Round up: Hot, new Plus mountain bikes for 2016

A look at some of the newest Plus size mountain bikes

Interbike Plus
Not satisfied with just Plus hardtails, Haro is also taking their Shift 27.5 full suspension platform and plumping it out.

Not satisfied with just Plus hardtails, Haro is also taking their Shift 27.5 full suspension platform and plumping it out (click to enlarge).

Haro Shift 27.Five Plus

Not satisfied with just Plus hardtails, Haro is also taking their Shift 27.5 full suspension platform and plumping it out. The Shift 27.Five Plus has 130mm of four-bar design rear travel. The spec features a RockShox Reba RL fork with 120mm of travel, a RockShox Monarch RL Solo air rear shock, Shimano XT 1×11 shifter can cassette, WTB Scraper rims and WTB Trailblazer 2.8″ tires.

The Haro Shift 27.Five Plus is available in 3 sizes (16″, 18″, 20.5″) and has an MSRP of $2,609.99.

To learn more, visit www.harobikes.com.

With the advent of the plus bike, Jamis continues their tradition of steel hardtails with the all new Dragonslayer.

With the advent of the plus bike, Jamis continues their tradition of steel hardtails with the all new Dragonslayer (click to enlarge).

Jamis Dragonslayer

The Jamis Dragon is a longstanding steel hardtail that is almost synonymous with the brand itself. With the advent of the plus bike, Jamis continues their tradition of steel hardtails with the all new Dragonslayer. The frame is 4130 triple-butted steel and comes with sliding rear dropouts to give the rider options. The Dragonslayer is a plus bike that is angled towards both aggressive XC/trail riding as well as bikepacking. The frame has rear carrier rack eyelets, 2x and singlespeed drivetrain capability, full length cable housing, 100mm of rear tire clearance and three water bottle mounts for versatility.

The Dragonslayer is spec’ed with a Fox 34 Float Performance Series 27.5″+ fork with 120mm of travel, Shimano SLX 2×10 drivetrain, WTB Scraper rims and Vittoria Bomboloni 27.5×3″ tubeless ready tires.

The Jamis Dragonslayer is available in 4 sizes (15″, 17″, 19″, 21″) and has an MSRP of $2,699.00.

To learn more, visit www.jamisbikes.com.

KHS had a new model called the SixFifty 680+ on display. It is an alloy hardtail featuring a 6061 double butted frame with custom formed top tube and down tube.

KHS had a new model called the SixFifty 680+ on display. It is an alloy hardtail featuring a 6061 double butted frame with custom formed top tube and down tube (click to enlarge).

KHS SixFifty 680+

KHS had a new model called the SixFifty 680+ on display. It is an alloy hardtail featuring a 6061 double butted frame with custom formed top tube and down tube. Spec highlights include a Manitou Magnum Comp air fork with 34mm stanchions and 120mm of travel, Sun Mulefut 50 rims, Maxxis Chronicle 27.5×3.0″ tires, SRAM GX 1×11 drivetrain, Shimano disc brakes and KS eTEN Integra dropper with remote and 100mm of adjustment.

The SixFifty 680+ comes in a gray/charcoal color and is available in 4 sizes (SM, MD, LG, XL) and the MSRP is $2199.00.

To learn more about the current KHS model line, visit www.khsbicycles.com.

The Pine Mountain 2 is a beautiful throw-back made from Columbus Thron steel tubing and the frame is brazed with a raw finish.

The Pine Mountain 2 is a beautiful throw-back made from Columbus Thron steel tubing and the frame is brazed with a raw finish (click to enlarge).

Marin Pine Mountain 2

Marin Bikes created a special plus bike for the company’s 30th anniversary. The bike is a beautiful throw-back made from Columbus Thron steel tubing and the frame is brazed with a raw finish. The Pine Mountain is another bikepacking ready hardtail with rack eyelets and triple bottle mounts for versatility. The frame also features slick internal cable routing options.

The Pine Mountain 2 features a Fox Float 34 fork, Shimano XT 1×11 drivetrain, Shimano SLX disc brakes, WTB Scraper rims and WTB Trailblazer 27.5×2.8″ tires.

It is available in 5 sizes (SM, MD, LG, XL, XXL) and has an MSRP of $2749.00.

There is also a less expensive version called the Pine Mountain 1 that features a non-Columbus cromoly frame with a rigid steel fork, SRAM 1×10 drivetrain and Shimano disc brakes for a very affordable $989.00.

To learn more, check out our highlight article about the Marin Pine Mountain here: https://reviews.mtbr.com/interbike-2015-marin-launches-beautiful-new-pine-mountain-2-hardtail and visit www.marinbikes.com.

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About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.


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  • Fede Cabrera says:

    Hola Gregg,

    Greetings from Buenos Aires! You missed Advocate Cycles’ Hayduke 🙂
    http://advocatecycles.com/hayduke/

    Saludos,
    Federico

  • greg says:

    all above are 27.5+. I own a Stache 9 29+. IMO the 27.5+ are very siimilar to a 29er with wider tires (same overall wheel circumference) The 29+ is a “stand alone” bike with a 31.5″ wheel diameter that drastically chan riding dynamics. (in a positive way)

  • Ryan says:

    “Plus” seems like the natural evolution of the trend toward larger tires that’s been in progress since the ’90s, but briefly interrupted by a lack of sufficiently wide rims. a 2.7″ tire is less of a step up from current 2.35″ tires than 2.35″ was from old, undersized 2.0″ tires, so I don’t think we should even regard “Plus” as a new standard.

    In a time of proliferating “standards”, I’m all for versatility. The ability to run 29 x narrow or 27 (650b) x slightly-fat in the same frame is great … but there’s an issue: 27 Plus is smaller than 29 Narrow by more of a margin than the difference between 26 vs 27. We’ve been told – and many people even believe – 27 is significantly different than 26, yet we can dismiss the 27 Plus vs. 29 discrepancy.

    The true match is 26 Plus and 27 Narrow. Build a 27 bike with a little extra clearance on the sides and you have a perfect dual-fit bike that retains the nimble handling of a 27. If you’re worried about giving up the efficiency of the 29 Narrow option, then you, me, and Nino Schurter can discuss the inefficiency of the 650b wheel size 😉

    • Michael says:

      I like your thinking Ryan and completely agree. I am actually in the process of building up a set of “26+” wheels right now for my 27.5 bike. Would really like to see more manufacturers get behind wide 26″ tubeless rims and tires. Why wouldn’t anyone want the ability to further tune your only connection with the ground?

  • Jeremy Stoddart says:

    Ado….not adieu. http://bfy.tw/2B0g

  • doug says:

    With Boost 148 and BB92 it really opens the doors for more stable frames and wheels to support 29+. I just hope we start seeing more tires for 29+, it seems like it’s 3″ only. But 27+ has 2.7″ and more sizes and options.

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