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Norco Range Carbon gets overhauled for 2017

A bang-up-to-date enduro weapon

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.

Geometry

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.

The Reach+ measurement (like reach but to the handle bar clamp centre) is the same on the 27.5 and 29inch models thanks to different length stems
Norco's Gravity Tune means each size bike gets different length stays, keeping rider weight central across the range

Suspension

The link is fitted at a flatter angle on the new Range and Norco claims this will give a slightly less rearward axle path and is 1 per cent more progressive. This is a case of refinement, not overhaul, and proof that Norco got it pretty much bob-on from the start.

The aim with this was to improve the pedalling performance, something they claim has been achieved mainly due to a reduction in chain growth.

The suspension will be driven by a trunnion mounted, metric shock (including the first we’ve seen from FOX on the top specced models). Norco’s engineers have welcomed the move to metric with open arms and have found the shocks much easier to package into a frame.

Spec

To keep things simple, the Range is made up of three spec levels in both 27.5 and 29 versions with .1 being the highest and .3 the lowest. The specs are the same on both wheel types (with the obvious exceptions of wheels, tyres and forks)

Clearance looks good but Norco advises against plus tyres
Wide trail tyres compliment wider rims
Bar widths vary between specs
Boost hubs feature on all models

For more info, take a look at this round table with the bike’s designers:

Or visit the Norco website.

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