|Hoots and his 2012 Norco Truax|
Pictured above is the new Norco Truax 1, a 7 inch travel freeride oriented machine that looks as fun as a barrel of monkeys. The gist straight from Norco: The TRUAX is designed for those riders that are just as likely to pedal up to the trailhead as they are to take a shuttle or chairlift to the top of the mountain before they dive in and revel in their descent. Seven inches of travel and a slack headtube angle make this bike right at home on the way down. Ride it everywhere, every day: jumps, ladders, berms, steep descents, park, shore... wherever you need a fast, versatile and incredibly fun bicycle.
|The new Truax makes use of a one piece link (top left) in the never ending fight to make the final product lighter, stiffer, and stronger. Norco is another company that is using the much debated 12 x 142 mm rear axle sizing, making use of the Syntace X12 design (bottom left). The Truax could see everything from a triple ring, to a Hammerschmidt, to a single ring and guide combo bolted up by it's owners, so Norco wisely spec'd the bike with both ISCG tabs and a place for a direct mount front derailleur (bottom right). As you'd expect to see, the front of the bike sports a big 'ol tapered headtube (top right).|
|The Truax's 7" of travel is enough to have fun anywhere, but not so much to totally eliminate the option of getting to the top under your own power. Likewise, it's geometry also strikes a middle ground between full-on DH slackness and steeper All-Mountain numbers. Climbers out there should take note of the bike's full length seat tube.|
|The TRUAX is an evolution of the iconic Shore bicycles that Norco pioneered. The original Shores were built for and named after the fabled North Shore mountains near Vancouver, BC. This fairytale dreamland is filled with ladder bridges and skinny beams suspended perilously high above the forest floor. To add to these harrowing stunts were drops, jumps and steep rock faces; the Shore is a place of great experimentation and pioneering which spawned new bicycles and riding styles. As this style of riding has evolved and diversified, so too have the demands and needs of shore-style riders on their equipment. The shore style has grown to include long and fast descents, flowing trails, and drops, gaps and jumps with smooth transitions; most now term this riding in general as "freeride." And this is where the new TRUAX steps in. The TRUAX rides the line between a traditional shore bicycle, a freeride bike and a downhill bike, pulling the best from each world and essentially creating a new style of bicycle design and intended use. Just as at home on Vancouver's renowned North Shore as it is leading a pack of friends through the downhill park, the TRUAX makes short work of the climb up for those who chase self-access thrills as well. Lightweight, fast, nimble and adaptable, it is the one-for-all bike for those who tread on the side of steep, technical, good times over spandex-clad climbs.|