New Trend Arriving in MTBs?
AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands – Last weekend the Sea Otter Festival in Monterey, California, saw the introduction of the new category of ‘plus’ size MTB tyres. The oversized tyres provide additional suspension without having to comprise usability. A hype or a new trend in Mountainbiking?
Leading tyre manufacturers have started the this new development with the introduction of the wider 27+ and 29+ inch models. Components makers and premium bike brands have responded rapidly trying to catch as much as possible attention for this new approach.
Success of fat tyres
The introduction of the 27+ and 29+ tyre models comes after the success of fat tyres in several bike categories. While Schwalbe presented The Nobby Nic 27+ and the Rocket Ron in both in 27.5 x 2.8 and 27.5 x 3.0, Trek took the concept of ‘plus’ size tyres one step further launching the Farley which can be specified with tyres up to 4.0.
Schwalbe’s plus size Nobby Nic has seen a complete overhaul, including a revised SnakeSkin side wall. The Nobby Nic is now available in 28 different versions for wheel sizes 26, 27.5 and 29 inch. “We have optimized every single stud – size, shape, surface and layout,” says Schwalbe Chief Developer Markus Hachmeyer. “Because every detail influences the tyre’s performance while V-shaped grooves add additional braking and grip edges without increasing block squirm.”
Trek launching ‘dedicated bikes’
“The broad or ‘plus’ size category mountain bikes will rapidly gain popularity and we want to be at the forefront in the market introducing dedicated bikes like the Farley and the Stache,” says Trek Bicycles in a press release. “The Farley can be specified with tyres up to 27.5 x 4.0 while the Stache is equipped with 29 x 3.0 Chupacabra Bontrager tyres. The Stache has also wider hub interfaces which allow for more tyre space.”
‘New trend brewing’
“A new trend is currently brewing within the bike industry and is moving forward rapidly,” says Manitou and Sun Ringle spokesman Tim Fischer. “Riders experience the advantage of a wider oversized tyre to get more grip combined with the added performance of suspension without having to comprise usability. Manitou Magnum forks as well as Sun Ringle ‘plus size’ suitable wheels will be on display and available for test bikes during this year’s Bike Festival in Garda, Italy.”