2009 Norco Team DH

Jun 22, 2009
by Tyler Maine  
The weather in the Valley has been off in a bad way to say the least this winter, with great days in the mountains boarding or skiing, but limited days on the bikes. If you were building up a DH race bike for the season, you had more than enough time to sit inside and dream about riding and put your spec together. Thankfully the snow and most of the rain went away and everyone has been out shralping it up now. We at PB were also waiting on a new race bike, but it was coming complete this time around.


Norco Bike's flagship model, the Team DH rolled into the PB head quarters a little over a month ago now and were we surprised by this "stock" bike. At a glance, nothing about this bike appears to be stock, but that is why it is the flagship in the Norco bikes lineup. At $7250 CDN retail, you know that no spec has been overlooked in assembling this bike and that there better not be any in house components on it.

37 pounds, 10 ounces

37 pounds, 10 ounces


The rear travel has two options; 199mm and 227mm. While you can also adjust the BB height from 360mm to 372mm, which changes your head angle from 64 degrees to 64.8 degrees. For 2009, you will finally have your choice of 3 different frame sizes to choose from, so that you can find the size that is best for you. We went with a medium sized frame and when it was all assembled, the final product weighed in at 37 pounds, 10 ounces! (With proper DH casing tires) That might just be the lightest production model DH race bike this year!

Adjustable shock mount

Adjustable shock mount

Low BB
Low BB
High BB
High BB

Making a light bike and spec'ing it so well is one thing, but have a look at the details in the graphics and custom colored parts that are on the Team DH. This bike is polished aluminum with blue, black and subtle red highlights. From the custom anodized blue Alex Supra D rims, the Blue lowers on the RockShox Boxxer WC, the anodized blue rocker link and anodized Wellgo B065 pedals to the matching WTB seat graphics, Top Tube graphics and chain stay graphics. The art department at Norco bikes have been busy!

RockShox WC Boxxer and Alex rim

RockShox WC Boxxer and Alex rim


Fork Arch

Fork Arch

Rocker link

Rocker link

Pedals

Pedals


Matching up graphics:

WTB Seat
WTB Seat




2009 Team DH

2009 Team DH

2008 Team DH

2008 Team DH


Trying to compare the 2009 Team DH to last year's Team DH is next to impossible as they are so different in most every way. Visually the only similarity is the forged head tube, the Norco emblem and the FSR link. The price is more this year but so are the race worthy traits that come with the new Team DH.

The 2009 Team DH uses all new Hydro-formed top and down tubes that are radically swooped and bring a very unique look to the bike. Out back the rear triangle has been lightened up a ton and the ROCO WC Air shock has found a new mounting place that greatly lowers the center of gravity. Norco uses the FSR patented suspension linkage and platform that is proven and works amazingly well. The forged 1.5" head tube is strong and light. Since the Team DH won't see any climbing, the interrupted seat mast works well as you can cut your post and leave it there. Cable routing is clean and should stay out of the way if you drape your bike over the tailgate while shuttling. Once you spend time with this bike, you see just how much thought went into it. Another notable frame item is the replaceable hanger and the fact that the bike came with a spare. Product managers take note - Always include a spare hanger with all frames and complete bikes. Thanks Norco!

Hydroformed top and down

Hydroformed top and down "swoopy" tubes

Top tube and seat tube junction

Top tube and seat tube junction

Forged Head Tube with Norco Badge

Forged Head Tube with Norco Badge

Forged 1.5

Forged 1.5" headtube for weight savings and added strength

Main Pivot with machined out chain stays

Main Pivot with machined out chain stays

Seat tube and mast around the rear shock

Seat tube and mast around the rear shock

Minimalist rear drop outs compared to the 2008 offering

Minimalist rear drop outs compared to the 2008 offering




The suspension duties on the Team DH are being taken care of via a RockShox World Cup Boxxer up front and a Marzocchi ROCO WC Air shock out back. Initially I was surprised to see the mixing of RockShox and Marzocchi suspension on the bike, but when it comes to air sprung options, these two are as good as it gets. The ROCO WC Air shock is obviously the lesser known, but it proved to be easy to set up and on the trail, it ate up all the bumps and hits like its coil sprung counter parts. The rebound and compression adjustments cover a huge spectrum, so you can really dial in your preferences for each course. The low center of gravity shock mounting on the team DH keeps the weight low, while the "open" design of the seat mast really let's the end user get in and adjust the dials on their rear shock. This often feels like an afterthought on various bikes and makes us angry at how tough changes are to make on some bikes, but thankfully someone at Norco thought this through.

