After months of teasing, the Norco Range Carbon update has been unleashed today.
We got on really well with the old Range and it helped to shrug off Norco’s fairly dull reputation. It featured in the Dirt 100s in 2014, but enduro moves so quickly it was high time for an update. These bikes have been teased on social media for the past few months and finally the big reveal is here. It was definitely worth the wait.
The big news is the addition of a 29 inch version, to go alongside an updated 27.5 inch model. With 150mm travel and a 160mm fork, the 29er it will be brawling against some cream-of-the-crop bikes such as the Trek Slash and Specialized Enduro. Unfortunately, it won’t be stocked in the UK simply due to market patterns, it seems we haven’t quite embraced 29er enduro bikes over here yet – there is the chance it could arrive in 2018 if demand is big enough though.
The 27.5 is no bad substitute though, and has benefitted from all the same updates as the 29er.
Updates to the old Range’s geometry have also been aimed at making it a keener descender. The new bike is 8-22mm longer in reach, 20-34mm longer in wheelbase, 5mm lower in the bottom bracket and 0.6° slacker in the head angle. These updates apply to both the 29 and the 650b (or KillerB) versions of the bike.