Norco guarantees pain-free setup with new 29er-only Fluid FS path motorbike

Norco has introduced an up to date Fluid FS platform, its full-suspension mid-range path mountain motorbike. The emblem says the brand new motorbike is designed for “every rider and every trail”.

The new Fluid FS sees the platform’s suspension journey larger by means of 10mm over the outgoing style, wearing 140mm on the entrance and 130mm on the rear.

It additionally sees up to date longer, decrease and slacker geometry. The Fluid FS now runs completely on 29in wheels, with the previous Fluid being to be had in each 29er and 27.5in flavours. That stated, the outgoing Fluid in XS 27.5in will proceed to be presented as a early life platform.

The emblem says it’s going to proceed to supply and promote the present hardtail similar, the Fluid HT.

The motorcycles are stated to be to be had now in the United States and from October the world over. The Fluid FS won’t to begin with be to be had in the United Kingdom, however the emblem says this may exchange sooner or later.

Prices get started at $2,699 / €2,699 / AU$3,199 for the entry-level Fluid FS A4 style and upward push to $4,449 / €4,499 / AU$5,199 for the top-end Fluid FS A1.

Frame main points

The Fluid’s design takes quite a lot of cues from its top class siblings.

The Fluid FS makes use of a 6061 aluminium body with a four-bar suspension design. Its 130mm rear journey is delivered by means of custom-tuned dampers, which Norco says it has co-developed with Fox, RockShox and X-Fusion.

BikeRadar requested Norco for a claimed frameset weight, this was once unavailable on the time of writing.

On a few of its motorcycles, the logo makes use of ‘Size-Scaled Tubing’, the place it alters the wall thicknesses of the body subject material in order that every length keeps the specified journey really feel and stiffness. Norco says it’s the usage of two distinct tubesets for the Fluid FS, with the S and M motorcycles the usage of a smaller tubeset and L, XL and XXL the usage of a bigger tubeset.

The rocker hyperlink takes its cues from the Optic, however Norco is raring to show it’s now not the similar.

Norco’s Optic will depend on a 140mm-travel fork and 125mm rear surprise, however the emblem is raring to show that the brand new Fluid FS isn’t an aluminium Optic.

Norco says the Optic is extra fascinated with “confident high-speed descending and challenging terrain”, while the Fluid FS is fascinated with extra “complete, well-rounded performance trail character”.

The emblem says it used the Optic as a mule, even though, to check diversifications of path motorbike geometry for the brand new Fluid FS and it served as an preliminary take a look at platform for the suspension kinematics. The checking out “highlighted the need for a more progressive leverage curve to reduce dependence on volume spacers in the rear shock to achieve additional support”.

The cables are internally routed throughout the body. They are fastened the place they go out the down tube close to the surprise and foam sleeves are utilised over the cables and hose as they go throughout the down tube to get rid of any rattles.

This is other to the Revolver, Optic and Sight, the place the cables are routed with out foam sleeves throughout the down tube and secured by means of a cable tie that may be accessed by way of the bottom face of the down tube.

Norco says it paid explicit consideration to the rear brake hydraulic hose routing as a way to scale back cable rub and paint harm.

The pearlescent Green Chrome paint scheme at the Fluid FS A1 oozes elegance.

All of the frames can settle for a 750ml water bottle however the brand new, greatest XXL length too can have compatibility a secondary 620ml bottle, contained at the within face of the down tube.

Like its top class full-suspension siblings, the Fluid FS now has mounts at the underside of the tip tube for sporting further shipment or equipment.

The Fluid FS has a BSA threaded backside bracket for mechanical ease. It makes use of its personal proprietary rear derailleur hanger reasonably than SRAM’s common derailleur hanger same old. Ribbed chainstay coverage is utilised to minimise chain slap.

Ride Aligned

There are choices for just about each and every rider.

Norco has migrated its Ride Aligned Design device discovered at the Optic, Sight and Range motorcycles to the Fluid FS, which goals to offer personalized setup suggestions.

