Haro’s new Shift LT with long travel and electronic drivetrain compatibility

Also, the Shift Plus gets some updates and there is an e-Bike prototype coming

27.5 All Mountain Trail E-bike Sea Otter Classic

2016 Sea Otter Classic

Haro's prototype Shift LT provides 140mm of rear travel in a more burly package.

Haro’s prototype Shift LT provides 140mm of rear travel in a more burly package (click to enlarge).

Haro was at the Sea Otter Classic showing updates to their Shift Plus for model year 2016 and a new long travel version of their Shift called the Shift LT. The Shift LT is designed to be a more all mountain/enduro ready rig to handle more gnarly terrain and bigger jumps than last year’s version. There will be 3 trim levels available including the Shift R5 LT, Shift R7 LT and the Shift R9 LT – which is closest to the model shown here. The R9 will come with a Shimano XT 1×11 drivetrain, XT 10-42 cassette, XT derailleur, XT shifter, new Praxis crankset, all Ritchey cockpit, dropper post (which may or may not be the Manitou model shown here), new RockShox Revelation 140mm fork and RockShox Monarch shock with big can.

The Haro Shift LT features the new crankset from Praxis.

The Haro Shift LT features the new crankset from Praxis (click to enlarge).

The Haro Shift LT will be available in September of this year. Pricing for the Shift R9 LT will be comparable to the Shift Plus so that model should come in right around $2600 to $2700.

For 2016 the Shift Plus gets internal cable routing for electronic shifting and new graphics.

For 2016, the Shift Plus gets internal cable routing for electronic shifting, new graphics and a bump in front travel (click to enlarge).

For this year’s update Haro Shift Plus, the bike now has internal cable routing for XT/XTR Di2 or you can still run traditional housing cables externally. The black and orange color is new as is the new 130mm fork (last year’s version ran a 120mm fork up front).

Haro is committed to the mountain bike category and for 2016 they have four dual suspension bikes with one Plus bike. For model year 2017, they will be expanding to eight full suspension models. When we asked if they plan to extend the LT platform to their Plus bike, MTB Product Manager Jean-Luc Ferre said, “we don’t have any prototypes built at the moment, but we may go with longer travel Plus bikes in the future.”

Also on display was a prototype eSubvert hardtail with Shimano electronic motor.

We don't have much info about the new eSubvert, but it could be an option for casual bikers.

We don’t have much info about the new eSubvert, but it could be an option for casual bikers (click to enlarge).

For more info, visit www.harobikes.com.

This article is part of Mtbr’s coverage of the 2016 Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California. For more from Sea Otter CLICK HERE.

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About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.


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