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27.5" tire size bikes

Posted: Dec 01 2013 10:45 am
by Nighthiker
Giant has introduced a new line of mtn. bikes with 27.5" sized tires. I have limited saddle time on them and would like to spend some time in terrain riding them. I currently ride a 26" tired hard tail and spent time on a 29" tire sized mtn. bike at Dead Horse earlier this year. I found the 29 a little awkward, missed a few turns around Lagoon #2 riled up the ducks and scared the hell out of a slumbering fisherman.

Would like to add a second hard tail to my fleet trying to decide on a 27.5 or 29. Anyone have time aboard these bikes and reviews ?

Re: 27.5" tire size bikes

Posted: Dec 01 2013 8:03 pm
by azbackpackr
My understanding is that the designers had a hard time coming up with a frame to fit someone as short as I am, for the 29er. You'd smack your toes on the front tires every time you turned the wheel. I can do that on my bike with 26" wheels, without trying very hard! So, no, haven't tried any bigger-wheeled rides. My Specialized is a women's small but several people have told me I should have tried to get an extra-small, if they even make that size. Don't ask me about frame size in terms of numbers. I don't remember numbers.

Re: 27.5" tire size bikes

Posted: Apr 25 2015 6:49 am
by Nighthiker
Added a Giant Talon 1 hardtail to the fleet recently and set it up for bike camping. Enjoyed riding the bike with the 27.5 tires.

Re: 27.5" tire size bikes

Posted: Apr 25 2015 7:13 am
by azbackpackr
I keep talking about bike camping but not doing it. I'm too busy with kayaking. I see that Thule has new racks which will work for full suspension mountain bikes. Better than my Topeak seat post rack, I think, because a seat post rack has a tendency to twist off to the side. I am interested in riding around on the miles of dirt roads in Northern Arizona. Not too interested in single track these days, unless it's easy.

Re: 27.5" tire size bikes

Posted: Apr 25 2015 8:03 am
by desert_boonie
Not sure how much you are looking to spend, but if you go the 27.5 route you should look into the models Cannondale offers. The Jekyll and Trigger models are pretty amazing bikes with great handling and comfort with good component setup out of the box.

Re: 27.5" tire size bikes

Posted: Apr 25 2015 12:21 pm
by te_wa
after i tear up this BMC trailfox 26er, ill prolly get a santa cruz 5010 carbon 650b. or maybe an Ibis.

Re: 27.5" tire size bikes

Posted: Sep 14 2021 12:49 pm
by rustyshackleford135
Going to bump this old topic and try to revive the bike forum. :D

I've got a trek roscoe 7 and love the big 27.5" tires. Going to set them up for tubeless soon (came tubeless ready)

Re: 27.5" tire size bikes

Posted: Sep 15 2021 7:45 pm
by ALMAL
@rustyshackleford135
Nice! You can take your bike to the LBS, or go with 1" gorilla tape, 2 laps, and buy good valve set on Amazon. Although your rims are "TR" maybe the tires are not, at least something to check. New tires are no problem, love Maxxis or WTB.

Re: 27.5" tire size bikes

Posted: Sep 16 2021 4:33 pm
by rustyshackleford135
ALMAL wrote: Sep 15 2021 7:45 pm @rustyshackleford135
Nice! You can take your bike to the LBS, or go with 1" gorilla tape, 2 laps, and buy good valve set on Amazon. Although your rims are "TR" maybe the tires are not, at least something to check. New tires are no problem, love Maxxis or WTB.
The tires are rimless ready maxxis. I just have to get some stems and sealant. :y:

Re: 27.5" tire size bikes

Posted: Sep 18 2021 7:48 am
by ALMAL
@rustyshackleford135
Rimless tires? Send me a pic of those...

Re: 27.5" tire size bikes

Posted: Sep 20 2021 7:03 am
by rustyshackleford135
ALMAL wrote: Sep 18 2021 7:48 am @rustyshackleford135
Rimless tires? Send me a pic of those...
Damn, I wasn't supposed to mention my secret bike technology ...

Tubeless ready lol whoops :y:

Re: 27.5" tire size bikes

Posted: Oct 01 2021 7:45 pm
by te_wa
Rusty, swing by sometime and i'll get you dialed in with your new presta valves and rim tape. i've prolly installed at least 15 tires over the past 18 months..
my take on 27.5" is they are easy to launch straight off the line, feel more playful on a trail, and it's now in fashion to run a "mullet" setup - 29er up front, 27.5 in the rear.
my Ranger is 29, my SB115 is 29, and my Shred Dogg is 27.5 - noticeable difference in wheel size handling, despite being completely different geo's there is a lot to be said about tire size.