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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 carbon 27.5+ full suspension bikes that will be available this spring online or at your local bike shop. If you want to learn more about the less expensive alloy models, check out our Alloy 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.

Sherpa Carbon 27.5+ Full Suspension Bike

Rocky Mountain Sherpa

The Sherpa was designed by Rocky Mountain to thrive off the beaten path.  It is designed to allow backpackers to travel on more challenging trails even while loaded down.  The Sherpa frame was designed by adapting Rocky Mountains Element 29er to accommodate wider tires.  The Sherpa is the only bike on this list to use a 142mm rear hub.  142mm hubs are more common, making it easy to purchase a replacement if your hub fails in a remote area.   

Model Rock Mountain Sherpa
Frame SMOOTHWALL Carbon (95mm Rear Travel)
Fork MANITOU MAGNUM (120mm Travel)
Rear Shock MANITOU MCLEOD 
Headset Cane Creek Fifteen Series Tapered
Brakes Hydraulic Shimano M506 (180mm Rotors)
Component Group Shimano XT, Deore
Drivetrain 2×10 (Front 24/38T  Rear 11-36T)
Rear Spacing 142mm
Rims WTB Scraper i45 27.5+
Tires WTB TRAILBLAZER 27.5×2.8
MSRP $4,499

Salsa Pony Rustler Carbon 27.5+ Full Suspension Bike

Salsa Pony Rustler Carbon

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 and the other two having carbon frames (specs below).

Model Pony Rustler Carbon GX1 Pony Rustler Carbon X01
Frame Pony Rustler Carbon Pony Rustler Carbon
Fork Fox Float 34 (130mm Travel) RockShox Pike RCT3 (130mm Travel)
Rear Shock Fox Float Performance RockShox Monarch RT3
Headset Cane Creek 40 Cane Creek 40
Brakes SRAM Guide R (180mm Rotors) SRAM Guide RS (180mm Rotors)
Component Group SRAM GX SRAM X01
Drivetrain 1×11 (Front 30T  Rear 10-42T) 1×11 (Front 30T  Rear 10-42T)
Rear Spacing 148mm BOOST 148mm BOOST
Rims WTB Scraper i45 27.5+ WTB Scraper i45 27.5+
Tires WTB Bridger 27.5×3.0 WTB Bridger 27.5×3.0
MSRP $4,499 $5,499

Specialized Stumpjumper Carbon 27.5+ Full Suspension Bike

Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Carbon 6FATTIE

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

Model Stumpjumper FSR Comp Carbon Stumpjumper FSR Expert Carbon
Frame FACT 9m carbon, Trail 6Fattie Geometry (135mm Rear Travel) FACT 9m carbon, Trail 6Fattie Geometry (135mm Rear Travel)
Fork Fox 34 Plus Performance (150mm Travel) Fox 34 Plus Performance Elite (150mm Travel)
Rear Shock Fox Float Performance DPS Fox Float Factory DPS
Headset Hella Flush, 1-1/8″ and 1-1/2″ threadless Hella Flush, 1-1/8″ and 1-1/2″ threadless
Brakes Shimano Deore (Ice-Tech Rotors) Shimano Deore XT (Ice-Tech Rotors)
Component Group SRAM GX SRAM X01
Drivetrain 1×11 (Front 28T  Rear 10-42T) 1×11 (Front 28T  Rear 10-42T)
Rear Spacing 148mm BOOST 148mm BOOST
Rims Roval Traverse, 27.5″ x 29mm Roval Traverse, 27.5″ x 29mm
Tires Specialized 6FATTIE

Front: Purgatory Control, 27.5×3.0

Rear: Ground Control, 27.5×3.0

Specialized 6FATTIE

Front: Purgatory Control, 27.5×3.0

Rear: Ground Control, 27.5×3.0

MSRP $4,500 $6,500

 Genius Carbon 27.5+ Full Suspension Bike

Scott Genius Carbon

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 then to add a set of 27.5+ tires.  The Genius is offered in three models, one alloy and two carbon frames (specs below).   

Model Genius 710 Plus Carbon Genius 700 Tuned Plus
Frame Genius PLUS Carbon (130mm Rear Travel) Genius PLUS Carbon (130mm Rear Travel)
Fork Fox 34 Float Performance Elite Air (140mm Travel) Fox 34 Float Factory Air (140mm Travel)
Rear Shock Fox Nude / Scott custom Fox Nude / Scott custom
Headset Syncros Pro, Tapered 1.5″ – 1 1/8″ Syncros Comp, Tapered 1.5″ – 1 1/8″
Brakes Shimano SLX M675 (180mm Rotors) Shimano XTR M9020 (180mm Rotors)
Component Group SRAM GX SRAM X01
Drivetrain 1×11 (Front 30T  Rear 10-42T) 1×11 (Front 30T  Rear 10-42T)
Rear Spacing 148mm BOOST 148mm BOOST
Rims Syncros X-40, 27.5″ x 40mm Syncros TR1.5 PLUS, 27.5″ x 40mm
Tires Schwalbe

Front: Nobby Nic EVO, 27.5×2.8

Rear: Rocket Ron EVO, 27.5×2.8

Schwalbe

Front: Nobby Nic EVO, 27.5×2.8

Rear: Rocket Ron EVO, 27.5×2.8

MSRP $4,999 $7,999
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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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