Norco 2009 Product Launch July 16-18

Pro Reviews

17th -

Just finished the first day of “Norco School”. I’ve got the spec guide for all the bike if anyone has any questions.

Some of the main focuses of Norco for the ’09 series are

  • Lighter build on all bike where possible. Slope style, dh, Fluid, Fluid LT, XC bikes, Shore bikes. Park bikes like A-line are still on the heavier side so they can be abused more.
  • Color – Norco has worked with a bunch of manufacturers, Funn, Marzocchi, Truvative to create a full package bike that works great and look good too. Some of the colors are out there though, but that is mainly for the gravity folks. All Mtn riding like the Fluid and Fluid LT has good coloring but much more tame. Speaking of the Fluid LT bikes, that is Leech’s do it all bike while traveling.
  • Small tweaks here and there to lighten the bike, make parts stronger. Like the 250 now has an integrated seat post clamp in the toptube. Super clean looking, super bmx influence.

Be back with a ride report on some of the new bikes and pictures later.

Daily questions answered.

The name of the dh bike is Team DH. It is 37.5lbs stock build, but, that is with Saint cranks, 68mm BB. You could for sure switch to something lighter. Though, that wait is with 2.35 Kenda tires.

The Empire 5 is $3650

Hey jordan, who is J.W.?

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(To give a quick props to Dustin, this one man has been keeping our bikes, like 40 of them, working for a week, with a smile! This guy is awesome.)

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(The ’09 4hun.)

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(the new Shore One, something strange?)

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(Shore Two and Three – man these have got some color.)

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(’09 250 – man this is one good looking bike!)

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(integrated seat post tensioner)

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(’09 Rampage – interesting color choice?)

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(CCXTwo)

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(The 6 series – light freeride – Norco has done a lot of tweaks to lighten up this bike. I hope to ride one tomorrow to get a feel and let you all know.)

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(some more of the color from the new hardtail bikes.)

What I road today:

I started off today on a xxxx and what can I say, this bike is sweet. At $3225 it is a pretty good package, but, the Juicy 3′s don’t really cut it, and the Marz 4x is just so so. But I road that this bike all the way down from the top of the mountain. Some Freight Train down do some steep gnarly rollers on so crazy trail and some harsh single track, this bike, though bouncy, rocked it. The Intense Micro Knoby tires are really sick! Ben Boyko and D were stocked to check this bike out when I met up with them at the lift, almost more stocked then on the 5…but not quite.

After the xxxx (I busted the drop-out) I got a hold of the new A-Line for ’09. Well, it was heavy, not too thrilled to ride this bike for a couple hours, but, I am sure with better suspension tuning it would have been better. Unfortunately, it’s heavy. At $3700 it could use a bit of a diet, but the parts are solid. An A-line park with a 66 up front will be sick.

Tomorrow I should be able to get on a Six, Shore, 5 and a Fluid LT to give a report.


16th -

4am – Well it is pitch black outside and cold. Time to get up and get to the airport. For some reason I thought a 7:45am flight was a smart idea. What was I thinking?

Landed – Drove to Whistler – got some pre-press shots of the bikes and of course had some fun! Here are a few shots – more to come later – stats for the new bikes to come as well. One thing that for sure, Norco is definitely stepping up the game as far as color goes! Some of these new bikes just scream “HEY LOOK AT ME!”

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(some road construction for the 2010 winter games – slowed the trip from the air port down a bit.)

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(Norco is going for the bling this year with the gravity bike colors. the xxxx)

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(the Vixa 6″ travel freeride bike for the ladies. basically a Norco 6 with shorter stand over, top tube, and pretty much everything. It has some great geo design and is very light weight)

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(new dh bike, 38lbs stock build. unfortunately there is no demo model here to test – very sad – but what a sweet looking bike!)

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(Empire 5 – Ben’s new bike. basically a 5″ travel bmx bike. Norco did bring along test demo versions for this so I’ll let you know how it rides tomorrow.)

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(bmx bikes are here – but we can’t demo them. Too bad, the skate park here at Whistler is killer.)


Follow MTBR as we cover the Norco ’09 product launch at Whistler July 16-18th. Daily update, videos, blog post and forum coverage.

We’ll be covering the new “5″ and there is rumor of a ladies specific freeride bike! How cool is that! Something super sick for the ladies for sure!

If you have questions or comment post’em up and I’ll do my best to answer or get an answer for you.

In the mean time – a snap shot of the 5 from MTBR coverage of Sea Otter ’08 and a video

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  • acebikemike says:

    Norcos are sick! I’m glad to see more shops like Gearhead selling them.

