I have been looking to purchase some 650b/27.5 tires for a touring/bikepacking bike (less than 2 inches in width). There are not very many choices online, and ZERO choices in store. When will REI begin carrying more tires in this category and stock them in store? Hopefully soon.
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You're right, REI doesn't carry much in the size and category you're looking for. After consulting with my Master Tech he said he could order just about anything through QBP or JBI. I'd recommend connecting with your local REI and asking to talk with the Master Tech or Certified Tech to order exactly what you need for your bikepacking adventures. Hope that helps and have fun on the trails!
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