Norco bikes - Interbike 2009

Sep 22, 2009
by Mike Levy  
The 2009 Interbike Outdoor Demo. A free set of cantilever brakes to whomever can spot me in this photo

Watch the HD video and get educated by Norco's Pete Stace-Smith on some great new bikes for '10
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Norco LT 6.1

We'll start with the most versatile bike of the bunch, the LT 6.1. This is the category of bike that makes sense for a lot of riders, with adjustable travel up to 6.2", a tapered head tube, and even a HammerSchmidt on this top of the line version, these are bikes that can work well in nearly any environment. Built to be tough and versatile, the LT is a slightly longer travel and slacker version of the original Fluid line.

2010 Norco LT 6.1

A burly tapered head tube on the front of the '10 LT 6.1

• Travel on all LT frames is adjustable from 137 mm to 158 mm
• All LT frames feature tapered head tubes for a stiffer and more precise front end
• Available in four sizes - XS to L
• 68 degree head angle (67.5 on XS)

Norco LT 6.1 frame detail

Norco Team DH

Next up is the heavy hitting and long legged Team DH. Bred to be a full-on DH race bike, the Team DH sports 9" of travel out back and a Rockshox Boxxer Team fork up front. Gone are the wacky curved and polished tubes, in their place is a more traditional frame with a lower center of gravity that should appeal to more riders.

2010 Norco Team DH

Rockshox Boxxer Team fork on the front of the Team DH

• Rear suspension is a handled with a Rockshox Vivid
• FSR design with 9" of rear wheel travel
• Available in 3 sizes
• 64 degree head angle

Norco Team DH frame detail

Norco A-Line

The A-line yet again has an important place in Norco's lineup of long travel bikes. The bang for your buck ripper is back for '10 and ready for action. Take it to the bike park all summer long or shuttle it every day on your local mountain, the A-Line is the bike for general shredding and all around abuse.

2010 Norco A-line

• A-Line park frame with 9" or rear wheel travel
• Fox DHX Coil 4.0
• Marzocchi 888 RCV fork
• 64 degree head angle

Rear suspension detail on '10 A-Line

Norco 250

Norco's 250 is exactly what a lot of DJ riders are looking for these days. With slim, but strong steel tubing and a compact drivetrain it looks the part and should be ready to rip.

2010 Norco 250

Stock parts include a microdrive setup and a steerer tube routed front brake

• Double butted chromoly frame
• Mid bottom bracket
• Rockshox Argyle 302 fork

Sleek integrated seatpost clamp

Is this a galaxy theme?

Norco Fluid 2

The LT's little brother, the Fluid series is a lighter and firmer AM bike with a bit less travel than the LT lineup. Built with light all-mountain components, the Fluid is the bike for those big excursions when you don't exactly know what is over that next rise.

2010 Norco Fluid 2

• FSR rear suspension adjustable from 116 mm to 143 mm of travel
• Rockshox suspension paring of a Recon Solo Air fork and Monarch shock
• XT/Deore drivetrain mix and Elixer brakes
• Available from XS to XL
• 69 degree head angle (68.5 on XS)

Norco's own Pete Stace-Smith with the Fluid 2

Norco Shore 3

Norco's Shore platform has been in a constant evolution since it's inception. Originally built with Vancouver's North Shore mountains in mind, thanks to the advancement of trails all around the world, the Shore bikes will be at home in many other places. While put together smart enough to be able to survive any stunt, all Shore models can still be ridden to the summit of any hill.

2010 Norco Shore 3

• FSR rear suspension with 7" of travel
• 1.5" headtube
• Marzocchi suspension, 55RS fork and ROCO Coil R shock
• Avid Juicy 3 brakes
• Dual ring Truvativ Ruktion cranks
• Available in S, M, L sizes

Norco Shore 3 detail

Norco Faze

The Faze is Norco's go-fast and go-long bike. Built for XC but ready to get rough, the 120 mm travel Faze would be at home on any mega epic or marathon race. Pack up your big backpack and leave a note as to where you're trying to go because this is the kind of bike that could take you there, or strap on a number plate and get your hurt on at the races.

2010 Norco Faze 2

• FSR rear suspension adjustable from 100 mm to 120 mm of travel
• Butted M6 aluminum frame
• Rockshox Recon 327 Air w/ Lockout
• Rockshox Monarch 2.1 shock
• Avid Elixer 5 brakes

