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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 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.

Pine Mountain 2

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
MSRP $989 $2,749

 Mongoose Ruddy Expert

Mongoose Ruddy

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)
Rear Spacing 142mm 142mm
Rims Shinning DB-X50 (50mm) Shinning DB-X50 (50mm)
Tires WTB TrailerBlazer 27.5×2.8 WTB TrailerBlazer 27.5×2.8
MSRP $1,499 $1,899

 

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
MSRP $1,700 $2,600

 

Cannondale Beast of the East 1

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)
Rear Spacing 142mm 142mm 142mm
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
MSRP $1,620 $2,130 $2,770

 

Specialized Fuze PRO 6FATTIE

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
MSRP $1,600 $2,100 $3,100

Honorable Mentions

Two additional bikes that don’t quite make the list (because they’re not strictly 27.5+) but deserve a shout-out are the Trek Stache and the Pivot LES Fat Carbon X01.    

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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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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