Because they have been slow selling in most of the world and people are moving onto 29" × 2.6".27.5 + seemed popular a couple year ago.
Why are manufacturers dropping the 27.5+ on their 2020 models ???
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Yup Ebikes are moving to 29x2.6 front/27.5x2.8-3.0 rear,, the grip n roll.Because they have been slow selling in most of the world and people are moving onto 29" × 2.6".
Some makes are calling a 2.6" tyre a plus.
It looks to me that a 27.5" in standard and plus was a stop gap for people to learn about and move to 29" bikes.
27.5"+ is looking to be the rear wheel size for hardcore Emtb's.
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You're not. I am 5'8, ride a "plus" hardtail, and love it. I can put 29 x 2.6 wheels on it but I'm not going to as of right now. I'm so sick of product marketing cycles. The industry backed off a little when they came up with 3 (!) new hub standards in the space of 2 years, new BB standards that are still all over the place, new handlebar diameter standards...fat bikes fell off a cliff except for those that actually need them, so trying to cash in on that trend with some "chubby" tires probably made a ton of sense, but the sheer amount of models was overwhelming. No surprise the ones that didn't sell aren't still available.smaller riders like me fit better with smaller wheels, even with the current gen of very slack bikes. I hope I'm not the only one who likes a lower and more flickable bike.
I have a short torso and my HT 120 mm with 40 mm rims 27.5, 3.0/2.8 is paradise. I would not go FS + but this is personal we have to find our match.I love my plus hardtail and looked forward to adding a full suspension version to the stable. This year's 29ers seem to handle better than the ones I rode last year, and so as much as I used to hate 29ers, the previous large increase in steering effort that I noticed last year seems to have been alleviated by some geometry changes in the numerous brands of bikes I have demoed this year with 29" wheels. I still think that for me, a smaller rider, 27.5 is a better fit on the terrain I ride. Even so, if I do buy a FS bike this year or next, I'm still on the fence about the plus wheels. For a hardtail I can't imagine it any other way. For a full suspension, there are just so many more tire designs available in 2.35-2.6" widths that I might end up on a non-plus bike just because of that.
If plus bikes aren't selling, it might just be ignorance. I honestly think most riders are faster on most terrain with a plus bike. I've only seen one person try to study that empirically, and plus was faster in the study.
If 27.5+ is dying, I'd be surprised to see that data.
If 27.5 is dying period and 29ers are the only way forward, I would be even more surprised to see that--smaller riders like me fit better with smaller wheels, even with the current gen of very slack bikes. I hope I'm not the only one who likes a lower and more flickable bike.
I think we have a winner. Most bikes with Boost spacing will fit a 2.8 tire, which is a small plus tire. Not as many bikes are being advertised to fit a 3.0 tire, but I think most Boost 29ers will fit 2.8/3.0 tires. It's the advertising that has disappeared, although plus hardtails might be dying out a bit. I don't know, I'm happy with my 27.5x3.8 tires.I think what's happening is that wider rim/tire compatibility is just being incorporated into many bike models, and the idea of specifically having plus tire models is no longer as compelling.