2009 Norco Shore 2 Preview

Feb 11, 2009
by Brad Walton  
2009 Norco Shore Two

2009 Norco Shore Two



The Shore Two is Norco's second-tier full-on freeride bike with a parts spec that matches up nicely to its price tag. With an MSRP of $3,350 USD ($3675 CAD), the Shore Two is available in 3 sizes: S,M,L. At 6'2" and 190 lbs, I am riding the size Large bike. I have never ridden a Norco before, but having ridden the North Shore for the past 10 years I see the Norco influence in the riding scene nearly every ride I go on. Being a 7" travel bike that is built for rugged duty, I'm looking forward to seeing how this bike handles the terrain it's named after, the notorious North Shore. According to Norco's website, the Shore Two complete bike weight is 43 lbs/19.5 kgs. Only the Shore One for an additional $1,500 is under 40 lbs. This is not a downhill race bike however, so I don't mind the weight so much knowing that I have a solid bike underneath me.

One snazzy big bike ready for some action

One snazzy big bike ready for some action


Weight aside, the most noticeable attribute to Norco's 2009 Shore series of bikes is the cosmetics. Graphics and paint are very hit or miss to me on bikes and I usually prefer a pretty subtle paint scheme. Pulling the bike out of its box nearly triggered my gag reflex, until the bike was fully assembled and I could see the attention to detail the designers put into matching up the color scheme on the bike. Mint green with matte purple accents and a front end wrapped in black comic strip is a combo that I definitely would not have thought up, but I have to admit, it's really growing on me and I like it. To solidify the tattoo'esque comic strip effect, Norco had the Funn handlebar wrapped in the same comic scheme, which really pulls the theme together and looks great. The clear grips are pretty cool although I don't expect them to be clear for long after falling off a few skinnies into a muddy swampy bog. An all black component spec subdues the rest of the bike and really makes that flashy paint stand out.

Comic theme on the frame and the Funn bar.  Jagwire cables are a big plus as well.

Comic theme on the frame and the Funn bar. Jagwire cables are a big plus as well.


For 2009, Norco keeps their previous year model's frame aesthetics with what looks like only a revision in the chainstay shape. In 2008, revisions to the head tube junction and the seat member area of the Shore added strength, decreased weight, and most certainly added a sleek visual appeal to the infamous Norco look. Although the bike does feature a quick-release seatpost, seat height adjustment is somewhat minimized by the interrupted seat tube and short seat post. According to Norco's site, the Shore series is rated for full-on freeride specifically, which generally means not going uphill much, despite the spec of a dual chainring setup. This could be easily remedied by anyone needing to earn their turns by replacing the stock seat post with a telescopic post. I'll touch more on that subject after a few days in the saddle, once I get to know the bike better. One thing that does stand out for a bike that is meant to be shuttle-runned to death is the Shore's down-tube cable routing. We may be in a modern era where this multi-thousand dollar bike is carefully draped over a multi hundred dollar bike rack and buckled down for motion control when attached to a multi-tens-of-thousands-of-dollars sport utility vehicle, but I'm still gonna sling this thing over the tailgate of my truck on a Dakine pad that cost 40 bucks. Call me cheap, or call me a criminal, but I just don't care about covering up my license plate with a few dangling front wheels. I'm interested to see the effects of the front derailleur cable on the down tube when shuttling in the truck. Who knows, maybe it will actually protect the paint.

Not much room in there for seat height adjustment

Not much room in there for seat height adjustment


The Shore's suspension is held together with some mighty bolts and sealed bearings that look built to handle heavy loads from big jumps and drops. A bolted machined rocker link transports suspension loads to the DHX 3.0 Coil rear shock for damping. With 3 simple adjustments (spring pre-load, air bottom-out, and rebound damping), the DHX 3.0 could not be any easier to dial in.


