Norco has rocked the boat with this one! Their completely new 2009 Team DH has been overhauled, redone, retooled, and put on a diet. With a flashy look all its own and a class leading weight, the new Norco race bike deserves a little more attention.
Watch the HD video and learn more about the new go-fast bike from Norco!
2009 Norco Team DH
It has been neat to watch Norco develop their DH bike over the years, especially since I was the proud owner of an early model version. Each and every year changes were made, sometimes small and sometimes big, until they ended up with the very competent and fast '08 version. The boys at Norco apparently were not sitting around feeling smug about making a ripping bike though as this new 2009 version is a new beast all together.
Watch the video and let Pete tell you about Norco's new race bike!
Big changes up front...
Last year a standard 1 1/8th head tube was used. For '09 the Team DH makes use of a 1.5" tube for an even stronger front end. Another plus is an internal headset for a flush and low front end!
Hope you like 'em curvy!
The entire '09 range has a unique look with curved and shaped tubes, but the Team DH takes it a step further with it's polished finished. Some will love it and some won't but you have to admit that it's both unexpected and stunning
Hydraformed AL, Adjustable travel 200mm-227mm, 1.5" headtube, Adjustable head angle and BB height. Small, Medium, Large sizes
Marzocchi World Cup w/ carbon air can, 9.5" x 3"
RockShox World Cup
Sunline 1.5" Reducer integrated
Shimano Saint 68 mm
Wellgo CNC Sealed
KMC Super light
SRAM DH PG-970 11-26
SRAM X0, Short cage
Sunline V1 Low rise
Sunline Direct mount 50mm
Avid Elixer CR 8" rotors
Alex Supra D welded, laced to DT 440 hubs
Kenda Nevegal 2.5, Stick-E
WTB Silverado cutom, titanium rails
Truvativ Team post, double bolt, 27.2 mm
A design tweak and the addition of a ROCO Air shock out back
The shock is sitting on a slightly different angle this year to modify the rate a touch as well as being lower within the bike to bring the center of gravity down. And yes, that is a ROCO Air with a carbon air can hiding in there. The entire bike is air sprung, with a RockShox World Cup Boxxer sitting on the front, in blue of course!
What about those parts?
The entire bike is well done with blue highlights that set off nice against the chrome frame. Some well picked parts include an LG1 with a blue taco, reliable Saint cranks, some tough blue Alex rims, and Kenda tires
Looking past the Team DH's unique look you'll find a tough and well thought out parts spec. The bike's ROCO air shock out back is still out of the norm for a DH rig and it will be interesting to see how the bike rails being completely air sprung. The geometry is dialed this year also, with a DH standard 64 degree head angle and low stance designed for speed, not plunking along. There is a short list of bikes this year that I'm interested in testing and this tops it for sure. Hopefully we'll be able to get our mitts on one for a proper going over in the future!
Look interesting? Check out Norco.com for more bikes, more photos, and more info!