|The 2013 Norco Range 650b|
|650b aka 27.5|
Beyond the "new" wheel size (650b has actually been around for quite a while, but has only recently made it's way to the MTB world), the entire frame has been redesigned. The tapered head tube, 142/12mm rear axle with Syntaces awesome derailleur hanger system, and A.R.T. suspension (Advanced Ride Technology, but I prefer to call it Awesome Rear Suspension!) have all made their way to the new frame, but so has a bunch of other cool tech like the smooth welds (nicer looking and stronger), Gravity Tune (chainstay length increases/decreases proportionately to the size of the bike), and the clevis-less pivots (basially no welds for pivot points, the pivot is integrated directly into the tubing, making it stronger and lighter). There's a bunch of other stuff going on as well, but you can check out www.norco.com for more spec and tech.
|A.R.T.: Awesome Rear Suspension!|
Me: Happily standing over my bike with both feet
flat on the ground thanks to the awesomely low
standover height of the new frame design.
I'm not gonna lie, I really like this bike. Coming from a 2012 Range (using 26" wheels), the improvements were immediately noticeable. This is first bike I've ever owned that really fits. Between the low standover and Gravity tune rear end, I finally have a bike that fits me in every way without losing suspension travel or other tradeoffs in geometry. Right away I felt comfortable on the bike.
If you have any questions about the 2013 Norco Range series, 650b in general, or want to see the bike in real life please feel free to send me a note through Blacks Cycle at firstname.lastname@example.org, or come on out to one of our Tuesday evening shop rides.