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Norco Fluid A1

After a friend bought a beautiful 12kg Carbon Specialized Stumpjumper with Hope Tech4 Brakes and Transmission I felt the need of a lighter downcountry bike too. The thing is that his Enduro weights 17kg and his Downcountry 12kg. My Enduro weights only 14.5kg so in theory I would either need a 10kg Downcountry bike or I don't need none. A 10kg build would be crazy expensive but just not trying the downcountry lifestyle would let me guessing and regreting. Luckily Orange has some carzy discount but building up a frameset is never a cheap option so I found this 2023 Norco testbike that was brandnew because it never got testet. Nevertheless they still put it on sale with a massive 45% discount. I decided that this is the best possible compromise. In case I don't enjoy the Downcountry riding I can sell this bike without loosing as much money like I would be loosing selling a custom build. But if I realy like it, I can build up an Orange Stage Evo dreambuild and it will just cost me a bit more because of this purchase. Luckily for my wallet this bike didn't flash me. The Suspendion is to sensitive and bobs a lot when climbing. My Orange climbs better and of course it descends way better.

Frame:
Norco Fluid A1 Size S 6061 Alloy, 130mm Travel, UDH, Hangerless Interface Compatible, Ride Aligned™

Fork/Headset:
Fox FLOAT Factory 34 GRIP2, 140mm Travel, 44mm Offset

Crankset/Bottom Bracket:
Shimano SLX FC-M7100 165 mm / Shimano BSA XT BB-MT801

Pedals:
XTR Trail SPD

Drivetrain/Cog/Chainring/Chain:
Shimano XT CS-M8100 10-51 Cassette / Shimano SLX SM-CRM75 30t Chainring / Shimano XT CN-M8100 Chain

Derailleurs/Shifters:
Shimano XT RD-M8100 SGS / Shimano XT SL-M8100-IR I-Spec EV

Handlebars/Stem:
TranzX 6061 Butted Alloy 760mm, 20mm Rise / PRO Vorbau Tharsis +/-9° 60mm Length 35mm Clamp

Saddle/Seatpost:
Fizik Alpaca Terra with Wingflex / SDG Tellis Dropper, 34.9mm, 150mm

Brakes:
Shimano XT BL-M8120 BR-M8120 4-Piston Caliper

Front Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Stan's Flow S1 29" 32H

Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Stan's Flow S1 29" 32H

Accessories:
Monkexlink x Fidlock Bottlecage

Bike History

Click a link below to see past stages of this bike.

  1. Initial
  2. Not wasting too much money

Added by ianiscaratti. Last updated 2 months ago.

As of 2 months ago, ianiscaratti has indicated that they no longer own this bike.

3 Comments

NicolasCalifornia

NicolasCalifornia says:

Let me guess, sale is closeout and only size left is large

Posted 5 months ago

NicolasCalifornia

NicolasCalifornia says:

Do you think sometimes industry trends are ruled by rumor and athletes on drugs?

Posted 5 months ago

ianiscaratti

ianiscaratti says:

Sale is still going on and they have frome size S to L a lot of choices

Posted 4 months ago