By far, the most popular bike at the 2011 Norco Product Launch is their all new “Range”. The Range is replacing the LT 6 series. It is a 6″ travel all mountain bike that can even handle light freeriding.
In this video, Engineering Manager PJ Hunton explains the details of the Range:
-160mm of A.R.T. suspension
Benefits of A.R.T include:
–proven FSR suspension design for an active ride
–improved anti-squat to reduce pedal bob
–rearward axle path for improved square edge bump compliance
–lower leverage ratio for finer tuning
-integrated dropout desing with Syntace x-12 142x12mm axle system
-forged, one-piece, ergonomic linkarm
-cable guides so frame is ready for your Gravity Dropper or other adjustable seatpost
-ISCG 05 mount for chain guides or Hammerschmidt
-hydroformed and butted mainframe tubing
-5 frame sizes from XS to XL
-anodized finish on top 2 models (for added durability and weight savings)
Range SE – $6950
Range 1 – $4580
Range 2 – $3365
Range 3 – $2415
The Range will be available at your local Norco dealer starting October 2010.
The Norco website will be updated soon with all the new 2011 bikes: www.norco.com
First Ride Impressions:
I have had the chance to personally ride this bike for 2 days here in North Vancouver (at Seymour and Fromme) and I can definitely say that the North Shore definition of “all mountain” is more extreme than the usual definition of all mountain. Trails here are as technical, rocky and steep as all the pictures and videos you’ve seen. And pretty much all the Norco employees really know how to send it.
I can absolutely say that the capabilities of the Range saved my ass more than a couple of times. Sometimes I would carry a little too much speed or the trail would be a little steeper than I expected, but the Range just kept rolling through…not so much soaking up all the bumps, more like rolling over the tops of all of them. The handling and suspension instill confidence and allowed me to try stuff I rarely attempt on my home trails. Although our climbing time on the bike was limited, it pedaled efficiently but you will definitely want to use the lockout on extended climbs. And I can also say that I thoroughly tested the ergonomic finger cutouts on the underside of the linkage arms, for those times when I really didn’t want to follow Darcy (Turenne), Ryan (Leech), or Jay (Hoots) off the gnar. I look forward to testing one of these for a more extensive review on my local trails.