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    2018 Smuggler Tire Clearance

    I opted out of the 2017 smuggler due to tire clearance for big 29 tires. Any shots or knowledge if the 2018 will fit 2.6" tires?

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    That is the question, isn't it?

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    I asked about 27.5+ tires

    will the 2018 Smuggler take 27.5+ tires? and got this reponse


    It will not, sorry.


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    My understanding is, 2018 is same as 2016-17 clearance. Although ive seen one online retailer list frame to fit 2.5 tire.

    But then again I can fit a 2.5 on my 2017 model also. But almost no clearance.

    Having boost on new model might give a little more room. But highly doubt you will fit a 2.6.

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    2.3 maxxis minion fits with mud clearance, 2.5 is going to buzz the chainstays and have no clearance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbunnys View Post
    My understanding is, 2018 is same as 2016-17 clearance. Although ive seen one online retailer list frame to fit 2.5 tire.

    But then again I can fit a 2.5 on my 2017 model also. But almost no clearance.

    Having boost on new model might give a little more room. But highly doubt you will fit a 2.6.

    I asked on their Facebook page a few weeks ago and they said it is improved. Its a whole new rear triangle so I would be surprised i they didnt address it.

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    Hey guys & gals,

    2018 rear triangle tire clearance is improved from 15-17 models. All models will fit a 2.5 tire with reasonable clearance (more than the previous bikes with 2.3's). Beyond that the user will need to determine what is acceptable or not.

    It will likely depend on how badly you want to run larger than 2.5 tires .

    Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Transition Bikes View Post
    Hey guys & gals,

    2018 rear triangle tire clearance is improved from 15-17 models. All models will fit a 2.5 tire with reasonable clearance (more than the previous bikes with 2.3's). Beyond that the user will need to determine what is acceptable or not.

    It will likely depend on how badly you want to run larger than 2.5 tires .

    Cheers!
    Thanks for clarifying... now I want to upgrade my 2017 bike :-)

    I presume on a wider 30-35mm internal rim is also going to clear fine. Interesting if the new 29x2.6 DHF tires will work when released in 29 version.

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    I really appreciate the Transition response, but find that the chainstay length is the deciding factor. Both of my bikes, one a 2010 and the other a 2017 could fit the 2.6 width, but not the tallness/height. I look forward to bringing my WT tire down and trying it out on a frame before buying!

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