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 hardtail 27.5+ bikes that will be available this spring online or at your local bike shop. If you want to learn more about the more expensive full suspension models, check out our Alloy 27.5+ Full Suspension Buying Guide and 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.
Marin Pine Mountain
The Marin Pine Mountain bikes feature plus-sized, tubeless-ready 27.5+ tires. The Marin Pine Mountain is offered in two models: the Pine Mountain 1 that is fully rigid, and the Pine Mountain 2 (pictured) that features front suspension and a dropper post. The Pine Mountain 2 bike also features Columbus Thron tubing, Shimano Deore XT components and WTB TrailBlazer tires.
|Model||Pine Mountain 1||Pine Mountain 2|
|Frame||Double Butted CrMo||Columbus Thron Butted and Formed CrMo|
|Fork||CrMo Rigid||Fox Float 34|
|Headset||FSA Orbit 1 1/8″||FSA Orbit 1 1/8″|
|Brakes||Shimano BR-M445 (180F/160R)||Shimano SLX (180F/160R)|
|Component Group||Sram X7||Shimano Deore XT|
|Drivetrain||1×10 (Front 32T Rear 11-42T)||1×11 (Front 32T Rear 11-42T)|
|Rear Spacing||135mm||148mm BOOST|
|Rims||Maddux DD40 (40mm)||WTB Scraper (45mm)|
|Tires||Kenda Havoc, 27.5×2.8||WTB TrailerBlazer 27.5×2.8|
The Ruddy is Mongoose’s introduction into the 27.5+ market. The Ruddy hardtail is offered in two models: Comp and Expert. Both models feature aluminum frames with 50mm Shinning rims and WTB TrailBlazer tires.
|Model||Ruddy Comp||Ruddy Expert|
|Frame||Mongoose XC Aluminum Hardtail||Mongoose XC Aluminum Hardtail|
|Fork||SR Suntour Radion (120mm Travel)||Manitou Magnum Comp (120mm Travel)|
|Headset||VP Sealed Bearing Tapered||VP Sealed Bearing Tapered|
|Brakes||Promax (180mm Rotors)||Hayes Radar Comp (180mm Rotors)|
|Component Group||Shimano Deore/Alivio||Shimano Deore/XT|
|Drivetrain||2×9 (Front 22/36T Rear 11-25T)||2×10 (Front 22/36T Rear 11-36T)|
|Rims||Shinning DB-X50 (50mm)||Shinning DB-X50 (50mm)|
|Tires||WTB TrailerBlazer 27.5×2.8||WTB TrailerBlazer 27.5×2.8|
Scott Scale Plus
The Scott Scale Plus line of bikes feature Schwalbe Rocket Ron 27.5+ tires instead of the 29er tires in the rest of the Scale lineup. There are two Scale Plus models, both featuring Alloy frames.
|Model||Scale 720 Plus||Scale 710 Plus|
|Frame||Scale PLUS Alloy||Scale PLUS Alloy|
|Fork||Suntour Raidon RL-R (120mm Travel)||FOX 32 Float Performance Air (120mm Travel)|
|Headset||Syncros OE / Tapered 1.5″ – 1 1/8″||Syncros Pro / Tapered 1.5″ – 1 1/8″|
|Brakes||Shimano M425 Disc J-Kit (180F/160R)||Shimano M506 Disc J-Kit (180F/160R)|
|Component Group||Shimano Deore/XT||SRAM GX|
|Drivetrain||2×10 (Front 22/36T Rear 11-36T)||1×11 (Front 30T Rear 10-42T)|
|Rear Spacing||148mm BOOST||148mm BOOST|
|Rims||Syncros X-40 (40mm)||Syncros X-40 (40mm)|
|Tires||Schwalbe Rocket Ron 27.5×2.8||Schwalbe Rocket Ron EVO 27.5×2.8|
Cannondale Beast of the East
The Cannondale Beast of the East line is a revival of Cannondale’s classic Beast model, newly redesigned with 27.5+ tires. There are three Beast of the East models, all featuring Alloy frames. The highest level model, Beast 1 (pictured), also features Cannondale’s Lefty 2.0 Alloy fork.
|Model||Beast of the East 3||Beast of the East 2||Beast of the East 1|
|Frame||Smartformed Alloy||Smartformed Alloy||Smartformed Alloy|
|Fork||SR Suntour Raidon Air Boost (120mm Travel)||RockShox Reba RL Boost (120mm Travel)||Lefty 2.0 Alloy OPI (120mm Travel)|
|Headset||Tange 1.5 Tapered||Tange 1.5 Tapered||Cannondale HeadShok Si|
|Brakes||Shimano Deore (180F/160R)||Shimano Deore (180mm)||Shimano Deore (180mm)|
|Component Group||Shimano SLX||SRAM GX||SRAM X1|
|Drivetrain||1×10 (Front 30T Rear 11-40T)||1×11 (Front 30T Rear 10-42T)||1×11 (Front 30T Rear 10-42T)|
|Rims||Cannondale Beast (50mm)||Cannondale Beast (50mm)||WTB Scraper i45 (45mm)|
|Tires||WTB Trail Blazer 27.5×2.8||WTB Bridger 27.5×3.0||WTB Bridger 27.5×3.0|
Specialized Fuse and Specialized Ruze
The Specialized Fuse 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 Specialized Ruze is the women’s-specific version of the Fuse. The Ruze features the same components as the Fuse, but with geometry that is designed specifically for women riders. Both the Fuse and Ruze lines come in 3 models, all with Premium Aluminum frames.
|Model||Fuse Comp 6FATTIE||Fuse Expert 6FATTIE||Fuse Pro 6FATTIE|
|Frame||M4 Premium Aluminum||M4 Premium Aluminum||M4 Premium Aluminum|
|Fork||SR Suntour Raidon (120mm Travel)||Manitou Magnum Comp (120mm Travel)||RockShox Reba (120mm Travel)|
|Headset||Campy style 1-1/2″ – 1-1/8″||Campy style 1-1/2″ – 1-1/8″||Campy style 1-1/2″ – 1-1/8″|
|Brakes||TRP: Slate T4 (180mm)R: Slate X2 (160mm)||SRAM: DB3 Trail (180mm)R: DB3 (160mm)||SRAM: DB3 Trail (180mm)R: DB3 (160mm)|
|Component Group||SRAM X7||SRAM GX||SRAM X01|
|Drivetrain||1×10 (Front 30T Rear 11-40T)||1×10 (Front 30T Rear 10-40T)||1×11 (Front 30T Rear 10-42T)|
|Rear Spacing||148mm BOOST||148mm BOOST||148mm BOOST|
|Rims||WTB Scraper i45 (45mm)||WTB Scraper i45 (45mm)||Roval Alloy (38mm)|
|Tires||Specialized 6Fattie Ground Control 27.5×3.0||Specialized 6Fattie Ground Control 27.5×3.0||Specialized 6Fattie Ground Control 27.5×3.0|
The Trek Stache is sold as a 29+ but is designed to also fit 27.5+ and 29″ tires. The Stache is offered in 3 models (Stache 5, Stache 7, and Stache 9) ranging in price from $1,679.99 – $3,699.99.
Meanwhile, the LES Fat Carbon X01 frameset is designed to fit all fat and plus size tires (including 26 x 3.8, 26 x 4.8, 27.5+ and 29+) for maximum versatility. The LES Fat retails for $4,699.00.
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