27.5+ / 29+ Reviews and News


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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Marin Pine Mountain 1 and new 141x9mm boost QR standard


A new hub standard is coming and it’s going to make beginner and intermediate bikes better. Here’s what you need to know.

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Juliana Joplin gets geometry updates, custom shock tune


The new Juliana Joplin benefits from all the same frame and geometry updates as the just released Santa Cruz Tallboy 3, but improves on that package for the women’s market by focusing on the details.

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Santa Cruz Tallboy 3, now 27.5+ and 29er compatible


Santa Cruz was one of the first brands to figure out the whole 29er thing with the original Tallboy. Since then, the model has been a staple of it’s line up, but it’s been long overdue for an update. Head past the break to see what changes SCB made to the all new Tallboy 3.

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Jamis rolls out women’s 26+ Eden trail bike


Jamis has debuted 26+ versions of their Dragonfly and Eden models, which the bike maker believes makes perfect sense for women riders.

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RSD Bikes Wildcat 27.5 Plus bike


Toronto-based brand brings affordable full suspension Plus bike to the States later this year. The Wildcat features 120mm of rear travel via a four bar linkage design.

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Rolf Prima adds plus sized carbon and new alloy wheels


At the Sea Otter Classic, Rolf has unveiled two new models. The Alsea+ and Alsea XR+ are the company’s first foray into the burgeoning plus bike market arena. The 40mm internal width tubeless ready, carbon rim features a lightweight paired spoke design. Claimed weight is an impressive 1645 grams.

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Hot new XC, DH, enduro, plus, and fat tires from Sea Otter


It’s a good time to be a mountain biker. Whether you want burly plus sized tires, or ultra fast rolling XC shoes, there was something for everyone at this year’s Sea Otter Classic.

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Derby rolls out plus-sized carbon rims and more


Derby rims wide rims grew popular via word of mouth on the Mtbr forum. After three years in business, they’re expanding the line to include plus and road models, plus a glossy limited edition rim.

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