Norco’s 2011 Line

Norco has made some big changes for 2011 with a refined suspension linkage, the addition of a few new bikes and some smart looks at component specs.

For 2011 Norco has tweaked its FSR linkage system to yield a bike that is both more efficient and better through rough terrain. Norco calls this suspension design A.R.T., for Advanced Ride Technology. The A.R.T. design is set up so that the rear wheel arcs backwards and upwards during the initial portion of the bike’s travel. This helps to prevent the rear wheel from getting hung up in chunky rockgardens, while at the same time allows Norco to build in some anti-squat.

The all-mountain category of Norco’s line received the most love with the addition of the 160-millimeter Range line and the 140-millimeter (front)/120-millimeter (rear) Shinobi 29er. Both of these frames share many of the same features, including a tapered headtube, Syntace’s X-12 (142-millimeter spaced 12-millimeter through-axle) system, ISCG05 tabs, one-piece link arm and the new A.R.T. suspension.

Aside Range and Shinobi, Norco added the Phaser as a full-bore cross-country bike. The Phaser sports 100-millimeters of travel using A.R.T. suspension design. Instead of the standard cartridge bearings or bushings, the Phaser uses Norglide composite bearings, which like bushings are a sliding design, but unlike bushings then can be clamped tighter without gaining loads of friction. These little bits are crazy lightweight too. All the bearings on the Phaser together weigh less than one cartridge bearing.

Shorter stem and wider handlebars seemed to be a concept used across the board for Norco’s 2011 bikes.

Norco's 160-millimeter 2011 Range.

Norco's 160-millimeter 2011 Range.

The new Norco Range's forged and welded one-piece linkarm is not only stiffer, but also has ergonimic finger indentations on the bottom for easier hike-a-bikes.

The new Norco Range's forged and welded one-piece linkarm is not only stiffer, but also has ergonimic finger indentations on the bottom for easier hike-a-bikes.

The Range comes with an e13 bashguard so riders can have the choice of a tripple or double-with-bash setup.

The Range comes with an e13 bashguard so riders can have the choice of a tripple or double-with-bash setup.

Syntace's X-12 system is equipped on both the Range and the Shinobi.

Syntace's X-12 system is equipped on both the Range and the Shinobi.

Shorter stem and wider bars seemed to be a (always welcomed) trend across the 2011 board for Norco.

Shorter stem and wider bars are a nice trend across the 2011 board for Norco.

A lot of Norco's bike are going to the lighter, and simpler post mount disc setup in the rear.

A lot of Norco's bike are going to the lighter, and simpler post mount disc setup in the rear.

The Norco Shinobi big wheeler.

The Norco Shinobi big wheeler.

To boost stiffness the Shinobi is equipped with massivly bridged seatstays and one-peice linkage arm.

To boost stiffness the Shinobi is equipped with massivly bridged seatstays and one-peice linkage arm.




The Shinobi's tapered headtube sporting Norco's new headtube badge design.

The Shinobi's tapered headtube sporting Norco's new headtube badge design.




29ers have acheaved Ninja status with these custom saddles from WTB.

29ers have acheaved Ninja status with these custom saddles from WTB.




The new Phaser.

The new Phaser.




Norglide composite bearings are super light weight and resist developing play.

Norglide composite bearings are super light weight and resist developing play.

Sneak peak: Norco’s new Shore bike:

Though still in prototyping, Norco is working on dialing in the new Shore line.

Though still in prototyping, Norco is working on dialing in the new Shore line.




The Shore will use the A.R.T. suspension.

The Shore will use the A.R.T. suspension.




Though bent, the seattube on the Shore will offer far more seat height adjustments over last years

Though bent, the seattube on the Shore will offer far more seat height adjustments over last years



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  • H

    hi,
    I was wondering what is the size of the shinobi on picture? is it a XL?
    cheers
    H

  • Alan Blyth

    Just bought a new 2011 Norco mountaineer. Frustrated by constant squeaking from front wheel area, possibly disc break? How to fix?
    Thnxs!

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