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Norco Fluid LT 3 All Mountain Full Suspension

4.37/5 (35 Reviews)

Product Description

Marzocchi 55 R fork with 120-160mm travel - Fox DHX Air 3.0 rear shock - Shimano M475 and KT 20mm hubs with WTB Speed Disc rims and DT Swiss stainless spokes - FSA Alpha Drive cranks with external bearings - Avid Juicy 3 hydraulic disc brakes with 7” rotors.

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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mgrandmaison a Cross Country Rider from Quebec City

Date Reviewed: July 14, 2011

Strengths:    Very good for a 215lbs biker, I love the feeling of smoothness but it never let you down when you need it in ruff terrain...

Weaknesses:    the rear wishbone broke last year, and it was a clean brake right next to the welding spot, the replacement part was totally different from the original, you could see they knew where to reinforce it to make sure it wouldn't brake again!!!

Bottom Line:   
I've never regret the purchase of that bike, cause I had a chance to try it before, and I felt in love with the all around capacity of the suspension, yes it's not the best bike in the world, but I assure you, it is worth every penny I spent for it, in the last 4 years except for the tune-up I only had to change brake plates and front small spoket and the chain... not much investement to keep a smilling face every time i take it out in the wood... the best place I took it so far was the mount St-Anne near Québec City...

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Favorite Trail:   All trail free around our beautiful city...

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $2700.00

Purchased At:   Mathieu Performance

Similar Products Used:   GT I drive years before, Rocky Mountain (brother's bike) Yeti

Bike Setup:   suspension is adjust to it's maximum displacement to insure totale use of the clearence under the frame. rear suspension air PSI 190 front PSI 55 and damper 2-3 clicks from

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jamis_biker a Weekend Warrior from Dryden,Ontario

Date Reviewed: April 29, 2011

Strengths:    Just to start off, this is for the lt 6.2 (2010) I couldnt find it to write a review but this was the closest. First off, the bike rides amazing. The rockshox lyrik and monarch seem to work really well together. The bike feels tough, it inspires me to do almost anything.The elixer 5,s do the job well but i like a disc with a bit more grab.

Weaknesses:    sram x7 shifters. I dont really like how you cant see which gear you are in (maybe they used them to save weight). the actual shifting i love but the shifter not as much. I really wish they would have put a bashring on like theyu did on the new ranges. (does anybody use the third chainring?)

Bottom Line:   
Really good bike for an amazing value. It feels alot beefier than the 2009 fluid lt 3 and the suspension works alot better together. I would definitly recomend it but i would take the frame apart first and grease all the pivot points. This is great for the all mountain rider who climbs up to the top of a hill before he shuttles down hard. Overall, great bike and i am sure it will lats for years to come.

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Favorite Trail:   ferguson singletrack

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $2600.00

Purchased At:   Different Bikes - No

Similar Products Used:   2009 Fluid Lt3, Jamis parker 1(if you wanna count that), 2005 jamis komodo 2.0 (not really comparab;e unless you compare componenets.

Bike Setup:   Bone stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by az29okg a Cross Country Rider from Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: April 20, 2010

Strengths:    28 lbs - just 2 lbs heavier than my old hardtail.

Weaknesses:    Seatpost (Ritchey Pro Carbon) creaks (I think).
XT hydraulic disc brakes seem to have lost modulation (one cold morning), they are still very strong brakes, but the lever movement is very small.

Bottom Line:   
I really love my bike (except for the creaking seatpost - which I've temporarily fixed by replacing it with an old Syncro aluminum seatpost). The suspension feels really good. I normally like riding faster smoother tails. But, I did take it on one really rocky technical trail and I had to learn to let the bike smash thorugh the rough stuff - which it did (no thanks to my skill level - just hang on an pray).

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Favorite Trail:   None

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $2800.00

Purchased At:   Ontario

Bike Setup:   Stock except for:
- XT clipless pedals
- Panaracer Fire XC Pro tires (26x2.1)
- Ritchey Pro bar ends

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by KMurphy a Cross Country Rider from BC

Date Reviewed: April 16, 2010

Strengths:    Good price for components. Handles XC descents well.

