Have you seen many + / plus bikes on the trails?

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5/2/2016 7:52 AM
Edited Date/Time: 5/2/2016 7:53 AM

I'm curious to find out if you Vital readers have noticed many bikes with plus size tires out on the trails when you ride. It may be a bit early in the season to get a good grasp of how many are out there, but here's a completely unscientific poll. If you have a plus-sized bike, chime in on seeing others besides your own haha. It probably wouldn't hurt to share where you live/ride, too!

I have seen plus bikes on the trail






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5/2/2016 8:34 AM

In colorado I see them on the more xc oriented areas.

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5/2/2016 8:35 AM

I travel often, and the only plus bikes I've seen in the wild have been in the Santa Cruz area under test riders (home to a few large bike companies), and as demos in various locations during MTB festivals or events. In my experience they have yet to make a substantial presence on the trails given the mega push the industry seems to be giving them.

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5/2/2016 8:43 AM

Yup in central Colorado a few here and there.

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5/2/2016 8:51 AM

Once on San Juan back in January. I think it was a Scott. I was jealous actually, it was slimy that day, it might have been the ultimate bike for that particular day.

Then maybe two other times in Laguna. One of those was on an ebike, so that might not count.

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5/2/2016 9:03 AM
Edited Date/Time: 5/2/2016 9:04 AM

I used to see gazza 3.0 all the time. Now it's pretty rare - perhaps only once a year riding on the street under a 15year old DH bike caught in a time warp.

But in reality... nuschool-plusboostninerwhatever ... never. If I did, I would avert my eyes.

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5/2/2016 9:05 AM

I saw a few being ridden at Bootleg Canyon this Feb. An intermediate rider I know has a 27+ Hightower and really enjoys it.

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5/2/2016 9:07 AM

industry doods trying to sell them hitting "often" vote button

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5/2/2016 10:10 AM

OCsponger587 wrote:

industry doods trying to sell them hitting "often" vote button

Bingo.

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5/2/2016 10:12 AM

Very common in Massachusetts. Lately it seems like half the people I see are on them.

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5/2/2016 10:13 AM

I have a Stache 9 currently and have not been in love with the plus and think I am going to convert it to 2.4s. Maybe run 27.5 plus for winter. I have seen a couple of other plus size Staches at my local trailhead too.

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5/2/2016 10:42 AM

shredder wrote:

Very common in Massachusetts. Lately it seems like half the people I see are on them.

Really? I have yet to see one. Or maybe I just haven't noticed.

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5/2/2016 12:05 PM

Only plus sized bikers

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5/2/2016 12:12 PM

Seen two on the EWS here in bariloche (out of like 350 riders)

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5/2/2016 1:06 PM

Twice. But that's it around here.

In Alaska I've actually seen a legit fat bike being ridden in legit conditions. A rare sight.

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5/2/2016 1:18 PM

I own a 6 fattie so I see one every time I ride but other than myself I haven't seen another.

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5/2/2016 1:37 PM

I see them alot here in Phoenix. The people I've talked to on the trail love them.

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5/2/2016 1:50 PM

Elevate Ski and Bike in Crested Butte is renting Specialized Fuze and Stumpjumper 6fatties this year.

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5/2/2016 3:19 PM

I've only seen one, a Hightower under a shop guy who works for a SC dealer. Pretty sure the managers there get a bike a year from the shop, so I don't know if he bought it or not.

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I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.

5/2/2016 5:34 PM

I ride with a guy who runs fully rigid 29er with plus tires and he rips everything on it especially uphills.

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5/2/2016 5:40 PM

OCsponger587 wrote:

industry doods trying to sell them hitting "often" vote button

Couldn't put it better myself.
I think Unno is the only Company that doesn't like them ,they said that they are slow.

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5/2/2016 7:18 PM
Edited Date/Time: 5/2/2016 7:21 PM

Jersey. Saw the Specialized stumpy + bike, well piloted... the guy looked like he was having fun too. He had a coil on the rear (i think) and a 36 or 34 Fox up front. Damn fun looking bike. We were similar sized guys.. he said he was running 14psi in the rear. I was rolling on a 2.35 Hans Dampf at 20psi rear, and having a blast too

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5/2/2016 8:53 PM
Edited Date/Time: 5/2/2016 8:53 PM

Just got back from Moab yesterday, saw a handful in the wild out there. A Spec Stumpy plus bike (they call it 6Fattie because they are Speshal, but they are also the Walmart of the bike world), and a Hightower in plus shoes. Honestly not sure if they were rentals - I think the Spec was a rental, the Hightower was actually owned. Was actually surprised to see them and its funny this question popped up so soon after... I gotta say, they actually mentally made sense to me in Moab, what with all the sand and rock crawlin' to be had. The Spec bro was in our crew on Porcupine rim and rallied it at speed. But, I am sticking with Procore, and on that note it provides the benefits of plus and I would venture to say absolutely essential piece of kit in Moab.

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5/2/2016 11:44 PM

UK - Yes, often.

Moved back to Australia 3 months ago and haven't seen one.

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5/3/2016 5:14 AM

I see a few of 'em in WNC.

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5/3/2016 6:47 AM

France: only seen 1 and it was a test bike from a shop (stumpjumper 6fattie), but a local kid raced it in the first enduro race of the year and placed really well on it.

As mentioned in a previous topic: we are slowly getting overrun with E-bikes however...

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5/3/2016 7:34 AM

I work with 2 people that ride plus bikes. one is a stumpy 6fat and one is a stache 29+.
They're funky

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5/3/2016 9:11 AM

Yup, usually either in the parking lot talking about riding or on the side of the trail fixing punctures.....

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5/3/2016 10:58 AM

I've been running a 27.5+ on my Bucksaw for the past year, except in winter when i went back to studded 26 x 4. I know a guy who works at Highland that was riding a plus bike recently; he's a big guy who rips. Not sure why all the hate, they work awesome for some types of riding. For fast & buff hardpack trails they may not be the best choice due to rolling sidewalls but for slower tech trails they are the bomb. YMMV

I shredded a pair of Fat B Nimble tires in under 500 miles but have had zero flats with the Trax Fatties currently on it. Haven't had a flat in more than 10 months.

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5/3/2016 1:00 PM

DrewB wrote:

Just got back from Moab yesterday, saw a handful in the wild out there. A Spec Stumpy plus bike (they call it 6Fattie because they are Speshal, but they are also the Walmart of the bike world), and a Hightower in plus shoes. Honestly not sure if they were rentals - I think the Spec was a rental, the Hightower was actually owned. Was actually surprised to see them and its funny this question popped up so soon after... I gotta say, they actually mentally made sense to me in Moab, what with all the sand and rock crawlin' to be had. The Spec bro was in our crew on Porcupine rim and rallied it at speed. But, I am sticking with Procore, and on that note it provides the benefits of plus and I would venture to say absolutely essential piece of kit in Moab.

You are aware it's actually based on the 650b so calling it a 6fattie makes more sense and is more accurate than 27+.

27.5 was just made up so yanks could wrap their heads around 650b. Funnily enough, both trek and spesh call it 650b which is nice to see. Maybe there's hope for the USA yet...

In relation to this article 6 fatties have been popular. Regular wheels still out sell them but they're making up a solid potion of sales over here in the midlands. Personally building up a 'regular' 650b bike though.

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