27.5+ / 29+ Reviews and News


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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XC racing on the Pivot LES 27.5+ bike


Find out what happens when you take a race ready carbon hardtail and spec it with 27.5×2.8″ tires. (It’s not a bad as you might think.)

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Showdown: 27.5 versus 27.5+ versus 29er


We’ve seen videos before of media hacks comparing the ride and feel of different wheel and tire sizes. But how about some actual timed laps and feedback by a few of the world’s fastest racers?

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Trek Fuel EX 27.5 Plus joins wide wheel fray


Trek’s beloved Fuel EX is now available in plus sized trims. In addition to larger volume tires, the frame also received frame and suspension changes.

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Pivot Switchblade first look


Pivot launches versatile and capable trail bike with a huge sweet spot. It has the shortest chainstays in the category yet allows the biggest tires — and a front derailleur. But your wheels will need 157mm hubs.

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Mongoose’s new bikes for 2017 – the Tyax Supa plus bike, Argus 24 mini fat bike, Teocali and more


Mongoose ditches direct-to-consumer sales and 2017 models will be sold through Amazon.

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Face Off: Fat bike vs Plus bike


The low air pressures and gigantic tires found on fat bikes allow them to be ridden anywhere. Now that some newer trail bikes are taking advantage of similar tire technology, how do the two compare?

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Kona teases new Carbon Hei Hei, Plus sized Honzo, and Wozo fat bike


While Kona wouldn’t formally discuss their new product line, they did have several new models on display.

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So you think plus bikes are just for beginners?


While lots of riders are excited about plus sized trail bikes, there’s a number of people who think they’re just for beginners. We encourage everyone in the latter camp to watch this video. Holy shit.

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Santa Cruz Tallboy 3 29er first ride review


The original Tallboy was a classic. After seven years without any major geometry revisions, Santa Cruz just introduced an all new model. Here’s our thoughts after the first shake down run.

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