Interbike 2008 - Norco Vixa with Darcy Turenne

Sep 23, 2008
by Tyler Maine  
For 2009 Norco is happy to unveil their lady's line up of bikes - the Forma series. Factory team rider Darcy Turenne has had a lot of influence and input on the whole line up, but her biggest focus has been on the Vixa. The Vixa is Norco's answer for the ladies out there looking for a freeride bike that won't hold them back and that they can progress on for year's to come.

Have a look at Darcy and the Norco Vixa:
Darcy Turenne talks to us about her Norco Vixa and then we get to see her rip it up on it too:

Based on the ever popular SIX series, the lady's Vixa features lighter weight tubing than the men's frames. Also available in an extra small size with shorter top tubes than the SIX series. The Vixa is spec'd with women specific components, colors and general attention to detail. Darcy has had a lot of input in the final product, but not with out help from other female riders.

Here is the spec of the Vixa:

FrameNorco Vixa(Medical Green)
•152mm of travel
•Sizes XS, S, and M
Rear ShockFox DHX Air 3.0
Fork•Marzocchi 55 ATA
•20 mm Tool less removal
•120-160mm Travel
•Rebound and Air Preload adjustments
HeadsetFSA Orbit
CrankarmsTruvativ double with guard, 170 mm
ChainringsTruvativ 22/32/Bash Guard
Bottom BracketTruvativ Howitzer, 68/73mm
PedalsMTB Flats
ChainKMC Z-9 9 speed
Cassette•Sram PG-950 11-32 T, 9 Speed
Front DerailleurShimano Deore
Rear DerailleurSram X-7, 9 Speed, Medium Cage
Shifter Cable/HousingStock
Shifter PodsSram X-5 Trigger, 9 speed
HandlebarTruvativ Hussefelt(31.8mm)
StemTruvativ Hussefelt(31.8mm)
GripsLock On
BrakesAvid Juicy 3, 7" Rotors
Front WheelKT 20mm front hub laced to Sun MTX 27mm White rim
Rear WheelKT 135x12mm rear hub laced to Sun MTX 27mm White rim - MAXLE
TiresKenda Nevegal, 2.35, Stick-e Rubber w/Kevlar Bead
SaddleWTB Speed SHE
SeatpostTruvativ XR double bolt
Extras•$3070 Suggested Retail

To learn more about the Vixa and the rest of the Forma line of ladies bikes please visit:

-Ambrose Weingart


  • 23 1
 looks like a sick ride, even for a guy!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 13 1
 or a guy could just get the shore/six?
  • 2 0
 looks like a sikk bike!

but jsut wondering, why do girls need a specific bike, like i know she tlaked about weight, but is there any other factors that make it better for girls?
  • 0 0
 Ya that is such a sick bike, wish it came in dark green
  • 2 0
 This time Norco put the bent top tube on the right bike, haha.
  • 2 0
 jeff-hurd, often a girl's bike geometry has a bit short toptube to compensate for them (on average) having longer legs relative to their height. They also often have narrower handlebars due to narrower shoulders, as well as shorter stems. Also, some female specifics have wider saddles to accomodate wider hips.

The thing is though, not every girl is average, so there's still quite a few who fit better on a men's bike too. Female specific bikes just expand the options available.
  • 8 0
 Haha! I have ridden that track hundreds of times. Good to see the industry making bikes for our biking sisters.
  • 8 0
 its pretty dope and im lovin' the medical green
  • 4 0
 kinda makes you want a sex change...
  • 7 2
 i think guys will end up buying it and making it into sick slopestyle bikes and scottly allens girlfirend will continue to be hot.
  • 7 1
 Her front rotor was on backwards.... Neat bike though.
  • 3 1
 lol i saw that too I wouldnt be embarressed riding that beast of a bike good to see some nice looking female specialist bikes coming through good for the sport
  • 3 0
 After all these years how could norco design a bike with the shortest seat tube ever? Isn't this a freeride bike? Doesn't it have a front derailleur? Jeez.
  • 1 0
 it does have a front deraileur, it says in the spec, that will be darcy's on bike so she probs wont have a front deralleur
  • 1 0
 and after looking at it again, it does have a front derailleur
  • 1 0
 And what the hell has the length of seat tube got to do with anything tbh?
  • 0 1
 alexsin has a great point
  • 1 0
 I love the frame, as a girl, I am let down by the specs. I would be all over that bike with a different build. They only have one package to buy, at least with the syren you have different builds to go from. Love the frame, not in love with the components.
  • 1 0
 lol, no she isn't. What does that have to do with her bike? It's a female specific model and will make a big splash for Norco's rep adding this model. I would definetely ride that if given the chance!
  • 0 0
 The link and the seatpost look like a tight fit.
It looks like the week link in the chain with this design when it comes to making compact bikes.
Maybe its just me but with the new flowy organic looking front triangle the rear link system is looking a bit dated?
If they could figure out a link system that doesnt interrupt the seat tube and has a system that allows them to make as compact a frame as they like then I think Norco would be unstopable.
  • 4 0
 i watch the video several times over, and NOT for the bikes.
  • 2 0
 hahaha Darcy your sexyy!!!!
  • 0 0
 Looking on the Norco website at first, it looked really naff, and what with all the "colours and style appropriate for women" stuff, I thought it was a real joke. Rethinking that now, though a couple of the components are a bit disappointing (they could've at least gone for Juicy 5s on a bike that price). Looks good, and it's a first version; hopefully it improves each year, because it's a really promising start.
  • 0 0
 Just bought this bike and it is the sickest bike I've ever had. I can actually lift it up when I'm jumping or even just trying to carry it. It's so agile and the low stand over height has saved my ass already.It's a good pedaler too. Darcy was right on the money. This bike is perfect for the girls who want good downhill riding abilities. Now they just need to come out with a line of Vixa's that have a little more suspension.Smile
  • 0 0
 how come every bike makers is coping Sepcialized Demo models. I meant the front triangle part. Turner did that to his 09 DHR, Rocky Mountain bike did that. who else? I lost count.
  • 0 0
 the thing with fsr its hard to design a bike w/o an interrupted seat tube, and the flowy front triangle improves strength while decreasing the amount of material used to do so
  • 0 0
 that is rank man , had an 07 atomik and 07 a.line and thats how norco should have kept the frames . wots with the bendy top tube ? colours that make u feel sick dont encourage hardcore ridin ...nuff said
  • 3 0
 Pretty sexy bike.
  • 3 0
 she nailed it
  • 0 0
 I'm thinking of buying one but i want just the frame, does anyone know if thats possible?
  • 0 0
 id buy the really small frame and make a djer outa it =]
  • 1 1
 that bike is dope
  • 3 6
 Looks alot like the Transition Syren. Good for Norco to get a bike in the lineup for the chicks....but don't use the "design" word, more like "copy".
  • 4 2
 have you even looked at the syren? its a completely different linkage system and the vixa has the swooping top tube and down tube, the syren i less swoopy
  • 0 3
 Copy indeed! Copy of last year's Six that is, which is fine with me...
  • 1 0
 I wasn't referring to the linkage/shock placement. I was referring to the overall look. "Less swoopy"....ok
  • 0 2
 Over time Norco will add or remove from the existing model. Smile I can't see them getting any worse!
  • 0 0
  • 0 2
 its a great idea but common the color make me sick!
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