You guys missed the best part of this week's axle-related press releases. It almost snuck under the radar:
"And Norco told us outright they’re “planning … a couple of new platforms to use this [148mm] standard.”
Meanwhile at Norco:
"Rather than going with the 150mm rear end spacing that often accompanies a BB107 or 83mm bottom bracket shell, Norco chose to go with a 12x142 rear end, citing the improved heel clearance, and the fact that the bike was designed to be run with a 7 speed drivetrain."
Yeah, because this guy isn't as picky about wheel stiffness as your average-dad 29er customer: