Norco 2010 Product Launch

26er 29er Cross Country DH Pro Reviews

Empire 5 SE and Empire 5

MSRP: $3,399 and $2,295
Size: S M
Weight: ~ 40lbs

Norco continues to show dedication to the slopestyle community with an ungrade and expansion of the Empire 5 line.  This bike made a bike splash last year.  So big infact it out shined the XXXX in the same market and the XXXX hsa been dropped from the catelog this year.  Too bad.  That is a great frame.

Ben Boyko worked with Norco engineers to develop a a 5″ travel bike that can take a hell of a beating but move like a BMX, and for ’09 the Empire 5 SE has moved up the spec ladder to fill the needs of riders.

The Empire frame remains essentually the same from the ’09 model but components on the SE are of higher grade.  Avid Elixir 5 brakes and SRAM x9 rear deraileur, upgraded wheelset and crankset are on the SE version. Along with Marzocchi 55 TST 2 Coil fork and TST Air with piggyback rear shock.

The Empire 5 version has a few down grades from last year to meet a lower price point but is essentually the same as last years model.

I rode an Empire 5 for about 10 minutes last year before returning it to another reviewer.  Sorry to say the bike seems awesome but just too small for a 6’4″ guy.  Ben says that at Whistler though he is surprised to hear about the verity of trails the Empire 5 gets used on, not just slope style and DJ style trails.

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  • Gregg says:

    Judan belt seems like a really lame name to me.

  • Francois says:

    I love the black and red treatment on the 29er. It looks like a great spec too all the way to the Conti Race King tires. How much is this bike??

  • Crown says:

    Doesn’t anyone edit this stuff?

    “…her drive to bring biking to everyone, most importantly, woman…”

  • Ciku says:

    this bike is sexy!!

  • xBoehmix says:

    This bike is awesome!!!

    I ordered one today. In year 2006 I got a A-line 2004 and sold it couse it was too short and too heavy of wheigt.

    No matter it was in size S but the Size M Norco Team-DH 2005 of a freind was also too short! In every curve my knees smashed against the stanchions… I never could ride this bike in seat. Last year I got a Norco Shore one. It’s too clunky for a sporty ride…

    24,6 kg’S (57.32 lbs) Are too heavy for a ride on a typical german track. Means tight, curvy and humpy. ^^ The handling of the “old” Norco’s needs getting used to on theese trails.

    But now my supplications and hopes where be heard. The Team-DH ’10 is everything I wanted and still want. <3 Hell yeah!

  • xBoehmix says:

    Now I got one. =D It’s the perfekt DH-Bike!!! It is long enoungh the fork is in the right angle for highspeed but it is easy ro handle. Even more than my last Norco the Shore one 2008. I love it!

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  • david says:

    I need someone to sell me on the NORCO miami as DH and I would sell that bike that I love there help me and tell me the price

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