Team Carbon XC
Size: 15.5 17 18.5 20
Weight: ~ 21lbs
Norco has put a lot of work into the new Team Carbon XC bike and it appears to be a contender in regards to weight, frame technology and components. I’m not an XC rider so I can’t opine on the bike, but I can go over what was presented to me, and one sweet little trick piece I liked.
The Carbon frame, on both the road and XC bike, use a plethora of technologies that are aimed at making the carbon strong, light, long lasting and nice looking. The Team bikes use EPS (Ethyl Poly Styrene) molds to wrap the carbon around in key areas of the frame, BB, head tube, etc. The mold allows for custom design and complex designs with internal ribbing and eliminates internal carbon wrinkles. Also there is a ThermoPlastic Mesh used in conjunction with the EPS at key stress points (HT and BB). The mesh increases the strength of the carbon, and ‘anti-fracture toughness’ and will interrupt a crack progression. On top of the carbon fiber is a High Toughness Resin that acts as an extra thick protective coat that reduces the negative impact a scratch will have on the frame.
A key feature of the frame is the internal cable routing for the derailleur lines through the top tube. This helps to keep the derailleur lines as clean as possible over the season. Another nice feature is a stainless steel insert in the chain stay to protect the frame in case of chain gets off track.
The integrated seat post does allow for some micro adjustments but you’ll have to cut the carbon to get the exact height for rider preference.
Another key feature of the Team Carbon bikes is the use of the BB30 standard which is lighter, stiffer, narrower and longer lasting than the normal BB system. The head tube has been over sized as well for better drive efficiency.
Team Carbon XC specs
sizes available 15.5//17.0//18.5//20.0
frame High Modulus Carbon w/integrated seatmast
fork RockShox SID XX WC 100mm w/Pushloc
rear shock N/A
headset FSA No.9 w/12mm conical spacer
grips Ultralight foam grip w/Norco logo
handlebar Ritchey WCS Carbon Flat Bar UD
stem Ritchey WCS 4-Axis wet white
seat post Ritchey WCS Stubby 1-Bolt
saddle WTB Silverado Team – custom white/red
front brake Avid XX w/160mmrotors
rear brake Avid XX w/160mmrotors
brake levers Avid XX
shifter Sram XX w/MatchMakers
front derailleur Sram XX
rear derailleur Sram XX
cassette Sram XX 11-39T 10speed
chain KMC X9SL red/black
crankset Sram XX BB30 2.2 28/42T
bottom backet Sram XX BB30
front hub Easton F-XC1 24hole
rear hub Easton R-XC1 24hole
spokes Easton XC-1 straight pull double butted
rims Easton XC-1
tires Continental Speed King 2.1″ Folding