In this video Bike Mag attempts to discern whether or not the new plus-sized tires hitting the bike industry are an innovation… or a scam.

Click here to check out all the new 27.5+ bikes that we spotted at Sea Otter.

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# Comments

  • Chris Daniels

    I agree with Rocky Mountain and Trek. Let the industry do what they want (esp a company like Trek with deep pockets) and then let consumers decide what flies. They are the experts and engineers and they should be experimenting and pushing new concepts. If you are the type of person that gets all bent out of shape about too much tech too fast, then you are forgetting the real reason to ride. Have fun on whatever you have and when it’s time to get something new, you’ll have some options.

    • Aaron Chamberlain

      Truth. People can vote with their wallets, which they have with 27.5, for instance. There were (and still are) grumblings about 26″ bikes going away. To a large extent they are, because NO ONE IS BUYING THEM. Companies don’t kill successful products.

      Bike brands are under pressure to constantly come up with new and better bikes lest they become irrelevant in the market. There’s bitching when they release something new and there’s hating if they don’t.

      And the whole, “I won’t be able to find parts for my current bike,” argument is way overblown if you ask me. You can still find 9 speed cassettes. In fact, you can still find 8 speed cassettes. And 7 speed. And 6. It will be a long, long time before anyone’s bike is truly obsolete.

      If the release of a new bike diminishes the fun you’re having on your current ride, something is wrong.

    • C-Lo

      Chris I think you hit the nail on the head.

  • John Fisch

    I used to think shaped skis were a plot by the ski industry to make me feel bad about my current (at the time) traditional skis — until I tried a pair. I quickly recognized that their reshaping the industry was legit.

    Having learned that lesson, I vowed to be less of a curmudgeon in the future. 29+?

    When I got to review the Chumba Ursa,
    it was the first time in years that I got that silly, goofy, little kid grin and couldn’t stop chuckling with joy feeling from riding a bike. It was a revelation. Part of it was a well designed and built bike, but part of it was also the platform. If this is just a marketing scam, then I say scam me, spam me, and insult me more!

  • Mr Mojo Risin

    I’ve been riding 27.5+ for a year now and couldn’t imagine going back to my 29er. For the technical trails I ride, it’s perfect for me, yet still fast and fun.

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