Words by Norco Bicycles
The Norco Factory XC Team has been riding a wave of success aboard the new Revolver FS 100 following the second stop of the 2019 UCI World Cup season.
The team made a cautious switch to the all new FS 100 model in the middle of the 2018 season, a move that initially pushed the riders out of their comfort zone.
The change paid immediate dividends for Haley, “I had the best race I’ve ever had (to date) and any apprehension was totally gone.”
Designed with the XC racer in mind, the FS 100 is all about performance on the course. With a holistic design approach that examines the rider’s body position within the wheel base as a primary focus, the new design allows riders to maintain an aggressive race position at all times. Previously, Factory Team riders, like many in the discipline, were running their seats slammed forward, with long, dropped stems to try to bring their centre of gravity forward to maximize power output on climbs. In response, the new bike’s reach has been lengthened, and features a lower front end to help riders maintain front wheel traction.
By focusing on the riders’ centre of mass, Norco engineers were able to maximize power output on climbs and traverses, minimize rider fatigue, and create an aggressive, confident descending position with a slacker headtube angle and 60 mm stem.
Fast-forward to the present season, and Haley Smith has been leading the charge, having landed her first career Elite podium in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic with a third-place finish.
Peter Disera also has had a strong start to his year. A 7th place finish in Nove Mesto during the short track event put him shoulder-to-shoulder with the world’s best, with a front row starting position come the main event on Sunday. This was on the heels of his top-20 spot in Albstadt the previous week, the best finish of his career.
Andrew L’Esperance’s results are steadily moving up, placing 42nd in Nove Mesto after a 54th place finish in Germany in the talented Men’s Elite field for a solid start to his World Cup season.
In the Under-23 category, Sean Fincham turned a 10th place finish in the first stop into a 6th the following race, and Quinton Disera made a big leap from a 56th finish to 19th in the second race of the year, both showing signs of growth and progress.
Look for the team to keep their Revolvers rolling in the right direction as the season resumes on July 5-7 in Vallnord, Andorra.
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for all the specs and details on the Norco Revolver FS 100.Revolver FS 120
For those looking for XC climbing efficiency and a lightweight chassis but with a bit more suspension for fast trails and big day adventure, the Norco Revolver FS 120 is the weapon of choice. Suited for everything from never-ending epics and endurance stage racing to fast morning rides before work, the FS 120 provides control, traction and efficiency on climbs paired with agility and confidence on the descents.
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All photos courtesy Andy Vathis.