Cannondale Bad Habit
The Bad Habit is the 27.5+ version of Cannondale's Habit,
and shares the same geometry and 120mm of rear travel, but it gets a Boost 148 rear end in order to have enough clearance for 3.0" wide tires. The aluminum Bad Habit 1 pictured above retails for $3200 USD and comes spec'd with Cannondale's Lefty 2.0 up front, and a RockShox Monarch RL in the rear. Shifting is handled by a 1x SRAM GX drivetrain, and the voluminous 3.0" WTB Bronson tires are mounted to WTB's Scraper i45 rims. DMR Deathgrip
Designed in collaboration with Brendan Fairclough, DMR's Deathgrip lock-ons use a single bolt to clamp them to the bar, but the internal plastic sleeve is tapered to give a more secure purchase. Once the grip compound is finalized, the Deathgrip will be available in two different widths and a wide array of colors for £12.99 (US pricing is still to be determined). SRAM's Wireless Electronic Drivetrain
Although SRAM's Red Tap drivetrain is for road bikes, it wouldn't be unreasonable to imagine that an off-road oriented version of the system is in the works. The electronic rear derailleur is completely wireless, weighs just 239 grams including the battery, and according to SRAM, "has a built in encryption algorithm that's more secure than any cash machine." The derailleur's battery is housed in a compartment just above the limit screws, and can be removed for charging without the use of tools. A full charge is said to only take 45 minutes, and on the road riders have gone more than 1000km without needing to recharge. Of course, all this technology isn't cheap - the derailleur alone retails for nearly $600. Merida One-Twenty
Merida's One-Twenty trail bike gets a carbon fiber front triangle for 2016, a move that sheds 400 grams off of the frame's weight. Depending on the size of the bike, the One-Twenty is available with either 27.5" or 29" wheels, and has its geometry adjusted accordingly. The bike uses a floating rear shock, and according to Merida has a very linear suspension curve that's minimally affected by pedaling forces. As shown, the One-Twenty retails for € 5149. Maxxis also had samples of two upcoming 27.5+ tires, the Rekon + (left) and the Ikon +. Both tires will be available in a 2.8" width with a 120tpi casing next spring.