Aside from Boost, 27.5+ seems to be the big talking point at the Taipei Show, and it's clear to see that this fresh snowball has started rolling with some momentum. There are 27.5+ tires and and rims everywhere, but so far we have only tracked down one bike with them fitted. The bike was surprisingly muddy, which might even be proof that's someone's actually ridden this latest wheel size.Panaracer
This Panaracer FatbNimble will be available for 27.5+ and 29+. The former will be in a 3.5" width, but Panaracer say it comes up a little narrower in reality, towards 3.2". For the 29+ version, it's a 3.0" width. The 58a, single compound tire weighs only 730g, which is probably the lightest mid-fat of this bunch. Shipping in mid-April for $50 with wire bead, and $80 with a kevlar bead.
I couldn't get much information from Duro about their tires, but they had this Crux 3.25" for 27.5+ and 29+, and the Miner 3.0" x 27.5+. The most aggressive tread pattern we've seen so far, and basically a scaled up version of a standard tire, whereas the other brands seem to be heading towards lower profile patterns.
This Kenda Havok 3.0" is low profile and comes with 'DTC' (Dual Trail Compound
), 60a in the centre for faster rolling, and 50a side knobs for improved grip. Surely we will be getting plenty of grip due to this incredible new tire size anyways? No confirmed figures from Kenda yet, but they said they should be available in April.
Vee Tire might not come to mind when thinking about high-end rubber, but they have an extended range of widths in their new Trax Fatty: 2.8", 3.0" and 3.25". The top of the line versions come with a 120TPI casing and a 'Silica Compound' rubber. Weighing from 800 grams up to 950 grams for the largest width, and priced at $110, $115 and $120 USD respectively. Vee Tire don't mention any specific 27.5+ sized bikes in their literature, but suggest you can retrofit 27.5 wheels a these tires to your existing 29er chassis. In fact, Vee had the only bike that we have tracked down at the show so far that actually had 27.5+ tires mounted, and it even had mud on it, proof that somebody, somewhere, has actually ridden an 27.5+!