ROCO WC Air - front view

ROCO WC Air - front view

ROCO WC Air - rear view

ROCO WC Air - rear view




While RockShox and Marzocchi are working together to keep the Team DH tracking through the bumps, it's the rest of the specs that keep it pinned wide open at the races. Race Face Atlas FR cranks drive the KMC chain through the SRAM X.O rear derailleur and cassette. The cassette is mounted to DT Swiss' 440 hub (there is a reason why Sam Hill and Greg Minnaar run these - they are fast hubs) and should you need to brake, the Avid Elixir CR brake will put the power down and slow you up in a hurry. The ease of use featured on the Elixir CR brakes makes them the most user friendly brake that we've ever used to date.



Taco
Taco

Avid Elixir CR Brakes and SRAM X.0 Rear Derailleur:





DT Swiss 440 Front Hub

DT Swiss 440 Front Hub

DT Swiss 440 Rear Hub

DT Swiss 440 Rear Hub




The contact points (hands, feet, butt as well as tires to terra firma) are well put together too. Kenda's Nevegal tire is well liked by many riders and is one of the few 2.35" tires that is available in a DH casing. Speaking of DH casings, it is a pleasure to see that Norco chose to go this route over what we typically see with companies spec'ing 2.5", single ply casing tires that are as useless on a DH course as single ply toilet paper is when you have an upset stomach. The Kenda Nevegal tires are mounted to custom anodized blue Alex Supra D rims - how cool it that! While one off colors are bad ass looking, it does make it tough to find a replacement should you wreck a rim in a rock garden or a jump gone wrong.

Kenda Nevegal 2.35 Tires with DH Casing

Kenda Nevegal 2.35 Tires with DH Casing

Kenda Nevegal Tread Pattern

Kenda Nevegal Tread Pattern


At your hands, you'll find a set of Sunline lock on grips that are affixed to a Sunline V1 bar (29.5 inches wide) and the bar is mounted to a Sunline DM stem. Seeing the direct mount stem and wide bars makes you know that this "stock" bike has it going on and that who ever spec'd it probably races too. The downside to the white grips is that they turn caramel colored once your dirty paws touch them. I would have spec'd a black grip or another color to better match up, but really that's just nit picking.

Sunline V1 Bar at 29.5

Sunline V1 Bar at 29.5" wide

Sunline Direct mount stem for Boxxers

Sunline Direct mount stem for Boxxers

Sunline lock-on grips - already not white

Sunline lock-on grips - already not white


Your butt should have no complaints about the WTB Silverado saddle either. This has been the saddle of chose for the past few season of the Pinkbike.com DH team. Norco has more pull and got their saddles fully customized to match the top tube graphics - such a sick tie in. I wonder who we can talk to about PB saddles? Ti rails means that this is a light and race ready seat. Just another point where weight was saved on the overall spec.

WTB Seat

WTB Seat


The Wellgo B065 pedals have also been touched with the ano blue wand to match other key parts on the bike. While the B065 spins freely and is proportionally proper for a nice flat pedal (thin top to bottom and not too wide), the mixture of small and large pins as opposed to set screws is my complaint. We removed a few of the larger pins and felt that the traction improved, but would have been happier with long set screws or long pins that are all the same size at the tip. But damn they look good!

Pedals

Pedals




For the past few seasons I have been watching who is willing to step out there and really put an effort into their bike spec and who was holding back with an alright parts offering on their frame. The Norco Team DH is a factory as they come:

