BIKE TEST / HARO SHIFT 27.FIVE
WHAT IS IT MADE FROM?
Haro currently offers the Shift in an aluminum version. The
front and rear triangles use 6061–T6 aluminum, as does the
suspension linkage. The Shift uses a four-bar linkage that has
125 millimeters of rear-wheel travel. The lower linkage has
oversized bearings that have a sturdy look. The rear triangle is
a 12x142 thru-axle with a threaded bottom bracket. Haro built
the Shift with a tapered head tube and kept all of the cable
routing external for quick accessibility. The cable routing on the
downtube is a little messy but easy to access, which is a plus.
The Shift starts at $1250 for the most basic build kit, but with
the same frame and rear triangle. The R7 caps off the line of
standard 27.5-inch bikes at $2070. Haro does offer the Shift in
a 27. 5+ version, which comes with a higher-spec build kit and
suspension for $2600.
WHICH COMPONENTS STAND OUT?
Our test bike came stock with a 2x10 setup with a Shimano
XT rear derailleur that offered consistent shifting and excellent
durability. Haro specs the Shift with a RockShox Monarch RL
shock that gives the four-bar linkage a smooth ride and good
suspension platform. This is a solid-performing shock for a
bike at this price point. Once broken in, the brakes gave us the
consistent power and feel we’ve come to expect from Shimano’s
stoppers at any price point.
HOW DOES IT PERFORM?
We set the sag at 20 percent for our local trails. Riders on
more aggressive terrain might want to reduce the air pressure
and run more sag for better big-bump compliance. The four-bar
linkage is very plush, so we recommend starting on the firmer side
when setting up the suspension.
Moving out: The bar/stem combo is fairly comfortable for a
trailbike with this much travel, although we would prefer slightly
wider bars. The Shift comes stock with a quick-release clamp for
the seatpost, which made adjusting the saddle height simple on
They work: Budget-driven bikes can sometimes skimp on the
important components of the bike, such as the brakes. We were
pleased with the Shimano brakes during the entirety of our testing.