Weaknesses:    Heavy by AM standards today. Numerous parts require upgrading

Bottom Line:   
Good bike but with only one great strength which is the descent after an XC climb. Frame and cranks twist and bend if you take this bike downhilling. 33lbs is a bit much for an XC use so it's won't be the one bike to do it all. 2008 ATA fork will give you problem after problem if you ride lots. Pedals are disposable. 2008 rear XT hub was replaced twice and i finally went with an XTR and that solved the sudden inability for the hub to freewheel problem(scary when you're decending and the cranks start turning out of nowhere).

Norco was good about warrantying the fork, pedals, and hub. They all gave me issues within a year. Chainstays will also be warrantied free of charge to eliminate the annoying buzz which is part of pulling on your rear brake lever. It's a good bike, as long as you don't expect great climbing ability and issue free components.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $2900.00

Similar Products Used:   Yeti 575, Cannondale Rush

Bike Setup:   2008 LT2 stock except XTR rear hub, Candy SL pedals, Crossmax st front wheel

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Marcin a Weekend Warrior from Brisbane, Qld, Australia

Date Reviewed: April 15, 2010

Strengths:    Great spec, pretty light, looks great, adjustable rear-end travel. It's very fast on singletrack.
It's a heavy-duty frame but quite light weight (12.8kg/28lbs).

Weaknesses:    Forward weight balance.
Not sure about the Nobby Nic tyres.
The Ritchey bars are a bit strange - maybe just need to get used to them.

Bottom Line:   
I've only had it for about 6 weeks but I love it. Of the bikes I've tested it's probably most similar to the TranceX but with more travel.

Not sure if it's a weakness, but the weight distribution is a tiny bit forward biased - great for climbing and on twisty flat bits, but not quite so great for going down. However note that it's still a fun bike going down, you just need to be vigilant on keeping your weight back.

I've ridden it in long XC/enduro races and it was good fun - reduced the travel in the rear (down to 4.5"/116mm), firmed up the forks, and it is quite an efficient mile-munching machine.

5 for value, 4 for overall (because of weight balance).

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Favorite Trail:   Gap Creek

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $2500.00

Purchased At:   Bike Hub Woolloongab

Similar Products Used:   Tested Commencal Meta, Giant Trance X, Scott Genius.
However this is my first duallie.

Bike Setup:   2010 Fluid SE Stock: XT, Raceface, Ritchey, Avids.
Avid Elixir R brakes are sensational. It's a heavy-duty frame but quite light weight (12.8kg/28lbs). WTB seat looks extreme, but is actually very comfy on long rides. No travel adjust on fork (would have loved a TALAS fork), but that's being picky - the fork is great.
WTB seat looks extreme, but is actually very comfy on long rides.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Shawn Feddes a Weekend Warrior from Aldergrove BC

Date Reviewed: March 16, 2010

Strengths:    - Little to none brake jack
- Good pedalling performance, especially with Pro-pedal engaged
- Nice finish and welds
- Good balance between climbing and descending performance
- Quiet

Weaknesses:    - poor cable routing for the front derailleur
- shallow and a bit soft shock bolts
- sag markers on the linkage would be nice

Bottom Line:   
I bought a Norco Fluid LT1 from at a very nice price from my LBS on a year end clearout from Norco. The price was right and the medium frame fit me (at 5'11") perfectly.

Overall I've been really impressed. Coming from a linkage driven single pivot design the suspension performance while braking is noticeably better and makes for a very nice ride. It also pedals considerably better and the pro-pedal is a nice option. The bike really seems to excel in technical terrain. I was concerned the head angle would be too steep on the bike but I've found it to be perfect. The bike retains some nimbleness while being a good bike for the North Shore and all out downhills. I'm really happy with the bike so far.

