Norco promises painless setup with new Fluid FS 29er trail bike only

Norco promises painless setup with new Fluid FS 29er trail bike only

Norco has announced an update to the Fluid FS platform, its mid-range full-suspension mountain bike. The brand says the new bike is designed for “every rider and every trail”.

The new Fluid FS sees the platform’s suspension travel increased by 10mm over the outgoing model, with 140mm in the front and 130mm in the rear.

He also sees updated longer, lower and slacker geometry. The Fluid FS now runs exclusively on 29er wheels, with the older Fluid being available in 29er and 27.5er versions. That said, the outgoing Fluid in 27.5-inch XS will continue to be offered as a youth platform.

The brand says it will continue to produce and sell the current hardtail equivalent, the Fluid HT.

The bikes would be available now in the United States and from October internationally. The Fluid FS won’t initially be available in the UK, but the brand says that may change in the future.

Pricing starts at $2,699 / €2,699 / AU$3,199 for the entry-level Fluid FS A4 model and goes up to $4,449 / €4,499 / AU$5,199 for the high-end Fluid FS A1 .

Frame details

The Fluid’s design takes more than a few cues from its higher-end siblings.
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The Fluid FS uses a 6061 aluminum frame with a four-bar suspension design. Its 130mm of rear travel is provided by custom shocks, which Norco claims to have co-developed with Fox, RockShox and X-Fusion.

BikeRadar asked Norco for a claimed frameset weight, this was not available at the time of writing.

On some of its bikes, the brand uses “size-scale tubing,” where it changes the wall thicknesses of the frame material so that each size maintains the desired ride feel and stiffness. Norco says it uses two separate tubes for the Fluid FS, with the S and M bikes using a smaller tube set and the L, XL and XXL using a larger tube set.

The toggle link is inspired by the Optic, but Norco is keen to point out that it is not the same thing.
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Norco’s Optic relies on a 140mm-travel fork and 125mm rear shock, but the brand is keen to point out that the new Fluid FS is not an aluminum Optic.

Norco says the Optic is more focused on “confident high-speed descents and challenging terrain,” while the Fluid FS focuses on a “more rounded, well-balanced performance trail character.”

The brand says it used the Optic as a mule, however, to test trail bike geometry variations for the new Fluid FS and served as an initial test platform for the kinematics of the suspension. Testing “highlighted the need for a more progressive lever curve to reduce reliance on volume struts in the rear shock for additional support.”

The cables are routed inside the chassis. They are attached where they exit the downtube near the shock and foam sleeves are used on the cables and hose as they pass through the downtube to eliminate any rattle.

This is different from the Revolver, Optic and Sight, where the cables are routed without foam sleeves through the downtube and secured by a cable clamp accessible via the underside of the downtube.

Norco says it paid special attention to the routing of the rear brake hydraulic hoses to reduce cable chafing and paint damage.

The Fluid FS A1’s Pearl Chrome Green paint scheme exudes class.
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All frames can accept a 750ml water bottle, but the new largest XXL size can also fit a secondary 620ml bottle, contained on the inside face of the downtube.

Like its higher-end full-suspension siblings, the Fluid FS now features racks under the top tube for carrying extra loads or tools.

The Fluid FS has a BSA threaded bottom bracket for mechanical ease. It uses its own proprietary rear derailleur hanger rather than SRAM’s universal derailleur hanger standard. Ribbed chainstay protection is used to minimize chain slap.

Aligned driving

There are options for almost every cyclist.
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Norco has migrated its Ride Aligned Design system found on the Optic, Sight and Range bikes to the Fluid FS, which aims to give personalized setup recommendations.

Norco’s Ride Aligned system takes into account your height, weight, skill level, gender and body type and offers recommendations for your ideal position, correct suspension setup and tire pressure. tires. As your ride develops, you can re-enter your data in the setup guide to receive updated recommendations.

The brand claims the Fluid FS represents the “perfect mid-range bike for new and evolving mountain bike riders looking to expand their capabilities.”

Norco adds the Ride Aligned system incorporating rider-focused suspension geometry and kinematics, combined with custom tuning and suspension tuning for custom performance.

Geometry

The Fluid FS gets the “longer, lower, looser” treatment.
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Norco says the Fluid FS fits riders 5-foot-1 through 6-foot-7 and comes in sizes S through XXL.

The XXL is a new size that Norco introduced “to provide taller riders with a viable, incredibly capable full-suspension trail bike that actually adapts to a ride tailored specifically to their height and center of gravity.”

All sizes feature a 65 degree head tube angle, but the seat tube angle varies from 76 to 77.3 degrees depending on size. It’s 76.3 degrees on a size medium, coupled with a 450mm reach.

Norco continues to offer different chainstay lengths for each size to keep riders focused on the bike. It’s rare for brands to vary chainstay length from frame to frame.

The Fluid FS is designed around an 800mm wide handlebar that can be cut and a 40mm long stem.

Norco Fluid FS Range Details

Norco offers a variety of Shimano and SRAM 1x drivetrain options on the Fluid FS.
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All models use a size specific 34.9mm long travel dropper post (S: 150mm; M: 170mm; L, XL, XXL: 200mm).

They are also equipped with 1x wide-range transmissions and four-piston hydraulic disc brakes.

All models use tubeless-compatible rims and tires, the latter from Vittoria and Goodyear, with clearance rated up to 29 x 2.6-inch mountain bike tires.

Norco says the disc brake rotors can be upgraded to 200mm from the specified 180mm if you want more powerful stoppers.

Norco Fluid FS A1

Norco Fluid FS 1 in Chrome Green.
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  • Fork: Fox 34 Float Factory GRIP2, 44mm offset
  • Shock: Fox Float X Performance Elite, 2 position
  • Transmission: Shimano XT M8100 with Praxis G2 Cadet M24 crankset and bottom bracket
  • Brakes: TRP Trail EVO, 4 piston
  • Pair of wheels: Stans Flow S1 rims on Bear Pawls sealed bearing hubs
  • Price: $4,449 / €4,499 / AU$5,199

Norco Fluid FS A2

  • Fork: Marzocchi Bomber Z2, 44mm offset
  • Shock: Fox Float X Performance, 2 positions
  • Transmission: Shimano SLX M7100 with Deore chain, XT M8100 rear derailleur and Praxis G2 Cadet M24 crankset and bottom bracket
  • Brakes: TRP Slate EVO, 4 pistons
  • Pair of wheels: Stans Flow D rims on Bear Pawls sealed bearing hubs
  • Price: $3,599 / €3,499 / AU$4,199

Norco Fluid FS A3

  • Fork: RockShox 35 Silver TK, 44mm offset
  • Shock: X-Fusion 02 Pro R AV
  • Transmission: SRAM SX Eagle
  • Brakes: Tektro HD-745, 4 pistons
  • Pair of wheels: Stans Flow D rims on Bear Pawls sealed bearing hubs
  • Price: $2,999 / €2,949 / AU$3,599

Norco Fluid FS A4

  • Fork: RockShox Recon Silver RL, 42mm offset
  • Shock: X-Fusion 02 Pro R
  • Transmission: Shimano Deore M5100 with SunRace CSMS8 cassette, KMC X11 chain, FSA Comet 1x DM crankset and SRAM DUB bottom bracket
  • Brakes: Tektro HD-M535, 4 piston
  • Pair of wheels: Stans Flow D rims on Bear Pawls sealed bearing hubs
  • Price: $2,699 / €2,699 / AU$3,199

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