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Thanks CSM. The information I have from Norco is that on the 29, the rear-center grows 15.5mm at sag. That puts it at ~435.5mm. They note that is based on mid-range sag in their setup guide.
It was definitely noticed on steep terrain but the longer wheelbase would stabilize it at speed as well. The suspension works well to cover this but I would have liked to be more centered between the wheels when trying to let her run. It’s a little sensitive whenever lifting onto the rear too, because it’s really easy to find yourself well beyond the rear pivot point. Someone a bit shorter won’t have the same problem, but it’s worth noting.
It’s interesting to see trail bike wheelbases as long or longer than a number of World Cup race bikes. I feel we will see that change over the coming years. For example, the new Commencal—in the largest size—measures 1283mm with a 439mm CS. That’s (just) longer than the Norco under sag. It’s not the end of the world for us average joeys, but it was something a tall guy like myself became aware of while on the bike. Some food for thought. 🙂
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