2012 Norco Aurum

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Key Frame Features

The Aurum is constructed from a custom hydroformed tubeset that is engineered to be light and strong with a slack front end, a low centre of gravity, and reduced unsprung mass. Frame stiffness is also enhanced over previous models by utilizing Norco’s rigid Holloform ® link arm, which stiffens the rear end of the bike and allows it to track straight through rough terrain. The Aurum uses an 83mm bottom bracket shell to create the necessary chain line for the 157mm rear wheel described above.

Other sharp features on the Aurum include an integrated seatpost clamp, integrated fork bumpers, and an integrated rear dropout, which combines a mount for post-mount brakes, built in gussets, the Syntace X12 axle system, and clevis-less pivot points.

Spec Philosophy

Every Aurum is equipped with race-ready parts, regardless of trim level. Each of the different models is kitted out with Rock Shox front suspension, Avid brakes with 200mm rotors, short-cage SRAM rear derailleurs, 760mm wide handlebars, and Easton or Sun wheelsets rolling dual-ply 2.5” tires. Different rear shocks, cranksets, wheels, and forks account for most of the weight differences between the models.

Model specifications and pricing

For 2012, the Norco Aurum is available in three different trim levels, ranging in price from $3550 (USD) for the Aurum 2 up to $7350 (USD) for the Aurum LE. Claimed weight for the complete bikes is between 34lbs and 38lbs, depending on trim level.

The Aurum will also be available as a frame-only option and will be priced at $2600 (USD). Check your local retailer for availability, rear shock type, and expected delivery dates.

Norco Aurum LE

MSRP: $7350 USD
Available: October 2011

Norco Aurum 1

MSRP: $5325 USD
Available: October 2011

Norco Aurum 2

MSRP: $3550 USD
Available: October 2011

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