27.5+ bikes and components gain traction at Eurobike

New models from Mondraker, Salsa, Marin and more

While strolling the halls of Eurobike one trend was hard to ignore: plus-sized mountain bikes were everywhere. It seems as if nearly every company is testing the almost-fat waters by developing mountain bikes equipped with extra-wide rims and 27.5x3in tyres.

Related reading: BikeRadar’s complete coverage of the Eurobike trade show

Companies are all over the map with their 27.5+ designs.

Marin is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a special edition of its pine mountain hardtail. now reborn with 27.5+ wheels: marin is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a special edition of its pine mountain hardtail. now reborn with 27.5+ wheels
Marin is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a special edition of its pine mountain hardtail. now reborn with 27.5+ wheels: marin is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a special edition of its pine mountain hardtail. now reborn with 27.5+ wheels

Marin opted to design its 30th anniversary Pine Mountain series around 27.5+ tyres. The company feels that 27.5+ is the best option for a modern interpretation of one of the company’s signature models from days gone by.

Mondraker was showing off one of the more progressive interpretations of a 27.5+ trail bike. the mondraker crafty can be run with 29 or 27.5+ tires and features 140mm of suspension : mondraker was showing off one of the more progressive interpretations of a 27.5+ trail bike. the mondraker crafty can be run with 29 or 27.5+ tires and features 140mm of suspension
Mondraker was showing off one of the more progressive interpretations of a 27.5+ trail bike. the mondraker crafty can be run with 29 or 27.5+ tires and features 140mm of suspension : mondraker was showing off one of the more progressive interpretations of a 27.5+ trail bike. the mondraker crafty can be run with 29 or 27.5+ tires and features 140mm of suspension

Both 27.5+ Mondraker Crafty models feature 140mm of front and rear travel and a very clean looking aluminum frame

For 2016, Mondraker has two very interesting 27.5+ full suspension models. The Crafty RR+ and Crafty R+ are based on the 29in Crafty platform introduced last year with suspension linkage and geometry changes to reduce the chainstay length.

Salsa developed a version of its 29in horsethief into a 27.5+ version called the pony rustler: salsa developed a version of its 29in horsethief into a 27.5+ version called the pony rustler
Salsa developed a version of its 29in horsethief into a 27.5+ version called the pony rustler: salsa developed a version of its 29in horsethief into a 27.5+ version called the pony rustler

We spotted Salsa’s 27.5+ prototype at this year’s Sea Otter Classic. The bike is a version of the company’s 29in Horsethief trail bike that the company is outfitting with 27.5+ rubber. In this build kit the bike is known as the Pony Rustler.

In addition to complete bikes, new 27.5+ tyres and rims were everywhere.

The american classic smokin' gun has an internal width of 40mm. : the american classic smokin' gun has an internal width of 40mm.
The american classic smokin' gun has an internal width of 40mm. : the american classic smokin' gun has an internal width of 40mm.

American Classic was showing off it’ new plus-sized Smokin’ Gun wheelset

Schwalbe has a 27.5x3.0 version of the nobby nic: schwalbe has a 27.5x3.0 version of the nobby nic
Schwalbe has a 27.5x3.0 version of the nobby nic: schwalbe has a 27.5x3.0 version of the nobby nic

Schwalbe has 27.5+ versions of several popular treads, including the Nobby Nic

Click through the gallery above for a full look at all the new plus-sized bikes and components we saw at Eurobike.

Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998. Being stubborn, endurance racing was a natural fit. Josh bankrolled his two-wheeled addiction by wrenching at various bike shops across the US for 10 years and even tried his hand at frame building. These days Josh spends most of his time riding the trails around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, cyclocross, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Anywhere with rock- and root-infested technical singletrack. He also enjoys unnecessarily long gravel races.
  • Current Bikes: Trek Remedy 29 9.9, Yeti ASRc, Specialized CruX, Spot singlespeed, Trek District 9
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following, a custom Moots 27.5+ for bikepacking adventures
  • Beer of Choice: PBR
  • Location: Fort Collins, CO, USA

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