Norco’s going all in on the 160mm, 650B Range platform with a new carbon frame for 2014. Norco introduced the current iteration last year (see our long term review HERE), killing off the relatively short-lived 26″ platform and it has clearly proven to be a successful platform.
Currently the bikes are in the pre-production stage and as a result we weren’t able to get out for a ride, but Norco had a top spec Range LE on the floor at Interbike with a drool receptacle underneath. The smooth, flat black carbon frame adorned with top shelf components is worth a few minutes of admiration…
That head tube bulge.
Norco’s graphics seem to be improving still.
Tidy internal cable routing, including dropper post.
Bottle cage bosses on the right side of the down tube.
Down tube smash guard.
Can matte carbon do no wrong?
More smooth carbon.
Chainstay protector-slash-cable guide.
Norco’s ART rear end.
Direct post mount for the rear XO Trail brakes.
SRAM’s XX1 1×11 for drive.
32 tooth up front, no chain guide.
Cane Creek’s Double Barrel Air with Climb Switch covers rear spring and damping.
And up front a black on black on black PIKE RCT3…
With the 130-160 Dual Position air spring.
Race Face carbon rounds out the cockpit.
The 2014 Norco Range LE runs for a hair over $7500 CAD and should be available in February.
Who wants to go for an enduro ride?
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