Norco Empire 5 - 2009 bikes are rolling out!

Jul 18, 2008
by Tyler Maine  
I'm currently at the 2009 Norco Bikes launch in Whistler BC and they have a ton of changes in their line up for everyone to see for next year. I got a chance to take an Empire 5 for a few rips and wanted to share some pics of it with everyone.

Here you go:

This bike was pretty much made for bike parks and the ever growing market of slopestyle riding. 5 inches of really good feeling rear travel courtesy of the FSR rear pivot. Not only was it really light but it looks really good, Norco takes that extra time to tie all their graphics into a complete package.







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The Five had a lot of input from the Norco factory team riders as they all shred the parks and after Ben Boyko took home the win at last year's Crankworx event they knew they were onto something with bikes that excel in this area. The new lower center of gravity rear shock mount really keeps the bike grounded and stable in the braking bumps out there. The super low slung top tube makes tricking the bike off jumps a lot easier too.





Price $3650 CDN

Lots more info on the 2009 Norco line to come in the following days. Enjoy the Empire 5 for now.


-Tyler "Brule" Maine

http://www.norco.com


133 Comments

  • + 29
 Thats the first Norco in a long while that I've actually liked. Looks absolutely SICK!
  • + 5
 i love the seat graphic :]
  • + 1
 dope bike... I would love to rip that down a-line.
  • - 13
flag ridedob (Jul 21, 2008 at 12:23) (Below Threshold)
 seat grpahics will just wear out. and norco's paint always chips easy
  • + 1
 yeah i agree i usally dont like norco but dam that bike is killer
  • + 1
 ya the seat will ware out if u have a big ass, and sit on it all the time....
  • + 24
 You gotta hand it to Norco, They've managed to kind of chill out hang back, get they're stuff together, and come back with tight what the people want, sick looking up to date bikes. What other company has there bikes that pimped out in stock form? White spokes, sick graphics, good style and colours, sick parts.

Hell ya Norco. Good Job!
  • + 4
 you said it man. yah
  • + 14
 Both the people in this post that have said Norco's are bad, cheap, heavy etc. What right do you have to say this? Firstly, they're as strong and reliable as most and Norco have bikes that race in world series. Norco are a great manufacturer dedicated to providing great bikes. Have you ever owned a Norco properly? I doubt it...
And if you are lucky enough to have so much money to buy whatever bike you wish, then good for you, but dont go putting down other people's choices.
Anyone who agrees prop this...
  • + 2
 my friend has been riding their bikes for years and he rides extremely hard he really puts those frames through the paces, he has had no issues and he is on his 3rd shore frame . i dont even ride norco but i know the frames are quality. i does seem that everyone is going to has to pay top dollar for that quality next season though.
  • + 16
 nice ride wow yup im a norco man myself
  • + 5
 same here
  • + 9
 yeah dude norco always has sick bikes!!! what'd you expect?
  • - 117
flag skyline22 (Jul 19, 2008 at 11:37) (Below Threshold)
 norcos are horrible!!!! theyre the heaviest and shittiest bikes next to kona.
  • + 0
 this was not me, lee
  • - 1
 that bike is sick the only down side to norcos and konas theses days the better the bike the higher the price and i have to pay for my bike 100% with no parents help
  • - 4
flag byk4lyf (Jul 19, 2008 at 14:14) (Below Threshold)
 this bike and the a line norcos are the only 09 norcos i like all the others look so gay with their colors why norco
  • + 6
 skyline22, there are some low end norco's but the 5? I mean cmon boyco rides it, thats a sweet ass bike.
  • + 15
 i just feel like grabing that bike, and ripping down a-line or crank it up
  • + 12
 i really love norco and there desighnsbut one day i hope they will make their own rear end desighn instead of using specialized's ones
  • + 16
 there two entirely different rear ends you dumbass lol
  • - 9
flag dustingilding (Jul 18, 2008 at 16:39) (Below Threshold)
 And it's not Specializeds, they just both use FSR
  • + 2
 Specialized bought the patent from some guy named Horst, who designed the FSR suspension system. apparentally that patent is only applied in the US, so buy it in Canada, and Norco is using a "new" design "they" came up with

