13 Mountain Bikes that We Punished Over the Long Term in 2015


photo: Christophe Noel

Rocky Mountain Sherpa 27.5+

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, you’ve probably come across a review or two of the plus-size bike and, perhaps equally as popular in 2015, has been the growth of bikepacking. With the Sherpa, Rocky Mountain combined the two phenomena with a 27.5-inch plus tire and full suspension, resulting in a well-balanced, load-bearing, bushwhacker. As it turns out, the Sherpa ended up being just as capable and fun as a trail bike as it was a designated backpacker’s super mule.

“This is not a touring mule designed to simply schlepp loads from point A to B. There are plenty of bikes available for those humble duties. The Sherpa, even when properly loaded with full camping kit, carves turns and dispatches ledges and bumps like a proper trail bike.” -Christophe Noel

Read the full review: Rocky Mountain Sherpa 27.5+ Review

MSRP: $4499

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