Component spec is well balanced on the 2009 Shore Two. There's a mix of FSA and SRAM parts bolted onto this rig, including SRAM's Truvativ brand hardparts and Avid brakes. Truvativ Hussefelt cranks are a well proven, economical choice for bikes of this caliber and these include a 22/32 ringset with a bashguard and an E-13 dual-ring chainguide to keep the drive train on track. Avid Juicy 5 brakes are nearly identical to their popular Juicy 7 brethren, only lacking the on-the-fly pad contact adjustability. SRAM's X-7 drivetrain and shifters are the same as X-9 was two seasons ago, so obviously shifting is top notch, with maybe a few points deducted in the weight and durability departments as compared to the current X-9 models. Overall though, huge bang for the buck in the drivetrain with X-7 parts. The X-7 shifters include gear indicators that wrap over the top of the handlebar so you know when you're getting close to maximum pedaling speed, or perhaps maximum heart rate. I'd be surprised to see these indicators hold up to repeated OTB (over-the-bars) scenarios though.

Marzocchi 66 RVC w/ 1.5 steer tube

Marzocchi 66 RVC w/ 1.5 steer tube


I was glad to see Marzocchi spec'd on the front end of the Shore Two. Marzocchi forks are typically heavier than the rest, yes, but on the Shore Two, a bike built for durability, I think it's the perfect match. The 66 RVC offers an oil bath lubrication which is low maintenance and well-proven in the durability department. With a 1.5" steer tube, you can't ask for much more in a maneuverable yet stiff suspension fork. Air preload coupled with rebound and compression damping will be keeping the front end in full control. A quick-release style skewer/axle is revised for 2009 with a big fangled nut as seen below. I really wish Marzocchi would just make this system go away and go back to bolt-on which was far easier to use and had no chance of coming loose.

Creating solutions for problems resulting from solutions to problems that didn't use to exist, you dig?

Creating solutions for problems resulting from solutions to problems that didn't use to exist, you dig?


I'm all for riding stock equipment. I'm not going to change anything on this bike. Well, except one thing. It used to be that once you reached a certain price level, a bike didn't even come with pedals. Pedals are one of those things that I find are quite personal and once you've found a set that works, you just stick with them. I'm all for trying new equipment, but I wouldn't feel safe riding to the beer store with these, much less shredding some gnar in the forest. These Wellgos are some pretty cheap pedals that are small and have forged 'bumps', not pins, that are painted to the point of being round. Wellgo makes some good pedals, such as the B-27's that are identical to Axiom's Road Gap Flats (Norco owns the Axiom brand). As I mentioned, Norco may have suspected a Shore Two buyer to have their own preferred pedals so they supplied a 'test ride pedal'. No big deal, new pedals are a drop in the hat once you've spent this much money.

Leaves something to be desired

Leaves something to be desired


The rims on the Shore Two are a little bit on the little-bitty side, that is at 29mm wide they are narrower than many DH/FR style rims out there. Sun is famed for making great rims, so they should hold up well considering the relatively narrow size. We'll see. For front hubs, you just can't go wrong with 20mm. Pretty much all 20mm hubs are built the same, so there's nothing new here. The rear end of the bike boasts a 150mm x 12mm thru-axle, which should keep things feeling solid in sketchy, off camber terrain. The MAXLE rear axle provides tool-free removal of the rear wheel, which like the Marzocchi front axle I'm confused as to why you'd need that. For tires, Norco spec'd the Shore Two with Kenda's Nevegal 2.5s with sticky rubber. Sticky rubber was a great choice for a bike named after the North Shore, so these should work really well.

