Norco A-line 2009 – A Preview

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With winter fading fast and the trails drying we’re getting geared up for a summer of riding!

I will be riding and reviewing the Norco A-line this year while I volunteer in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park and for some of the more gnarly rides on the North Shore of North Vancouver.

I thought I would give you a preview of the Norco A Line for 2009.

Norco has completely revamped its DH line. Using the same hydroformed frame with adjustable 8-9inch of rear travel as the A-line Park edition and DH Frame the lower spec’d Aline makes up this worthy trio. Coming in three sizes for 2009 I was on the small frame which was a good fit for me for downhill riding.

While I don’t want to give too much away, I will be providing a full review once I’ve had a few days in the saddle.


E-13 SRS White Guard and replaceable rear dropout!


Note the clean welds, lines and added paint details on the stays for that refined look!


Marzocchi 888 RCV Fork with matching details! Also note the green KT Q-Lite hubs.

Here are some details of this bike:

Fork – Marzocchi 888 RCV, 203mm of travel, alloy steer tube
Shock – Fox DHX-3
Wheelset – WTB Laser Disc FR 30, 32 hole, grey, Front Hub – KT Q-Lite, 20mm axle, Rear Hub – KT Q-Lite, 150 x 12mm, 9 spd
Tires – WTB Dissent 26 x 2.5, high grip compound, DH casing
Stem – Marzocchi direct mount, 31.8mm, 53mm / 63 mm exten
Bar – Truvativ Hussefelt 710 x 25 mm rise, 31.8mm, grey
Post – Truvativ XR, double bolt, 27.2
Saddle – WTB Silverado custom cover, chromoly rail
Headset – FSA Orbit E 1.5” R 1.5” to 1-1/8” internal reducer
BrakeSet – Avid Code 5, 8” rotor
Crankset – Truvativ Hussefelt, 170 mm, 36T, E-13 SRS, with white guard
Pedals – Flat pedal, steel pins, grey
Front Derailleur – None
Rear Derailleur – Sram X-7, 9 speed, medium cage, Sram PG-950, 9 speed, 11-32
Shifters – Sram X-7 trigger, 9 speed rear
The source for this information is Norco Suggested Retail of this bike is $ 3750.00

Geometry for a S Norco A-Line is as follows:

Standover – 758mm/29in || 770mm/30.1in
Head Tube Angle – 64.0/64.8
Seat Tube Angle – 71.3
Effective Top Tube Length – 570/22.4in
Wheel Base – 1155mm/45.5in
Bottom Bracket Height – 360mm/14in || 372mm/14.6in
Bike Weight – 46lbs

Aline peaking out

Aline peaking out

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About the author: Sharon Bader

I am 5’9″, weigh 154lbs. I have been riding since 1991. I started on a classic XC hard tail but have moved with technology and now ride a Pivot Mach 5.7 for XC, a Trek Session for DH and a Pivot Firebird and Knolly Endorphin for freeriding/shore/technical XC riding.


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  • lewis says:

    this bike is amazing
    the suspension is so plush, it handles well, soaks up anything that hits it.
    these bikes are apsalutely mint

  • Anonymous says:

    to bad its like 46 lbs

  • LeeL says:

    I don’t get all the comments about the weight. It’s a park bike? A park geddit? Like no climbing.

  • Anonymous says:

    Awesome bike sus looks amazing im thinking of getting last years one

  • RILEY says:

    thats awesome, the only thing is that it still has reflectors, you can get rid of them, there are no cars on the trails. sick bike tho

  • josh coit says:

    well i dont know were to begin i road the 09 and then the 08 i desised the 08 i got it for $1900 verry good cond. love the 09 but for the price cant beat it and why are you saying it sucks about the weight it down hill park bike you take shuttles to the top or ski lefts love the best for the money

  • skylinegtr34 says:

    just got the aline park edition well worth the extra cash for the better spec what a bike can throw anything at it and it just screams more

  • rob says:

    hay i was wondering do guys think this is a decent bike?
    and would you ride it on a daily bases not as in dh

  • rob says:

    hay guys i was wondering if you reckon this is a decent bike?
    and would you ride it on a daily bases like not as downhill more riding streets and dirt jumping only ocasional dh?
    if not eny suggestion for that sorta bike

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