Norco guarantees a painless setup with the brand new 29er-only Fluid FS path bike

Norco has introduced an up to date platform for the Fluid FS, its mid-range full suspension mountain bike. The model says that 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 over the outgoing mannequin, sporting 140mm on the entrance and 130mm on the rear.

It additionally sees an up to date geometry that’s longer, decrease and weaker. The Fluid FS now runs on 29in wheels solely, whereas the outdated Fluid was out there in 29er and 27.5in flavours. That mentioned, the outgoing Fluid XS 27.5in will proceed to be supplied as a youth platform.

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

The bikes are mentioned to be out there now within the US and from October internationally. The Fluid FS won’t initially be out there within the UK, however the model says this will 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 high-end Fluid FS A1.

Body particulars

The Fluid design takes various cues from its premium siblings.

The Fluid FS makes use of a 6061 aluminum body with a four-bar suspension design. Its 130mm of rear journey comes with custom-tuned springs, which Norco says it co-developed with Fox, RockShox and X-Fusion.

BikeRadar requested Norco for claimed body weights, this was not out there on the time of writing.

On a few of its bikes, the model makes use of ‘Sized Tubing’, the place it varies the wall thickness of the body materials so that every dimension retains the specified trip really feel and stiffness. Norco says it makes use of two totally different tubes for the Fluid FS, with the S and M bikes utilizing smaller tubesets and the L, XL and XXL utilizing bigger tubes.

The rocker hyperlink takes its cues from the Optic, however Norco is eager to level out that it is not the identical.

Norco’s Optic is predicated on a 140mm journey fork and 125mm rear shock, however the model is eager to level out that the brand new Fluid FS is just not an aluminum Optic.

Norco says the Optic is extra centered on “high-speed and difficult downhill terrain”, whereas the Fluid FS is extra centered on “full-bodied, performance-balanced behaviour”.

The model says it used the Optic as a mule, although, to check path bike geometry variations for the brand new Fluid FS and was used as a testing platform for suspension kinematics. The check “highlighted the necessity for a extra progressive curve to cut back the dependence of the quantity spacers on the rear shock to attain further assist”.

Cables are handed inside by means of the body. They’re positioned the place they exit the down tube close to the shock and foam sleeves are used over the cables and hose as they move by means of the down tube to remove any rattles.

That is totally different from the Revolver, Optic and Sight, the place the cables are routed with out foam sleeves by means of the down tube and guarded by a cable that’s accessible by means of the decrease floor of the down tube.

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

The Pearl Inexperienced Chrome colour scheme on the Fluid FS A1 is stylish.

All frames can settle for a 750ml water bottle however the brand new, bigger XXL dimension can match a second 620ml bottle, situated on the inside face of the down tube.

Like its full-suspension siblings, the Fluid FS now has mounts on the underside of the highest tube for carrying baggage or further instruments.

The Fluid FS has a BSA threaded backside bracket for technical comfort. It makes use of its proprietary rear derailleur hanger as an alternative of SRAM’s commonplace derailleur. A ribbed chain guard is used to cut back chain slap.

Journey Scheduled

There are alternatives for nearly each rider.

Norco has moved its Rider-Based mostly Design system discovered on the Optic, Sight and Vary bikes to the Fluid FS, which goals to offer customized setup suggestions.

Norco’s Journey Algned system takes under consideration your top, weight, talent stage, gender and physique sort and gives suggestions to your greatest place, suspension setup and tire strain. As your run continues, you’ll be able to re-enter your knowledge into the setup information to obtain up to date suggestions.

The model says the Fluid FS represents “the right mid-range bike for brand new and superior cyclists, who wish to increase their capabilities”.

Norco provides a Journey Tuning system that includes rider-first geometry and suspension kinematics in addition to {custom} tuning and suspension tuning for optimum efficiency.


Fluid FS undergoes a ‘longer, decrease, weaker’ therapy.

Norco says the Fluid FS suits riders from 5ft 1in to 6ft 7in and is offered in sizes S to XXL.

XXL is a brand new dimension that Norco has launched “to provide taller riders a good, extremely succesful bike that matches a trip tailor-made particularly to their top and middle of gravity”.

All sizes have a head tube angle of 65 levels, however the seat tube angle ranges from 76 to 77.3 levels relying on the scale. It’s 76.3 levels in medium dimension, with a attain of 450mm.

Norco continues to supply totally different stand heights for every dimension to maintain riders centered on the bike. It’s common for manufacturers to range the size of the chain on the body.

The Fluid FS is specified round an 800mm broad handlebar that may be shortened by a 40mm lengthy stem.

Description of the Norco Fluid FS vary

Norco specifies a wide range of Shimano and SRAM 1x drivetrain choices on the Fluid FS.

All fashions use a long-travel, custom-sized 34.9mm stem (S: 150mm; M: 170mm; L, XL, XXL: 200mm).

Additionally they have 1x broad drivetrains and four-piston hydraulic disc brakes.

All fashions use tube-compatible rims and tires, the latter from Vittoria and Goodyear, with clearance rated as much as 29 x 2.6 mountain bike tires.

Norco says the disc brake rotors might be upgraded to 200mm from the desired 180mm if you need stronger brakes.

Norco Fluid FS A1

Norco Fluid FS 1 in Inexperienced Chrome.

  • Fork: Fox 34 Float Manufacturing unit GRIP2, 44mm offset
  • Shock: Fox Float X Efficiency Elite, 2-position
  • Drivetrain: Shimano XT M8100 with Praxis G2 Cadet M24 crankset and backside bracket
  • Brake: TRP Path EVO, 4 pistons
  • Wheel: Stans Stream S1 rims on Bear Pawls sealed bearing hubs
  • Worth: $4,449 / €4,499 / AU$5,199

Norco Fluid FS A2

  • Fork: Marzocchi Bomber Z2, 44mm offset
  • Shock: Fox Float X Efficiency, 2 slots
  • Drivetrain: Shimano SLX M7100 with Deore chain, XT M8100 rear derailleur and Praxis G2 Cadet M24 crank and backside bracket
  • Brake: TRP Slate EVO, 4 pistons
  • Wheel: Stans Stream D rims on Bear Pawls sealed bearing hubs
  • 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 is OFF
  • Drivetrain: SRAM SX Eagle
  • Brake: Tektro HD-745, 4-piston
  • Wheel: Stans Stream D rims on Bear Pawls sealed bearing hubs
  • 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
  • Brake: Tektro HD-M535, 4-piston
  • Wheel: Stans Stream D rims on Bear Pawls sealed bearing hubs
  • Worth: $2,699 / €2,699 / AU$3,199

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