Frame and Size2009 Norco Shore 2
•179mm (7") travel
•Large Frame
Rear ShockFox DHX 3.0 Coil
•500x2.8 spring
Fork2009 Marzocchi 66 RVC
•1.5" Steer tube
•20 mm Tool less removal
•180mm Travel
•Rebound, Compression, and Air Preload adjustments
HeadsetFSA 1.5” Big Fat Pig, chromoly
CranksetTruvativ Hussefelt, 22/32T, E-13 DRS Spec 2
Bottom BracketHowitzer Spline BB
PedalsWellgo flat pedal, alloy, steel pins , purple
ChainSram PC-951
CassetteSram PG-950, 9 speed, 11-32
Front DerailleurShimano Deore 31.8
Rear DerailleurSram X-7, 9 speed, medium cage
Shifter Cable/HousingJagwire
Shifter PodsSram X-7 trigger, 9 speed
HandlebarFunn Fatboy alloy, 710x 40mm, 31.8mm, custom designs
StemFSA FR-230 OS 1.5 alloy, 31.8mm, 50mm extension
GripsNorco design clear rubber
BrakesAvid Juicy 5, 8” rotors
Front HubSun Ringle Demon, 20mm axle, sealed bearings
Rear HubSun Ringle Demon, 150 x 12mm, 9 spd, sealed bearings, MAXLE
RimsSun Equilizer 29, 32 hole, purple
SpokesStainless steel black 2.0
TiresKenda Nevegal 26 x 2.5, Stick E rubber, CAP casing
TubesAxiom
SaddleWTB Rocket V Comp, chromoly rail
SeatpostTruvativ XR, double bolt, 30.9

The Shore 2 looks pretty solid and I'll be spending the next couple of months riding the bike. Check back for a full review once the verdict is in on how it handles pacific northwest terrain. Till then happy trails!

-Brad


118 Comments

  • + 13
 "Creating solutions for problems resulting from solutions to problems that didn't use to exist, you dig?"

lol at this line
  • + 9
 That is one fugly bike.
  • + 5
 agreed haha
  • + 9
 Looks like it was designed by Salvador Dali, then crashed into a parked bus, colour scheme and paint by Stevie Wonder!
  • - 1
 agreed Beer
  • + 1
 Hehe, Norco is a great brand.. however I like their older model bikes better. =) To much appeal to you kids these days... you're the one's who are demanding more details/logos/crazier schemed paint jobs, it's creative... but doesn't ALWAYS appeal to everybody. My 2 cents. Smile
  • + 5
 Looks shit to me. i dont want to ride like a clown.
  • - 2
 Agreed, too much effort gone into making an ugly frame look attractive. Bright coloured after thoughts are tacky
  • + 0
 sometimes a frames strength is more important than how it looks. at least i prefer my frames not breaking...
  • + 3
 Bike looks shit the purple looks so cheap and tacky , and for the paint what happened look's like some green ink got all over a newspaper and then stuck on it
  • + 3
 ya, im a little tired of the whole urban art paintjobs... i bet next...brown will be big. like...brown rims....mixed with orange....like a couch from the 70's....
  • + 5
 wow that looks cool, i like that camo color paint
  • + 3
 dosent look half bad
  • + 24
 sick bike, apd- that's not camo dude.
  • + 6
 beautiful! one of the the best paint, colours. Ehhh... Smile
  • - 8
flag lcstay10 (Feb 11, 2009 at 10:18) (Below Threshold)
 eww, husefelts abd 66 rcv... not for me.
  • + 2
 its a really nice bike but in my opinion having used the ns legeater pedals norco should put the purple legeaters stock would be alot better choice.
  • + 3
 i'm loving the headtube graphic with the funn bar
  • - 3
 It not camo it is MONEY lol thats sweet, I want this bike SO bad!!!
  • + 0
 Ha! Doesn't look half bad...I would say doesn't look half good!
  • + 1
 Lcstay10 what dont you like about the 66 rcv? i think they are a great freeride fork
  • + 2
 The specs seem a tad low. It should be x9 drivetrain and maybe some better cranks.
  • + 0
 to the people that keep referring to the comic strip paint job as camo. spend more time reading the words, and less on the pictures.
  • + 0
 purple v8s wouldnt look half bad either, just my preff on pedals
  • + 2
 I meet brad on this bike over the weekend. Its funny to see that he posted it today. The matching handle bars are actually kinda cool.
  • + 0
 I hit a jump with a brand new vnorco last season, the frame snapped, I was pissed, I was in the hospital for a week, kneck injury, I'm glad they kept it heavy for a norco, it gives me a lot more confidence in there standards. the purple gives it a nice flair too! overall a sick bike!
  • + 0
 "A quick-release style skewer/axle is revised for 2009 with a big fangled nut as seen below. I really wish Marzocchi would just make this system go away and go back to bolt-on which was far easier to use and had no chance of coming loose."

