Fat Tyre Tsunami Coming
DOETINCHEM, the Netherlands – More and more suppliers are ready for the next fat tyre tsunami as 27.5+ and 29+ tyre/wheels are going mainstream. Hayes Performance Systems is the next in line; calls its system ride+ and already has a stock of new, purpose build “plus” forks, named Manitou Magnum (a name already used in the past).
Both fork version have enough clearance for tyres up to 3.4 inch in width, and specific dimensions/configurations, but with different offset – 27.5+ has 48 mm, while 29+ has 51 mm of offset. Forks work with 110 x 15 axle QR15 Hexlock.
Specifics of big volume tyres
Specifications may look like other forks from Manitou, with systems like Dorado Air spring, TPC rebound, Multi Control compression, etc., but there are again quite a few specifics due to the nature of big volume tyres. Impacts are muted and not so sharp than with the standard MTB tyres, and the pressure in the tyres is much lower, even lower than 10 psi (0,7 bar). Plus tyres are bigger, which also means more un-sprung weight. Engineers find the solution for this in the technologies from the Dorado and Mattoc forks and tuned them to work with these specifics. User can also easily adjust the air volume via IVA system.
Magnum Pro comes in travel from 80 to 140 mm (29+ up to 120 mm) with the price of € 905. Magnum Comp is available as OEM model only – it features same dimensions/travel, but has a simpler version of air spring and damping system.
Hayes also launched new SUNringlé MULEfüt 50SL rims, claiming to be the lightest aluminum 27.5+/29+ rim on the market – 618/655 g. Rims are 50 mm wide, with 44.4 mm internal width. They are tubeless ready, so the company now has super wide tubeless tape. SRC hubs and full MULEfüt 50SL wheels are also available.