Round up: Hot, new Plus mountain bikes for 2016

A look at some of the newest Plus size mountain bikes

Interbike Plus
Like most Norco's, the Torrent leans towards the aggressive gravity rider.

Like most Norco’s, the Torrent leans towards the aggressive gravity rider (click to enlarge).

Norco Torrent 7.1

The Torrent is a brand new model this year from Norco and features a custom formed 6061 aluminum frame with double butted tubes. It has stealth dropper post routing and like most Norco’s it is targeted towards the aggressive trail rider. The Torrent 7.1 is spec’ed with a RockShox Yari Plus fork with 130mm of travel, SRAM GX 1×11 drivetrain, Avid disc brakes, WTB Scraper rims, Schwalbe Nobby Nic 27.5×2.9″ tires and a KS eTEN Integra dropper post with 100mm of adjustability.

The Norco Torrent is available in 4 sizes (SM, MD, LG, XL) and besides the 7.1 version shown here, there is a less expensive option in the Torrent 7.2 with a Suntour Raidon fork, Shimano SLX 1×10 drivetrain and no dropper.

Torrent 7.1 (shown) – $2425.00
Torrent 7.2 – $1450.00

To learn more, visit www.norco.com.

The Orbea Loki 27+ was released earlier this year in Spain and Mtbr was there to cover it. Be sure to read our full write-up.

The Orbea Loki 27+ was released earlier this year in Spain and Mtbr was there to cover it. Be sure to read our full write-up (click to enlarge).

Orbea Loki 27+ H10

Mtbr had the chance to ride the Orbea Loki 27+ in its homeland of Spain. We were very impressed by the amount of fun we had on this rally style hardtail, even after having ridden 150mm-165mm full suspension enduro rigs for most of this season. The Loki frame is hydroformed triple butted alloy and comes spec’ed with a Fox 32 Float Performance fork with 120mm of travel. The H10 also comes with a Shimano SLX/XT 2×10 drivetrain, Shimano disc brakes, Orbea wheels and Maxxis Chronicle 3.0″ tires.

The Orbea Loki 27+ is available in 4 sizes (SM, MD, LG, XL) and besides the H10 version shown here, there is a top of the line LTD version and a less expensive option in the H30 version.

Loki 27+ LTD – $2999.00
Loki 27+ H10 (shown) – $2099.00
Loki 27+ H30 – $1499.00

To learn more, check out our full ride report here: https://reviews.mtbr.com/first-look-orbea-loki-27-5-hardtail and visit www.orbea.com.

Rocky Mountain is one of the first manufacturers to recognize the advantages of plus size tires.

Rocky Mountain is one of the first manufacturers to recognize the advantages of plus size tires (click to enlarge).

Rocky Mountain Sherpa

Rocky Mountain is one of the first manufacturers to recognize the advantages of plus size tires and they released the Sherpa earlier this year at the Sea Otter Classic. Unique among all of these bikes, the Sherpa has a carbon frame and is also a full suspension bike with 95mm of rear travel. Targeted mainly at the bikepacking/adventure crowd, like it’s namesake, the Sherpa can can be outfitted with many different packing options but still provide miles of fun.

The Sherpa frame itself is Rocky’s Smoothwall carbon and the rear triangle is hydroformed 7005 alloy. Spec includes a Manitou Magnum Plus fork with 120mm of travel, Manitou McLeod rear shock, Shimano SLX/XT 2×10 drivetrain, Shimano disc brakes, WTB Scraper rims and WTB Trailblazer 27.5×2.8″ tires.

The Rocky Mountain Sherpa comes in only one model right now and it is available in 4 sizes (SM, MD, LG, XL) and has an MSRP of $4499.00.

To learn more, check out our full write-up here: https://reviews.mtbr.com/sea-otter-rocky-mountain-sherpa-27-5-bike-debuts and visit www.bikes.com.

Scott is going huge with Plus bikes with a total of eight Plus models for 2016.

Scott is going huge with Plus bikes with a total of eight Plus models for 2016 (click to enlarge).

Scott Scale Plus and Genius Plus

Scott is another manufacturer that is going betting big on the popularity of Plus bikes increasing for the coming year. Their 2016 model lineup includes a total of eight Plus bike models including 2 hardtails and 6 full suspension models.

Mtbr had a chance to cover the release of these bikes earlier this year and we were impressed with how capable all of them are. For more in-depth info and an interview with Scott Sports marketing directly, read here: https://reviews.mtbr.com/scott-launches-27-5-plus-bikes

The bike we spotted at Interbike was the Scott Scale 710 Plus. This is an alloy hardtail with a Scott’s custom butted superlight tubing frame with internal cable routing for a dropper post. This bike is spec’ed with a Fox 32 Float Performance fork with 120mm of travel, SRAM GX 1×11 drivetrain, Shimano disc brakes, Syncros cockpit parts, Syncros rims and hubs and Schwalbe Rocket Ron EVO 27.5×2.80″ tires.

All models come in four sizes (SM, MD, LG, XL) and are available now.

Scott Scale 710 Plus (shown) – alloy hardtail – MSRP: $2599.99
Scott Scale 720 Plus – alloy hardtail – MSRP: $1699.99
Scott Scale 710 Plus frame only – MSRP: $999.99

Scott Genius 700 Tuned Plus – carbon, 140mm front travel/130mm rear travel
Scott Genius 710 Plus – carbon, 140mm front travel/130mm rear travel
Scott Genius 720 Plus – alloy, 140mm front travel/130mm rear travel
Scott Genius LT 700 Tuned Plus – carbon, 160mm front and rear travel
Scott Genius LT 710 Plus – carbon, 160mm front and rear travel
Scott Genius LT 720 Plus – alloy, 160mm front and rear travel

To learn more, check out our full write-up here:
https://reviews.mtbr.com/scott-launches-27-5-plus-bikes
and visit www.scott-sports.com.

This article is part of Mtbr’s coverage of the 2015 Interbike trade show in Las Vegas. For more from Interbike CLICK HERE.


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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