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Norco guarantees pain-free setup with new 29er-only Fluid FS path bike

Norco has introduced the Fluid FS platform, its full-suspension mid-range path mountain bike. The model says the brand new bike is designed for “each rider and each path.”

The brand new Fluid FS sees the platform’s suspension journey elevated by 10mm in comparison with the outgoing mannequin, at 140mm on the entrance and 130mm on the rear.

It additionally sees up to date lengthy, low and lazy geometries. The Fluid FS now solely rides on 29in wheels, the outdated Fluid is obtainable in each 29er and 27.5in flavours. That stated, the outgoing Fluid Youth in XS 27.5in might be provided as a platform.

The model says it can proceed to fabricate and promote its present hardtail equal, the Fluid HT.

The bikes are stated to be out there within the USA now and internationally from October. The Fluid FS will not be out there within the UK initially, however the model says this might change sooner or later.

Costs begin at $2,699 / €2,699 / AU$3,199 for the entry-level Fluid FS A4 mannequin and rise to $4,449 / €4,499 / AU$5,199 for the top-end FS A1.

Body particulars

The Fluid’s design takes quite a lot of cues from its premium siblings.
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The Fluid FS makes use of a 6061 aluminum body with a four-bar suspension design. Its 130mm of rear journey is delivered by custom-tuned dampers, which Norco co-developed with Fox, RockShox and X-Fusion.

BikeRadar requested Norco for the claimed frameset weight, which was unavailable on the time of writing.

On a few of its bikes, the model makes use of ‘size-scaled tubing’, the place it varies the wall thickness of the body materials so that every measurement maintains the specified experience really feel and stiffness. Norco says they’re utilizing two separate tubesets for the fluid FS, with the S and M bikes utilizing a smaller tubeset and the L, XL and XXL utilizing bigger tubesets.

Rocker takes its cues from Hyperlink Optic, however Norco is eager to level out that it isn’t the identical.
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Norco’s Optic depends on a 140mm-travel fork and 125mm rear shock, however the model is eager to level out that the brand new Fluid FS isn’t any aluminum optic.

Norco says the Optic is extra targeted on “assured high-speed descending and difficult terrain,” whereas the Fluid FS is targeted on extra “full, rounded efficiency path character.”

The model says it used the Optic as a mule to check path bike geometry variations for the brand new Fluid FS, and it served as an preliminary take a look at platform for suspension kinematics. The take a look at “highlighted the necessity for a extra progressive leverage curve to scale back reliance on quantity spacers within the rear shock to attain further assist”.

Cables are routed internally via the body. They’re fastened the place they exit the down tube close to the shock, and foam sleeves are used on the cables and hoses as they go via the down tube to remove any rattle.

This differs from the revolver, optic, and sight, the place the cables are routed via the down tube with out a foam sleeve and are secured by cable ties that may be accessed from the underside of the down tube.

Norco says it paid particular consideration to the rear brake hydraulic hose routing in an effort to scale back cable rub and paint harm.

A pearl inexperienced chrome paint scheme on the Fluid FS A1 oozes class.
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All frames can settle for a 750ml water bottle however the brand new, bigger XXL measurement can even match a secondary 620ml bottle, positioned on the within of the down tube.

Like its premium full-suspension brethren, the Fluid FS now incorporates a lower-mounted high tube for carrying further cargo or instruments.

The Fluid FS incorporates a BSA threaded backside bracket for mechanical ease. It makes use of its personal proprietary rear derailleur hanger slightly than SRAM’s commonplace common derailleur hanger. Ribbed chainstay safety is used to scale back chain slap.

Align the experience

There are alternatives for nearly each rider.
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Norco has migrated its Experience Aligned Design system discovered on the Optic, Sight and Vary bikes to the Fluid FS, which goals to offer personalised setup suggestions.

