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  1. What Bike to Buy
    So I've narrowed it down to two choices (took a while), but I'm having trouble pulling the trigger. This will be my only bike and I currently ride a 2019 Scott Ransom 920.. Most of the time I'm not a big peddler (Usually riding park or only climbing so I can go downhill) but very occasionally...
  2. What Bike to Buy
    I'm caught in a bit of a dilemma at the moment. I currently have a Norco Optic C3 size Large. I'm in the process of selling it and I'm going to snag one of the new Canyon Spectral 29ers coming out. I've read a lot of great reviews about the Spectral and it fits my style of riding a little more...
  3. Norco
    Much of the conversation in the 2020 Optic thread had moved on to the 2021 model year; starting a new thread for clarity. Also, answering a few questions that people have had so far about the 2021 Optic based on my experience: When Jenson USA built my bike (2021 Optic C3 size L), they claimed...
  4. News & Reviews
    Get the most for your money with a grip of great bikes under $3000. This article was updated on 11/12/19 The 2020 model year brings many great introductions in budget-friendly componentry, suspension, and frame improvements. Thinking what $3,000 could get you just one year ago, we are now able...
  5. General Discussion
    Most people recognize Crankworx Whistler by its signature Joyride Slopestyle course, or maybe the Garbanzo Downhill race. Those events, along with a round of the Enduro World Series, Speed and Style, World Pump Track Championships, and now Dual Slalom, are reason enough the Whistler event gets...
  6. 29er Bikes
    Canadian manufacturer Norco is proudly displaying their latest innovation at Sea Otter 2018, the Aurum HSP, a full composite 200mm travel downhill rig with a high single pivot design, available in both 27.5 and 29er wheel sizes. After a year of testing, riding and racing on the UCI World Cup...
  7. 29er Bikes
    Meet Jordan. He likes sunsets, sushi, and long walks on the beach. He's looking for a new 29er trail bike to start a lasting relationship with. Meet Jordan. Jordan is a cross-country dork. He's got a huge engine, owns a power meter, understands the difference between watts and waffles, and...
  8. General Discussion
    The women's mountain bike market used to be a proverbial ghost town. A few manufacturers offered some lower tier offerings, but most brands only made women's specific hybrids or road bikes. Today, the women's market is a filled with options. Ladies can choose from dozens of high end carbon...
  9. 29er Bikes
    The Range is always ready for more. Lowdown: 2017 Norco Range C9.2 When rides focus on ripping descents through technical terrain and using the cranks to get back to the top, put the 2017 Norco Range on your short list. Its forgiving nature allows for maximum fun without needing to consider...
  10. General Discussion
    The Canadian bike maker's latest offering is the updated Sight, a revised version of a longtime favorite. Like the outgoing model, it's available in both 27.5 and 29er. It's designed with all-mountain versatility and features new geometry that is (of course) longer, lower, and slacker. The...
  11. Downhill - Freeride
    With enduro bikes becoming ever more capable, you have to wonder, who needs a downhill bike? To be honest, it probably doesn't make sense for most people. However, when the terrain gets properly steep and chunky, there's absolutely nothing better than a proper big bike. And if you happen to...
  12. 29er Bikes
    Norco has unleashed a new Range, siblings in fact, whose carbon was redesigned from the ground up. Norco engineers took the previous Range, added a dash of "longer, lower and slacker," updated the suspension system to increase progression, and borrowed some elements from their Aurum DH bike. The...
  13. Video, Photography, and POV Cameras
    It was late October when Thomas "der Professor" Schmitt decided to fit in one last adventure before winter hit the Alps. He set off for Brixen, a town in the province of South Tyrol in northern Italy, aiming for the Grosser Gabler alpine hut that sits nearly 8500 feet above sea level. But Mother...
  14. Families and Riding with Kids
    Photo by Steve Lloyd Editor's note: This article was written by Steven Lloyd. As a kid, the highlight of my summer each year was cruising my BMX around the neighborhood and camping trips with my dad. Now that my 9-year old son Weston has fallen in love with biking, I decided to make this past...
  15. General Discussion
    The updated Norco Sight brings small but key updates to one Mtbr's longtime favorite bikes. Norco is one of those brands that doesn't get a ton of attention here in the United States, but consistently produces intriguingly well-engineered frames. The Sight has been designed to offer both...
  16. 29er Bikes
    The Float EVOL shock and the 34 fork are a good pairing and spec on this frame for its intent. Editor's Note: Along with longtime Mtbr forum member Kent Robertson (KRob), the 2016 Outerbike Test Sessions were conducted by Ben Slabaugh, aka Schlim on Mtbr. Ben, 37, has been riding mountain bikes...
  17. 29er Bikes
    Let's face it, when buying a new bike price is always a factor. This is even more true for the beginner looking to upgrade from their "starter" bike. The hardcore enthusiast may complain about the never ending cycle of new technologies that seem to come out every other month, but one benefit is...
  18. 29er Bikes
    With three new additions to the Norco 2017 line, the Canadian bike maker has all the bases covered. Video: Norco Torrent FS, Ithaqua Fat Bike and Optic 29/27.5 Sarah Moore, Norco's marketing and communications supervisor, walks us through the Canadian bike maker's 2017 product line. See...
  19. General Discussion
    If there was a contest for world's nicest guy, Ryan Leech would be in the running. He's not only a standup guy, but a world class athlete who has given back through his coaching work and instructional videos. His early riding segments in films such as the Collective and Cranked inspired me to...
  20. 29er Bikes
    Whether it's a U.K. winter or Moab slickrock, bike design is always heavily influenced by local geography. For brands like Norco, whose home base in Vancouver, British Columbia, affords them easy access to some of the world's best and most challenging mountain bike trails, that's meant many...
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