cousins. Since a 27.5-inch-plus tire has a
diameter similar to that of a 29-inch wheel,
it almost seems unfair to compare a standard 27. 5 to its plus-sized version. In our
minds, the plus-sized 27.5-inch tire is in a
category all its own.
WHY CHOOSE A
Plus-sized bikes are still relatively new,
and many bike companies have different
ideas about what a plus-sized bike should
be used for. Some companies design them
for beginners who want to feel more comfortable on loose dirt. Other companies
believe wider tires are the answer to shaving seconds off descents. In our experience
with plus-sized bikes, almost every rider
who hops aboard one is surprised by what
the bike can do. The pros of a plus-sized
tire start with greatly improved traction. Say
goodbye to unwanted tire spin on steep
climbs, because these puppies like to bite
hard into the dirt. Cornering is also made
easier by giving riders more confidence on
loose or off-camber sections where a stan-
Don’t knock it till you try it: Our test riders found themselves surprised by how much
fun they could have on a bike with plus-size tires. These oversized, 3-inch-wide tires
provide a rider with a suppler feel and increased traction due to lower tire pressures.
Combining these benefits gave our test riders something to smile about.
Switchbacks: Standard 27.5-inch tires
give a rider the ability to slide around a
switchback with a loose and fluid feel.