Norco’s Experience Align system takes into consideration your top, weight, talent stage, gender and physique sort and makes suggestions on your perfect driving place, correct suspension setup and tire stress. As your driving evolves, you may re-enter your information within the setup information to obtain up to date suggestions.

The model says the Fluid FS “represents the right mid-range bike for brand spanking new and creating mountain bike riders trying to increase their capabilities”.

Norco has added a Experience Aligned system that features rider-first geometry and suspension kinematics and {custom} match and suspension tuning for personalised efficiency.

geometry

Fluid FS is handled ‘lengthy, low, lazy’.
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Norco says the Fluid FS fits riders from 5ft 1in to 6ft 7in and is obtainable in sizes S to XXL.

The XXL is a brand new measurement launched by Norco to “present taller riders with a viable, extremely succesful full-suspension path bike that matches particularly round their top and middle of gravity to experience”.

All sizes have a 65-degree head tube angle, however the seat tube angle ranges from 76 to 77.3 levels relying on the scale. That is 76.3 levels on a measurement medium with a 450mm attain.

Norco is providing totally different chainstay lengths for every measurement to maintain riders targeted on the bike. It’s uncommon for manufacturers to alter chainstay lengths between frames.

The Fluid FS is spaced round an 800mm-wide handlebar that may be trimmed and has a 40mm-long stem.

Norco Fluid FS Vary Specs

Shimano and SRAM 1x on the Norco Fluid FS characteristic a wide range of drivetrain choices.
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All fashions use a long-travel, size-specific 34.9mm dropper seatpost (S: 150mm; M: 170mm; L, XL, XXL: 200mm).

It additionally incorporates a wider 1x drivetrain and four-piston hydraulic disc brakes.

All fashions use tubeless-compatible rims and tires, the latter from Vitoria and Goodyear, with clearances rated as much as 29 x 2.6 inch mountain bike tires.

Norco says the disc brake rotors will be upgraded from 180mm spaced to 200mm in order for you extra highly effective stoppers.

Norco Fluid FS A1

Norco Fluid FS1 in Inexperienced Chrome.
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  • fork: Fox 34 Float Manufacturing facility GRIP2, 44mm offset
  • Shock: Fox Float X Efficiency Elite, 2-position
  • Drivetrain: Shimano XT M8100 Praxis G2 Cadet with M24 crankset and backside bracket
  • break: TRP Path EVO, 4-piston
  • Wheelset: Stance Movement S1 Bear Pauls sealed bearing rims on hubs
  • Worth: $4,449 / €4,499 / AU$5,199

Norco Fluid FS A2

  • fork: Marzo’s Bomber Z2, 44mm offset
  • Shock: Fox Float X Efficiency, 2-position
  • Drivetrain: With Shimano SLX M7100 Deore chain, XT M8100 rear derailleur and Praxis G2 Cadet M24 crankset and backside bracket
  • break: TRP Slate EVO, 4-piston
  • Wheelset: Stance circulation de bear Pauls sealed bearing rims on the hub
  • Worth: $3,599 / €3,499 / AU$4,199

Norco Fluid FS A3

  • fork: RockShox 35 Silver TK, 44mm offset
  • Shock: X-Fusion 02 Professional R Off
  • Drivetrain: SRAM SX Eagle
  • break: Tektro HD-745, 4-piston
  • Wheelset: Stance circulation de bear Pauls sealed bearing rims on the hub
  • Worth: $2,999 / €2,949 / AU$3,599

Norco Fluid FS A4

  • fork: RockShox Recon Silver RL, 42mm offset
  • Shock: X-Fusion 02 Professional R
  • Drivetrain: Shimano Deore M5100 with SunRace CSMS8 cassette, KMC X11 chain, FSA Comet 1x DM crankset and SRAM DUB backside bracket
  • break: Tektro HD-M535, 4-piston
  • Wheelset: Stance circulation de bear Pauls sealed bearing rims on the hub
  • Worth: $2,699 / €2,699 / AU$3,199

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