Scottish bike builders Shand Cycles will now build you a 27.5+ bike, should you be looking for a handbuilt-to-order bike to grace your shed.
The Hoolie is a steel bike, modelled roughly on the 29er Bahookie, but designed specifically around 3 inch 27.5 tyres. You still fit 29er wheels if you want to.
The bike is available as a frame and fork package for £1,250 or as a full build with XT components at £2,350. It comes supplied as standard with their own rigid carbon fork but can also be supplied with a 100/120mm travel suspension fork if preferred.
There’s a huge array of colours and finishes to choose from, and you can even add Jeff Jones Loop H-Bars if you’re One Of Them.
Shand Cycles says:
Snappy to ride, the big tyres provide stacks of grip on climbs as well as tech descents and the 68.5 head angle on a lightweight rigid setup provides grins on steeper trails with big volume tyres soaking up the rough stuff. Adding a 120mm suspension fork slackens the geometry a just tad further, only adding to the fun.
Flexibility comes built in with a 73mm PF30 bottom bracket shell that accepts a standard PF30 bottom bracket or EBB (eccentric bottom bracket) for singlespeed setups.
Although designed primarily around tech trails rather than out-and-out mile munching, Shand Cycles reckons this bike’s still good for long distance rides and multi-day tours.
For those of you unfamiliar with Shand Cycles, the bikes take their names from Scots colloquialisms. A Bahookie is your um, bottom. A Hoolie is storm, or a strong wind (not the sort that might exit your bahookie). And a Tumshie is a turnip, and gave rise to possibly the greatest captions ever to grace Singletrackworld.com.