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Sam Blenkinsop's Norco Aurum HSP Tribute World Champs Bike 5

A throwback paint job that pays respect to an early attempt at high-pivot suspension. Time for a history lesson!

Sam Blenkinsop's Norco Aurum HSP Tribute World Champs Bike

Heading into the 2019 UCI World Championships this weekend in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec, the Norco Factory Downhill Team got to unwrap fresh Aurum HSP's with a custom colorway for the occasion.

The inspiration for the new look came from a 1993 Norco Vipor ZTS, which was a very early attempt at what you might call “high single pivot” mountain bikes. The Vipor ZTS never made it into production, but a built-up model has been on display in the Norco office for quite some time. When the new Aurum HSP was introduced, it was inevitable that at some point we would pay homage to the throwback ride that never quite made it out the door.

Bike Spec:

  • Suspension: RockShox Boxxer Ultimate and RockShox Super Deluxe Coil Ultimate
  • Brakes: SRAM Code RSC
  • Drivetrain: SRAM XO1 DH
  • Wheels: DT Swiss FR 1950
  • Tires: Maxxis Assegai and DHR II
  • Handlebar: Deity Black Label
  • Grips: Deity Knuckelduster
  • Pedals: HT X2


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