Norco 2011 Shinobi – All Mountain 29er

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Norco is launching several new bikes at their 2011 Product Launch. One of the most highly anticipated models is the Shinobi 29er. This bike was shown in prototype form at Sea Otter and is shown here in final production form.

In this video, chief Norco engineer PJ Hunton shows us the highlights of the Shinobi:

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Norco Shinobi

Highlights:

-120mm rear travel, 140mm front travel
-A.R.T. optimization of the FSR design
-one piece forged link arm
-Syntace X-12 axle system
-tapered headtube

The Shinobi will retail for $2850 and will be available in December.

The Norco website will be updated soon, with all the new 2011 information: www.norco.com

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Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato has been the Site Manager of Mtbr.com for over 12 years and enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.


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  • Nighted says:

    This may very well be my first 29er! I’m loving the details in this frame.

  • Nighted says:

    One thing though….what’s with the cable routing on these new Norco’s? I’m not a fan of downtube routed cables.

  • t0mislav says:

    Geometry? Anyone?
    Fully jacketed cables under the downtube are great. Mudproof. Bomber as can be. Specialized and a bunch of British makers have been doing it for years.

  • Brandon Lockwood says:

    Pretty disappointed that the rear suspension is only 120mm I thought for sure from the pre leaks around Sea Otter that this was going to be a 140mm rig! How can they call in All Mountain at only 120mm?? I was going to buy one without question but now I’ll wait till next year when they actually decide to make it 140mm rear travel to match the fork (or more….) oh well could have been THE AM 29er…. too bad :-(

  • Malibu says:

    AM is about geo as well as travel and this bike fits that bill. I would say engineers are concerned about lateral rigidity and frame integrity while keeping things somewhat light with a 29″ bike, hence, few 29ers > 120mm rear travel. I know with my Stumpy FSR 29 at 5″ rear travel, it is noodly as all hell. Add spoke deflection and the rear is moving a lot laterally, sometimes making it difficult to keep a line when traveling fast.

  • Cheese says:

    The reason it’s 120 and not 140 is because you dont need the extra travel in the rear because of the larger tire. Believe the reviews, it works!

  • Norco is nice!!! says:

    This looks a lot like my 2008 stumpy 29er which is a great bike. I like the new style tapered headtube and 142mm rear end. 29ers need this extra beef to keep from feeling noodly.

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