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This article is part of the Mtbr’s Enduro Compare-O. See all the stories in this special section here–http://reviews.mtbr.com/category/enduro-compare-o-2014
Given their Canadian North Shore roots, it’s no surprise Norco
has a strong pedigree in the downhill and freeride categories. But the British Columbia-based company is more than a one-trick pony, as reflected in their team efforts that span the cycling spectrum from trials superstar Ryan Leech, to dirt jump specialist Andrew Taylor, and even the H&R Block road cycling team, not to mention downhill diva Jill Kitner. A bike nearly all their team riders can appreciate is the Norco Range which falls squarely in the middle of their MTB offerings.
Back in 2010, Mtbr attended the launch of the original Range and got to ride it on the epic trails of Seymour and Fromme with the gang from Norco, who can all seriously send it. Even then, the advantages of the Norco-tuned FSR suspension design were obvious, especially on the fast, steep and technical trails of the Shore.
Fast forward to 2014 and the Range is now the heart-and-soul of Norco’s all-mountain line. With its 27.5-inch wheels and a re-tuned version of their ART (Advanced Ride Technology) suspension, Norco looks to have kept up with the Jonses very well in terms of geometry, wheel size, and technology.
The $3,150 aluminum Range Alloy 7.1 in our test is one of five 160mm-travel Range models that includes the step-down Range Alloy 7.2 ($2140), and three carbon versions ranging in price from $3,630 to $7,345.
In last year’s Mtbr All-Mountain Bike Round Up, the Range’s little brother—the 140mm-travel Sight
—came out as a top pick for its versatility, all-around capability and snappy handling. We’re itching to see if Range 7.1 fares as well.
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