Fit and finish are top notch on the Revolver. The red metallic paint is too nice to get dirty!
I was only able to get a quick 1 hour ride in but I immediately felt very familiar and comfortable on the bike. I can fit either a large or medium frame. I like the medium frames because I feel like I can turn the bike a little quicker on the tighter East Coast trails. The medium frame fit me perfectly (5’10”).
For the past 8 years I’ve been on single pivot bikes in one form or another so I was worried that the Horst design wouldn’t perform as well as a single pivot with a switch (Scott Twinloc). Immediately on the first fire road climb I totally forgot about switches and lock outs....it climbs very efficiently in the full open mode.
I’m still getting the setup dialed in so during my first test ride I felt like the fork was a little harsh. I took 5psi out of the RS SID and that seemed to calm down the harsh feel over smaller bumps and roots.
I like a low front end but the head set bearing has what think is an unusually tall stack. I might be able to get a low stack head set bearing cap; I will look into that. So in the meantime I but a negative rise stem on and that put the front end in a perfect position.
I hit a few Strava segments to compare the Norco to my PR’s and even with the bike not perfectly dialed I was still within a few seconds of my KOM’s.
The fork and shock are still brand new so after a couple of rides when they break in I can fine tune them to suit my preference.
I choose the FS2 as my training bike for 2018 because it came with burly wheels and components rather than weight weenie stuff I’ll race on.
My first impression of the Norco Revolver is that this bike is ready to roll right out of the box. I will tweak a few things but overall I am very happy with the Revolver.
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