Specifications
Release Date 2009
Price $7250
Travel 199mm-227mm
Rear Shock Marzocch i World Cup w/ carbon air can, 9.5" x 3"
Fork RockShox World Cup
Headset Sunline 1.5" Reducer integrated
Cassette Sram DH PG-970, 9 speed, 11-26
Crankarms RaceFace Atlas FR 170mm
Chainguide E-Thirteen LG1
Bottom Bracket Shimano Saint 68 mm
Pedals CNC alloy, sealed bearing, blue anodized, steel pins
Chain KMC Super Light CP silver 9 speed
Rear Derailleur Sram X-0, 9 spd, short cage
Shifter Pods Sram X-0 trigger, 9 speed rear
Handlebar Sunline V-1 711 mm sm / 745 mm m/l, 19 mm rise, 31.8mm
Stem Sunline direct mount for Boxxer, 31.8mm, 50mm extension
Grips Sunline lock on grip., white / grey
Brakes Sram Elixer CR, 8” rotor
Hubs DT 440, 150 x 12mm, 9 spd, sealed bearings
Spokes DT Swiss Super Comp stainless black 2.0 / 1.7 / 1.8
Rim Alex Supra D welded, 32 hole anodized blue
Tires Kenda Nevegal 26 x 2.35, Stick E rubber, CAP casing
Seat WTB Silverado custom cover, titanium rail, white base
Seatpost Truvativ Team post double bolt, 27.2 mm, polish silver


Enough information already, here is the Team DH in action:

Dexter Robinson on his Norco Team DH (film by Faultline Media):
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Eric Pauwels in action on the 2009 Norco Team DH, photos by Adrian Marcoux:


To learn more about the Norco Team DH and other Norco bikes, please visit their web site at Norco.com or check them out here in the Product section of Pinkbike.

