We LOVE bikes and how they are evolving. Our hands down favorite is the PLUS BIKE, they are super stable and super grippy over roots and rocks and float over snow, sand, mud(pretty much anything soft), they accelerate faster and slow down quicker and exude cool calm control. Some call them half fat bikes but we just call them "freaking awesome". They have all the big tire benefits but an even more adventurous soul. We are preaching the big tire gospel and are happy to see the new generation of "standard" size wheels are getting fatter as well. Enjoy the added options of the WIDE TRAIL adaptable bikes giving you even more options if a plus isn't for you.
Here are a few recommendations Plus and Standard bikes from some cool companies. Don't see what you are looking for or have a question? Just give us a call.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN – PIPELINE
The bike that is dumbing down the gnarliest trails that BC has to offer is the Pipeline. The confidence of plus-sized tires in raw, technical terrain is now available in an aggressive trail chassis. The Pipeline plows through greasy roots and square-edged chunder with authority, while providing near limitless traction on rocky, slippery climbs. Now able to run 29er wheels if you feel the need and available in Aluminum models to bring this great bike to the masses.
Wheel Size: 27.5+ / Intended Use: Aggressive Trail / Front Travel: 140mm / Rear Travel: 140mm
Rocky Mountain - Instinct
With 29" wheels, the ability to run 27.5" Plus size too and a wide range of RIDE-9™ adjustments, the all new Instinct is available in both carbon and alloy models. An all-new frame for 2018 pushes the rear travel to 140mm, increasing stiffness and tweaking the suspension kinematics. Despite the increase intravel, the new frame has noticeably more efficient pedaling, with better small-bump sensitivity and a host of next-generation features.
Born in BC, we’ve turned the Instinct BC Edition into an aggressive trail monster.
Designed with an optimized link and long stroke shock that provide 155mm of rear travel and ultra-aggressive geometry, we’ve kitted out the Instinct BC Edition with wide bars, big tires, ultra-stiff wheels, and more capable suspension. It smashes all mountain lines, rails corners, and plows over everything in sight, while displaying all the climbing efficiency that makes the Instinct a crowd favorite.
Rocky Mountain - Suzi Q
Go fast, stay fat. The Suzi Q throws a wrench in the narrative of slow, plodding fat bikes.
Available in both carbon and alloy models, the Suzi Q’s narrow Q-factor is more efficient and comfortable than traditional fat bikes. Compact chainstays and an extended reach make for a stable and balanced ride that still feels agile, perfect for everything from local singletrack loops to fat bike racing.
* The Suzi Q Carbon models are compatible with 27.5 Fat and 29+ wheels.
At Kona we make mountain bikes for the excitement of adventure and because they take you to amazing places. It’s why our mountain bikes are built to do it all in any circumstance, from downhill to dirt jump, cross-country to crosstrail, enduro and all-mountain to just exploring and getting lost. It’s what has driven us to evolve the Hei Hei line into the most efficient, versatile and exciting line of progressive XC bikes ever. We draw inspiration from our backyard, where bikes like the Honzo were first developed, a line which has expanded in carbon, aluminum, steel and titanium. And we’re constantly fine-tuning bikes, like the Process and Operator, to improve on their legendary capability and performance. Born on Pacific Northwest trails, Kona mountain bikes are built to explore and expand your idea of what is possible.
DEVINCI – Marshal aka Jimi Marshal Hendrix -VOODOO CHILD
The Marshal experience is all about taking the unorthodox and owning it. It excels in mixed-bag elements and storms varied, unforgiving terrain with the multitasking muscle of Devinci’s Optimum G04 Aluminum frame paired with proven Split-Pivot suspension. Intuitive frame architecture clears mud quickly—thanks to XL openings below the shock’s lower attachment. Surefooted 27.5+ wheels enhance traction on slippery surfaces and deliver appreciated stability. And Boost 148 axle spacing in rear, 110 in front, bolsters stiffness for superior handling meets massive pedal power. Charge hard with bikes equipped for one itching desire, to go anywhere and everywhere the others won’t.
DEVINCI – Troy
No two mountains are the same. That’s why we storm the globe—from Rockies to Andes and beyond—stoked to caress and conquer every nuance. Devinci’s All-Mountain Troy is the badass tasked to rip that apex terrain. Powered by our Testing is Everything modus, a fifth generation Split-Pivot platform increases bottom-out force based on expert intel from DGR rippers like Stevie Smith. Clean technical lines from top to bottom thanks to advanced team-inspired geometry. Power up steep climbs with intuitive handling aided by an axed-down 424 mm chainstay. And harness the stability-enhancing benefits of Boost 148 rear-axle spacing for charging coastal backcountry terrain at ultra-high speeds. The All-Mountain Troy scores high marks wherever mountains loom. Point it toward the ranges and roam free.
2016 Haro Shift 27.5+ Bikes
Haro's new 2016 27.5-inch Plus bike line lets you experience increased comfort, traction and confidence over any type of rough terrain. Enjoy incredible traction in turns and shorter braking distances whether onboard the Subvert hardtails or the dual-suspended Shift Plus. All our 27.5-inch Plus models feature light and rigid tubeless ready WTB wheelsets with Scraper rims, Trail Blazer 2.8" or Bridger 3.0" tires, TCS rim strips, packaged in a nimble and fast Trail geometry.
The Tallboy cuts a whole new swath across the trail bike landscape and is available in both 29 and 27.5 plus sizes.