  • how much 1800$ i'll bye it says:

    how much if 18oo-2000 i’ll bye it

  • bob says:

    hey you should post a pic of the 09 rampage

  • gareth says:

    i would like to see the 09 4hun i ride the 08 and if the 09 looks as good as these ones i might buy a new one. i will likely be getting the empire5 as well

  • Anonymous says:

    What is the name of the new DH bike?

  • Sébastien Déry says:

    Can I have pictures of Norco’s most expensive road bikes.
    Thanks

  • Sébastien Déry says:

    Can I have pictures of most expensive carbon road bike.
    Thanks

  • John says:

    Can I have pictures of the Dirt/Street bikes?
    Thanks

  • Bakht says:

    Is the name of the new dh bike still the norco dh or is it something else and do you know how much the norco 5 will cost

    Thanks

  • jordan says:

    hey j.w. you could send me the parts list on the empire 5 thx

  • JB says:

    Nice, truvativ new gear box thingo on the shore and rampage.

  • йа says:

    что за хрень

  • Mark says:

    When are they going to post the new bikes on their website? and what kind of tires are on the 250 (they’re kinda ugly)

  • adam says:

    Mark -

    I believe the tires on the 250 are a custom grey color for norco made by kenda. It actually, at least in my book, looks pretty good in real life. I’ve got highres images to upload later so you can take a look.

    Not sure when they plan to have the new products on norco.com but I can ask.

    -adam

  • jordan says:

    sorry about that i was refering to just wondering if i could get the parts list on the empire 5 or what ever it is called sorry

  • adam says:

    jordan,

    no worries, I’ll get the part list up tonight or tomorrow morning. I was just wondering, like, who is that? :)

  • nick says:

    xc bikes????

  • joe says:

    which one is the shore 2 and 3, i cant tell

  • Fritz says:

    Shore 2 is green, Shore 3 blue.

  • Tyler says:

    hey do you know when the empire five will be available?

    thanks

  • Adam says:

    Hey folks, I’ve answered some questions in the notes section on the post. I am going to have to wait for more specifics ono release dates/time frames.

    Also I’ve got a request out to the head bike guy about any changes in ramping rates and other tech stuff I’ll post later. I have to say, these bikes all running the four-bar design have very different feels between them, some more livily than others. Most of this of course can be changed with tweaking the shox/fork – but kind of hard to fine tune that stuff when you ride 6 different bikes in 10hrs.

    Look forward to a slide show of the highres images from Norco’s ’09 line up and Mace ’09 line up. FYI – the new Mace gear seems pretty sweet, they put a lot of thought into it even though their categories names for the clothing is kind of lame. But, I guess it helps though who don’t know know what kind of clothes you need for what type of riding conditions.

  • joe says:

    do you know the weight of the shores?

  • Anonymous says:

    Can you post the specs for the regular A-Line? Do you have a prece and weight? Thanks!

  • adam says:

    The bikes should be rolling out in the Fall as they come in and the website should be up Aug 31st.

  • Neil says:

    Would like to see what changes where made to the A-lines. Do the shore 2 & 3 have a new fork from Marzocchi? they kind of look Totem-ish.
    Great review Mtbr.

  • Adam says:

    Hey Neil,

    A-Line Park – fork – Marz 888RCV
    A-Line – fork – Marz 888RCV

  • JB says:

    I’m keeping a bit of a blog here about any 09 norco gear I find..

    Heaps of pics….

    http://rotorbolts.com/clowns/index.php/topic,1164.0.html

    Anyone know what the go with the aline dropout is? Will it be on the team dh also?

  • adam says:

    JB – I am looking at the notebook norco gave us and it looks like the drop out is going to be the way you see it in picture above. Pretty standard dropout.

  • JB says:

    thanks mate. is it on the team dh also?

  • whats the price on the rampage really want to no thanks!!!

  • Derrick says:

    hey, would like to know the weight and price of the rampage looks awsoooome this year really looking foward to biging one bin riding a norco since i was 3 years old lol theve really got ane awsome bike!!!

  • PS says:

    it is not a road bike it’s a cyclocross bike.

  • Derrick says:

    hey PS who u repliying to man

  • Derrick says:

    and adam nevermind finding the price on the rampage sorry there was a change of plans and desided to get the sasquatch can u get the price on that thanx

  • adam says:

    I think “PS” is talking to me – He was right – the red “road” bike is actually a x-bike – got the name changed.