but thats just what i read on some random website, chances are its wrong, but hey, thats a sick bike, good thing Norco's are bombproof, cuz I dont think my '08 125 is getting an upgrade anytime soon, cuz i want this thing. $3650, man, i better go get a job and stop fooling around on pinkbike! Razz cya later!
  • + 6
 nice bikes..but i absoulutly hate how companies are releasing 2009 products and it's only half way through 2008. soooo stupid...it gets earlier every year..soon it's gonna be january 2010 and we'll are be riding 2014 bikes...fuuuckk
  • + 1
 yeah being able to buy 09 fox stuff just seems weird
  • + 0
 thing is, the bikes have to be tested in the summer, since biking in the snow doesnt give them accurate results, since its a little sketchy. july is too early, end of august or september is better, down in the US (southern part), it should be december
  • + 8
 so that is pretty much the ultimate whistler bike pak bike to do everything on the mountain, Dh trails DJ trails , freeride trails?
  • + 9
 This bike is sooooo perfect! I need to get my hands on one!
  • + 7
 Norco makes great bikes. this is fact. get over it.
  • + 7
 sick looking bike
  • + 2
 I just returned from Whistler today and I was able to see all of the Norco 09's in person and they def look sick. Great stock package and color scheme. BTW was able to ride a trail with Ben Boyko, Jay Hoots, and Ryan Leach. All of those guys are super friendly and super stoked to just ride their bikes! No egos. It was a trip of a lifetime! WHISTLER RULES!
  • + 6
 its a pretty good looking norco (wow i can not belive i just said that)
  • + 4
 jajokso small travel dont meant shit this bike was made to huck off 25ft drops so unless your a hack and you need 8" then this bike is perfect
  • + 2
 EF'IN RIGHTS BROTHER!
  • + 6
 yer the whole the point is for shredding bike parks and nice smooth trails, if you want to hit some really big stuff or do dh then get a bigger biek
  • - 2
 ye there is just no need for suspension really in most of these bike parks soo smooth ect, kinda gay really ,not really mountain biking to me if you gotta smooth a trail out to ride it, or build some sort of smooth evelvated wooden PATH jsut seems weak to me. people just want the wind in thier hair with-out actually challenging them selfs
  • + 4
 Gotta agre there, but....you can jump these things and do all of the other stuff as well so....customer wins
  • + 5
 customer looses in price tho
  • + 2
 that's one very good looking bike... but too expensive for the parts on it­. i mean why does a 3650$ bike have equalizer 27 sram x5 and juicy 3.. even the 07 manik had better brakes... we can get much better parts for less expensive for example a bottlerocket it's like 3500 with a float
  • + 1
 i have the same bike legit and i was takein it for a hard run just down some paved and dirt road and the middle piston broke and i have to wait and see if its even covered under warenty if not have to pay to fix or replace it and if the cranks bolt come loose and you strip you have to replace the whole crank dont buy this bike !!
  • + 3
 i am a huge fan of norco and they always come out with amazing bikes, this year is no exception. i recently had my norco stolen too...that was one sad day.
  • + 1
 i ride a specialized but i want 2 get a norco now, there getting better every year, i love the new colors of the bikes and stfu saying that norco is sh!+ ur just saying that cuz ur jeialouse and u probley only got a wal-mart or canadian tire bike
  • + 1
 such an amazing bike, thanks ben boyko!, i wasn't to sure if i wanted a 6 or 4xxxx but now i am frigin happy that i can get somethin inbetween, super nice bike, i know a person who got to try it on whistler for 1 week, and he fell in love with it, not surprised, keep it up norco!
  • + 1
 Norcos are really low on my list of bike company but they have truly stepped up fro 2007. they are getting better every year. keep on getting better and i might consider buyin one. Smile
  • + 4
 norco has got some sick shit goin on.
  • + 5
 i f*ckin want one!
  • + 3
 That's fucking sick!!! I would look into that if i had the money for a third bike!
  • + 1
 faultlinemediagroup so god dam ture m8 but that is a sick bike that would be tasty to do downhill on sssssssswwwwwwwwwwwwweeeeeeeeeeeeeetttttttttt!!!!!!!! Razz
  • + 3
 norco all the way peeps!!!!
  • + 2
