When we decided to build the fastest XC Race bike available, the new Revolver FS 100, we immediately knew that we had to make a 120mm version for long, fast rides and multi-day events, so we developed both bikes side-by-side.
Sure, there's lot of 120mm travel bikes out there, but for the time you put into training, visualizing and prepping for those epic rides and races, a trail bike isn't enough. You want the stiffness, precision and pedaling efficiency of a modern XC Race machine, but in a no-compromise, all-day ripper designed to handle fast trails and big adventure.
The Revolver FS 120 benefits from the same stiff, lightweight chassis as our XC race bike, but is specially-designed with a longer stroke rear shock and 120mm XC fork – creating a geometry specifically designed for uncompromised control and efficiency during those larger than life rides where you don't have the time to pick the smoothest line – because there's a finish line to cross – whether real or imagined.
To create the new Revolver FS 120, we re-examined everything we know about XC and marathon performance and geometry, and employed our Ride Aligned™ design process to scrutinize every aspect of the bike.
The result is a revolutionary new XC Race geometry that optimizes the position of a rider's centre of gravity within the wheelbase to provides amazing traction and control on climbs. The slightly lower, forward position adds agility in technical sections and confident, aggressive descending.
Additionally, this shift to a low, forward centre of gravity within the wheelbase, means riders don't have to move around as much to accommodate for terrain changes aboard the Revolver FS 120, which allows the suspension to do its job better over all types of terrain, and gives you more energy for that sprint to the finish line – or the cooler.
The Ride Aligned™ design system from Norco matches each individual bike to the human who rides it, creating a customized platform that is both stable and balanced, allowing the rider to push harder. We use individual rider metrics, precise suspension kinematics, and proprietary app technology to connect you to your ride experience like never before. Stop trying to squeeze into the same old frame of reference. Find your own angle.
The Revolver FS 120’s Ride Aligned™ XC design features a low, forward riding position for powerful,, efficient pedaling, maximum traction, and a front end that stays on the ground when the going gets steep, so you're in control of where you go, and how fast you get there.
Shifting the rider’s centre of gravity for optimum weight distribution within the Revolver FS 100’s wheelbase, riders are able to navigate every aspect of a race course from an optimal position. The fine-tuned Ride Aligned™ XC design provides increased grip and support when the rider is seated and powering through undulating terrain, which greatly-reduces fatigue by minimizing the need for weight shifts throughout the race.
The Revolver FS 120 shares the exact same fine-tuned carbon frame as the new Revolver FS 100, our Word Cup proven chassis, and is designed to optimize pedaling efficiency. We engineered the downtube, bottom bracket and chainstay junctions to provide a 40% increase in axial rigidity, ensuring you get the most efficient transmission of pedal power to the back wheel.
The Revolver FS 120 is designed to excel on a wide variety of terrain. The Ride Aligned™ suspension kinematics maintain incredible traction both climbing and descending and provides an efficient pedaling platform without having to reach for a lockout, while tracking precisely through rough descents. By employing the Ride Aligned™ Bike Setup App, your suspension sets up quickly and precisely.
In addition to the XC-like pedaling prowess of the new Revolver FS 120, we wanted to be sure you could charge descents – not just survive them. So, we designed it with a 67.4 degree head angle, a 60mm stem, dropper post and 2.35” tires which, when combined with the Revolver's frame stiffness, you’re provided a level of precision and confidence on descents that will leave competitors in your wake!