I do have a few quibbles though. The cable routing for the front derailleur is sloppy. I bought the bike as a frame only but the full retail on a LT1 is a good chunk of change. Despite this the cable routing results in the cable rubbing on the frame which would wear a groove in the swingarm. I put a chunk of plastic hose over the cable here but it was sloppy on a bike this expensive.

The other complaint was the shock bolts. Its a minor detail but the shock bolts are very shallow. This results in a cleaner look at the swing arm but being the ones most likely to be tightened or loosened it seems weird that such soft bolt would be specced. Its again a minor detail and one that can probably be remedied at the local auto parts store.

But overall this is a very nice bike. It rips on the downhills while retaining enough XC flare to be taken on all day epics. This is my one mountain bike and I think that it covers enough range to make it hard to justify owning multiple mountain bikes.

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Favorite Trail:   Sumas Mountain

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Cranky's Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   Santa Cruz Nomad
Cove G-spot

Bike Setup:   An ever evolving grab bag of parts. Juicy 7's, 2006 Fox 36RC2 with 2009 internals, XT drive train, Thompson post, Shimano DX pedals

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by chihui a Weekend Warrior from Malaysia

Date Reviewed: February 9, 2010

Strengths:    Solid frame. Long travel that inspire descent fast. Wall ride, drops , gap. etc Bang on working spec, 185mm avid disc brake front and rear. Surprise by juicy 3 providing strong stopping power. The only problem is squeeze and kinda on and off feel.

Weaknesses:    MZ 55. It leaks from the bottoms bolt, the oil reach the disc brake, causing the front brake not biting. I am lucky that is notice before a long steep descent. LBS fixed it within a day. Norco head angle is 69. A bit too steep for my preference. Wish it can 68 or 67. It is heavy. 15.6kg for skinny rider like me.

Bottom Line:   
If you are looking on these, you are likely not willing to spend more for Santa Cruz Blur LT or others 5 stars bike. This is a bargain. The Norco LT3 and LT2 have similar spec. The shifters or MZ ATA on LT2 does not justify the extra premium either. Soon or later you might change to Fox?

Overall, nice bike. After 6 months of abuse, take up the bike and shake it, no click sounds other then the chain. Solid. No issue other then the MZ bolt fail.

Component that I wish to upgrade is the fork, handle bar and brake (For better modulation).

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Favorite Trail:   Mount Kiara

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   KHS

Similar Products Used:   Giant

Bike Setup:   Replace outer ring with ring Gard.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jacques Pienaar a Weekend Warrior from Santiago, Chile, SA

Date Reviewed: November 9, 2009

Strengths:    Parts set up - quality vs. price: unbeatable, Rider position and feel: confident inspiring, Marzocchi 55 ATA once tuned lives up to the name Bomber, Specialized patented suspension with Fox DHX makes for a stable combination. All Mountain capabilities, drops of up to 4-5 feet at high speed seems unnoticed never bottoms out

Weaknesses:    Pedals

Bottom Line:   
This is my first Full suspension bike. Took my GT avelanche 1.0 disc all the way up there and back. 5 Foot Drops and serious All Andes Mountain riding. Upgraded to a full suspension as my riding style and skills improved and was adapted from riding Moto Enduros. After studying the market the Norco Fluid LT2 was the answer Price I paid vs. component quality. Great on the climbs with notacable "bob" from the DHX 3.0 but ever inspiring just climbing up and over anything I point the wheel at. Descending is a dream once the suspension is set up, correct amount of air and re-bound adjust. Very forgiving as I ride this bike same as a hard tail I do not even know about some of the things I would previously feel. Great change, great bike. The pedals have let me down though (Crank Brothers Smarty) will suggest a Shimano SPD type as they are more predictable in those unpredictable situations. Love it, live it, ride it. Peace

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Favorite Trail:   Hacienda Las Varras

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $3100.00

Purchased At:   Belda Cycles USA

Similar Products Used:   First Full suspension frame, Marzocchi AM 1 & 3 TST, Rock Shox Tora 302 coil

Bike Setup:   Stock Standard

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Not Pink a Weekend Warrior from Brisbane Australia

Date Reviewed: November 4, 2009

Strengths:    Quaility spec & build-strong,nice weight and versatile.

