Inspired by the courses of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, Norco Bicycles has re-defined the cross-country mountain bike with the release of the new Norco Revolver FS 100
– and developed alongside it, the Revolver FS 120 to bring XC power and efficiency and modern handling to all-day epics and multi-day stage races.
Perfectly-timed to maximize the chances of every one of our Norco Factory Team members to compete for gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The complete refresh of the race platform was the result of a months-long holistic development process that examined every aspect of the bike, and the way modern mountain bike race courses are pushing riders, and their equipment in every part of a race.
“Modern XC courses are pushing rider limits. We're seeing lung-searing climbs, as we always have, but course designers are also making the singletrack sections and descents more challenging than they have ever been,”
said Product Manager Paul Burnett. “To meet the need of these courses, riders have been doing some crazy tweaks to saddle and stem positions to adapt existing XC and marathon bikes. We've addressed these extreme measures through geometry and handling characteristics to offer the performance riders who require to climb and descend at their best.”
To address the evolved needs, our engineers designed the Norco Revolver FS geometry so the rider’s centre of gravity is further forward and lower within the wheelbase. This new design eliminates the need for extreme rider weight shifts to adapt to varying terrain, reducing rider fatigue and increases power and control on climbs and technical terrain, with confident, aggressive descending.
“The suspension kinematics maintain incredible traction both climbing and descending. It also provides an efficient pedaling platform without having to reach for the lockout, while tracking better than you would ever expect in rough descents.”
said Engineering Manager, David Cox.
From a traditional perspective, the Revolver FS is decidedly radical in its approach, which wasn't immediately embraced by Norco's World Cup XC riders – a delay they immediately regretted as soon as they rode it. “We gave them the bike mid-way through last season, painted to match their existing bikes – but professional cyclists tend to not like to switch equipment half-way through a season,”
said Burnett. “Eventually, after each team member finally swung a leg over the new Revolver, they all got the best result of the season, and we haven't been able to wrestle the bikes away from them since.”
The Revolver FS 100 is targeted specifically for the XC racer who goes out week after week and burns the candle at both ends for 90 minutes – adrenaline and anaerobic threshold riders. The full-carbon frame's precision-tuned, active suspension and 40% improvement in axial stiffness is designed to ensure every Watt possible put into the drivetrain makes it to the back wheel.
The Revolver FS 120 is geared toward the rider who wants to get out and ride fast – in a multi-day race, or just a high-speed, day long adventure on their favorite trails. The 120 utilizes the exact same chassis as the 100 – and the same length rear shock – but with a longer stroke, to achieve 120mm of rear wheel travel, complemented with the RockShox SID 120 fork, a dropper post and 29x2.35 tires.
The all-new 2020 Revolver FS 100 and 120 will be released at the 2019 Sea Otter Classic, and will be available at Norco dealers in June.
Learn more about the all-new Norco Revolver FS: www.norco.com/RevolverFS
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