They say bigger is better—but can bigger get better? With the SHIFT V2—the community-inspired evolution of our largest desktop exclusive—we answered yes. Now, we’re giving you the chance to build your own V2 on a stripped-down version of this compact full-size centerpiece: the SHIFT V2 Barebones. Taking input from over five years of reviews, we made several key changes to this second-generation standout—including an upgraded PCBA with 5-pin switch support, a new STM32 chipset with better QMK performance, a range of RGB LED improvements, and an updated configurator for on-the-fly keymapping. Beyond the electronics, we also outfitted the SHIFT V2 Barebones with some new, top-tier enthusiast components—including an array of PORON foam and IXPE foam for a refined typing sound and feel. Of course, we also kept the things our community loved—like the CNC-machined aluminum case, magnetic feet for an adjustable typing angle, and dual USB-C ports. It’s the streamlined, highly anticipated sequel—with all the greatest hits. It’s the SHIFT V2 Barebones.