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PlusBikes.com pre-review the VICE 3.0

14 June 2016  Latest News

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The VICE range is a 27+ (650B+) bike, a middle ground between Fat Bikes and the more traditional Mountain Bikes.

The development came about as riders have come to love the additional traction and float offered by Fat Bikes, but still like the more nimble handling and speed offered by more traditional Mountain Bikes. So taking the best bits from both and creating a bike to offer the benefits, with little compromise seemed the perfect solution, but don’t take our word for it here’s what plusbike.com had to say.

‘REID Cycles are an Australian company now supplying to 15 countries worldwide, and have traditionally lurked at the budget end of the market. This focus is now gradually changing as they expand into more niche arenas such as plus, fat and CX, aiming to marry good quality with good value for customers worldwide to purchase either in a REID dealer, or via the magic of the Interweb. If you have a screen, you can have a REID bike delivered to your door in a trice. For the next few weeks I will be travelling aboard the Vice 3.0, their top of the line 27.5” plus bike, to try and find out what’s what in their foray into semi-fat.

The parts spec appears to be well thought out. SLX and Deore offerings from Shimano take care of shifting and braking, so even though you might lose some of the adjustability and carbon of their more pricey brethren, you do get good quality industrial strength components. WTB tyres are folding rather than wire bead, and the rims are apparently tubeless ready. Stem, bars and post are generic ally, but do the job. Lock on grips, plastic pedals and REID branded seat round out the package.

So the initial impression is that REID have made a solid foray into the plus scene, with a reliable, no frills parts pick on a frame with some versatility built in. There will be two models below the Vice 3.0, cunningly named the 2.0 and the 1.0. The 1.0 is a budget oriented model, whilst the 2.0 is almost the same componentry as this bike on test, but with a rigid fork for those who favour simplicity, or are looking for a bomber bargain bikepacking rig.’

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