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After a very favorable reception for the Torrent 27.5+ hardtail, Norco has tripled down on 27.5+ mountain bikes, releasing 3 all-new models for 2017!

Torrent 7 FS+

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The most notable of the new additions is the Torrent 7 FS+, which essentially turns the popular Torrent hardtail into a FS bike. Available in two build kits and a frame-only option ($3,599, $2,499, and $1,399), the top-tier FS+ A7.1 is the most interesting.

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With 130mm of suspension in the rear and 140mm up front, both ends of the bike are damped by DVO suspension products. The front fork is a DVO Diamond Boost 29/27.5+, and the rear shock is the DVO Topaz T3 air with external reservoir and trunnion mount. It’s pretty rare to see DVO suspension as a stock spec, and especially at this relatively low price point.

The frame itself is aluminum, with a 67-degree head tube angle and chainstay lengths that vary depending on the size of the bike (425mm small, 430mm medium, 435mm large, 440mm extra large).

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Other components include Spank Oozy Trail 395+ rims, Maxxis Minion DHR and DHF 2.8″ tires, TransX dropper post, SRAM Guide R hydraulic disc brakes, and a SRAM GX 1×11 drivetrain.

Fluid 7 FS+

Everybody loves big tires!

Everybody loves big tires!

While the Torrent FS+ is positioned in Norco’s All-Mountain category, the Fluid FS+ sits in the trail category with 120mm of travel in the rear, 130mm up front, and a 68-degree head tube angle. The FS+ is available in two build levels ($2,149 and $1,799), but since this model may be one of the most affordable full suspension 27.5+ bikes available, let’s focus in on the cheaper $1,799 7.2+ model pictured above.

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This alloy bike is specced with a RockShox Plus Sektor Silver RL 130mm Boost mid fat fork up front and a RockShox Monarch R HVI shock in the rear. The rims are Alex MD 35 and are laced to a Novatec front hub and RockShox 15mm QR axle rear hub, wearing WTB Ranger 27.5×2.8″ tires. Drivetrain is a 1×10 Shimano Deore setup with a clutch-style rear derailleur; brakes are Tektro Hydraulic Disc; and the cockpit consists of mostly Norco-branded bits.

While some of the tech is many model years behind (particularly the 15mm QR in the rear), this is a very solid bike for the money!

Fluid 7/6 HT+

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Finally, the Fluid HT+ is a shorter-travel, more affordable version of the original Torrent HT+, with a 120mm fork up front, and complete builds go for $1,699, $1,249, and $899. All the models come with an alloy frame, 67.5-degree head tube angle, and again, chainstay lengths that vary depending on the size: 420mm in extra small and small, and 430mm in medium, large, and extra large. Unlike the full suspension models, the Fluid HT+ is compatible with either 27.5+ wheels and tires or 26+.

The $1,699 Fluid 7.1/61 comes specced with a RockShox Reba RL 120mm fork, Shimano SLX 1×11 drivetrain with a shadow plus rear derailleur, Shimano SLX brakes, and a TranzX dropper post. The rims are Alex MD35, and the tires are 2.8″ WTB Rangers in either 27.5″ or 26″.

The most affordable $899 Fluid 7.3/6.3 comes specced with a SR Suntour XCM 120mm fork, SRAM GX 1×10 drivetrain, Tektro HD-M285 hydraulic disc brakes, a Norco-branded cockpit, and the same Alex MD35 rims and WTB Ranger tires.

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  • bikerboy13

    Question: why does the bike have a X-Fusion shock on it, but you say that the bike is specced with a Monarch R HVI..?

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