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  • Norco Torrent Review: A Hardtail That Isn’t Afraid

    June 16, 2016

    The Norco Torrent is a brand new model for 2016, and is Norco’s first ever 650B Plus trail mountain bike. Designed from the ground up with Trail geometry, 45mm rims, and 3” tires, the Torrent is an aggressive hardtail mountain bike with a quick but stable manner that will have riders whooping with joy on flowing singletrack, dominating rocks and roots on technical downhills, and tackling steep, loose climbs with ease. Novice and experienced riders alike will benefit from the increased traction and control of the Torrent.

    Sam Stockwell from Flow Mountain Bike Magazine in Australia put the Norco Torrent A 7.1 to the test. Here’s what he thought about the wide-tired hardtail.


    Norco Torrent 7.1 2016

    “Crack out the baggy jeans, squid lids and get ready to be overwhelmed by an enormous urge to find the highest, sketchiest North Shore feature and go for your life – this new-school Torrent will revitalise that early 2000s stoke and have you chasing mates down your favourite trail, ripping corners and sending everything a hardtail is usually afraid of.” – Flow Mountain Bike Magazine

    Norco Torrent 7.1 2016

    “Forget what you previously thought hardtails could descend, because the Torrent can handle much more. It tears through any kind of corner far harder than you will be prepared to at first riding it, letting you reduce the braking and barrel into everything. We found the fat tyres to be incredibly reliable in off-camber corners and sections, where you can just lean in and grip without feeling like skating out. The extra weight in the wheels is really not even noticed once you are having a ball of a time, throwing the cushiony rubber into anything you want.” – Flow Mountain Bike Magazine

    Norco Torrent 2016 A 7.1 LOW1423

    Read the rest of the article on the Norco Torrent on Flow Mountain Bike Magazine here.