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Felt Bicycles' founder Jim Felt is an avid backcountry bow hunter and he created this e-fat bike to carry his gear to new hunting spots. We think cargo bikes are a perfect application for electric assist, and Felt has integrated the new Bosch e-motor on the new BruHaul longtail. Front and center in the 9Zero7 booth was this prototype suspension fat bike with room for 4.8 inch tires. It has 100mm of travel through a classic four-bar linkage. Expect it to be ready for production within a year. The standard 9Zero7 model gets some tweaks for 2015, including a new fork with 150mm spacing for an easy swap to the RockShox Bluto. Devinci had a bit of a bummer year with star rider Stevie Smith missing out due to injuries, but that didn't stop it from releasing a new generation of the Wilson. The Split-Pivot suspension gets revised with a new shock placement. In addition to fitting the 27.5 wheels, the key design goal was to keep weight as low in the chassis as possible. While only the seat stays are carbon fiber for now, expect a full carbon version within a year. For now all the aluminum parts are made in Devinci's factory in Canada. Shimano's new XTR Di2 group has folks rethinking how bikes will be designed in the future, and Shimano is fast out of the gate with the new Tharsis bar and stem. The wiring is cleanly integrated into the handlebar and stem, entering at the faceplate. The battery is hidden inside the head tube. The wiring then exits the steerer under the fork crown and can be routed into the frame or along the downtube. A lack of visible wiring keeps the new XTR cockpit looking super clean. We're always glad to see supporters in the wild. Can you spot the Dirt Rag sticker? We found this Big Dummy at the Surly booth.
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