Consumer-facing trade show in B.C. wonderland serves up biking bliss
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 (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 (click to enlarge).
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 (click to enlarge).
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″
More info: www.norco.com
Smith optics was on site demoing helmets and sunglasses (click to enlarge). Photo by Norma Ibarra
For goggle samples, 100% had you covered (click to enlarge). Photo by Norma Ibarra