How do +tires fit in for someone who does XC and endurance races? That is the rub for me, I participate in several XC and endurance races throughout the year.
You should test a plus bike to see for yourself, but I believe plus bikes, especially hardballs, can be formidable XC/endurance weapons.
• They can be light. My Fuse and Stumpy both have Roval carbon wheels: Bombproof and very nice.
• They have the pedal efficiency and pump power of hardtails.
• They have the traction and float of short-travel suspension bikes.
I’ve PRed a local technical climb on my S-Works Stumpy 6Fattie (I also PRed the descent). I PRed my standard road climb on my Fuse. Yes: I have climbed this mountain faster on a Fuse than on any other bike.
My friend Mikkel, an XC and XTERRA racer, has measured faster race laps on a Fuse Expert 6Fattie than on his S-Works Epic. Yes: On a technical XC course he is faster on a $2K Fuse than on a $10K Epic.
I’ve decided, if I ever do a 24-hour race, I’ll want plus tires so I can carry great speed even when I’m tired.
Here in CO, some hardcore XC racers do battle with rigid fatbikes, and they are super fast everywhere.
The big tires look slow, but I don’t think they are. Try for yourself!
Know more. Have more fun!
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