Weaknesses:    I've overcome the rear tyre clearence in muddy conditions by running a 2.1 tyre,so no problems.

Bottom Line:   
Stunning bike,can do it all-climbs well thanks to good travel adjustments.Inspires confidence downhills,jumps and stunts,a very well balanced bike.I've done enduro races,all day epics and even dirt jump jams-nothing it can't do,only me stopping it.
It's a little expensive BUT if you can afford it,it's really the only bike you'll need.This bike you suit anyone that wants to do it all on the one rig.
I'm very happy with this bike and would recommend it to anyone wanting to have fun on the trail and not worry about whats around the bend because this bike will handle almost whatever is thrown in front of it.

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Favorite Trail:   Rogers crack

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $5000.00

Purchased At:   Action Bicycles

Similar Products Used:   Six 1

Bike Setup:   XT brakes,X0 Shifters,XT front W/ E13 bash guard,U-TURN on Lyric fork,Fox DHX 5 Air shock and Mallet C pedals.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mesozoic a Weekend Warrior from Vancouver, BC, Canada

Date Reviewed: October 11, 2009

Strengths:    Incredibly well designed geometry that is especially well suited for longer rides, but definitely capable DH. Pedals extremely well up technical terrain. Well spec'd for the most part.

Weaknesses:    The 55 ATA fork is a steaming pile due to the faulty ATA cartridge. I hear that Marzocchi has a fix for it, though.

Bottom Line:   
A great looking, great riding frame for XC/AM/DH all in one bike. Well spec'd with a Fox DHX 3.0 Air shock which has no adjustments, but doesn't need any for most riders. XT hubs and front der, Juice 5 brakes, X9 rear der, and tasteful color selection for things like bar ends and spoke nipples indicate Norco's attention to detail. The only negative thing is the fork selection. Replace that and ride on!

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Favorite Trail:   anything Shore

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $2600.00

Purchased At:   Different Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Knolly Endorphin, Norco Fluid LT3, Devinci Hectik H2

Bike Setup:   Stock + RockShox Lyrik U-turn, flat pedals, shorter stem, Chromag Trailmaster saddle.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by SHaDE a Weekend Warrior from Moscow, Russia

Date Reviewed: September 13, 2009

Strengths:    Very-very sympathetic, it's do what ever you want ! You always feel what terrain under your wheels. FSR is the best: awesome grip, good climbing possibility - you can even go to race with XC-guys :) Fox DHX Air in stock is very good, easy to setup on current track. Two variants of rear travel setup, very useful for those who ride different tracks.

Weaknesses:    Absolute failure of Marzocchi with this 55 R. I had a lot of problems with the fork.
1. It started to leak from lower bolt on the 3 day of my running. 2. Stacked cartridge in left leg. So I've used to repair it myself, because we don't have proper Marzocchi service in Moscow :(
After all repairing it started to work well, so i'am waiting for more problems... I want to change it on FOX fork..
Stock Wheels are not very bad, but the started to die on 1200km+ of milage.

Bottom Line:   
This bike is VERY good for aggresive XC and freeride (In stock). After some tuning this frame can do almost everything :))))

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Favorite Trail:   Bitzzzza :)

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1900.00

Purchased At:   Bikemaster (bad asse

Similar Products Used:   Only hardtails (Haro, Jamis, Merida)

Bike Setup:   Stock, exept pedals (DMR V12) and front braking pads (used to change after fork leakage)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Rex Luthor a Cross Country Rider from North Van

Date Reviewed: September 7, 2009

Strengths:    Decent weight for 6x6. Good climber.

Bottom Line:   
For the reviewer that posted he would prefer a 67 degree head angle, I just wanted to clarify that Norco published the head angle as 68 with a 535mm axle to crown. For '08 and '09 model years these all had 545mm axle to crown forks. Technically all sizes had a 67.5 degree head angle and the XL actually had a 67 degree head angle.