Happy Trails,
Ty


97 Comments

  • 19 0
 not a big fan of Norco bikes but 37lbs is impressive! i wonder how it rides... 68mm BB with 150mm hub?? that's really weird...
  • 3 1
 yeah it could've been lighter though. SDG seat & post, gamut p30 chainguide, and a different road cassette not the 970DH. I'm too lazy to really notice all the rest of the could-have-been-lighter stuff.
  • 6 0
 there is always going to be a could have been ligher or could have been better no matter what
  • 2 2
 thats an amazing weight. but hate the design
  • 20 8
 Love the curves, industrial looking frames like the old one have their place, but this bike looks so much faster and lighter. Low and slack like a good DH bike should be, with just enough anodizing to be old-school classy. I like it a lot.
  • 15 6
 pinkbike needs more people like you, not hating on new desings tup and i totally agree with you, it looks and i bet it rides amazing
  • 3 3
 oh they ride so nice.
  • 4 2
 Stress doesn't like to go around corners, so when you make curvy bits you need more metal to make the part strong enough than if you used a straight tube. As modern art, well, it's kinda ugly, and as a light bike frame it's more than questionable.
  • 5 1
 trust me, i was able to take one of these front triangles and test out how much abuse it would take, and it takes allot of stress.
  • 5 1
 So your an engineer or fabricator and did some strength and fatigue tests? Or you mashed it through a rock garden?
  • 2 3
 not an engineer, but ive rode the shit outta mine plus a few tests while i had some free time at my shop. they're light and strong the only thing that is a potential breaking point is the one's they recalled and the reason was because of the fancy headtubes having too many welds on them and they've eliminated this problem with this bike.
  • 3 2
 So you mash on your bike... and it hasn't broken yet. Good luck with that.
  • 3 1
 nope i had a front triangle that was recalled and we tested it.
  • 3 3
 Its funny cole, because it did break. Stupid recalled shore. The 2009 Team DH frame has been tested and prototyped to the most extreme settings. The boys at norco took all positive and negative feedback from the recalled frames, and any frames that were broken, fixed them and made this thing of beauty. Jonnydh, you have no idea what your talking about. You probably had a friend that BB case a gap and broke a frame, thus you think norcos blow. In reality, you have never had a Team DH so you have no right to say this bike sucks. Smarten up.
  • 1 3
 Why was it recalled?
  • 1 1
 anyways bash it all you like if it makes you feel better, but have you ever ridden one? Have you ever ridden one untill the breaking point? So stress doesn't like corners then why is my bike feeling better then ever, cause there was a ton of corners on the trials i've been riding.
  • 3 1
 Smarten up? lol - peace, and I'm out!
  • 2 1
 well you could always give norco a shout im sure they would love to here your input at creating a better dh bike with all your years of experience.
  • 3 2
 It has been tested? That's funny b/c their factory team DH racers (fionn griffiths and hans lambert) weren't riding it before this year. Maybe their soft engineers rode them... very extreme testing. lol
  • 0 1
 theres other testing then that with machines that test the amount of stress the frame that is at there main office/warehouse in poco.
  • 1 0
 buahaha positive feedback from the recalled frames owners Big Grin U know i think it handles well, and its really a good weld up there its just that it breaks sometimes u know, I dont know why Big Grin
  • 17 8
 one of the most solid builds ever
  • 5 5
 i agree
  • 6 11
flag Qc-Rider-14 (Jun 22, 2009 at 17:12) (Below Threshold)
 One of, if not THE sickest builds EVER
  • 4 1
 These rims and tires is the only thing I could see wrong there
  • 6 2
 The frame is disgusting on paper - but in person, it's a thing of beauty. Trust me.
  • 2 1
 I have been riding this bike for two months now and I love it. Feels great through the corners, nice and stable in the air. The suspension works great together when its tuned properly. I will agree on the comment about the grips. They have turned a nasty grey/ brown color and even after a wash you can still see the dirt. I love the brakes, they are one of my favorite things on the bike. They felt great from day one. Plenty of stopping power and are easy to tune. I switch between mallet 3's and the wellgos and I have no complains with the wellgos at all, they have decent grip, look sexy and have held up to a beating. I would recommend this to anyone out there who is considering picking one up.
  • 2 1
 I had a Norco A-line a few years back... Solid Bikes.... The only thing i do not like about this bike is the top tube Design, but I'm willing to bet that after riding it i will get over it..... Awesome Build!
  • 3 1
 I like the design and look of the bike, but I don't like how much a good bike like this costs. Streetbike and dirtbikes are roughly the same price...
  • 1 2
 then go buy a dirt bike.and quit bitchin' about the price.
  • 3 0
 I did. A 2009. It was cheaper too. Not hating on Norcos, almost all DH bikes cost too much.
  • 4 0
 sounds like a good bike but dont like the looks of the frame
  • 1 1
 That bike will break. Great strategy, skimp on the metal to make it light and but lots of curvy bits in. Brilliant engineering. It might work fine for a little while... but is that really good enough? Also it's kinda ugly lookin'. Fail...
  • 1 0
 your not one of the people that test the bike frames at norco so why should you now its a weak frame? and have you riden one? don't think so. and do you think that norco would realy make a crap frame becuase they are a realy good company that's reliable and very good to buy from so why would they ruin there company by making shit bikes, that's not what norco is all about
  • 1 1
 Well, at first Im gonna say i wasnt sure about this bike. But when nyterider got his in a couple weeks ago and I helped him build it up, I knew this bike was gonna be sick. I took it for a spin and immediatly felt that this bike could handle anything you threw at it. I do think this bike is sick, but I must say its no Session 88. The chrome of this Team DH catches anyones eye and truly looks great in person. Nyterider and I have pushed this bike to the limits this past weekend and he has loved it. Any one who puts this bike down and hasnt riden it has no right because your opinion will change as soon as you start to pedal it. Before you decide to say this bike "sucks", do you research.