As a 27+ bike it revels in the severe. In desert-dry conditions the wider tires float above the dust and find oases of grip where standard tires flounder. And when the monsoon comes, lower tire pressures pull the Tallboy through the slickest of root sections like a Defender on diff-lock.
A 68 degree head angle and 110mm of VPP travel distills the original Tallboy’s playful character into something all the more mischievous. Longer reach and shorter chainstays fuel that personality, and bring the Tallboy bang up to date with the rest of the Santa Cruz range.
The versatile trail bike of choice for rapid riders like Greg Minnaar—the Tallboy is for those who don’t roll with the pack.
When conditions get loose and the traction just ain’t there, you’ll want to reach for bigger tires. 27.5+ elevates Hightower to a whole different level, enabling you to rise above the pow, rail the soft spots and carry momentum where standard tires bog down.
No matter what size you run, geometry remains optimized thanks to a neat little “High/Low” setting on the upper link that flips to adjust bottom bracket height*. Hightower’s 67° head angle, longer reach and trim chain stays combine to create an altogether different class of dreadnought in any configuration.
135mm of VPP® travel is reinforced by a 148 rear axle spacing and the kind of Nomad-style linkage arrangement and swingarm design we reserve for the heaviest hitters in our model line up. The resulting package leaves Hightower standing head and shoulders above anything else out there.
In 1985 mountain biking was in its infancy and at the heart was Yeti, producing no frills bikes for core riders. We have a pretty simple philosophy. We build bikes we want to ride.
The SB5+ is its own beast. Built on a 27.5 plus platform, it can accomodate up to 3.0 tires. This isn’t the SB5 with plus tires on it – it’s a plus-sized dedicated bike that takes on loose gravel and varied trail conditions with ease.
Piloted by the best riders in the world, the SB6 in uniquely suited for pounding out big Enduro race days and taking on big terrain. The SB6 has 6 inches of travel in the rear, with 160 mm up-front and geometry that is manageable on the tranfers, but optimized for smashing downhills.
When we designed the SB5 Beti, we made it to excel in the most demanding situations. Our team of female pros and product testers are aggressive riders and wanted a lightweight bike that could handle the rigors of long days in the backcountry or even lift served access.
It’s that passion for cycling and everything cycling can do that fuels and sustains our efforts to build the best possible bikes. It’s why we build category-defining superbikes that put professionals atop podiums at road races and mountain bike events. It’s why our computers are humming day and night crunching FEA data and carbon fiber lay-up simulations. It’s why we devote precious R & D resources to making even our kids bikes and cruisers as light and easy to ride as possible. And why our 2016 lineup is clearly the best we’ve ever produced.
But we’re at this not just to build better bikes. We’re in this to build better lives, to make YOU better. That’s pretty heavy. It’s a lot to carry on two wheels. But that’s how powerful a bicycle can be. And that’s why we’re so committed to building the best bikes possible.
When people ride bikes, good things happen. Experience it yourself, on a Jamis.
The Jones Plus is a bike for riding fast, slow, the rough with the smooth; safely, aggressively, laid-back or raging; with a big load or stripped to the bare essentials; on road, dirt, mud, snow; in the mountains, on the flat lands, around town or across the county; around the world or your local loop; for getting rad or just getting away. It sets a new standard for bikepacking yes, but it’s so much more than that – it’s a bike for technical trails and big trips. It really does it all. I’m really excited by this bike. It’s good. – Jeff Jones
Jones Spaceframe – Why this bike?
It's a high performance non-suspension bicycle... instead of designing the bike for XC-racing like so many unsuspended bikes I wanted this bike to be better for technical and distance riding... Since this bike is not designed around a suspension fork I'm able to do much more to improve the handling. By designing the frame and fork together and considering the larger wheels I'm able to make a bike that rides very differently to a 'normal' rigid bike (be it 26 or 29er) with a short rake fork.
My bike has a slacker seat-tube and a shorter top-tube than 'normal' bikes... the head angle and rake with this wheel size (more rake, slacker head-tube-angle and bigger wheel) determines the trail which helps determine the handling. Slacker angles keep the rider's weight off the hands and makes the front end easy to lift; the center of gravity is moved back and down for more control, with less shock to the upper body, more traction under braking, and a bike that is much harder to endo. This bike feels quick but also has a laid back feel. It's the best handling bike I've designed.– Jeff Jones
The Foes Mutz is a Fatbike with racing pedigree.
Don’t let the big fat tires fool you in thinking that this bike has only one purpose.
The all new Foes Mutz fat tire bike will take you places you only dreamed about. This handcrafted monocoque top tube, hydro formed down tube 6061 T6 aircraft aluminum frames, with adjustable rear wheel travel from 5-5.5” . Lets you plow through any type of terrain in comfort. Innovation, design and attention to detail is what separates FOES from everybody else. When you ride the Foes Mutz for the first time you’ll know what we mean.
Foes Alpine Plus - 27.5+
The smaller but nimble little sibling to the Mutz fat bike. The Foes Alpine+ brings a new tire size that is meant to bridge the gap between standard mountain bike tires and Foes Fat Bikes. Naturally we had to start with a clean slate, the head angle, BB height, and chain stay length had to be perfect with the new BOOST specs. The 2.3:1 leverage ratio gives you a nice rising rate 5"or 5.5" travel position. The Alpine+ is the perfect bike to take you on trail that other bikes would have problems and give the confidence and control.