Norco’s Ride Aligned device accounts in your top, weight, talent point, gender and frame sort and gives suggestions in your supreme function, right kind suspension setup and tyre drive. As your driving develops, you’ll be able to re-enter your knowledge into the setup information to obtain up to date suggestions.

The emblem says the Fluid FS represents the “perfect mid-range bike for new and evolving mountain bike riders, who are looking to expand their capabilities”.

Norco provides the Ride Aligned device accommodates rider-first geometry and suspension kinematics mixed with tradition have compatibility and suspension tuning for personalized efficiency.


The Fluid FS undergoes the ‘longer, lower, slacker’ remedy.

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

The XXL is a brand new length that Norco has offered “to provide taller riders with a viable, incredibly capable full-suspension trail bike that actually fits with a ride tuned specifically to their height and centre of gravity”.

All sizes function a 65-degree head tube attitude, however the seat tube attitude levels from 76 to 77.3 levels relying at the length. It is 76.3 levels on a length medium, coupled with a 450mm achieve.

Norco continues to supply various chainstay lengths for every length to stay riders centred at the motorbike. It is rare for manufacturers to alter chainstay lengths throughout frames.

The Fluid FS is specced round an 800mm-width handlebar that may be trimmed and a 40mm-length stem.

Norco Fluid FS vary main points

Norco specifications plenty of Shimano and SRAM 1x drivetrain choices at the Fluid FS.

All fashions use a long-travel, size-specific 34.9mm dropper seatpost (S: 150mm; M: 170mm; L, XL, XXL: 200mm).

They additionally function wide-ranging 1x drivetrains and four-piston hydraulic disc brakes.

All fashions use tubeless-compatible rims and tyres, the latter from Vittoria and Goodyear, with clearance rated as much as 29 x 2.6in mountain motorbike tyres.

Norco says the disc brake rotors will also be upgraded to 200mm from the 180mm specced if you wish to have extra robust stoppers.

Norco Fluid FS A1

Norco Fluid FS 1 in Green Chrome.

  • Fork: Fox 34 Float Factory GRIP2, 44mm offset
  • Shock: Fox Float X Performance Elite, 2-position
  • Drivetrain: Shimano XT M8100 with Praxis G2 Cadet M24 crankset and backside bracket
  • Brakes: TRP Trail EVO, 4-piston
  • Wheelset: Stans Flow S1 rims on Bear Pawls sealed bearing hubs
  • Price: $4,449 / €4,499 / AU$5,199

Norco Fluid FS A2

  • Fork: Marzocchi Bomber Z2, 44mm offset
  • Shock: Fox Float X Performance, 2-position
  • Drivetrain: Shimano SLX M7100 with Deore chain, XT M8100 rear derailleur and Praxis G2 Cadet M24 crankset and backside bracket
  • Brakes: TRP Slate EVO, 4-piston
  • Wheelset: Stans Flow D rims on Bear Pawls sealed bearing hubs
  • Price: $3,599 / €3,499 / AU$4,199

Norco Fluid FS A3

  • Fork: RockShox 35 Silver TK, 44mm offset
  • Shock: X-Fusion 02 Pro R AV
  • Drivetrain: SRAM SX Eagle
  • Brakes: Tektro HD-745, 4-piston
  • Wheelset: Stans Flow D rims on Bear Pawls sealed bearing hubs
  • Price: $2,999 / €2,949 / AU$3,599

Norco Fluid FS A4

  • Fork: RockShox Recon Silver RL, 42mm offset
  • Shock: X-Fusion 02 Pro R
  • Drivetrain: Shimano Deore M5100 with SunRace CSMS8 cassette, KMC X11 chain, FSA Comet 1x DM crankset and SRAM DUB backside bracket
  • Brakes: Tektro HD-M535, 4-piston
  • Wheelset: Stans Flow D rims on Bear Pawls sealed bearing hubs
  • Price: $2,699 / €2,699 / AU$3,199

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