Bike Check: Jakob Hartman's Custom Norco Range

2020-04-17 08:43:47
Jakob Hartman is a 22-year-old freeride mountain biker from Slovenia who spent the past summer in the interior of British Columbia. As a creative and mechanically inclined rider with high demands for his bike, he has built up possibly the most unique use of a Norco Range we have seen. See his full bike check below.
Jakob Hartman goes big on his custom Norco Range
Words by Jakob Hartman
Being a freeride mountain biker, I run my bikes with quite a specific build to suit my needs. Riding the Norco Range, which is based on an enduro bike, one of the first customization's I did to it was free it up from most of the expensive components. The Eagle drivetrain was swapped with a 7-speed Zee, a SRAM SmallBlock cassette and connected to a custom, down tube Saint shifter. The dropper post got changed to a classic, rigid post and the Grip Shift shock lockout removed and replaced with some Sensus grips.
Close up of Jakob Hartman's gear shifter on the down tube on his custom Norco Range
I kept the ability to lock out the shock with a homemade inline cable barrel adjust so I can lock and unlock the coil shock manually. For good stopping power and a really nice feel, I went with a set of Hope Tech3 E4 brakes. The rear one has an uncut 200 mm cable going around the headset and the front is routed through the steer tube to allow for bar rotations and tail whips. It also looks pretty cool and keeps the cockpit nice and clean.

I'm running a set of Crank Brothers Stamp Large composite pedals. I really like the feel and having a huge platform makes it easier to stomp the pedals on all the no foot tricks. Another thing I always do on my bikes is to remove the center pins on my pedals. I don't run shin guards and for those times when things go wrong, it saves your shins. "Safety first, remove your middle pins, save your shins" is what I go by!
Crank brother Stamp composite pedals on custom Norco Range
All in all, this is an awesome bike. I've ridden everything from jumps to bike parks to trails and it takes all the abuse like a champ. It's very playful but at the same time stable and confidence-inspiring on all the big rough stuff. It’s definitely a good choice for those with a "one bike to do it all" mindset.
Jakob Hartman goes big on his Norco Range Carbon 27.5
Full Bike Spec
Frame: Norco Range Carbon 27.5, medium
Fork: RockShox Lyrik, Charger 2.1 damper, 140 psi and 3 tokens
Shock: RS SuperDeluxe coil, 450 lb spring, usually locked out
Bar: Spank Spike Vibrocore 35 mm, 780 mm
Grips: Sensus Disisdaboss
Brakes: Hope Tech3 E4
Shifter: Custom downtube mounted Shimano saint B-spec
Derailleur: Shimano Zee, 7 speed
Cassette: Sram SmallBlock, XD driver, 7 speed
Cranks: Sram Descendant 170, 32T sprocket
Pedals: Crank Brothers Stamp Large, composite
Wheelsets: Spank Vibrocore 350
Tires: Maxxis DHF (35psi) and DHR (40psi)
Weight: approx 15.5kg
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Watch Jakob and his Range at Coast Gravity Park along with Dustin Gilding: