Size: XS S M L
One of the best things about spending time with Norco at a press camp, or at Sea Otter, Interbike, you name it, is that most likely Darcy will be around. And for Norco, one of their best assets, is having Darcy. Darcy is out going, friendly and pretty much all around amazing. Beyond Darcy’s personality is her drive to bring biking to everyone, most importantly though, other woman. In that quest, last year she was able to present to the woman’s riding community, the results of her efforts and team work with Norco’s designers, a woman’s specific freeride bike that kicked ass. The Vixa. Real frame, real parts, made to ride real hard. This year she was pleased to present a new bike to the woman’s line up offered by Norco, the Phena. A genuine lady’s All Mountain bike. A solid frame, good parts, at a competitive price point.
The bike comes with air front and air rear shocks, which is very smart. This allows for any lady to easily set up the suspension to her weight, and not get all frustrated that her stock spring rate that came with her bike is too stiff. Something I’ve heard complained about from several times.
The frame is adjustable to 112/131mm travel and has a shorter top tube than the average man’s all mountain bike of similar sizes. The stock components have been chosen to be as light as possible while staying well under a 2k price point.
I didn’t have a chance to ride one, I don’t think they actually come in my size. I did get a chance to handle one and it felt like a good solid all mountain bike that could probably take some abuse. Heck, it is a Norco. I did make a comment to rider above in blue that it did feel kind of heavy, but she said it felt fair. After a day of riding around Burnaby park she had no negative comments about the bike. Nor did Darcy, seeing as the poor girl had to pedal for a couple hours.
Darcy’s version of the bike, spec’d out with the high end parts, did feel very light and looked amazing. So I’m sure with a couple smart after market purchases this bike could drop some weight for the advanced or competitive rider.
One thing that stood out for me was the saddle. It did seem a bit wide, and might get in the way when trying to get the rear behind it for steep rollers.
|c o l o r Dark Grey|
|s i z e s a v a i l a b l e XS//S//M//L|
|f r a m e Phena 2010 frame, 112/132mm travel|
|f o r k Rockshox Tora 302 Air 130 mm travel|
|r e a r s h o c k Rockshox Ario 2.1 Air|
|h e a d s e t FSA TH-855 1-1/8″ thraedless|
|g r i p s Dual density MTB|
|h a n d l e b a r Norco MTB alloy rise bar|
|s t e m Norco MTB alloy threadless stem|
|s e a t p o s t Alloy 2 bolt MTB post|
|s a d d l e Norco MTB ladies design dual density foam|
|f r o n t b r a k e Shimano BRM-575 180 mm rotor|
|r e a r b r a k e Shimano BRM-575 180 mm rotor|
|b r a k e l e v e r s Shimano M-575 levers|
|s h i f t e r Shimano Deore rapid fire|
|f r o n t d e r a i l l e u r Shimano Deore|
|r e a r d e r a i l l e u r Shimano SLX Shadow RD|
|c a s s e t t e Shimano CS-HG-50 cassette|
|c h a i n KMC Z-9000 9 speed chain|
|c r a n k s e t Shimano Deore 442 9 speed crank|
|b o t t o m b r a c k e t Shimano Octalink|
|p e d a l s Wellgo LU-A4 MTB pedal|
|f r o n t h u b Shimano HB-M495 center lock disc|
|r e a r h u b Shimano HBM-495 center lock disc|
|s p o k e s CN stainless silver spokes|
|r i m s Alex Ace 24|
|t i r e s Schwalbe Knobby Nic 26 x 2.10 Evolution|