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26er 27.5 Event News
2015 Norco Aurum Carbon 7
We’re admittedly a little over our skis when it comes to downhill bikes. When in Rome (or Whistler) you have to give it a shot. On test was the brand new Norco Aurum 7 Carbon, a 27.5” big hitter with 200mm of travel.

We’re admittedly a little over our skis when it comes to downhill bikes. When in Rome (or Whistler) you have to give it a shot. On test was the brand new Norco Aurum 7 Carbon, a 27.5” big hitter with 200mm of travel (click to enlarge).

Norco says the 27.5” wheels are a huge competitive advantage for racing DH. You gain speed and its smoother on braking bumps, roots and rock gardens. We don’t ride much downhill, but there was no denying this bike’s ability to charge hard.

Norco says the 27.5” wheels are a huge competitive advantage for racing DH. You gain speed and its smoother on braking bumps, roots and rock gardens. We don’t ride much downhill, but there was no denying this bike’s ability to charge hard (click to enlarge).

Prototype versions of this bike have already been through a full World Cup DH season underneath team riders Jill Kintner and Bryn Atkinson.

Prototype versions of this bike have already been through a full World Cup DH season underneath team riders Jill Kintner and Bryn Atkinson (click to enlarge).

Bars by Spank, suspension by Rockshox, and one burly headtube by Norco.

Bars by Spank, suspension by Rockshox, and one burly headtube by Norco (click to enlarge).

Rear shock is the Rockshox Kage RC coil spring. The downtube (it’s carbon remember) is well armored in case of rock strike or worse.

Rear shock is the Rockshox Kage RC coil spring. The downtube (it’s carbon remember) is well armored in case of rock strike or worse (click to enlarge).

Plenty of bite on these 2.5” Maxxis tires. Wheels are Sun Inferno 29 with Formula hubs.

Plenty of bite on these 2.5” Maxxis tires. Wheels are Sun Inferno 29 with Formula hubs (click to enlarge).

Travel: 200mm front/200mm rear
Wheel Size: 27.5″
MSRP: $4230
More info: www.norco.com

Smith optics was on site demoing helmets and sunglasses. Photo by Norma Ibarra

Smith optics was on site demoing helmets and sunglasses (click to enlarge). Photo by Norma Ibarra

For goggle samples, 100% had you covered. Photo by Norma Ibarra

For goggle samples, 100% had you covered (click to enlarge). Photo by Norma Ibarra

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About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Olympics, Tour de France, MTB world champs, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying life with his wife Lisa and kids Cora and Tommy in and around their home in the MTB Mecca of Crested Butte.


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