Wednesday’s Wild Supposition: Electric Di2 XTR?

February 29, 2012

With the introduction of electric Di2 shifting on Shimano’s Dura-Ace and Ultegra road groups, it wouldn’t have been a particularly outlandish guess to think it might transfer over to offroad bikes at some point.

Well, Canuck racer Geoff Kabush is helping to throw petrol on the fires of rumour after posting this picture up on his Twitter account, which would appear to show a Di2 style battery nestled between the water bottles on his Scott – which we assume is his mountain bike from the BB92 spacing…

Di2 be or not to be? That is a question...

The picture was bylined with “That’s weird. Someone just put a battery on my bike.”

He also posted a wider shot of what would appear to be the same the bike…

Electric Kabush?

…captioned with “Something feels different today.”

Is he just being a naughty rumour-starter? Has electric shifting for mountain bikes arrived? Is that a 650b rear wheel or a 26″? Are the wires heading from the shifters a thinner diameter than usual? Does the rear mech have enough of a bulge at the back to be a Di2 item? What does it all mean?

We’re currently loading the images into our CSI-style photo programme and repeatedly selecting the convenient “Enhance” option so we’ll have an answer for you shortly. Or not.

What do you lot reckon then?

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