seems pretty consistent.
Off-pavement the 27.5-inch tires
offer a fair amount of cushion to the ride
(depending on pressure), and the traction
is outstanding on loose surfaces. Most
of these plus-sized tires have been in
the 3-inch range, and they have great
braking power and excellent control in
2.8s feel a little more normal when the
unpaved surface is ;rm. On the road
there is some tire hum from the knobby
design, and the tires don’t roll as easily
as narrower, high-pressure tires do.
We did get a ;at on the street, but
it was easy to change since we had
planned ahead with an inner tube. A
single CO2 cartridge didn’t ;ll the tire
enough, and we had to use a pump to
get the tire ;rm enough to ride on. These
tires may not roll easy, but they shrug
off bad pavement, frost heaves and
The hydraulic brakes got stronger with
use, but for steep descents, we still used
three ;ngers on the rear and two ;ngers
on the front brake. The Sun Tour fork
helped soften bumps a great deal on the
road, but again, it’s not the right fork for
big bump bashing. All of the controls have
a good feel, and we liked the pedals ;ne.
The brakes were
for the tiny discs.
display is big and easy to read
and perhaps one of the cleanest
ones we’ve seen recently.
The Suntour spring fork is very
entry-level. It’s great for the
road and light off-roading, but
not quite enough for serious