The great thing about plus-sized bikes is the inspiring confidence and capability boost you get from those huge 2.5 inch, and bigger, tyres. Rattling through rocks and roots is a calmer experience with the added cushioning, and grip is also multiplied by the additional trail footprint. It all adds up to a stable and unflustered platform for tearing up the most technical of trails.
The Sonder Transmitter is a great example of the type, coming in at an affordable price thanks to the direct-sales model that Alpkit employ. We have chosen the sub-£1000 build to show what you can get for your money, and in this case, it's a lot of bike.
Massive 27.5/2.8 inch WTB Ranger tyres are your trail contact point, while very capable 130mm Rock Shox Recon forks mop up whatever impacts are left before they hit the head tube. Brakes and single-ring gearing are handled by SRAM, with the rest of the kit handled by Love Mud, Alpkits own brand of componentry.
It's the frame that really pushes this capable 27.5 bike into truly aggressive territory though, with a super-slack 65 degree head angle and long wheelbase settling you into the perfect position for attacking steep and gnarly trails.
Verdict: The perfect bike for bringing your riding on in leaps and bounds.