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Canfield Brothers Nimble 9, WTB Trail Blazer 2.8/27.5 Wheels

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With the addition of the 27.5 2.8” tires on the N9, you come out to about 12 mm shorter wheel height compared to a 29er, but what you do gain is a noticeable amount of wheel cushion from the taller sideways. For any hardtail rider on the fence or wanting a more compliant ride, this is a great option and I am already looking forward to more tires in this category!

First impression of the tire is the lack of tall knobs compared to more aggressive all-mountain offerings. But similar to “fat-bike” tire tread, overall aggressiveness of the tread places less of an impact on grip. You are not relying on tread for grip, more-so the larger volume of the contact patch. This tire hooks up reasonably well, even in the NW mud,

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Even with our dropouts slammed all the way in, (16.25" CS length in this mode), we have plenty of clearance with the 2.8 tires.

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