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4 Things you need to know about plus tyres

4 Things you need to know about plus tyres

It's been hard to ignore plus tyres, with more and more chubby tyred bikes seemingly released almost daily. The key benefits to plus tyres are; grip, stability and the ability to smooth out the terrain. All of which is true, but there's also a few things you should know before taking the leap. So my list of the 4 things you need to know about plus tyres. 
 

  1. Tyre pressure is key to a fun ride, too low a pressure and the tyre will drag and wallow. Too high and you won't find the optimal grip that these tyres can offer and you'll be pinging from rock to rock. Once you've found that sweet spot you'll be amazed at  the level of grip on offer and how well they can smooth out the trail. For me, the optimal pressure seems to be around the 18-15 psi mark depending on which tyres your running.
  2. To achieve such low and accurate tyre pressures you'll probably need to invest in a new pump or tyre gauge. 
  3. Punctures! Be prepared to tear a sidewall or two, at least until the tyre manufacturers produce stronger tyres.  
  4. Last but not least, the larger tyres are a tight fit in standard uplift carriers, which is something to be aware of if you're a fan if uplift days.

So there you have it, 4 things you need to know about plus tyres. Leave a comment below if you're considering plus tyres, ridden them or even own a plus tyred bike. Personally, I enjoy them and feel they defiantly have their place. So much so, I will be converting my 29er charge cooker in the near future and have already ordered the widest rims and tyres that I can fit on my Whyte T-130 RS.

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