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.
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Companies are all over the map with their 27.5+ designs.
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.
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.
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.
American Classic was showing off it’ new plus-sized Smokin’ Gun wheelset
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.