UK’s Mountain Bike Rider Magazine Reviews the Range C7.1
November 13, 2015
British Columbia is home to some of the world’s best all-mountain riding, so Norco ought to know how to make a sorted enduro bike. Its 160mm-travel Range has been available in aluminium for a couple of years, but the new carbon version is the Canadian brand’s go-to, high-end race machine.
To test the Norco Range Carbon 7.1 in the terrain it was designed for, I headed to Alpe d’Huez, home of the Megavalanche, as well as plenty of other incredible trails. Before arriving, I took a a quick spin on a cheaper Range, which left me feeling a little underwhelmed, but rolling out of the cable car into a fast, braking bump-riddled bike park track, I was in for a big surprise on the deluxe 7.1 version.
Within minutes the ride quality and handling had blown away any of the preconceptions floating around in my head. The geometry isn’t particularly aggressive or slack, nor is the frame the stiffest out there, but the bike felt alive and perfectly balanced — the lighter, stiffer wheels and better suspension making for handling that’s worlds apart from the cheaper Norco Range 7.4.
Read the full review here.