 I run the Norco 6 1 and its a dialed ass bike, frame is confusign but once u ride one u will know. Norco rules!!
  • + 0
 bigburd sounds like you've never ridden a bike park, you think the only trail at whitler is A-Line?
I'm pretty sure theres something there that might challenge you and your preconcieved notion of park riding......
  • + 3
 the new Norcos look to be awesome this year
  • + 2
 That bike is SOO sweet!:P
  • + 1
 Sick bike. Love the seat and post combo, I have it on my One25, lightest design. THe 5 should be a crowd pleaser for sure.
  • + 2
 yo!! space invader graphics
  • + 1
 that is a proper nice bike but i had a norco bigfoot and it was shit but who knos ive never tried the fullys
  • + 1
 I always bin a kona guy but grabbed one these this year was near new mint Condition il never go back to a kona *
  • + 3
 sick bike
  • + 3
 it looks good
  • + 0
 thats an 08, somthing boyko was riding around, i bet Norco launched their line early to watch him rip up Crankworx on the 09 model of the empire 5 go boyko!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 2
 norco didnt make the empire 5 in 08 its new for 09
  • + 2
 that looks like a norco i would ride...
is that the new 66 or 55?
  • + 12
 It's a 55 with custom graphics to match the bike.
  • + 1
 sick bike. ive never really looked at norco, could get this instead of a bottlerocket
  • + 2
 you'll get much better value for your money if you buy the norco.
  • + 3
 except Cove Bikes
  • + 3
 yeah, cove bikes rule
  • + 3
 Don't forget Knolly and Brodie -- those US bikes Ellsworth and Scott are a little overpriced. to many gadgets on the new Scott bikes.
  • + 2
 mmmm sexy frame a decals Smile
  • + 2
 raised by norco, live by norco
  • + 0
 norco is by far the most progressive major company in the world. im most definitely buying that bike in a size small
  • + 1
 That bike is fucking Sick
  • + 1
 Cant wait to see all the other bikes
  • + 1
 is if you dont like norco.... go buy kona .. hmm peice of shit!
  • + 0
 That looks like such a fun bike!.. cant wait too see the new 09's... aperantly the Team DH is gona have Dee Max wheels.
  • + 1
 That is a sweet bike!! norcos are the best
  • + 2
 i want one!
  • + 1
 guess what I'm saving up for lol Wink
  • + 2
 long live the norco
  • + 1
 I want that bike!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 1
 could be the bike that renews my trust in norco
  • + 1
 I want to see more of this bike, I wouldn't mind getting one.
  • + 0
 intense ride that thing is sick
  • + 1
 holy f*** nice bike
  • + 0
 I just wanna see the 09 4hun.
  • + 0
 Glad to see it doesnt look nearly as queer as the other '09 norcos.
  • + 2
 haha. word.
  • + 1
 Agreed
  • + 1
 great bike 4 '09
  • + 1
 that is a sick bike
  • + 0
 Probably the 55 to match the rea 5 inches of travel, Im ont sure though.
  • + 1
 SICK!!!
  • - 2
 nice AM bike, hate the logo though, looks like some high schooler used photoshop and printed stickers. I am a Norco fan, used to have one 5 years ago, great suspensions
  • + 0
 How much will this bike run?
  • + 1
 Really cool graphics.
  • + 0
 Too bad I dont have any money Frown
  • + 0
 I love this bike!!! perhaps it costs a bit too much 4 my pockets... Frown
  • + 0
 First Norco I've seen that looks bangin' nice - good job!
  • + 0
 will norco be selling the frame on its own ?
  • + 0
 The graphics are on all the parts of the bike, sweet retro Look!!!
  • + 1
 needs some barends
  • + 0
 slick bike
  • + 0
 nice bike but not for me
  • - 1
 KONA SUCKS ON FAT BLACK D*CK
  • - 2
 kona rules !!!
  • + 0
 no kidding eh?
  • - 3
 how much does it cost?
  • + 2
 around $3600
  • - 3
 no post mounts, no full seat tube but otherwise great
  • - 3
 ummmm to me that looks like a rocky mountain slayer just saying
  • - 3
 so I hear Norco is marking up the bike 30% for 2009
  • + 1
 all companies are going up by about 20% actually. they have to if they want to survive. remember though every year bikes go up about 5-15% anyways. its not like they just raise the price they put better feature/parts on the bike to make up for the price raise. in the end it all works out for the better.
  • - 2
 when do most bike companies release their 09 bbikes?
  • - 2
 i wanna know the price so i can start saving!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • - 2
 going for the old styles this year
  • - 2
 i spy a pivotal seat/post
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