Mike "Kakah" Levy


  • 20 4
 The 250 looks nice but that Team DH, ugh, looks like a walmart bike.
  • 9 0
 the dh may look bad here but when in real life it is amazing
  • 7 1
 the color scheme of the Team DH is awful.
  • 5 0
 Teamn2, i completely agree. the pictures dont do justice for how nice it actually is when you see it in person!
  • 1 0
 and the colours on almost all of the bikes look crazy
  • 12 1
 have to admit, the 250 looks pretty awesome! but the a-line i agree with snook looks like a tesco bike
  • 8 0
 if i saw some 2010 boxxers on a bike in tesco id be buzzin haha!! lovin g the norco galaxy saddle, might have to buy the 250 just for the saddle...
  • 13 5
 Loving the new A - Line and the new 250 so nice !!!!! Big Grin
  • 6 1
 yeah all the bikes are lookin pretty good! maybe except for the paint on the team dh, but other than that its definitely a improvement from last year
  • 2 1
 I must say, Norco\s Dj series and slopestyle series are GREAT this year.
  • 6 1
 yea, tobad we cant say the same for there team DH
  • 6 0
 its not that its bad, im sure its a great bike. just not as good as its competition
  • 4 1
 i love the team dh, but to me it looks lie a knockoff of the 09 rocky mountain flatline pro, not the colors, just the frame desighn...that my oopinion though
  • 1 0
 so is the 09 team DH or the 2010 beter????
  • 3 0
 really, im gonna say 09 look little better in person, than this CCM looking team....
  • 1 0
 damn, norco really is workin' it this year. their bikes are looking pretty a'ight for norcos, but after their big recall they need it.
  • 1 0
 yeah i bouught the 09 instead of the 2010 because of this reason...people gave me shit for you guys think i made the right decision? the 2010 was 300 dollars more but i still got the 09
  • 1 3
 those bikes look horrendous
  • 1 0
 well they look better than last yeah but i dont like the lack of cable hangers on the fluid lt
  • 3 0
 Bike Buster, i actually was once hating on the 09 Team, but in person it looks nice. so no matter what. i think you did make the right choice. but remember your not on this site to prove other ppl anything. this site is to prove to your self, and to be use as a resource site .
  • 1 0
 i was just trying to get an opinion other than my close friends...thats all
  • 3 3
 am a norco rider at the moment and have had most of there full sussers since 2006 , currently on an 07 a.line . am lovin the fact the bendy tubing has gone and were back to a more traditional layout . new a.line looks well worth a thrash . good job guys
  • 1 0
 I liked the 08-09 shores because they had the bent top tube , made it easier to do tricks like can-cans and stuff. But its good to move on .
  • 2 0
 Loved my 2010 Empire 5 SE. Really hyped to ride some new stuff from Norco, their stuff just keeps getting better.
  • 1 0
 I demoed an Empire, and it was amazing. Really rode great.
  • 1 0
 That's sick man. Yeah that is kind of what I was doing too. I tested/demoed one for a few weeks when I was living in Whistler. Norco and Pinkbike were nice enough to hook me up with that sick bike. I believe I am getting back the bike after interbike and will be writing a full front page review on Pinkbike so look out for that! Glad to hear others are loving the bike too.
  • 1 0
 The Aline and the 250 look mint. but the rest specially including the team DH if it werent for the brakes, and fork etc i would have had mistaken it for a CCM or a shwin
  • 1 0
 the 2010 a-line rides good, good angles. finally a size large downhill bike from them. a-line looks way better than the multi coloured team dh
  • 1 0
 i just don't understand how they thought that paint on the team dh would look good.. at least they got rid of those fugly coloured tires on the 250
  • 4 2
 I hope my new 250 comes soon its so nice !!!!!
  • 2 1
 oh man, i love the new a-line and the 250 especially, but all seems like descent bikes for sure
  • 2 0
 2010 Norco 250 (L) i like it Big Grin
  • 2 0
 the new team DH looks so sick, i got to demo one at crankworx
  • 1 0
 how did it ride ? what was your opinion of it ?
  • 2 0
 its kind of hard to explain, but kind of like a demo since they both use FSR linkage. it was awesome on rocky trails because u could use tons of travel and still have plebty left, and it was really good on drops, i tried to bottom it out but i couldnt. im planning on getting the frame
  • 1 0
 Hey there, how would it handle on general trails? Or would it be a bear? I'm on the edge of either the 2010 Team DH or the 2010 Shore One.
  • 1 0
 well i rode it on A line and No Duff, which are completely opposite trails, and it handled both like a beast. the frame wasnt as flickable as say, a demo 7, but i would get it for a trail that has a wide variety of features.
  • 1 0
 Thanks d-bax, with a price spread dif of around 250, I've been really leaning towards dropping the extra cash on the Team DH cus it would basically need nothing other than body armour and good mediacl insurance plan ;-)

  • 2 0
 u dont even need body armor, i rode 3 days of whistler with only knee pads and nothing happened. and i was riding a bighit. on double blacks Smile
  • 1 0
 i would still have armour i have crashed on whistler and stuff both both time i have crashed on whistler had i not been wearing armour i probably would have broken my collar bone each time
  • 1 0
 oh that sucks, i rarely fall, even when im pinning it. i dont know why, i just dont
  • 2 0
 A lot of people really dislike Norco nowadays, but i love it.
  • 2 0
 I hear ya terror, I would get bashed by my friends with Oryx bikes, but now my old tricked out Norco Cherokee hardtail is still going strong with a new owner while their rides have faded into big-box store memories. D
  • 1 0
 Anyone heard anything about Norco's 2010 trials frame? Are they even making one any more? Either way, I love the new A-line.
  • 2 1
 Don't like those archy frames but the few rocker-designs look good!
  • 3 2
 hmm not sure about the team, it looks ugly
  • 1 0
 in what way?
  • 1 0
 it has boxxer teams. better not be as much as last years
  • 1 0
 its like almost 2000 cheaper
  • 1 0
 oh my halilouaaahhhh
  • 1 0
 I rekon the team dh is amazing
  • 1 0
 im liken the 09 team dh better then the 2010
  • 2 2
 if sex could come in the form of a bike the 2010 Norco Team DH would have to be it... well done NORCO
  • 1 0
 the only good looking thing is the 250 the rest look blah.
  • 1 0
 a-line looks really sweet
  • 1 0
 only one i like is the dirt street and the shore 3
  • 1 1
 check out that shore, its fit as!!
  • 1 0
 ale brzydki
  • 3 2
  • 1 1
 a-line and 250 are lookin so mint
  • 7 9
 hehe i just bought a new '07 Aline.. love it but the new one is amazing !!
  • 1 3
 i can see you in that picture

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