I'll admit that I've been guilty of thinking plus bikes are just for beginners. When I first started racking up miles on the new tire size, I didn't get it. Then I started to ride some chunkier trails on bikes that weren't so XC oriented, models like the Santa Cruz Hightower or the new Rocky Mountain Pipeline and it started to click. Somehow these silly looking bubble tires can plow through things, which would leave my friends on longer travel bikes looking perplexed.

I'm not ready to give up my 27.5" Enduro bike or short travel 29er rigs anytime soon, but don't be fooled, these new plus sized bikes are capable of shredding the gnaaar. Just check out what EWS racer Jesse Melamed can do in this video.