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Norco Shore, SIX and 4X series bikes for 2009.

Jul 24, 2008
by Tyler Maine  
After taking a look at the big DH race and park style bikes it's time to have a gander at the freeride side of the new 2009 Norco bikes. The Shore was built and bred around the riding that is in Norco's back yard. The SIX series is like heavy duty all mountain or light duty freeride, while the redesigned 4XXXX is ready to race dual, 4X, hit up the Dirt Jumps or play in the bike park.

You won't find a dual crown on any of these bikes, just long travel single crowns to increase versatility and allow the bikes to be better matched up from a suspension stand point for their intended use. They are all meant to be ridden hard on demanding terrain.

Shore series:

-hardcore technical trails
-new school jump trails
-slope style and park riding
-low stand over and low center of gravity
-150x12mm MAXLE rear drop outs
-7" of travel front and rear (coil rear shocks)

Shore 1 - $5200

-new hydro-formed down tube on all models
-new forged chainstay clevis on all models
-RockShox Totem fork 1.5"
-Truvativ Hammerschmidt crank set

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Shore 2 - $3600

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-Marzocchi 66RCV 1.5"
-Sublimated graphics on all models

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Shore 3 - $2950

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-RockShox Domain 302 1.5"



All Mountain HD Series:

-intended use: technical trail bikes, flowy freeride lines and slope style
-135x12mm MAXLE drop outs
-low stand over and low center of gravity
-6" of travel on the SIXs

SIX 1 - $4450

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-Air fork and shock
-freeride "light" component spec
-new hydro-formed down tube on all models
-RockShox Lyric Solo Air Fork
-Marzocchi TST Air rear shock

SIX 2 - $3600

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-Marzocchi 55 ATA Fork
-Fox DHX Air 3.0 rear shock

SIX 3 - $2950

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-Marzocchi 55R Fork
-Fox Van R rear shock
-Avid juicy 3 brakes

Stryk - $2100

-Marzocchi 55RS Fork
-Fox Van R rear shock
-Hayes Stroker Trail 7" brakes

B-Line - $1850

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-24" wheels
-Marzocchi DJ-3 120mm fork
-Marzocchi Coil R rear shock



Slope Style and 4X series:

Intended Market: riders wanting a lighter duty, low stand over bike for trails, dirt jumps, or 4X racing. Teeing up the slopestyle course at the local bike park is also where these bikes excel.

4XXXX - $3225

-new tube set for the frame=lighter
-lower shock mount=lower center of gravity
-100 mm of travel via Marzocchi 4X fork and Fox Float R rear shock
-Pivotal seat and post

Empire 5 - $3650

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Past 2009 Stories:
https://www.pinkbike.com/news/norco-empire-5-2008.html
https://www.pinkbike.com/news/norco-team-dh-aline-2009.html

Check back for more details on the Women's new Vixa freeride bike and the Dirt/Street line up of hard tails by the end of the week.

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-Tyler "Brule" Maine

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107 Comments
  • 6 0
 I can't wait until the curved tube design fad is over and we can get back to making bikes that look like what they are meant to do. A wicker basket with some pansies in it would be right at home on any of those.
  • 1 0
 i agree with you completely! - what's with the bendy toptube and down tube? there is no justification. - all it does is make them structurally weaker and increases the cost of production and thus purchasing. I don't have anything against norco, i just wish they put more effort into the aesthetics of their bikes (colour doesn't count because ANYone can colour co-ordinate).
  • 0 0
 agreeded, they put a dip in it 4 lower Standover
  • 6 2
 Im gonna have to say these bikes are sweet, kona sucks balls, they have had the same peice of crap frames for so long and all they do is change the colors and parts everyyear. specialized is awsome. norco got thier system from specialized and paid for it. i would say it almost kinda looks like a specialized demo minus all the extra metal. i think these bikes are sweet and got sweet colors. everyone's got different opinions right? so keep your tempers and stop acting like 5 year olds.
  • 3 1
 Almost everyone dissing these ride Kona. Kinda funny isn't it?
  • 2 0
 OK, ALL BICYCLE COMPANIES ARE RAISING THEIR PRICES FOR THE NEXT YEAR DUE TO RAISING FUEL AND MATERIAL COSTS BY 20-30% (in north america anyways) JESUS. NOW YOU ALL KNOW.




P.s. i don't like these very much at all. look like the specialized trails, plus the new norco 4xxxx looks like ballsacks.yellow ballsacks.
  • 5 0
 DUDE THE PINK AND GREEN ONE IS SICK!!
  • 0 0
 i agree the shore two is awesome
  • 3 1
 where did my other comment go... i understand that they used to be at a good price, but with these new ones all they did was make the old design a little uglier and raise the price.
  • 1 0
 The second picture of the red six 1 looks like there's a DW type pivot or link by the bottom bracket. Maybe the top half of the rear linkage doesn't but the bottom chainstay sure looks like a DW type. OOOOh patent infringement, I'm tellin grandma.
  • 2 1
 Now you can get the same ugly frame in different colors across the full susp Norco line up. Sweet I never did like the 08 shore frame, nor will I humor the thought of liking any 09 Norco product. If I can say anything positive, the colors are pretty.
  • 26 22
 Those new norcos are off the hook, there so awesome!
  • 21 16
 yea man i agrree they look f*cking insane,i might even sell my xc bike for one of those
and my downhill bike
then borrow a coupleof g's

