The 2015 Taipei International Cycle Show was the busiest in recent memory, with 1,104 companies from around the world exhibiting the latest and greatest cycling-related products. Though the Taipei Cycle Show has traditionally been mostly an OEM affair, this year it seemed to bear more relevance to the general consumer, with more prototypes being shown and the unceremonious introduction of the new 27.5 plus standard.
Booths were buzzing with speculation over the fledgling oversized standard, with the pros and cons being debated and companies searching for information on what both their rivals and potential partners are planning to do. The general consensus was that the 27.5-plus standard is here to stay, but many questions remain unanswered. Many companies said they were prepared for the new standard, but stressed that they might not have product available until later in the year. With the major fork and wheel manufacturers already lining up product lines to support the new standard, many companies predicted that timing could largely hinge on tire supply.
Still, several tire manufacturers had 27.5-plus prototypes on display, with companies such as WTB, Maxxis, CST, Kenda and Vee Rubber prominently showing their newest incarnations (and fielding endless questions from OEMs about what the sweet spot will be in terms of width). The majority of 27.5-plus tires on display were 3.0 width, but there was considerable debate over what the ideal size should ultimately be.