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 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 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.
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.