Seriously? Everything comes loose, its called maintenance.

"The MAXLE rear axle provides tool-free removal of the rear wheel, which like the Marzocchi front axle I'm confused as to why you'd need that."

Am I really reading this correctly?
  • + 2
 um, i don't know about you, but maintenance or not, axles are NOT supposed to come loose on their own... the thought of that is simply terrifying...
  • + 1
 Everything can come loose on its own. You are bombing down a rough trail, I mean come on. Bolt on also comes loose anyway. The fact the reviewer said he didn't understand why you would need a Maxle is confusing. Its like saying I can't understand why you would need suspension.
  • + 1
 I really don't think those would come loose on their own I have never seen or heard of that happening before. And the tool free-removal is a handy feature especially for me because I drive a car and need to take a wheel off to fit my bike in the trunk or back seat.
  • + 1
 I've never in over 10 years of running bolt-on axles had an axle come loose. It shouldn't come loose on it's own, it's an axle. I've never had any bolt loosen on it's own, so it's not lack of maintenance.
  • + 0
 You are one person. I've seen everything and anything come loose. The reviewers comments on the new systems is riduculous...end of story. The cable routing comment also does not address the fact they route it this way so the housing is not pinched. A Dakine pad for most people at 40 bucks would be cheap compared to a new hydro hose and brake bleed from a shop. For those saying its a Norco...check out the Sunn and Specalized stuff coming from the same factory.

www.frontlinemag.net/news_gallery.php?news_id=719&image_id
  • + 0
 oh! mr. universe said "end of story". that makes me feel he knows what he's talking about...

