All posts tagged: 27.5+

New Big Honzo Lineup From Kona in 3 Frame Materials.

The Big Honzo from Kona has made a name for itself as being a flexible 27.5 plus hardtail platform for many different riding styles. The new 2019 lineup expands the Big Honzo range to include Carbon Fiber, Aluminum and Steel options. It’s not often that you will find a platform offered in that many frame materials. The 2019 bikes also expand the front travel, as is popular right now, from 120mm to 130mm. This additional 10mm of travel slackens out the head tube angle from 68 degrees to 67.5 degrees. Kona has adjusted the geometry to keep the bottom bracket at the same height as last year’s model. So you don’t have all the same tradeoffs you encounter when up-forking a 120mm bike. The Aluminum versions are the most affordable, starting at $1699. This gets you a SRAM NX drivetrain and a Rockshox Recon Solo RL. While not a bargain basement offering, it is a respectable build kit. The steel version comes in a single build at $2399 with an upgraded build kit from the …

Trek releases its first hardtail 27.5+ trail bike: The Roscoe

It’s hard to believe that Trek hasn’t had a 27.5+ hardtail in its lineup up until this point. Trek has filled that void up until now with its 29+ Stache models. However 29+ and 27.5+ are different animals and now Trek has decided to enter the crowded market of 27.5+ trail hardtails with the Roscoe. Honestly the higher end Roscoe looks to be a pretty compelling option though. There are two models, the Roscoe 7 and Roscoe 8, offered in both mens and women’s models. The Roscoe 7 comes in at just over grand retailing for $1099.99.  For this price it is under specced though.  You get a Deore M600, 10 speed drive train, Tektro M285 brakes and a RockShocks Judy Coil fork. Not exactly anything to write home about. At least they did fit it with Schawlbe Rocket Ron 2.8 tires which I found to be quite nice. Stepping up to the Roscoe 8 however, you get a RockShox Judy Silver TK air sprung fork, SRAM NX 11-speed drivetrain, Shimano M315 brakes and an internally routed dropper …

Schwalbe Rocket Ron 2.8 Review

When I purchased my Raleigh Tokul 3 I knew I would be doing several upgrades. The first stock part to go was predictably the heavy tubes and tires. My rims were already taped for a tubeless setup so I set about searching for a new set of treads. The first thing that I noticed as I began my search is that there is a price to be paid for being an early adopter of the relatively new 27.5+ trend. Unlike 29rs there were very few “deals” to be found. This was helpful in many ways because my decision would be made almost entirely based on the kind of tire I wanted instead of settling for a tire based on price. I do most of my riding in the rolling hills of Wisconsin so I didn’t need a super aggressive tread. I also was planning on doing some cross country racing with my Tokul so I needed something that would be lite weight and fast rolling. After much hemming and hawing I decided on the Schawlbe …