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  • Bicycle Times Reviews the Search XR

    November 4, 2015

    Norco Search XR

    From Bicycle Times Magazine:

    Norco’s Search line is new for this year, promising road-based adventure from asphalt to dirt. The carbon XR model reviewed here sits atop the heap at $3,700, with two more price points in carbon; $3,150 for ultegra and $2,110 for 105. three steel search models range in price from $1,525 to $885.

    The frame

    Search carbon frames utilize many of Norco’s high performance technologies. Size-scaled tubing yields larger diameter tubes on larger frame sizes, smaller tubes on smaller sizes. This maintains proportional stiffness that corresponds to rider weight. A burly downtube and sizeable chainstays resist pedaling forces, providing a chassis that transfers power well. But, both the fork and seatstays are tuned for a touch of vertical compliance and noticeably take the edge off road vibration. Thru axles front and rear contribute stiffness and security.

    In carbon form, Search models lean toward the performance end of the adventure realm — think fast and light, not packhorse style. Convenient front and rear mounts ease fender installation, but the asymmetric rear mounts do not accommodate a rear rack. Multi-day adventures will require a rackless setup — not a bad thing as traveling light has its perks.

    Read the full review here.