27.5+ / 29+ Reviews and News


Are Plus tires and bikes still a thing?


Plus tires and bikes were billed as offering better handling and traction at low psi. But now many riders seem to be moving away from this wider world.

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Schwalbe Nobby Nic Plus review


The Schwalbe Nobby Nic is a popular all around tread that’s gotten the Addix compound treatment and larger sizing options, including the 27.5×2.8 that is tested here.

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WTB Ranger Plus review


Whether heading out on a multi-day bikepacking adventure or just a quick after work trail spin, the WTB Ranger Plus is billed as a do-it-all fast rolling tire.

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Vee Crown Gem Plus review


The Vee Crown Gem Plus is designed to handle everything from all-mountain shredding to endurance XC racing.

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Bontrager XR4 Team Issue TLR review


The Bontrager XR4 Team Issue TLR may not be the fastest on pedal heavy sections of trail or fire roads, but when your bike is pointed downhill into gnarly roots and slick rocks, this is a great tire to have.

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Maxxis Rekon+ review


The Maxxis Rekon+ is an aggressive trail tire inspired by the Ikon+ for intermediate and technical terrain.

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Whyte Bikes S-150C RS aggressive trail bike – video


The 2018 Whyte S-150C RS is an aggressive trail bike with the ability to switch between 29er and 27.5+ wheels.

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Pivot Switchblade Aluminum launched


Pivot has debuted a more affordable aluminum version of its Switchblade trail bike that brings the same innovative geometry, suspension, and on-trail performance to a wider audience.

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Fezzari Signal Peak bridges XC-trail gap


Fezzari’s new Signal Peak artfully blends speed and fun. It’s fast on technical terrain, drops, and rock gardens, and climbs like a mountain goat.

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BMC enters e-bike market with AMP Trailfox and Speedfox


Trailfox AMP and Speedfox AMP designed to conquer everything from challenging climbs to swooping singletrack descents.

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Jamis Bikes releases new 3VO suspension platform


Jamis Bikes new 3VO design dropping at Sea Otter claims a unique instant center, center of curvature and axle path that is said to eliminate unwanted motion when pedaling.

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Cane Creek releases 29/27.5+ HELM fork


Cane Creek Cycling Components has announced the release of the highly anticipated 29/27.5+ version of the HELM suspension fork.

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Trek Full Stache first look


Trek has unveiled a new trail bike with 130mm of front and rear travel and other unique design elements that take the capability of 29-plus tires to the next level.

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New colors for Niner RIP 9, JET 9 and RLT 9


Niner is offering new internal cable guides and fresh clean colors to make life easy and a little more colorful.

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Stan’s NoTubes Baron S1 27.5 wheelset review


This well-built, high performing aluminum plus size wheelset will lighten your bike but not your wallet.

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Salsa updates Deadwood, adding alloy version


For 2018, Salsa has updated the Deadwood for a broader range of uses — and budgets.

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Fezzari Cascade Peak 29 Pro first look


Built around their AT529 frame design, 130mm all-mountain bike has adjustable GA-Link geometry to keep a consistent BB height when changing between 27.5+ and 29er set-ups.

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Fezzari launches three new alloy 130mm trail bikes


Fezzari has announced three new aluminum mountain bikes: the Cascade Peak, Abajo Peak, and Wiki Peak. All three utilize 130mm of rear travel and can be run as 29er or 27.5 plus.

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Bulls Bike E-Stream review


The biggest battery available and a capable full-suspension platform make this e-bike truly adventure ready.

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Trek Roscoe and X-Caliber hardtails reviewed


Trek’s budget-friendly hardtails have evolved on two distinct paths, an affordable XC steed and a fun trail machine. Born out of the same frame, find out how these two bikes compare.

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DVO Diamond 110 Boost fork review


It’s not the lightest fork in this class, but the DVO Diamond 110 Boost is bar none one of the best trail/enduro forks we’ve ridden in a long time. Find out why.

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Shift in Perception: An ode to plus bikes


“It’s become apparent to me that the big advantage of running plus tires is the ability to maintain momentum and speed over rough terrain.” — Wade Simmons

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Bulls Bikes Interbike 2017


Germany-based bike maker has expanded its offerings with new plus e-bikes, including a women’s specific model.

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Trailcraft Cycles Big Mesa 26+ launched


Trailcraft has unveiled its new Big Mesa 26+ for riders in XS and small sizes wanting true “plus” size tire capability, but in a complete bike package which fits riders from 4’10” to 5’6″.

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Pivot Shuttle e-bike introduced


We’ve often wondered who would be the first among the boutique brands to offer an e-bike. Our questions have been answered as Chris Cocalis of Pivot designed a very intriguing machine.

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