For 2010 this changes as I do not believe Norco has tweaked the frame geometry but I think all LT's are running Fox 150mm travel product with a 535mm or less yes, they will be around 68 degrees for 2010, but the old ones were marginally slacker.

How's that for nit-picking?

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Favorite Trail:   most

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Bike Setup:   Stock LT2

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Slowup a Cross Country Rider from Vancouver

Date Reviewed: July 10, 2009

Strengths:    Handling, climbing & descending prowess. Plows over everything without complaint & makes you a better (seeming) rider.

Weaknesses:    Originally spec'd Mavic Crossride wheelset is rudimentary & slow at best. Too bad a bike like this wasn't available years ago.

Bottom Line:   
When I got this bike in early '06 it was Norco's first real foray into a lighter more pedal-friendly all mountainy bike.
I think they did a pretty good job.
Other than some relatively weak parts spec, which conversley kept the initial cost down, the bike in my view was mostly a winner right out of the gate. In having owned and ridden this bike for over three years I have to say it remains an excellent choice for any epic length rides of a technical nature.

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Favorite Trail:   Switchback

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $2200.00

Purchased At:   MR Cycle

Similar Products Used:   RM Altitude, Giant Anthem.

Bike Setup:   Lots changed from original & sitting at 30.5 pounds for a 5.5"+ travel "all mountain" bike.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by GnarKill a Cross Country Rider from Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: June 19, 2009

Strengths:    tora fork, juicy 3 brakes, fox float rear shock, wheels

Weaknesses:    not a fan of the grips or the saddle, but those are easily replaced

Bottom Line:   
This bike is one of the better dual suspension all mountain bikes I've ridden thus far. She climbs really well, floats over any obstacle, solid on some jumps, and does well cross country. Really good multi-purpose MTB. Only drawbacks of this one I find is the saddle which seems to be a bit hard for me, and the grips, but those are easily replaced. Tora fork is awesome, so is the fox float rear shock. Definitely not a beginners bike, based on it's cost, but if you have the money, buy it. You will not be disappointed at all.

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Favorite Trail:   one with dirt

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1900.00

Purchased At:   Bikeland

Similar Products Used:   kona ho-chi-min, specialized stumpjumper

Bike Setup:   totally stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by superprofe a Weekend Warrior from Shrewsbury

Date Reviewed: May 27, 2009

Strengths:    In a few words,this is a bike that does everything pretty good and nothing bad. The components are spot on for the price, for £1300 it is a bargain!! The finished paint is awesome, you'll turn heads with this bike, the fork and shock adjustability makes it ideal for climbs and descents and it isn't very heavy for a 160 mm ful sus bike. The curved frame really lowers the gravity center and makes the bike very agile as well. A very good all mountain/enduro bike !! Exclusive, I haven't seen one like mine yet in the UK!!

Weaknesses:    The rear end could be a bit flexy on fast descents or flat turns. The head angle could be a bit slacker as well(67 degrees instead of 68)Cable routing is very poor, the cranks look fragile as well and mud clearance at the rear isn't great with a 2.35" tyre. Many people complains about ATA cartidges in Marzocchi's, but mine works fine after 10 months

Bottom Line:   
Make no mistake, this bike can't live up with Santa Cruz Nomads, Lapierre Spicys or Giant Reign Xs, but if you don't want to spend a fortune and you just want a decent bike to do a bit of everything I recommend this bike. Look for discounts in old 2008 models and it will make more sense!!

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Favorite Trail:   Llandegla, Afan forest, Brecon

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   winstanleys cycles

Similar Products Used:   Commencal meta 5 VIP

Bike Setup:   Shimano SPD pedals, Avid Code 5 rear brake (nothing wrong with Juicys, I just found I bargain on ebay)2.3 Continental vapour rear tyre to make it a bit faster and better mud clearance.

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