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  • Vital Long-Term Test - 2020 Norco Sight
    When the all-new Norco Sight was originally launched at the end of October, we already had the bike on our home trails for a week to get a feel for it. Our first impressions had us a bit smitten but a long term test is what the Sight deserved. After four months and hundreds of miles on th...

    Posted by BHowell on 3/6/2020 8:50 AM

  • Rethinking Cross-Country Capability - Norco Revolver FS 1 120 Bike Review
    Depending on the time of year, the orientation of celestial bodies or the status of soybean futures, I may or may not care how mountain bikes are labeled. I started riding in the mid-1990s, and every ride I went on was a “cross-country” ride. The only other kind of riding was downhill, and in th...

    Posted by sspomer on 10/29/2019 9:02 AM

  • Tons of Fun on a Budget - Norco Fluid FS 1 29er Review
    Anew model to arrive in the small-but-growing genre of mountain bike that features short travel, but fun, aggressive geometry, is the Norco Fluid FS. We're talking only 120mm of travel out back, but not some steep, sketchy XC bike. Look at it as either a mini-enduro bike or a beefed-up, do-it-al...

    Posted by sspomer on 2/20/2019 7:30 AM

  • Review - Norco Aurum HSP from Vital MTB Test Sessions
    During the Vital MTB 27.5 DH Test Sessions, the Norco Aurum HSP went head-to-head with four other leading bikes. What follows are our thoughts specific to the Aurum HSP. Be sure to check out the main feature for an in-depth comparison video, timed testing results, and more. Highlights ...

    Posted by bturman on 1/6/2019 2:38 PM

  • Tested: 2017 Norco Sight Carbon 7.1
    Following an excellent first experience at the 2014 Vital MTB Test Sessions, I've been riding a Norco Sight for nearly four years. Not a tester at the time, I played the role of house mom. Yes, I'm a woman, a darn good cook, and OCD enough to clean everyday (throwing horns). The 2014 Norco Sight...

    Posted by csteen on 1/29/2018 6:15 PM

  • Makes all mountain riding fun again.

    The Good:

    Super responsive and playful. Still holds its line at speed. Great climber. Amazing components.

    The Bad:

    A tad stiff in the rocky chunder (but really that's to be expected for a 135mm travel bike).

    Overall Review: I love this bike. It's made my all around riding much more fun. The platform transfers pedal strokes to forward momentum extremely well. This makes the cross hill and uphill sections of your ride more fun. Yes, I've written "more fun" twice now. The bike still absolutely rips on the downhill. T...

    Posted by robbdavis on 12/8/2017 12:00 PM

  • Small improvements over previous year's model

    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 gua...

    Posted by NMK183 on 4/9/2017 10:16 PM

  • Review - 2017 Norco Optic Carbon 29 from Vital MTB Test Sessions
    Entering the scene in the spring of 2016, the new Optic is Norco’s addition to the growing short-travel trail bike market. Featuring 110mm of rear wheel travel, our test bike is built around 29-inch wheels but is also available in a surprisingly similar 27.5-inch option. The Optic was created si...

    Posted by bturman on 3/28/2017 11:43 AM

  • All-Around Destroyer

    The Good:

    Geometry is spot-on, plush rear-end, exceptional descender, climbs well, excellent warranty

    The Bad:

    Flexy rear-end, cracked frames

    Overall Review: I've had this bike for two season and have been extremely happy with everything about it. First of all, while descending the rear-end on the Range feels very plush. On successive hits, or extended rough sections, the Range couldn't be happier. It also pedals well, especially while seated. The Ca...

    Posted by NMK183 on 10/10/2016 8:38 PM

  • Bad Shocks

    The Good:

    seems good haven't had it for long

    The Bad:

    on the second day we had it, the shocks made a terrible noise when it rebounded. (THE SECOND DAY!!!!!!!!) i went to our local bike shop and they said that everyone of these shocks will make this noise so forget getting that same shock.

    Overall Review: the bike is actually quite decent, its just the shocks that are very poor quality, which is disappointing. if i were norco, i probably would change them :(

    Posted by bbd on 10/28/2015 12:46 AM

  • gold like the name

    The Good:

    Perfect dh bike, geometry, center of gravity for great positioning of body.

    The Bad:

    10 speed, not needed for dh racing..

    Overall Review: Perfect bike for any dh terrain, We have them in stock at Bikes Plus in Monmouth OR.. Carbon soon..

    Posted by Snozdoglr on 3/24/2015 7:09 AM

  • T minus 10 seconds for take off!!!!

    The Good:

    The suspension, the build quality and the handling.

    The Bad:

    Gives you too much confidence lol!

    Overall Review: The Norco Range A 7.1 2015 is a beast!!!! It may not have a carbon frame but it will not stop you getting confidence to take on anything you see on the trail. I have to take my hat off to Norco. They simply hit the bullseye with their line up of mountain bikes. Honestly I still had that frame of...

    Posted by shadow23 on 3/12/2015 2:56 AM

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

    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 oth...

    Posted by danncam on 1/20/2015 4:38 PM


    The Good:

    Nice and sleek frame design with beautiful paint. Supple and predictive rear end. Eat ups big hits and float over small bumps. Stable at high speed and turns. Good head angle cheap...i guess?

    The Bad:

    Paint chips off easily. Not the lightest but its still very light. Cable rubs terribly at the rocker arms. Not the best cable routing.

    Overall Review: It is a stable yet playful bike. You could take it to a competition and race it or just bring it to a bike park and shred. Really easy to control in mid-air and on ground. Stable at rough, technical tracks and smooth and jumpy tracks. One of the best looking bike paint out there. Great spec for ...

    Posted by Mark_98 on 10/23/2014 2:47 AM

  • 2014 Test Sessions: Norco Sight Carbon 7.1
    Reviewed by Steve Wentz and Brandon Turman // Photos by Shawn Spomer and Lear Miller New for 2014, the 140mm travel Norco Sight makes the leap from aluminum to carbon. In doing so they’ve reduced the frame weight by a whopping 25% and improved the ride characteristics. While the geometry remai...

    Posted by bturman on 2/13/2014 2:39 PM

  • Great beginner to mid-level bike

    The Good:

    Light, strong, good setup for most people

    The Bad:

    Components are average, I still can't quite adjust them correctly. Brakes are a tad small.

    Overall Review: I recently got this bike for dirt jumping. I had some experience prior to buying this bike, but I'm not great. I got this one because it has the 8-speed drivetrain, which really helps with the hills at my park. It is also cheap enough to thrash about and learn on. The tires are great, the rims a...

    Posted by Sideways Rock on 6/29/2013 7:22 PM

  • good frame! but....

    The Good:

    great size, feels nice in between your legs.

    The Bad:

    its pretty heavy as a stock bike. chain stay could be a little further away from the tyre, 26x2.5 are they thickest tyre you can run on this frame, brakes are really squeaky after a while, and the grips could be a little better, they kept peeling off my bars.

    Overall Review: this is a great bike to hit the jumps or the trails with. it feels nice and feels smooth to ride.

    Posted by jakelemin53 on 6/3/2013 11:16 PM

  • 2013 Test Sessions: Norco Range Killer B-2
    Reviewed by Steve Wentz, Joe Schneider, and Brandon Turman // Photos by Shawn Spomer and Brandon Turman For 2013, Norco has eliminated the 26-inch version of the Range in favor of a new 650B "Killer B" version. Yes, you read that right, another victim of the big wheel. They didn't do it to spi...

    Posted by bturman on 3/11/2013 8:52 PM