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2020 Norco Fluid FS 3 Bike

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2020 Norco Fluid FS3 first impressions

Rating:
The Good:

Suspension feel, tires, brakes, geometry, looks, dropper post

The Bad:

Hard seat, limited fork adjustment

Overall Review:

I got my Fluid FS3 yesterday and took it for its maiden voyage today. I haven't been on a bike in 3 or 4 years but grew up riding trails around Kentucky lake on a trek 3500 and loved it. Now that I'm in college and I don't get the pleasure of walking to class because of covid, I decided to get back into mountain biking. It also didn't help that my new roommate brought his new Marin mount vision and let me ride it up and down the street. Within a week, I tracked down a few bikes and went and test rode them. I did a good bit of research and knew I wanted to stay under two thousand dollars. I saw this bike in a few reviews and figured I'd consider it if I could find one. Specs wise, the bike really doesn't seem all that impressive. On first impressions seeing it in store, I was immediately surprised with the fit and finish and how sturdy it looked. I got it down from the rack and took it for a ride around the parking lot and was again impressed with it. The geometry felt good for me (I'm 5'7) and the suspension was what I was expecting it to be from the reviews. However, it wasn't set for me. It felt dead and spongey at first but then the shop pumped it up to the right pressure and it completely changed the ride for me. The brakes aren't the most impressive. I can get going at a good speed and grab the front brake and the front tire will not lock up. However, that's on pavement and the tire is incredibly grippy. I do believe I can't get the tire to lock up because it picks the rear tire off the ground before I can lock it up. The tires are really impressive. With 20 pounds of pressure in them, they grab onto just about anything. On my ride today, It was mostly dry but the front tire never once washed out on me and we were on a combination of rocky dusty mossy surfaces. My only real complaints with the bike are the lack of front fork adjustability and the seat. The seat is just hard and after a day of riding, I'm a bit sore from it but that's all I've got in terms of the seat. The front fork has essentially 3 settings, locked, stiff, and wide open. The dial is not at all tactile but the fork will lock when the dial is turned all the way to one side and a quarter turn looser, it's stiff but has a small amount of movement, and then another fraction of a turn and its wide open soft all the way to the bottom of the adjustment. the rear shock felt decent but I really don't have a lot to compare to as this is my first full suspension bike. All in all, I really like my Fluid FS 3. It fits my college budget and allows me a financial cushion to upgrade components later on. If anyone is having reservations about getting this bike as their first mountain bike or as a backup bike, I highly recommend it.

Specifications

Product Norco Fluid FS 3 Bike
Model Year 2020
Riding Type Trail
Rider Unisex
Sizes and Geometry
XS (27.5"), S (27.5"), M (27.5"), M (29"), L (29"), XL (29") View Geometry
Size XS (27.5") S (27.5") M (27.5") M (29") L (29") XL (29")
Top Tube Length 522mm 554mm 586mm 590mm 623mm 655mm
Head Tube Angle 66.0° 66.0° 66.0° 66.5° 66.5° 66.5°
Head Tube Length 100mm 110mm 120mm 100mm 110mm 120mm
Seat Tube Angle 76.0° 76.0° 76.0° 76.0° 76.0° 76.0°
Seat Tube Length 370mm 390mm 420mm 420mm 450mm 490mm
Bottom Bracket Height 342mm (18mm drop) 342mm (18mm drop) 342mm (18mm drop) 342mm (36mm drop) 342mm (36mm drop) 342mm (36mm drop)
Chainstay Length 431mm 431mm 431mm 429mm 429mm 429mm
Wheelbase 1101mm 1135mm 1169mm 1169mm 1204mm 1237mm
Standover 640mm 654mm 664mm 682mm 694mm 704mm
Reach 380mm 410mm 440mm 440mm 470mm 500mm
Stack 568mm 577mm 587mm 603mm 612mm 621mm
Wheel Size 27.5" (650b), 29"
Frame Material Aluminum
Frame Material Details 6061 X6 double-butted aluminum frame, size-scaled tubing, smooth welding
Rear Travel 120mm
Rear Shock X-Fusion 02 Pro R
Fork SR Suntour XCR-34 AIR, 42mm offset (27.5"), 51mm offset (29"), 15x110mm Boost
Fork Travel 130mm
Head Tube Diameter Tapered, 1.125" top, 1.5" bottom
Headset Sealed cartridge bearing
Handlebar TranzX 6061 DB, 780mm width
Stem 6061 alloy, 35mm bore
Grips VP, lock-on
Brakes Tektro HD-M275 hydraulic disc, 180mm front rotor, 160mm rear rotor
Brake Levers Tektro HD-M275 hydraulic
Drivetrain 1x
Shifters SRAM SX Eagle, 12-speed
Front Derailleur N/A
Rear Derailleur SRAM SX Eagle, 12-speed
ISCG Tabs
Chainguide N/A
Cranks SRAM SX Eagle, 170mm length (XS, S), 175mm length (all other sizes)
Chainrings SRAM SX Eagle, 30 tooth
Bottom Bracket Truvativ PowerSpline
Pedals VP Flat Nylon
Chain SRAM SX Eagle, 12-speed
Cassette SRAM PG-1210 Eagle, 12-speed, 11-50 tooth
Rims WTB STP i29 TCS
Hubs Alloy, 15x110mm Boost front, 12x148mm Boost rear
Spokes Stainless steel, black, 14g
Tires Goodyear Escape, 2.6"
Saddle Norco XC
Seatpost TranzX YSP18 130mm dropper
Seatpost Diameter
Seatpost Clamp Alloy, standard single bolt
Rear Dropout / Hub Dimensions 12x148mm Boost
Max. Tire Size 2.6"
Bottle Cage Mounts Yes (single)
Colors Green/Black, Charcoal/Orange
Warranty 5 year limited on frame
Weight N/A
Miscellaneous Internal cable routing
Price $1,799
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