What is a Plus Bike and Who Should Ride One?

This video describes a Plus mountain bike, goes over the disadvantages and advantages, and finally discusses who would benefit from riding a Plus bike.


roilev says:

Good job reviewing the plus-sized tires! I totally agree with the extra confidence they provide for the intermediate riders. And no, they don’t work better in the snow, that was the biggest disappointment I had. Mud-specific tires work much better!
Just a minor correction, the plus tires roll FASTER on the trails. There are many tests that show that – just one example https://youtu.be/w6TMA2vI8bA

KEELDoesIt says:

29er for life

Andy Kramer says:

I have been riding a Giant Talon for a month now and couldn’t be happier! If I ran my tires at 15 psi though, the rear would slip out from under me. The stock Maxxis tires on my bike recommend minimum 30 psi and being a heavier rider, I run them at 35. That makes them a lot more grippy in the corners.

JTN 02 says:

Full suspension fat bike anyone??

randolph patterson says:

One fresh look at the mountain tire inventory of any bike shop will indicate that 27.5’s are rapidly dominating sales. They seem to be a good compromise, since two fitted 27.5″ wheels run nearly two pounds lighter than a comparable set of 29ers, yet still offer most of the same advantages that 29ers have over 26’s. In time, they may be the only “adult” size we see any more.

Budget MTB says:

8:10 is really good information. I love my hard tail Marlin 7 but the tyre width you can fit is REALLY limiting due to the frame design. Didn’t even consider that at time of purchase, and yes it’s a cheap entry level bike. My next bike will be a mid priced duel sus Plus sized 29er.

IM The Whole Man says:

They are perfect for someone who is heavier like 180+ lbs

Sam Mills says:

I need help finding a bike or tires 4 City living curbs sidewalks grass dirt sand All Around bike or tires.

AG Coarseman says:

These are the Kardashians of the bicycles, fat ass bitches,LOL

Mr. Wizeguy says:

You forgot that more rotational mass can also be advantage on some circumstances when you start rolling because bigger rotational mass keep momentum better.
0:54 27,5 isn’t wheel size it’s rims size, wheel size is bigger.

High Noon MTB says:

I live in Phoenix and have ridden 29ers and 27.5 bikes for the past 4 years. Got on plus bike 7 months ago and I will not go back to anything less than 2.6. We have loose sand and gravel over hardpack trails here in the desert. Loving the increased cornering, climbing and braking traction. This is not hype. It’s real and makes a big difference. Having said that, I know a bunch of riders who shred on their non plus set ups. As for me, I’ll take every advantage I can get. I’ve been running the same 2.8 nobby nics that came with the bike. They have over 700 miles on them with no sidewall tears and tread has over 50% life remaining. I do feel square edges slightly more than I did on 29ers. Everywhere else I prefer the plus size.
So, should you sell your current bike and get a plus bike? Not if you like what you have now. But when you are in the market for a new ride, try one and see if its for you.

ryan owen says:

I ride 26″ 2.50 Maxxis Rear on front and back… upgrading to Maxxis Minions Front 2.70 on both front and back! I ride downhill Rocky Mountain Flatline Pro.

Axel Andres Amor Chin says:

Wider tyres wear slower


I run 27.5 x 2.25 on my Segway emtb almost a plusbike, love them but I think I might get some 2.75s soon

Peter Joseph says:

What is your opinion of the Cannondale CuJo 3, Im a newbie ,6′ 390lbs

Patrick Reilly says:

Thanks for the tutorial. Still riding my 1984 Lee World mountain sport. All steel, no suspension. That’s what knees are for. Want to race? I have too much fun to care about winning…!!!

André Fontes says:

I thought a plus bike was a bike intended for fat people…

Alex Paulsen says:

Everyone should ride one.

Luke Hynes says:

im looking for 27.5+ tyre that are slick. Any suggestions?

HCC says:

26 4ever

MaCris Ostu says:

Great video thanks for sharing.

Squanch Wanch says:

I ride a 26×1.95, just got a new bike with 27.5+, cant fucking wait

Vanhtha Souvannasing says:

What phone holder are you using? Great video by the way.

Speedgoat says:

Does it make a difference if I run a 2.25, or 2.3 on a boost setup, meant for tires up to 3.0? How does that affect the ride?

OugaBoogaShockwave says:

ALL these rim & tire sizes is INSANITY !
I still love my 26er & the largest tire it has on a set of rims is 2.35, I don’t think i can fit a 2.4.
Now i have a new 29er carbon 7 months old & already it feels dated cause it can’t fit more then 2.3 MAX & also doesn’t have boost front or back.
This stuff is getting insanely expensive & i didn’t hold back too much either, F the idea of 5K+ for a bike when there was nothing wrong with 26er.
I can understand going either 27.5 or 29 but NOT Both……………..shesh.
Lastly, i find going from a 26 to 29 is like going from a regular car to adding some small set of monster tires.

Michael Pfleider Amigo says:

Still happy on my 26

Arahorn says:

This is great stuff. Would you suggest plus-sized tires for off-road bikepacking purposes on a rigid set-up, or just normal-sized mountain bike tires? You’re going at slow, non-performance speeds, and also would need to deal with muddy conditions when it rains on your trips. You mentioned that plus-sized tires float more on mud thus lessening traction. Would that be an advantage or disadvantage for the slow speed bikepacking commute with the extra weight of gear?

Je P says:

What are the bikes that are plus compatible?

Eric Cudal says:

Santa Chameleon R+!

Glen Small says:

Good video. Thank you. I want a plus bike!!!!

NoBro 9999 says:

I got a plus bike and it rips on trails but is slow and very heavy feeling on the road

The lone Assasin says:

His hat is tilted and it’s annoying me now that I can’t unsee it

The Urban Dropper MTB says:

i ride a plus bike and make videos of it in my new channel !

claude belanger says:

Just put a 2.8 Rekon on my Bad habit in the rear ..and well i am adjusting from my 3.00 much different and sooner the front will have same treatment.

Evan Brown says:

Contact patch is independent of friction force. For cars, this means that a softer compound pared with a wider tire will maintain strength and wear speed. For bikes such plus and fat bikes, this means you can run lower pressure along with softer tread compounds, maintaining a reasonable sidewall density, all allowing for what feels like more traction.

Keefe Borden says:

Great video. THanks for your insight.



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