  • 0 0
 i got one of these bad boys and its one of the best race bikes ever! if you were blind and rode it compared to any other world cup dh bike you would be amazed!
only drawbacks are 1-the welgo pedals have a small platform and are a little hard to stay on through rough stuff, 2-the custom blue paint on those sexy ass forks gets stress cracks near the arch from the "boxxer flex", and lastly the welded alexrims crack at the welds... i was pretty pissed off about that!
  • 6 2
 sorry, but $7250 ????
  • 3 6
 That's about 5100EUR....not really cheep...but it would be more expensive to custome build a bike like that, so I guess it's okay.
  • 3 4
 you get costum bikes under 5000Euros which are as good as the norco or even better
  • 0 1
 Yeah, I just realized that, too. I wouldn't buy that bike anyways, even though I like it.
  • 5 3
 I didn't think it was possible to make a $7250 bike look "cheap" but they pulled it off. Frame and colors are just tacky.
  • 3 3
 I had it down to the Norco Team DH or the Trek Session 88. Sorry Norco you lost. I love the spec on the team dh but I just don't like the down tube and the Session was a smoother ride.
  • 4 1
 good choice
  • 0 1
 Session 88 FTW. I built mine from the frame up, but nonetheless is such a sick ride.
  • 0 1
 they are both very good rides Smile
  • 1 0
 session 88 frame is supposidly very weak and when you go through a gravel section and a rock flys up and hits your down tube it gets a dent in it so in my opinion nice lite bike but very weak frame
  • 2 0
 The only thing thats better about the 2008 model is that it has a Chris King headset.
  • 1 0
 CK sucks (relatively). Cane Creeks are pretty sweet these days!
  • 0 0
 No way man, what else in the world comes with a 10 year bearing warranty?
  • 0 0
 that bike is so sick. i demoed one at Seaotter and they pedal so nice, unlike the Sunday. the only part i don't like about it is the air shock, it may be liter but i just feel better on a coil.
  • 0 0
 yeah feel the same way, but mind you the air is kind growing on me.
  • 3 2
 yea it has a really nice spec and build and everything. .. but its still 7500 for a NORCO i'll take a SC or Intense thanks.
  • 0 2
 I mean, who would honestly sell a Team DH at retail price. any smart bike shop owner/saleman would cut anyone a deal on a bike like this when someone is willing to drop that kind of cash on this bike. I would honestly sell this bike, depending on the cost, for 6000 to the right customer. Now that sounds like a good deal.
  • 2 3
 I understand they curved the lower tube in order to make room for the shock... but why the hell is that top tube so curved? a strait line between 2 points is shorter than a curved one right? so a strait top tube would make the bike lighter...cum on Norco is that simple.Cut the futuristic design bullshit and make the bikes like u used to... I ride a 2004 A line and I don't think I'd trade it for this shiny pice of shit.
Oh guyz, and remember back in the dayz when marzzocchi had all thoes sweet working oil and spring forks?
Why are all the new once working so crapy? Is it maybe Taiwan's fault? No, it must be all that super outtaspace technology they put inside!
So my question is: Why does a company make such good products for some years and then they start making bad once! What's next, plastic bikes?
  • 4 0
 Yes plasic bikes are next
  • 1 2
 very impresive weight but seeing how you arn't realy going up any hills on a DH bike then the 45 pound bikes dont realy concern me the place where this bike would probably break is near the welds anyhow seing how thts were all my bike have broken if they simply add more metal were the welds are i think this would be a much better built DH bike that is still sub 40 pounds
  • 8 6
 I love the look of the frame, and the build is quality.
  • 3 1
 not bad at all, but theres beter i think
  • 5 3
 what's with that price? forgive me but that's just obscene
  • 2 1
 check the specs
  • 1 1
 now that i checked the specs closely i think is WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY overpriced. don't get me wrong, it's a nice bike but that is to much!
  • 2 0
 i prefere the 2008 version
  • 0 1
 when the two pictures of this years and last years are next to each other, i think i like the 09 better. it just looks alot lighter and faster. it makes the 08 look really old.
  • 1 1
 I didnt quite like this bike until i got to ride one, then i F'in loved it. It unique in its own way and this year Norco showed up to the plate. Good work.
  • 0 0
 i personally prefer the frame and look of my o7 team dh but at only 37 pounds id be willing to sacrafice looks for the lighter weifgt
  • 1 0
 for me the way down and top tubs are bent it kind of looks like the SX trail but thats my opinion.
  • 0 2
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  • 1 0
 www.pinkbike.com/photo/3831209
Now is it clear for all what i just said here a few posts higher?
  • 5 4
 most over priced bike of 2009
  • 5 0
 Back up your statement. Look at the parts and tell me a better bike with the same parts for less - not really a true statement now is it? At Arduum this weekend I think I counted 5 or 6 of these race bikes and everyone of the owners were pumped on the new bikes.
  • 0 0
 Thank you, most people just shoot this bike down on how it looks but I can guarantee that most of the people who have commented on this article have never even sat down on this bike let alone ride it. I've had mine for a few weeks now and I have no complaints. It corners great, it seams to love to stay on the ground and suck every bump or root up like nothing.
  • 0 0
 i dont really know much about bikes coz im new to the sport but that looks freakin awesome dude! defo looks the business
  • 1 1
 Sweet bike !! But isn't one of the Norco bikes that were recalled
  • 0 1
 i think its a sick looking frame,no one likes it just cause theres never been anything like it really.
  • 1 0
 LOL NICE BIKE
  • 1 0
 Razz
  • 1 0
 nice i like the colour
  • 4 4
 niiiiiiccccccccccceeeeee
  • 3 3
 sweet!
  • 3 4
 sick!! thats one of the nicest builds ive ever seen.
  • 1 1
 like the color spec
  • 0 1
 where on saltspring island is this?
  • 0 1
 has anyone ridden a ROCO WC Air?
  • 1 2
 those bikes are sick
  • 3 4
 i hate the look of it
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