Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Bike Lust . Norco Fluid
From a company that I honestly haven`t had much respect for over the years comes a fine bicycle . the Norco Fluid series of bikes (in my mind) is shaping the way the lonebiker looks at norco .......................I can say that cause it`s my blog o.k !
Looking waaaaay back my first mountain bike was a Norco , from there I discovered Rocky Mountain and the rest is history . I probably never gave them much respect because the Norco I had was a lower end bike and that`s pretty much how I associated them as far as quality goes . They were often found in "lower end bike stores" that sold hockey equipment and roller blades as well ..............Oh yes ! Serious bike snobbery right here ! What is wrong with me ?" You`re a Prick"..................... SHUT UP SHERI ! (that`s what I hear in my head , I have serious issues ) Over the years I`ve noticed that Norco has really come on strong with some nice quality rides , and not so much . Yet which bike company hasn`t produced crap when experimenting with dual suspension .
Alas , after all these years there is finally a high end Norco bike that I would give serious consideration to buy . The Norco Fluid the perfect answer when wanting to go out all day and bomb down aggressive trails . Classified as "all mountain" the bike delivers 5 inches of plush suspension via a Fox RP23 shock and Fox Float up front (on the higher end models). The lower end models have Rockshox up front and back which ain`t too shabby . The frame has a hydroformed double butted aluminum frame with a sloping downtube to keep the boys below happy . The rear suspension is a take from Specialized FSR suspension which obviously is very proven .
The component specs on all Fluid models are not too bad and you can buy one starting at $1950 all the way up to $ 4500 ..........."$4500 for a Norco ? WHAT ?(me 16 years ago , what a dick!)
a happy Norco rider in happy country , oh to be so happy right now !