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2015 Norco Fluid FS 7.1 Bike (discontinued)

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2015 Norco Fluid 7.1 bike
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Norco Fluid 7.1 2015 w XT wheels - first ride impressions

Rating:
The Good:

Looks sleek and fast, 27.5 better than 26, over all performer for a great price.

The Bad:

Heavy for the travel

Overall Review:

My first new mtb in over seven years. I wasn't sure of the looks from pics online, but in the flesh the fluoro lettering is fine, and overall the bike looks the schiz. Many bikes have that almost S shaped curve in the downtube, the straighter downtube on the Fluid gives it a leaner look than others like a trance or a specialized etc.

I organized with the bike shop to swap the wheels to an XT set, and upgrade the front rotor to a 180. I needed an XL size and weigh about 83kg, so prefer the larger front rotor for when I ride longer descents.

I am comparing the ride to my old Trance, and from the get go I appreciated the larger wheels, and more modern geo. It climbed as well as the old bike, cornered better and descended way better. the only thing that might be not as good is I felt that maybe square edged bumps (like roots) when seated hung up slightly more than the maestro suspension. That said the suspension is still bedding in and I have plenty of more possibility of adjusting the settings.

I love the CTD, though will probably leave it alone for my usual fairly flat loops.

The bike isn't bling, nor light. Norco seem to have focused heavily on the longer travel Sight, with the Fluid frame seemingly unchanged from 2014 as far as I can tell. The similar geo Rocky Mountain thunderbolt in carbon is a desirable machine, if the Fluid loses some pork and gets carbonised it would be a super sexy bike. The Norco is way better value (here in Australia anyway) than the similarly priced RM aluminium thunderbolt.

I am glad I chose the Norco and glad I upgraded the wheel set. there is room to lighten it a little if I can pick up some branded parts like seatpost, stem and bars, or upgrade the cranks or change to 1X10.

Specifications

Product Norco Fluid FS 7.1 Bike
Model Year 2015
Riding Type Trail
Rider Unisex
Sizes and Geometry
XS, S, M, L, XL View Geometry
Size XS S M L XL
Top Tube Length 550mm 572mm 594mm 616mm 638mm
Head Tube Angle 68.5° 68.5° 68.5° 68.5° 68.5°
Head Tube Length 100mm 107mm 115mm 122mm 130mm
Seat Tube Angle 74.5° 74.5° 74.5° 74.5° 74.5°
Seat Tube Length 380mm 405mm 435mm 470mm 510mm
Bottom Bracket Height 332mm 332mm 332mm 332mm 332mm
Chainstay Length 425mm 425mm 425mm 425mm 425mm
Wheelbase 1079mm 1101mm 1125mm 1148mm 1170mm
Standover 749mm 735mm 767mm 760mm 752mm
Reach 392mm 412mm 432mm 452mm 472mm
Stack 570mm 577mm 587mm 591mm 598mm
Wheel Size 27.5" (650b)
Frame Material Aluminum
Frame Material Details 650b Alloy
Rear Travel 120mm
Rear Shock FOX Float CTD Evolution Series
Fork FOX 32 Float Evolution 27.5" CTD with 15mm Axle
Fork Travel 120mm
Head Tube Diameter Tapered
Headset FSA #57B Tapered Internal
Handlebar Norco 6061 DB Alloy 1" Rise Bar
Stem Alloy MTB with 4 Bolt Front Clamp
Grips Norco Lock-On
Brakes Shimano Deore M-506 Hydraulic Disc with 160mm Rotors
Brake Levers Shimano Deore M-506
Drivetrain 2x
Shifters Shimano XT M-780 Rapid Fire
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore M616 Down Swing High Clamp
Rear Derailleur Shimano XT M-786 Shadow Plus 10-Speed
ISCG Tabs
Chainguide N/A
Cranks Shimano Deore M615 with Bottom Bracket
Chainrings 38/24 Tooth
Bottom Bracket Shimano Deore M615 with Cranks
Pedals Wellgo Alloy Body / Alloy Cage MTB
Chain KMC X-10
Cassette SRAM PG 1020, 11-36 Tooth, 10-Speed
Rims WTB Speed Disc I-19 Double Wall Single Eyelet
Hubs Formula DC 51 Alloy Disc Front // Formula DC 22 Disc Rear
Spokes Black Stainless Steel
Tires Continental X-King 27.5"x2.2" Folding Bead
Saddle SDG Bel Air 2.0 XC Trail
Seatpost Norco 6061 Alloy Forged Head, 400mm
Seatpost Diameter 30.9mm
Seatpost Clamp Alloy Quick Release
Rear Dropout / Hub Dimensions Quick Release
Max. Tire Size
Bottle Cage Mounts Yes
Colors Black/Green/Blue
Warranty Limited Lifetime Frame, One Year Limited on Norco Branded Products and Pivots on Complete Bikes
Weight N/A
Miscellaneous
Price $2,365
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