Shimano has created mock-ups of each of the mechanical components in the next XTR 9000 group. These give nothing away in terms of weight, adjustability, serviceability or final performance, but they’re kinda fun to look at.
For reasons I can’t quite figure out, this rear derailleur reminds me of the Transformers. I suppose it has something to do with the fact that my son is obsessed with them. Maybe Optimus Prime is masquerading as a derailleur.
Likewise, the brake levers are almost comically small, yet they give up nothing in adjustability. The smaller clamp size for the brake lever should increase positioning options based on your fit and riding style.