then maybe i could aforrd itSmile
  • 22 42
flag sam4412 (Jul 24, 2008 at 1:17) (Below Threshold)
 Oh comon norco! they seem to be copying everyones ideas! the rear looks like it came off a 2003 specialized bighit the front triangle looks like a 1999 kona stabs and the graffix stole from a specialized P1 or p2 although on the otherhand all these things combined do add to great effect and i would rather have this than the DH
  • 40 11
 ummm im sorry but have you seen a 2003 bighit? because i have, and they didnt look anything like that.... crack is a bad habbit
  • 7 6
 oh spicy
  • 9 16
flag whistlerrider20 (Jul 24, 2008 at 7:31) (Below Threshold)
 the reason norco is copying everyone is because there original frame designs suck black salty balls. I used to hate norco but now the are going with the proven linkage systems and hoping it will work better to get them out of that hole they dug for themselves for 7 years.
  • 8 16
flag nouser (Jul 24, 2008 at 8:28) (Below Threshold)
 they are nice bikes and all but i think the 08 shore frame design for almost everything for 09 was f*ucking stupid of norco to do...like why? the 08 atomic was nice,they should have used it for 09 frames...norco lost alot of respect from me this year Frown
  • 7 20
flag nateb FL (Jul 24, 2008 at 8:57) (Below Threshold)
 haha black salty balls
  • 12 4
 /\/\/\/\ Edit: Chocolate Salty Balls /\/\/\/\
  • 5 1
 Just throwing it out there, All the 09's are due out late fall.
  • 2 1
 ^ lol yeah thats wierd how theyre let out in 08
and i why isnt there a full shot of the empire? i wanna see what the whole thing looks like
  • 2 0
 The good news is that eric182's respect doesn't count for much. he new shore's are sick!!!
  • 1 3
 What the fuck is Norco doing. If you want a new 2009 Norco DH bike than get the 2008 Norco Free Ride bike and put triple crown forks on it. You will be saving your self a hell of alot of money. Big fuck up.
  • 0 3
 haha nice to know it doesn't count for much to you...but i'm sure other people are thinking the same as me and the prise went up on every single bike....why? and $7G's for the team DH is a bit much....,yes all the bikes are nice this year that i've seen but in some ways some of them aren't
  • 0 0
 hmm, the reason the rear end looks like a big hit couldent be because they liscence their suspention design from specialized could it? naahh thats too obvious...
  • 0 0
 the 2009 bikes are a ton more expensive than the 2008 models Why? I dont know a ton of people who ride norco fullys. why would they raise the price if they dont have a massive fan base like Specialized. Also they dont have many sponsored riders do they? im not sure but ben boyko isnt a huge draw for people wanting the same bike as their favourite rider.
  • 0 0
 Seems to me that if you changed the top tube with a bend you might have to bend the down tube to match the welds/geometry. As well as this, the rear suspension is now on a more horizontal plane as apposed to a downward/upward travel pattern.
  • 5 1
 photo of 4x?
  • 3 4
 yeah, these dont impress me much more than the team dh bike which REALLY sucked and just al around looked like butt... The curvy tubes looked way too much like the old stab..
  • 3 1
 yea i relly want one of those bikes dam
  • 0 0
 of course they wouldnt show the new hammer schimdt cranks on the shore.... with these bikes your pretty much paying for the parts spec
  • 1 0
 the only norco up there that id ride is the empire 5....... and that wouldent be by choice
  • 1 0
 What kind of blasphemis bikes is adt. Looks Horid~! I want old Norcos and Specializeds
  • 2 0
 NOOOOOOO I wanted to see the Hammerschmidt crank set!!!!
  • 2 1
 i seen the norco team riding them at whistler !! they looked awsome to ride likes!
  • 0 1
 It's the standover height they are going for.... the bends give it a little more clearance all around... not to mention its hydroformed so its stronger than a a straight piece of material...
  • 7 0
 ok i can understand the stand-over height for small people, but there really isn't anything wrong with buying a small sized frame instead of a medium and having to use a bendy top tube. hydroforming doesn't make it stronger than a straight piece of material that has undergone the same processes of hardening - it makes it stronger than just simply bending the straight piece of material. A straight piece of material will remain the stronger of the two due to it not having any enforced points of constriction - it's molecules will remain aligned, with fewer weaknesses to stress - thus the breaking strength of the material will remain the same along the whole of the material, instead of being subject to the weaknesses enforced by the hydroforming.
Bendy downtube? no stand-over clearance is needed. Nor is tyre clearance... otherwise the forks would have a problem and the angles would be pretty awful. - thus the 2009 norco bikes seem to have been made by a child with 'Cheese-strings' or whatever that edible yellow plastic is called.
