This latest Norco Range looks to have one objective in mind: getting to the bottom first. The carbon frame rests between two 29″ wheels, with 170mm of travel at both axles. That’s right, no alloy version, and no mullet links — yet. Paired with the speed-keeping qualities of a rearward axle path, and low pedal kickback thanks to the idler pulley, this bike should rip as fast as its pilot’s courage allows. The high virtual pivot also allows for a super low shock position to drop the bike’s weight toward the bottom bracket.
Geometry numbers for the four sizes look as speed-driven as the travel, with a 63.75° headtube angle on the small that slackens by 0.25° as the frames grow. Chain stays also change across the Range range, with a 440mm stretch on the small and medium, and a touch longer 442.5mm on the large, and 447.5mm on the XL bike. Reach measurements start at 420mm, jumping 30mm between sizes to arrive at 510mm on the XL. It’s great to see more brands considering the balance of each size like this. Everyone deserves a well-designed bike, no matter how tall they may be.
The new carbon range can be had as a frame kit with a Fox Performance DHX2 coil shock for $3,799. Top C1 builds retail for $8,999 with Fox Factory suspension, a SRAM X01 drivetrain, SRAM RSC brakes, and We Are One Union Enduro 29″ carbon wheels with Onyx hubs. At $6,999, the C2 build gets a RockShox ZEB Ultimate RC2 fork and a Fox DHX2 Factory coil shock, a SRAM GX drivetrain, and e*thirteen alloy-rimmed hoops. Finally, for $5,599 the Range C3 bike arrives with a RockShox ZEB Charger R fork, a Fox DHX2 Factory coil shock, a mixed Shimano SLX/Deore drivetrain, and a set of Stan’s Flow D wheels.
All of the frames can fit a 750ml water bottle, and they each get an accessory dock so you don’t have to scratch that pretty paint with a strap. There’s a good chance you’ll find other ways to scratch it.
Head over to the Norco site for additional info.