Norco Range Carbon 7.1 Framekit - 2015 (discontinued)

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2015 Norco Range C 7.1 Framekit
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Small improvements over previous year's model

Rating:
The Good:

Better cable routing than 2014, fun geometry

The Bad:

seat-tube angle could be steeper, not the lightest of carbon frames

Overall Review:

I loved the 2014 Carbon Range so much that I now have a 2015 Range. The few small things that bugged me about the 2014 Range have been fixed. The cable used to sit against the frame near the bottom bracket and it actually rubbed away some of the frame's material over time. They added a metal guard to better hold the cable and protect the frame. They also added little plugs that hold the hoses tightly in position so that they don't rattle inside the frame. I also just personally like this year's colors better. You can't tell from pictures, but the 7.3 model is a BRIGHT neon yellow and looks amazing.

Riding the Range is like seeing an old friend for coffee and picking up where you left off - It just feels right. They move the rear center forward or back depending on the frame size to make sure you alays feel balanced, and I really believe this works.

I have a 170mm Lyrik (it comes stock with a 160mm fork in 2015) but saw that in 2016 they made them with 170mm forks, so it slackens the head angle from stock 66 to about 65.5 degrees. This makes the bike feel a little more vague on the steepest climbs, but it makes a big difference when headed downhill. The Range is not the longest bike out there, but because of that, it is a playful bike and is just a lot of fun to ride. It feels steady in the air, composed at speed, and due to the more "average" reach, corners very easily at speed or slowly around switchbacks. It also feels very balanced. I never feel like I'm too far back or forward and it just feels right. Norco really nailed this bike, and I love the swooping carbon lines and chunky joints and headtube that scream "ride me harder and faster!"

If I had to complain, its that the bike is not the lightest out there, and the seat-tube angle should be steeper. It would be difficult to get this bike below 29 lbs in a size large. I'm sure with carbon everything, you could probably do it, but for a carbon bike I expected it to be a bit lighter. However, it is a chunky, 160mm, enduro race machine and Norco have made it as such.

I've ridden it on XC trails, pump tracks, DH shuttle trails, bike parks, and raced enduros on it, and its always a fun bike to ride, just know that it is a 160mm enduro race bike, and would be overkill for riding flatter terrain or less technical stuff.

Specifications

Product Norco Range Carbon 7.1 Framekit - 2015
Riding Type Trail
Rider
Sizes and Geometry
S, M, L, XL View Geometry
Size S M L XL
Top Tube Length 572mm 598mm 625mm 652mm
Head Tube Angle 66° 66° 66° 66°
Head Tube Length 100mm 110mm 120mm 130mm
Seat Tube Angle 73.6° 73.2° 72.8° 72.5°
Seat Tube Length 405mm 435mm 470mm 510mm
Bottom Bracket Height 344mm 344mm 344mm 344mm
Chainstay Length 422mm 426mm 430mm 434mm
Wheelbase 1126mm 1153mm 1182mm 1210mm
Standover 760mm 759mm 761mm 755mm
Reach 397mm 415mm 435mm 456mm
Stack 593mm 602mm 611mm 620mm
Wheel Size
Frame Material Carbon Fiber
Frame Material Details 650b Carbon
Rear Travel 160mm
Rear Shock Cane Creek Double Barrel Air with Climb Setting
Head Tube Diameter Tapered
Bottom Bracket BB92
Rear Dropout / Hub Dimensions Syntace 142mm x 12mm
Front Derailleur Size N/A
Seatpost Diameter 30.9mm
Max Tire Size
ISCG Tabs Yes
Bottle Cage Mounts Yes
Colors Black/Teal/Red
Warranty Limited Lifetime Frame, One Year Limited on Norco Branded Products and Pivots on Complete Bikes
Weight N/A
Miscellaneous Spare Parts: BB Guard, Chaintsay Protector, Alloy Nutted Seatpost Clamp
Price $2,595
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