man, seriously, with all the advancements in bike related technology, i'd be pretty pissed if i had an axle system that came loose on it's own... my rock shox maxles have NEVER come loose on their own... i don't know what you're doing with your axle, but you're obviously doing it wrong...
  • + 0
 You should read more carefully smart guy. I support the Maxle. Forget about the damn bolts coming loose, that is a side issue.
  • + 0
 ok, you're an idiot... i was making the point that "maintenance" free axle systems exist... so i'll enjoy my hassel free maxle, and you can continue to "maintain" whatever crap you have on yours that needs frequent tightening...
  • + 4
 i dont like the frame design on the shores or the six's
  • + 1
 I have the 08 shore one... I have been beating on it for about 7 months now. Only prob I have had so far is the derailleur hanger, and the totems but once fixed its been a dream!
  • + 3
 I love Norcos, this one looks sweet, but I will stick with my 07 Six One frame, it rocks!
  • + 0
 yeah man , norcos stopped being nice 08
  • + 4
 07 Six one frame is awesome, yes.
  • - 6
flag fallen55 (Feb 11, 2009 at 10:52) (Below Threshold)
 umm norcos stopped being nice in 2003 (for there time)
  • + 4
 Screw you guys that bike is kickass !
  • + 2
 amazing paint job though i still manage to hate norco frames with a passion
  • + 3
 i dont think DH/ FR bikes should be all bright colours. save that for dirt jumpers and bmxers. just an opinion though
  • + 5
 why should dirt jumpers and bmxer have cool stuff and not dh/free ride rider?
  • + 3
 i think that colors on a big bikes make the bike stand out and be different from the normal colors i like them having colors. but thats my opinion
  • + 0
 im not biased towards DJ or bmx or anythying, i because mainly ride my full suss. i just think they are better in duller colours. they are going to get dirty anyway.
  • + 1
 so what it would still be cool to have dope calors one a nice bike
  • + 2
 sorry, it's just an opinion...
  • + 3
 i love any bike with that color purple on it
  • + 2
 did they find the wheels and linkage in a 1980's blast from the past retro store??!! UGGGLLLYYYYYYY !!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 1
 i bet if you saw it on a bmx you'd say it was sweet
  • + 2
 Nice preview Brad, and great pictures! Looking forward to the review. That paint is a love or hate it think I'm sure!
  • + 2
 thanks, the comments thus far are definitely love/hate, not much inbetween
  • + 2
 bikes always look better inperson than on internet Razz and solid bike love the norco
  • + 2
 i have the 08, i used it all summer and will be using it again this summer and im loving it.
  • + 2
 I love my 08 shore 1 but this 09 Shore 2 is kind of ugly. It's not worth the money.
  • + 0
 The bike it self looks really nice, but the colour design is a bit too trendy for me. Would like to see if the bring out some options with a bit more class.
  • + 2
 nice paint job but I dont know about the rest of the bike Frown
  • + 0
 it looks alright, but once again norco just really aren't up to scratch, the components are all middle of the range and those pedals.... come on!
  • + 2
 I WANT THOSE HANDLE BARS, there awesome
  • + 1
 I'm not gonna say anything about their ugly-ass frames, oh, whoops; but the purple ano color is kinda sick.
  • + 2
 sweet paint job but too many curves...
  • + 1
 Sorry homies but its not money or camo, its comic strips
  • + 1
 SICK! bike... nice paint job
  • + 0
 Looking forward to the review, sounds like you are not pulling punches with her. Cheers!
  • + 1
 That 20mm QR is a bit of a joke i think.
  • + 6
 Ive just got the same on my new forks. its fantastic actually. Strong as a 20mm locked on and faster than a QR to remove. No cold hand's yanking on a little leaver.
  • + 0
 so if you have your shore 2 does that mean my shore one will be in soon? only ordered it in september!
  • + 1
 i really would like to have that bike!!! just waiting for the review...
  • + 0
 meh, just slap on a 888 and it's good to go. wouldn't be suprised if at least 40 people at whistler had one of those Smile
  • + 1
  that a sexy bike
  • + 1
 Those Funn bars are SICK.
  • + 1
 You can definatatly get a better bike for the money.
  • + 0
 FSR is, undeniably one of the best feeling suspension designs, dont hate on a Norco until you ride one! Amazing ride
  • + 0
 been there done that, go maestro!
  • + 0
 Es mejor mi ironhorse yakuza aniki xD
  • + 1
 mmm, sweet bike ^^
  • + 0
 i like the colors purple and the weird green looks sick!
  • + 0
 looks like a possible next ride for me
  • + 0
 Es mejor mi ironhorse yakuza aniki xD
  • - 1
 the 66's are nice but I'd probably just throw some 888's on there for the hell of it.
  • + 0
 Wow..what a painting...i d'love it
  • + 1
 wowww thats sooo sick
  • + 0
 Es mejor mi ironhorse yakuza aniki xD
  • + 0
 very nice bike
  • + 0
 ugly as sh.t!
  • + 0
 Thats nice Smile
  • + 0
 its ugly as f*&k
  • + 0
 its sick man i love it
  • - 1
 cool...just enough purple:P
  • + 0
 heavnly
  • - 1
 sweeeeet paint + good performance = dream bike
  • - 1
 that has a sick geo. and the colours are sweet.
  • + 0
 nice paint job tho
  • + 0
 omg thats SICK!
  • + 0
 sx cover!
  • + 0
 Price tag?
  • + 0
 it's in the first paragraph
  • + 0
 sweet ride man
  • - 2
 purple and green does not work together at all in my opinion but apart from that it looks sick!
  • + 3
 obviously youve never heard of the hulk.
  • + 2
 or the ninja turtles
  • + 0
 that well sick:L
  • - 3
 looks like they jjust HAD to ruin it with a 66
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