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Price: £3,200.00 From: Trek UK,

Chunky tyre ‘plus’ bikes are relatively new in mountain biking. And just like when 29ers first burst onto the scene, the abundance of design changes to enable larger tyres have created their own world of headaches for manufacturers. Change something too far one way and the effect of the concession creates yet more problems.

The extra tyre width requires an increase in frame clearance which alters the chainstay length, chain alignment and bottom bracket height, calling for some adjustments to be made in the design department so the bike will still perform. Despite the confusing name they are not only for ‘plussized’ riders, but refer to tyre widths usually between 2.8in and 3.25in. Plus tyres give more width and increased volume with an aim of more corner control and increased traction. The increase in tyre volume raises the outside diameter of the 29in plus wheel to a gargantuan size.

There are very few options for Plus 29er full suspension bikes. Trek (and its Gary Fisher brand) was arguably the early champion of the 29er mountain bike, so it would be more than a coincidence that they are the first of the big marques to release one. This is where the Full Stache 8 comes in, based upon the popularity of the Trek Stache Plus hardtail range.

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