First Look: Dirt Norco 650b Prototype for Fort William

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First Look: Dirt Norco 650b Prototype DH Bike for Fort William

Dirt/Norco World Cup rider Ben Reid will be testing the Norco 650b prototype on the rocky slopes of Aonarch Mor for rd#2 of the Saracen BDS at Fort William this weekend. Horse it on fella!

We caught Baltic Ben Reid packing the Dirt Norco race truck (Thundertruck MKII aka Vampire Deluxe) and spotted he was loading up one more bike than usual for this trip.

Among Norco’s many research and development projects (which the DIRT/NORCO lads are pretty stoked to be a part of) is this 650B DH bike.

Ben thought that if ever there was a DH course suited for big wheels (you now the type…high speed rock sections, big holes, flat out rough stuff) that Fort William is it. With that in mind Reidy will be putting this prototype bike through its paces in practice for BDS rd2 this weekend at the Fort.

Will this bike be available soon? Don’t hold your breath, after checking directly with Norco we have been told that it will not be in their 2014 lineup. Still pretty cool to see it in the early testing and evaluation stages though. We’ll bring you more info on Reidy’s larger wheeled bike next week.

Wonder if we’ll see a few more 650b bikes at the first round of the 2013 World Cup at the Fort in June?


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