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If you add a tire swap a year as an option, then I think more possibilities
open up, especially in the 27+/29 end where one is a hardtail. In warmer
months, the 29er wheelset wears fast rolling tires
(Minions/Forkeaster/ArdentRace), but in winter they roll mud tires. The 27+
setup likely stays put.
Living in a high altitude desert, that tire swap becomes unnecessary, but
somewhere with real precipitation having access to mud spikes would be a clear
benefit, as that's the wintertime trail condition that plus tires won't excel
To me, plus tires have mostly just shown me that I won't ever mind running
900g 2.4″ tires with wide rims, and that it's miles more fun that nursing 2.2″
tires across the same trails for marginal gains in rolling resistance. I think
that's the biggest thing holding plus setups back, is that there are so many
really great 2.5″ tire options, which offer most of the benefits and require
few if any drastic changes.
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