Plus Bike Infographic: Wider Tires Slowly Gaining Traction

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Over the past 18 months we’ve seen an explosion of plus bikes hitting the market, so we wondered: “Who is buying these bikes and what are the most popular configurations?” As usual, we uncovered some interesting and surprising insights! Right off the bat we were shocked to find that a lot riders don’t know what “plus” really means …

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Vittoria Has a New Plus Size Tire and Wheelset

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Vittoria had two exciting new products for plus bikes at Sea Otter this year: the Cannoli and Deamion-Plus. The Cannoli tire will be offered in both 27.5 and 29er sizes (3.0″ wide) and also as a 4.8″ fat bike tire for 26″ wheels. The tread sports a paddle design that’s said to do a good …

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Seeing Double on Norco’s New Optic Trail Bikes – Test Ride Review

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There’s no doubt that today’s 150-160mm-travel bikes are extremely capable. Most of the current crop of long-legged trail bikes could blow older downhill bikes out of the water. That said, there aren’t many of us that actually need a bike that’s capable of winning an Enduro World Series race. I count myself among that camp, …

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2017 Rocky Mountain Pipeline 27.5+ Trail Bike: Test Ride Review

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Rocky Mountain recently launched a brand new 27.5+ bike called the Pipeline, and at Sea Otter last week I got a chance to take one out for a quick test ride. While the trails at Fort Ord offer up little in the way of technical terrain, I was stoked to get a feel for what this hotly-anticipated bike feels …

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All-New 27.5+ MTB from Rocky Mountain: The Pipeline

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Rocky Mountain has just announced their inaugural entry into the 27.5+ market: the Pipeline. This is an aggressive, carbon trail bike built for aggressive riding, with a 150mm fork up front, and 130mm of rear travel. According to Rocky, the Pipeline is 1x-specific and can fit up to 27×3.25″ tires. Of course, everything is Boost-spaced. …

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