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27.5+ bikes are the newest thing in the plus size tire market.  If you want to see what the buzz is all about, check out our post: What’s Up With 27.5+?  Why You Might Want a Plus Size Bike.

This buying guide lists all the alloy 27.5+ full suspension bikes that will be available this spring online or at your local bike shop. If you are interested in the more expensive carbon models, check out our for our Carbon 27.5+ Full Suspension Buying Guide.  Bikes are listed below from lowest to highest price, and prices are accurate as of the time of posting.

Fezzari Cascade Peak 

Cascade Fezzari

 

The Fezzari Cascade Peak is an upgraded version of their full-suspension Abajo Peak 29er.  It features Fox Float suspension components with a Shimano XT drivetrain.  Fezzari advertises a “Direct Selling Model” which means they can offer a quality bike at a lower price point by allowing you to purchase online directly from the manufacturer.  They offer 23-point custom setup, so your bike will ideally be customized to your specifications.

Model Fezzari Cascade Peak
Frame Aluminum Fezzari Racing Design HL429 (110mm Rear Travel)
Fork 2016 Fox Float 34 (120mm Travel)
Rear Shock 2016 Fox Float DPS
Headset FSA Sealed Bearing Tapered
Brakes Hydraulic Shimano XT M8000 (180/160mm Ice Tech Rotors)
Component Group Shimano XT
Drivetrain 1×11 (Front 30T  Rear 11-42T)
Rear Spacing 148mm BOOST
Rims WTB Scraper i45 27.5+
Tires WTB Bridger 27.5×3.0
MSRP $2,799

 

Cannondale Bad Habit

Bad Habit Alloy 27.5+ Full Suspension Bike

The Cannondale Bad Habit is Cannondale’s 27.5+ take on their existing 27.5” full-suspension bike Habit.  They made a few geometry changes, including making more room for the WTB Bridger 3” tires.  It is offered in two models; the more expensive of which features a Lefty fork with 120mm of travel.  

Model BAD HABIT 2 BAD HABIT 1
Frame Smartformed Alloy Bad Habit 27+ (120mm Rear Travel) Smartformed Alloy Bad Habit 27+ (120mm Rear Travel)
Fork RockShox Reba RL Boost, 120mm Lefty 2.0 Alloy OPI, 120mm
Rear Shock RockShox Monarch RL 120mm RockShox Monarch RL 120mm
Headset Tange 1.5 Tapered Cannondale HeadShok Si
Brakes Shimano Deore (180mm Rotors) Shimano Deore (180mm Rotors)
Component Group Shimano Deore/SLX SRAM GX
Drivetrain 2×10 (Front 36/26T  Rear 10-36T) 1×11 (Front 30T  Rear 10-42T)
Rear Spacing 148mm 148mm
Rims Cannondale Beast, 27.5” x 50mm WTB Scraper i45 27.5+
Tires WTB Bridger 27.5×3.0 WTB Bridger 27.5×3.0
MSRP $2,660 $3,200

 

Salsa Pony Rustler GX

PONYRUSTLER Alloy 27.5+ Full Suspension Bike

The Salsa Pony Rustler uses the same frame as the Salsa’s 29er Horsethief.  By using BOOST hub spacing, the wheels from a Horsethief and Pony Rustler are interchangeable.  The Pony Rustler uses Split Pivot rear suspension featuring Fox Float Performance components.  It is offered in three models, one with an alloy frame (specs below) and the other two with carbon frames. 

Model Salsa Pony Rustler GX
Frame Pony Rustler AL-6066-T6
Fork Fox Float 34 Performance (130mm Travel)
Rear Shock Fox Float Performance
Headset Cane Creek 10 Tapered
Brakes SRAM Guide R (SRAM Centerline 180mm Rotors)
Component Group SRAM GX
Drivetrain 2×10 (Front 22/34T  Rear 11-36T)
Rear Spacing 148mm BOOST
Rims WTB Scraper i45 27.5+
Tires WTB Bridger 27.5×3.0
MSRP $3,499

 

Specialized Stumpjumper FSR 6FATTIE Alloy

Stumpjumper - Alloy 27.5+ Full Suspension Bike

The Stumpjumper FSR 6FATTIE features Specialized’s new 6FATTIE wheel system.  The 6FATTIE system uses 3.0” Specialized tires seated on 29mm rims and built on a BOOST hub.  The geometry of the popular Stumpjumper was modified to accommodate the 27.5+ tires.  It is offered in three models, one using an alloy frame (specs below) and two using carbon frames.

Model Stumpjumper FSR 6FATTIE Alloy
Frame M5 alloy, Trail 6Fattie Geometry (135mm Travel)
Fork Fox 34 Plus Performance (150mm Travel)
Rear Shock Fox Float Performance DPS
Headset Hella Flush, 1-1/8″ and 1-1/2″ threadless
Brakes Hydraulic Shimano Deore (Ice-Tech Rotors)
Component Group SRAM GX
Drivetrain 1×11 (Front 28T  Rear 10-42T)
Rear Spacing 148mm BOOST
Rims Roval Traverse 27.5″ x 29mm
Tires Specialized 6FATTIE

Front: Purgatory Control, 27.5×3.0

Rear: Ground Control, 27.5×3.0

MSRP $3,500

 

Scott Genius Alloy

Scott Genius 720 - Alloy 27.5+ Full Suspension Bike

The phrase used to describe the Scott’s Genius line of bike is “Any Trail, Any Time.”  What better way to improve on that idea than to add a set of 27.5+ tires?  The Genius is offered in three models, one alloy (specs below) and two carbon frames.   

Model Genius 720 Plus Alloy
Frame Genius PLUS Alloy 6061 (130mm Rear Travel)
Fork Fox 34 Float Performance Air (140mm Travel)
Rear Shock Fox Float Performance Elite
Headset Syncros Comp, Tapered 1.5″ – 1 1/8″
Brakes Shimano SLX M675 (180mm Rotors)
Component Group Shimano Deore/XT
Drivetrain 2×10 (Front 22/36T  Rear 11-36T)
Rear Spacing 148mm BOOST
Rims Syncros X-40, 27.5″ x 40mm
Tires Schwalbe

Front: Nobby Nic EVO, 27.5×2.8

Rear: Rocket Ron EVO, 27.5×2.8

MSRP $3,999

 

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Josh

Hi I’m Josh. I grew up in the Twins Cities and as a kid I rode my bike all over the west metro area, in addition to fixing up bikes for myself and others. Through these experiences, I developed a life-long passion for biking. Since then, I received a B.S. in Physics from Bethel University and met my wife Santi. When I was in college, I spent a lot of time building and collecting bikes in our tiny one-bedroom apartment in St. Paul. At one point, we had at least 6 bikes stuffed into the apartment. I’d have a bike build in progress on the floor of the living room and the rest of the bikes hanging on DIY storage racks. I built my first fat bike, a Salsa Mukluk 2, in that apartment. I’m currently working on an Alubooyah Fat Bike build.
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