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Engineered to Cut Time

Introducing the Next Generation of Aurum

The Aurum HSP was designed with a single purpose: to be the fastest downhill bike we’ve ever made. After a full year of testing and riding, including a complete UCI World Cup Downhill season, the result is a no-compromise DH race machine that delivers superior grip and control, capable of taking on the toughest tracks in the world in pursuit of gold.
Aurum HSP

Development Process

Development Process

The Norco Race Development program is founded on our relentless commitment to progressive design, and the utilization of our world class athletes, product development team and technically diverse trails here in British Columbia. The Aurum HSP (High Single Pivot) was designed in conjunction with the Norco Factory Racing team and tested throughout the 2017 World Cup season. Through this framework of collaboration, Norco have produced a next generation Aurum HSP, a downhill speed machine optimized and tuned for World Cup race tracks, and wherever riders go to push their limits.

Suspension Design

Suspension Design

The Aurum HSP features the most extreme iteration of Norco’s proven A.R.T. suspension philosophy to date. The high-single pivot design provides a rearward axle path, lengthening the wheelbase when the suspension is engaged and thus carrying maximum speed through the rough without compromising on control. The use of an idler pulley isolates the chain from the suspension design ensuring minimal pedal kickback. Optimized for DH race purposes, the suspension of the Aurum HSP delivers superior grip, support and control on steep and rough terrain. Akin to a trophy truck, the resulting ride characteristic and overall handling provides an extremely stable ride with maximum grip and control in corners and on high-speed rough sections.

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Rider Fit & Weight Distribution

Rider Fit & Weight Distribution
The high-single pivot design has an optimized rearward axle-path that allows the wheelbase to lengthen through the travel while ensuring the rider’s body position and weight distribution stays centered under heavy compressions. Akin to a trophy truck, the resulting ride characteristic and overall handling provides an extremely stable ride with maximum grip and control in corners and on high-speed rough sections. Ahead of its time, Norco’s proprietary Gravity Tune design continues as an essential ingredient on the new Aurum HSP, ensuring an ideal front/rear weight distribution and handling characteristics for all riders, regardless of their size.

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Full Carbon Frame

Full Carbon Frame
The Aurum HSP is designed to compete against time and tracks, again and again - durability and sustained performance are critical on the unforgiving conditions throughout the World Cup circuit. The Aurum HSPs that Sam Blenkinsop, Joe Smith and Henry Fitzgerald started the 2017 race season with are also the same bikes they ended the season with. This validated our decision to use carbon as the frame material for the athletes and in production for riders everywhere. Carbon as a frame material provides both stiffness and compliance where needed, considerable weight savings and the control for the design team to craft precise tube shapes to meet our strict standards and specifications.

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External Cable Routing

External Cable Routing
With quick and easy serviceability being one of our design mandates for the new Aurum HSP, we’ve opted to use full external cable routing throughout the lineup. For DH racers, having the option to quickly and easily swap out a brake with a damaged hose can mean the difference between calling it a day and getting in one last practice lap.

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Serviceability

Serviceability
Fueled by our desire to design a DH race bike that would truly meet the specific demands of our downhill athletes and servicing under pressure, we focused on creating the Aurum HSP with team mechanics in mind. World Cup bikes are subject to long, rough days and are worked on constantly by the tech team to adapt to changing track conditions. A locking main pivot, full external cable routing for quick race day swaps, a race plate optimized cockpit and custom frame protectors make last-minute suspension tuning, drivetrain adjustments, wheel/tire changes and general maintenance as quick and easy as possible for all.

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650B or 29” Wheels

650B or 29” Wheels
We designed the Aurum HSP from the ground up in two wheel sizes to offer riders of different sizes a similar ride feel. We designed the Aurum HSP with 650B wheels for XS-XL riders and 29” wheels for M-XL riders. This gives M-XL riders a choice of wheel sizes to further fine tune handling characteristics based on their riding style and preferences.

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Comprehensive Baseline & Setup

Comprehensive Baseline & Setup
To get the most out of a DH-race machine like the Aurum HSP, having the correct bike set-up and suspension tune is essential when every fraction of a second counts. That’s why the Aurum HSP comes equipped with a comprehensive suspension set-up guide that allows every rider to custom tune for their weight, morphology, terrain and personal preference. Beyond this, the limits are your own.

Gravity Tune

Gravity Tune

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Gravity Tune

Gravity Tune is Norco’s proprietary technology born out of early R&D from the very first Aurum frame. Traditional frame designs disregard rear-center lengths when changing size, forcing riders to compensate over the bike. Gravity Tune adapts the front-center/rear-center ratio across all frame sizes, effectively optimizing geometry and rider weight distribution regardless of rider height.

