Marin Pine Mountain Series
Okay, so it turns out that these mountain bikes with the “Plus” size tires are a lot of fun.
We were originally pretty skeptical, thinking that the 3″ wide tires looked an awful lot like snow bikes and they seemed to be pretty slow. It turns out that a 27.5″ x 3″ tire feels pretty similar to a 29″ x 2.3″ tire. That means they’re pretty fast, reasonably light weight and they roll over roots and rocks that normally would stop your bike dead in its tracks.
The reason your would prefer a bike with smaller diameter 3″ wide tires is that the wheelbase is a little shorter than that of a 29′er, and you feel a little lower to the groun when you’re up on the saddle rolling around. What you get is a bike that handles better than most 29′ers, with almost as much traction as a snow bike and one that flits around and rolls down forest singletrack as easy as you can imagine.