After the Mace presentation this morning we hit the mountain. Got to ride a Shore One, Six, 5 and Fluid LT. The Shore One is way lighter than last years model and you could feel it. Very easy to throw around but very stable on the bike jumps too. The Six was super fun on the trail, but, being a light freeride bike there was flex in the rear but in handled the upper mountain like a champ.
(’09 CRDsl Monocoque full carbon frame – just hanging around, not getting much use at Whistler)
(RedBull pulled up in something out of MadMax, but instead of guns and arrows out the back it was LCD displays and turntables…????)
(09 Havoc, 5mm lowered BB, shorter chainstays, Flush mount ISCG tabs, headtube designed for integrated headset)
(Some of Norco’s ’09 city/hybrid bikes)
(’09 Fluid LT One)
Some Notes: At this time I don’t have an answer for when the bikes will be out and when the website will be updated with the ‘o9 line. (Answer – Bikes should start rolling out late Fall and the site should be updated Aug31st.) The head bike dept. guys has gone and I’ll have to get a time frame via email. I will let you’ll know when I find out. Lots of little things have been changed like chainstays, seatstays, drops out, weight and of course the new colors. Out of the six bike I had a chance to ride I was super happy with the Fluid LT and the xxxx. The Shore One is a great bike and the Empire 5 is winning hearts left and right up here, but the top tube is just too freaking short for a 6’4″ guy like me. Couple the other big riders here had the same complaint. And the frame only comes in S and M. The Fluid LT has great specs and geometry, and it even comes with 30″ Sunline bars, point being, you can cut to your preferred size.
Highres images will be in a slide show early next week, and I’ll list out specs for the Empire 5 and other bike if you request it. Also, XC fans, unfortunately Norco didn’t have thier ’09 XC line up here, some, but not all. I do know there is a new 29er and other nice rides. There should be images in the highres images and I’ve got specs in my notebook if you’d like to know.
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