FIRST LOOK: NORCO FLUID FS

Performance made attainable

Ranging in price from $3,000 to $5,000, Norco’s completely redesigned Fluid FS is positioned to deliver trail riding performance that’s not financially out of reach. The aluminum frame features a 10mm increase in travel to 130mm for its rear Horst link style rear suspension and 140mm for its fork travel. Geometry is very modern featuring a 480mm rach in a size large along with a 65-degree head and 76.7-degree seat angle. Other nice details include an accessory mount under the top tube and larger 34.9mm diameter dropper posts with lots of travel: S – 150mm, M – 170mm, L, XL, XXL – 200mm.

(Norco Press Release)

NORCO FLUID FS: EVERY RIDER, EVERY TRAIL

Norco Bikes has cracked the code to creating a full suspension mountain bike with top-end performance for advanced riders that’s also perfect for aspiring newcomers. The four-bike lineup’s price range is typical for what many consider their first serious foray into mountain biking, but the Fluid FS is engineered to provide a level of personalization and performance never available in this category.

“We implemented our exclusive Ride Aligned Designed System to make the new Fluid easily and precisely tunable for rider height, weight, experience and morphology – this is technology that has only been available on our top-end bikes ‘til now,” said Product Manager Paul Burnett. “But when you acknowledge that not every rider can justify the budget for a top-of-the-line carbon fibre dream machine – that’s when designing bikes gets super challenging – and fun!”

Gateway full suspension bikes like the Fluid FS aspire to deliver performance but historically have been hampered by overlooked details – details that can ultimately make the biggest difference out on the trail. By working closely with suspension manufacturers to spec precisely adjustable, custom tuned shocks on frames designed to instill confidence on a wide range of trails, Burnett says all four new Fluid FS models are designed to allow all riders to perform their best and evolve along with them.

“Designing performance mountain bikes is what we love to do – but this lineup is possibly the most rewarding projects we’ve ever undertaken, and we’re so excited that it can bring so many riders along for the ride!” said Burnett.

The new Fluid FS Series is available in an expanded size range, with five sizes ranging from S through XXL to fit riders from 5’1” to 6’7”.

Component highlights throughout the range include:
– Custom tuned rear shocks by Fox and X-Fusion with 130mm travel
– 140mm travel suspension forks by Fox, Marzocchi and RockShox
– 4-piston hydraulic disc brakes
– Long-travel 34.9mm dropper posts (S – 150mm, M – 170mm, L, XL, XXL – 200mm)
– 800mm x 35mm handlebars to trim and provide a wider range of width options
– Wide range 1x drivetrains
– Sealed bearing Boost-spaced hubs
– 29” wheels with Stan’s tubeless-compatible rims
– Foldable 2.4” Vittoria and Goodyear tubeless-compatible tires

Models:
Fluid FS A1 $4,449 USD $4,999 CAD Fox FLOAT/Shimano XT
Fluid FS A2 $3,599 USD $3,999 CAD Marzocchi/Fox/Shimano XT/SLX
Fluid FS A3 $2,999 USD $3,399 CAD RockShox/X-Fusion/SRAM SX
Fluid FS A4 $2,699 USD $2,999 CAD RockShox/X-Fusion/Shimano Deore

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