy bikes.

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Niner’s new Rip 9 RDO and Jet 9 RDO get boosted and plus


After years of complete dedication to 29ers, Niner is getting in the plus game, as it rolls out fully revised versions of its popular Rip 9 RDO and Jet 9 RDO trail bikes. Both will be available in the usual 2- through 5-star 29er builds. But now you can also order them spec’d with 27.5+ set-ups with max tire size of 3.0”.

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Intense 27.5 Plus ACV first ride


Intense Cycles throws their hat in the full suspension Plus bike arena with this attractive ACV – All Conditions Vehicle, with 130mm of rear travel.

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Cannondale Bad Habit 27.5 Plus bike first look


Cannondale joined the Plus Bike party around December of last year with the Bad Habit 1 and Bad Habit 2 aluminum models. Now they have a carbon model called the the Bad Habit Carbon.

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New Giant XTC and Fathom hardtails


Whether you prefer singlespeeds or gears, big wheels, big tires, or 27.5″ hoops, Giant’s new line of hardtails has you covered.

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GT Pantera 27.5 Plus hardtail first ride


We’re often asked by beginnners or intermediate riders what bike to get and it’s often a balance between budget and interest level. These new Plus hardtails by GT offer a very attractive option now with their attractive price and versatility.

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WTB’s new plus sized Ranger tire


The new plus sized Ranger from WTB is equally at home on the trails or when fully loaded for a bikepacking tour.

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