We LOVE bikes and now 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cause Some Mayhem - Mountain biking is about precision and control and calculated risk—but it’s also about mayhem, letting it all hang out and just going for it. For all those riders for whom going fast is never fast enough, we introduce the Mayhem. This badboy is the sibling to our Rollik, and with the Mayhem’s launch we are expanding the Spot vision of giving riders lots of wheel size options. The Mayhem is a full-carbon full-squish rig that features Spot’s patented Living Link™ suspension, 130mm of travel front and rear. The Mayhem 27.5+ comes with plus-sized wheels for more rubber on the dirt. It’s an all-season wheel size that makes the Mayhem 27.5+ a year-round go-to ride for snow, mud, sand, dirt or rock. We also offer the Mayhem in a 29er build for fast rolling up and down. Same frame for both. Overall, both Mayhems offer some elegant engineering solutions that meet the needs of modern riders.
The Living Link™ system re-imagines and reinvents full-suspension technology to provide riders with multiple benefits over conventional systems. We accomplish this by replacing the standard, maintenance-prone cartridge bearings with a highly-developed composite leaf spring. We pair it with a finely-tuned air shock, which works in conjunction with the leaf spring, to harness the advantages of both. The Living Link™ leaf spring is both laterally stiff and vertically dynamic, providing a progressive flex through its range of motion. The result is a leap forward in bike handling, durability, longevity and pure fun.
Norco TORRENT 27.5+ FS and HT
Torrent is Norco’s first ever 650B Plus trail mountain bike. Designed from the ground up with Trail geometry, 45mm rims, and 3” tires, the Torrent is an aggressive hardtail mountain bike with a quick but stable manner that will have riders whooping with joy on flowing singletrack, dominating rocks and roots on technical downhills, and tackling steep, loose climbs with ease. Novice and experienced riders alike will benefit from the increased traction and control of the Torrent. A brand new model for 2017, the Torrent FS+ is our first ever 650B Plus full suspension bike. Designed from the ground up with aggressive all-mountain geometry, 130mm A.R.T. suspension and trail-taming 2.8" wide tires, the Torrent devours everything in its path. Conquer gnarly root sections, float over rock gardens and claw up steep, loose technical climbs with ease. Fun and aggressive with traction in spades, the Torrent FS takes all-mountain riding to a whole new level.
Norco Fluid Plus FS & HT
The Fluid FS & HT 7+ are the perfect trail weapons. With no-compromise geometry designed around 650b plus wheels, the Fluid 7+ is optimized to get maximum fun out of every trail you ride. The trail-tuned A.R.T. suspension and short, stiff rear end will have you snapping around corners, exploding up technical climbs, and flowing through rocky, rooty descents. Take your trail riding to the next level with the Fluid 7+.
Norco ITHAQUA, SASQUATCH & BIGFOOT
Norco Fat Bikes are designed to carry adventurous riders out into wild places not normally accessible to bicycles. Fat tires help the bike float through sand, snow, mud and other variable terrain, opening the door to epic beach rides and mid-winter expeditions. Lightweight, Norco-designed aluminum frames balance efficiency with comfort; they are sturdy, stable and surprisingly maneuverable. Upright geometry encourages a heads-up positioning that encourages riders to soak in their surroundings as they pedal through places where bikes rarely go.
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.
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.