Size: 17.5 | 19 | 20.5 | 22
Weight: ~ ?lbs
I’ve never ridden a 29er before. At least nothing more than a parking lot test. But this bike was calling my name the moment I saw it. Our final day of the press camp we were treated to a ‘Canadian’ style XC ride at Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area. I didn’t have my clipless shoes, or my XC helmet, but I had to get on this bike and see what the 29er was all about. More than that, it is a single speed, belt drive, chromoly frame, how awesome is that? I think I surprised everyone there with my decision to go with this bike. Heck, I only brought up one helmet for the trip so I got to rock out with my full face helmet on a SS 29er. There is some comical value in that, right? But it was the right choice and after getting about an hour of saddle time I was smiling ear to ear for the rest of our three hour ride.
As stated above, I’ve never ridden a 29er before, so keep that in mind. Also I’m 6’4″, rode a size Large and it took me about an hour before I was really comfortable on the bike. Immediately I found this bike to accelerate very quickly. It reminded me of being on my fixie actually. Within a pedal stroke or two, I was already cruising. It was much better than the last time I rode a hardtail 26″ XC bike. Body position was very neutral, and after a bit of saddle time I was able to quickly pop the front end up with a slight shift rear, or get comfortably over the front on turns and technical areas. The steering was very quick and precise. I rode a lot of ladders and 4-6″ wide skinnies without much concern. If you’ve never ridden Burnaby, some of the trails are tight and woodwork pops up quickly around blind turns. Never once did I feel I couldn’t get the bike on the path it needed to be on to ride the trail quickly and effectively.
The belt drive is very quiet and basically unnoticeable. Engagement was good, but the hub on the bike wasn’t an I9 or anything super special, so it could still be better. The belt itself has to be installed to the correct tension. Putting down some power to get up a climb the belt popped off, twice, and I had some ‘get to know you time’ with the stem. Ryan Leech helped me retention the belt and the problem was solved. I’m sure there are + and – to having a belt drive, but this bike is what it is and I think it is awesome.
Some of the trick stuff on this bike are the new head badge design (the colors work perfectly), the stars at the water bottle cage mounts, and the rear disc brake adapter slides with the tensioner and dropouts, so it always lines up.
The only thing I would change about this bike would be the stock tires. The Continental Race King 2.1″ just doesn’t have the grip a tire should have if you are really riding anything more than a dirt road.
|c o l o r Ninja Black|
|s i z e s a v a i l a b l e 17.5/19/20.5/22|
|f r a m e Reynolds 525 Chromoly frame|
|f o r k Manitou Minute 29er 100mm|
|r e a r s h o c k N/A|
|h e a d s e t VP sealed cartridge anodized w/Norco logo|
|g r i p s Black lock-on w/red ano rings|
|h a n d l e b a r Norco 29er Flat Bar 660mm w/8 deg sweep|
|s t e m Norco 3D forged stem black 7degree drop|
|s e a t p o s t Norco 3D forged Micro Adjust|
|s a d d l e WTB Silverado Comp w/custom graphics|
|f r o n t b r a k e Avid Elixir 5 Brakes w/ 160mm rotors|
|r e a r b r a k e Avid Elixir 5 Brakes w/ 160mm rotors|
|b r a k e l e v e r s Avid Elixir 5 hydraulic brake levers|
|s h i f t e r N/A|
|f r o n t|
|d e r a i l l e u r|
|r e a r|
|d e r a i l l e u r|
|c a s s e t t e Gates Carbon Drive Sprocket – 28T|
|c h a i n Gates Carbon Drive Betlt – 118T|
|c r a n k s e t FSA Comet MegaExo w/ 46T Belt Cog|
|b o t t o m b r a c k e t FSA MegaExo BB-7000|
|p e d a l s Shimano PD-M520 clipless pedals|
|f r o n t h u b Formula DC91 sealed bearing disc hub-red|
|r e a r h u b Formula DC32 Sealed bearing disc hub-red|
|s p o k e s Black Stainless w/red alloy nipples|
|r i m s WTB SpeedDisc AM 29er 32hole w/eyelets|
|t i r e s Continental Race King 29″ x 2.1″|