    I am waiting to hear back from Norco about bike weights – I’ll email again. I am also waiting to hear about ramping rates for the different bikes and differences from last year.

    Prices: (Please note – Norco did say prices may change throughout the year due to global supply and economic issues – so dont get all bent if something isn’t dead on.)

    DH Team: $7100
    Aline Park: $4750
    Aline: $3700
    Atomik: $3100
    Shore 1: $5200
    Shore 2: $3600
    Shore 3: $2950
    Six 1: $4450
    Six 2: $3600
    Six 3: $2650
    Stryk: $2100
    Bline: $1850
    xxxx: $3225
    Empire 5: $3650
    Fluid LT 1: $6900
    Fluid LT 2: $3600
    Fluid LT 3: $2500
    Fluid 1: $4150
    Fluid 2: $2950
    Fluid 3: $2180
    Fluid 4: $1799
    Faze 1: $5999
    Faze 2: $3550
    Faze 3: $2375
    Ronin 1 (29er): $2125
    Ronin 2 (29er): $1399
    4Hun: $2200
    Two50: $1895
    One25: $1509
    Ryde: $1200
    Havoc: $1025
    Rampage: $2599
    Manik: $1725
    Sasquatch: $1425
    Bigfoot: $1075
    Kompressor: $950

  • Derrick says:

    thank adam and what about the sponsership thing i’m just wondering if i can even get sponcered at 13 years old and how i get there

  • adam says:

    Derrick – your best is to go over sponsorship questions on the forums. You’ll find better answers there.

    http://forums.mtbr.com/

  • eric says:

    norco got some sick bikes this year but the price went up abit.

  • Graham says:

    I am looking at purchasing 12-15 bikes for a commerial Op.,I’ve seen the Bigfoot,what other bikes at the bottom end of the range will suit with a view to price,ease to maintain, relability.I’m based in Oz.
    Thanks for this great webpage, Graham :)

  • adam says:

    Graham,

    Not sure what to tell you – your best bet would be to contact Norco directly or a regional distributor.

    good luck.

  • Joey says:

    Hey Guys,

    I was Wondering when the norco bikes were going to be available for purchase by publis… im looking forwards to buying the rampage though i was wondering if there are any other colour than the one here
    http://reviews.mtbr.com/blog/norco-09-mtn-bikes-bmx-stock-images/

    Thx,

    Joey

  • Derrick says:

    is the norco stryk have 26 inch tires

  • adam says:

    “is the norco stryk have 26 inch tires”

    in the norco book it says it comes w/ 26×2.35 kenda nevegals

  • adam says:

    Joey

    The bikes should be releasing near the end of the year, late fall.

  • adam says:

    Model / Weight in lbs

    Team DH – 37.5lbs
    A-line – 46lbs
    A-line Park – 46lbs
    Atomik – 42lbs

    Shore 1 – 40lbs
    Shore 2 – 43lbs
    Shore 3 – 41lbs

    Six 1 – 34lbs
    Six 2 – 35lbs

    Empire 5 – 34lbs
    XXXX – 32lbs

    Fluid LT 1 – 31lbs
    Fluid LT 2 – 34.5lbs

    Rampage – 33lbs
    Manik – 35lbs
    Sasquatch – 35lbs
    Bigfoot – 34lbs

    4_Hun – 30lbs
    250 – 30lbs
    125 – 32lbs

    Vixa – 36.5lbs
    Ari – 27lbs

  • Derrick says:

    norco styk, weight please hope not over 35 cause theyres no resone for it to be that heavy

  • adam says:

    i dont have the weight for the styk – sorry bro.

  • John says:

    Is the empire 5 going to be sold with any other cheeper componet sets or just the one for $3650. Thanks

  • adam says:

    I don’t believe that it will come with different/cheaper components.

  • al says:

    does anyone know whether the havoc will come in all the sizes or is it a one size fits all job? why do th do that with dj bikes, anyway?

  • adam says:

    the havoc will come in S and M

  • al says:

    same with the 250?

  • jon says:

    The A-Line bikes seem rather heavy. The $3150 Atomik is 42lbs but the $4750 A-Line PE is 46lbs! How can they make the A-Line so much heavier than the Team DH using the same frame? I know the rear triangle is different and the Team is air/air but 8.5lbs? Wow. Something has gone wrong there.

    It seems that the Atomik is the bargain bike here.

  • Grixa says:

    New bikes do not look cool. Norco 05-06 was best.

  • Ciku says:

    I’d like to have a Fliud LT… wowW!!

  • Biking says:

    I like the Six-One although I think it’s about $500 too high.

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