Norco has overhauled the Fluid FS path bike, modernizing the body design, boosting journey numbers, and growing sizing choices to suit a wider vary of rider heights. It now boasts 130mm rear wheel journey paired with a 140mm fork, and all sizes from S-XXL roll on an entire 29″ wheelset. The model tells us that is the primary time they’re bringing their Experience Aligned design philosophy, incorporating proportional size chainstays, to a motorcycle at this extra accessible worth level; there are 4 fashions accessible beginning at simply $2,699 USD.
2023 Norco Fluid FS
Wait. Don’t Norco have already got a 29″ brief journey full suspension bike? Sure, they do; it’s a 125mm journey 29er that goes by the title, Optic. There’s solely 5mm of rear wheel journey that separates the 2, however, certainly there may be much more to a full suspension mountain bike than the squish delivered by its suspension. Norco tells us the Optic was designed with a “sharp give attention to assured high-speed descending capabilities”, in the meantime the 2023 Fluid FS “focuses on extra full, well-rounded efficiency path character”.
- Intention: Path Driving for Skilled and Newbie Riders
- Fork Journey: 140mm
- Rear Wheel Journey: 130mm
- Body Materials: Aluminum
- Sizing: S-XXL – Heights of 5’1” to six’7”
- Beginning Value: $2,699 USD
Actually, having in contrast the geometries of the brand new Fluid FS and the Optic, there isn’t an enormous quantity that units them aside, however they’re certainly not, similar twins. By way of attain, rear-center size, head, and seat tube angles, they’re the identical bike; in a dimension massive, that’s a attain of 480mm, a rear-center size of 435mm, a 65° head tube angle, and a 76.7° seat tube angle.
The place they differ is in seat tube size, backside bracket drop and stack peak. Seat tubes on the Fluid FS are a lot, a lot shorter permitting for the fitment of longer journey dropper posts. For instance, the Small has a 365mm seat tube size and may match a 150mm dropper. The medium frames additionally get a 170mm dropper whereas the bigger frames get a 200mm. The BB drop is 30mm, as in comparison with the Optic’s 38mm, giving the rider extra floor clearance and thus forgiveness for ill-timed pedal strokes.
And, like we’ve seen Norco implement on their top-level fashions – the Vary, Sight and Optic – the Fluid FS sees a proportional strategy to border geometry, with rear-center size and efficient seat tube angle adjusted for every body dimension, along with the same old seat tube size, attain and stack numbers. This implies every body dimension ought to ship a intently matched experience really feel, so riders of all heights can anticipate very comparable experience traits. Specifically, a steepening seat tube angle from S to XXL will assist taller riders keep extra centered within the seated pedaling place, and assist resist entrance wheel raise on steeper climbs.
Norco’s advertising and marketing pitches the Fluid FS as a flexible path bike that may accommodate the wants of the very skilled path rider, in addition to the wants of the emergent shredder trying to develop their expertise and all-round driving capacity. Their Experience Aligned design philosophy performs an enormous half in that, particularly with the proportional chainstay lengths, however the customized shock tunes on all 4 fashions play their half, too.
The 2023 Norco Fluid FS will get the identical linkage design as its earlier iteration – a four-bar (or Horst-Hyperlink) structure. We aren’t aware about kinematic info however Norco says the 2023 Fluid FS has elevated leverage curve development over the 2019 Fluid FS and the Optic. The reasoning behind that’s to offer pure assist to the rear wheel suspension with out having to depend on massive quantity spacers inside the rear shock, with improved rebound traits and thus, management.
Not like the Optic, the 2023 Fluid FS is accessible in 4 alloy fashions solely. The body is made out of 6061 aluminum, little doubt serving to to maintain costs affordable – the most costly Fluid FS A1 mannequin retails at $4,449 USD. That money will get you some significantly first rate spec, too; a Fox 34 with GRIP2 damper, Float X Efficiency Elite shock, Shimano XT 12 Pace Drivetrain and Shimano XT 4-Piston Brakes. In actual fact, all fashions get a 12 velocity drivetrain and 4-piston brakes, the latter of that are fairly necessary for anybody desirous to push on with their descending.
180mm is the minimal rotor dimension for the Fluid FS, however it may take 200mm must you wish to improve the brake’s warmth administration (and resistance to brake fade) for lengthy flat-out descents. All fashions are spec’d with 2.35″-2.4″ tires from Vittoria or Goodyear however the rear-end is alleged to have the ability to accommodate a 29″ x 2.6″ tire must you really feel the necessity for a better quantity tire.
For extra info on specs, pricing, and availability, head to the Norco web site.