The new 7″ travel frame is aesthetically impressive – some very sophisticated tube shaping, and well thought out detailing. Though I typically heap scorn on gratuitous noodly tube torturing, I actually like the lines on this frame. The move to an uninterrupted seat-tube design is a significant improvement in my eyes – aesthetically and functionally, though seatpost drop is still limited by a mid tube bend. Norco is still licensing Horst Link FSR technology from Specialized, but it’s now implemented in a tidier package. In addition to a pile of shapely hydroformed tubes, the frame sports several new modern niceties including a tapered headtube, post mount rear brake, and a Syntace X-12 through axle.
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