  • 3 1
 Hey guy ^ Props for the Essay on the New Norco POS!
  • 2 0
 They all look the same!!!!
  • 1 0
 wut ever happend to gun metal grey with pink rotord and pink chain guides Frown
  • 0 0
 I never liked the look of the new 09 shores...but now, i love it! benty tubes rock. I'm thinking about getting the norco shore 2 looks crazy!
  • 1 0
 ive had my 2008 norco six for less than a month and it has already snapped dont like
  • 4 3
 Well there better than aline and DH for 09
  • 2 1
 what song is in last movie?
  • 3 1
 those all look amazing
  • 1 0
 there alot better then the ones shown yesterday, these look alot better
  • 1 0
 cant wait for the Empire 5! Im thinkin about pickin one up, now
  • 0 0
 One of the only desist bikes norco have made for DH is probably The shore. They always been really nice.
  • 0 0
 I love the bike but they cost so much more then the 2008. 08 shore 2 is 2800. 09 shore 3600 that is a huge increase
  • 0 0
 any 1 know what kind of rims are on the shore 2? the pink ones... reply to my page pleaseBig Grin
  • 0 0
 those shores are too nice!! but im not a big fan of the new frames i like the 07 better
  • 1 1
 Those bikes are off the chain dudes!!!!!!!!!!!! i love the way the frame dips !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! peace out
  • 1 1
 i hate the frame dips, but everyones intitled to there own opinion i guess
  • 2 1
 norco really cleaned up their act this year
  • 0 0
 It has to do with the price of gas, we will see alot more of this as oil goes up
  • 9 9
 The achievment of pure perfection. I want one that's for sure...
  • 4 4
 i really wanna see the 4X, unreal bike.
  • 2 1
 ye, gutted they didnt show it!
  • 2 1
 yeah i kinda wanted to see what it looked like too
  • 1 0
 same, what was the point of it being part of the article if theyre not showing you the bike??
  • 3 3
 $5200 bucks for the Shore 1,that's expensive.Nice bikes
  • 3 3
 Bloody oath it is. Especialy considering you can get on of those 09 SX trails for about the same price. They do look pretty good though.
  • 10 0
 welcome to the time of high oil prices. this means higher shipping costs and anything made of plastics is more expensive. expect all bikes in the 09 season, at least in north america to be 20-30% more than in 08
  • 2 20
flag lilwalters (Jul 24, 2008 at 7:12) (Below Threshold)
 haha, $5200?!?! you're shitting me... you can get like two of giant's reign x1's for that! and shores still blow...
  • 1 1
 then i was all...like...you can get 2 giants fer that
  • 0 0
 the only problem is riding a giant. meastro is a cheap DW
  • 3 3
 wow,the vid of the shore 1 is sick,i luv the graphics
  • 3 3
 the a-line is by far the nicest 09 bike
  • 0 0
 they look kinda like the flatline
  • 2 1
 sweet !!
  • 1 1
 the shore 2 is UGLY! the others are dec
  • 2 3
 wow those are as ugly as the other ones and wuts with teh fucking retarded colours
  • 2 2
 eww bike look like shittt but the six is the nicest but still ugly.
  • 2 3
 all the bottom tubes look the same.. theres no styl. no class. cant belive norco did this
  • 0 0
 dude this bike is from the future sick ass wavy frames
  • 0 0
 shore 2 looks best though
  • 0 0
 i just bought a 2009 norco bike
  • 0 0
 they don't come out til nov-dec this year.
  • 0 0
 what forks are on the 2009 norco shore 3
  • 0 0
 there a step under totems
  • 2 3
 man i really dont like the new shore color scheme... glad i got on 08
  • 2 3
 yeah i'm not sure about the pink stuff
  • 5 6
 dude, those bikes are so primo.
  • 3 4
 looking a lot beter than before very nice Smile
  • 3 4
 what is the song on the Empire 5's video
  • 3 5
 It says if you watch it dumbass!
  • 0 0
 im wondering wat the song is to but didnt see it in the video
  • 1 0
 sam, ur a dumbass cuz it doesnt say
  • 3 5
 So very true but some of the designs are pretty kool but that frame pisses me off with the dip
  • 1 0
 yeah wuts w/ componeys and lower standover hieghts, it makes the bikes ugly
  • 5 7
 I didnt like norco as it was an these make me hate them even more. these bikes better ride better than they look.
  • 0 0
 ***
  • 1 1
 these bikes are sickk
  • 2 5
 The six looks like the only Norco for 09 i'd ride (i would not pay for it but i'd give it a go if i had the chance)
  • 1 4
 they keep on rassing the price when the bike bike isn't anybetter just diff frame kinda stupid
  • 6 0
 All bikes are going up about 15% or higher in price next year. Alluminum is becoming more expensive to produce, and labour prices are increasing. Don't expect prices to be higher just with norco.
  • 0 2
 the prices just keep going up is it gunna be 12000 for a shore in 2010
  • 0 0
 hahahaha Norco raising the shore 1 by $6701,that would be norco's biggest mistake if they are dumb enougth to do it,nobody is gonna buy it with that price
  • 7 10
 Norco - yet again bringing ugly bikes at ugly prices...
  • 1 3
 not cool
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