Carbon Technologies

Carbon Technologies

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Carbon Technologies

The technology of the Aurum HSP is the result of a decade of experience working in high-end carbon manufacturing, and represents the pinnacle of the bike’s frame technology. Our progressive carbon design features our SmoothCore and ArmorLite technologies resulting in a stronger and lighter frame. SmoothCore enables us to maintain precise control over the inner surfaces of complex frame areas like the BB and headtube, resulting in smooth and wrinkle free inner surfaces. The superior ArmorLite resin further enhances frame strength and impact resistance of the carbon frame.

Headset Reach Adjust

Headset Reach Adjust

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Headset Reach Adjust

To offer further fine tuning of the bike, the Aurum HSP features an adjustable front center and comes with adjustable reach headset cups allowing riders to make easy adjustments to the bike’s front center and wheelbase length for quick and easy fit and setup tuning.

Frame Protection

Frame Protection

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Frame Protection

Rocks, roots and flying debris all conspire with every ride to attack a rider’s frame. For maximum protection of the frame and the bike’s components, the Aurum HSP features our proven custom frame protectors. The main protector, located on the underside of the downtube, serves as a bump stop and shuttle protector while guiding cables neatly and cleanly toward the downtube. We’ve also included custom frame protectors for the underside of the BB junction as well as for the chain stays. All custom frame protectors are designed for maximum protection while integrating seamlessly into the frame’s aesthetics.

Idler Pulley

Idler Pulley

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Idler Pulley

The use of an idler pulley isolates the chain from the suspension design ensuring minimal pedal kickback. Optimized for DH race purposes, the suspension of the Aurum HSP delivers superior grip, support and control on steep and rough terrain, reduces rider fatigue and gives riders the ability to set up their suspension for different terrains and circumstances.

Gravity Tune

Gravity Tune

Gravity Tune is Norco’s proprietary technology born out of early R&D from the very first Aurum frame. Traditional frame designs disregard rear-center lengths when changing size, forcing riders to compensate over the bike. Gravity Tune adapts the front-center/rear-center ratio across all frame sizes, effectively optimizing geometry and rider weight distribution regardless of rider height.

Carbon Technologies

Carbon Technologies

The technology of the Aurum HSP is the result of a decade of experience working in high-end carbon manufacturing, and represents the pinnacle of the bike’s frame technology. Our progressive carbon design features our SmoothCore and ArmorLite technologies resulting in a stronger and lighter frame. SmoothCore enables us to maintain precise control over the inner surfaces of complex frame areas like the BB and headtube, resulting in smooth and wrinkle free inner surfaces. The superior ArmorLite resin further enhances frame strength and impact resistance of the carbon frame.

Headset Reach Adjust

Headset Reach Adjust

To offer further fine tuning of the bike, the Aurum HSP features an adjustable front center and comes with adjustable reach headset cups allowing riders to make easy adjustments to the bike’s front center and wheelbase length for quick and easy fit and setup tuning.

Frame Protection

Frame Protection

Rocks, roots and flying debris all conspire with every ride to attack a rider’s frame. For maximum protection of the frame and the bike’s components, the Aurum HSP features our proven custom frame protectors. The main protector, located on the underside of the downtube, serves as a bump stop and shuttle protector while guiding cables neatly and cleanly toward the downtube. We’ve also included custom frame protectors for the underside of the BB junction as well as for the chain stays. All custom frame protectors are designed for maximum protection while integrating seamlessly into the frame’s aesthetics.

Idler Pulley

Idler Pulley

The use of an idler pulley isolates the chain from the suspension design ensuring minimal pedal kickback. Optimized for DH race purposes, the suspension of the Aurum HSP delivers superior grip, support and control on steep and rough terrain, reduces rider fatigue and gives riders the ability to set up their suspension for different terrains and circumstances.

Aurum HSP 1

FRAME
New High Single Pivot DH Frame
FORK
RockShox Boxxer World Cup Boost 20x110, 200mm travel
SHOCK
RockShox Super Deluxe Coil Spring RC shock
SHIFTING
SRAM X0 1DH 7 speed trigger
CRANKSET
SRAM X01 DH 165mm w/Direct Mount X Sync 34T
BRAKES
SRAM Code RSC 4 piston hydraulic disc
RIMS
DT EX 511 30 mm inner 29
HUBS
DT 350 20 mm front hub/ DT 350 with XD
TIRES
Schwalbe Magic Mary Downhill w/Addix U-Soft

Aurum HSP 2

FRAME
New High Single Pivot DH Frame
FORK
RockShox Boxxer RC 200mm travel 20x110
SHOCK
RockShox Super Deluxe Coil Spring RC shock
SHIFTING
SRAM GX 1 7 speed trigger
CRANKSET
Truvativ Descendant DH 165mm w/34T
BRAKES
SRAM Code R 4 piston hydraulic disc
RIMS
WTB ST I29 TCS 2.0
HUBS
Novatech sealed bearing 20x110mm Boost front/SRAM MTH 746
TIRES
Maxxis Minion DHF front DH/EXO/TR / Maxxis Minion DHR II rear Folding DH/EXO/TR