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2013 Norco Aurum LE Downhill Prototype Bike

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If you walked by Norco‘s booth at the Sea Otter classic, the bright colors of the 2013 Aurum LE Downhill bike had to catch your attention, but if you didn’t make it, here is a re-cap of whats to come.

The 2013 Norco Aurum LE DH Bike shown is a prototype, so some things will change upon release. For example the production model will feature new bump stops, altered cable routing and the linkage mounted clamp will be on the seatstay.

Getting the 2013 Aurum LE at the 2012 Sea Otter Classic was to show the limited edition colorway to come. Only on the top of the line Aurum, you will have somewhat of a retro inspired theme with vibrant blue and green paint job plus black and white decals.

Releasing mid summer of this year, a price point has yet to be determined.

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2013 Norco Fluid 9.2 29er Mountain Bike

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At Sea Otter Classic, you can expect a slew of mountain bikes and one that stood out was the new 2013 Norco Fluid 9.2 29er.

The focus for the 2013 Fluid 29er Mountain Bike is to bring the newer styling from Norco suspension rides, but sell for a more reasonable price at $1300.

Shown with a black frame plus red and white decals, the Fluid 9.2 29er is full suspension with disc brakes, FSA drivetrain, and beefy seat stays.

Shops will start carrying the 2013 Norco Fluid 9.2 29er late 2012.

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2013 Norco Tactic Road Bike

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One of Norco’s new 2013 road bikes from their race line is the Tactic, which will be available in four different builds.

The 2013 Tactic is being tested and road by Team H&R Block as we type this, but a prototype was on display at the Sea Otter Classic.

The frame weighs in at 900 grams for a 56cm. Added is what Norco is calling “arc road compliance race stay”, which is a slight curve on the frame but a flat profile for forgiveness in the stays.

A stiff chassis press fit bb30 to make it as stiff as possible. In addition, Norco added a 27.2 seat post (from a 31.8) on the 2013 Tactic for comfort.

As aforementioned, four builds will hit the market. For now, the three known are Shimano Ultegra Di2 and Dura-Ace, and SRAM Red. Releasing early 2013 and will also release as a frameset.

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2012 Norco Katmandu All-Mountain Bike

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Designed with the serious all-mountain riders in mind, the Katmandu is definitely one of the most competent mountain bikes on the market today. Introduced by Norco Bikes for 2012, this all-mountain bike features a lot of new and impressive parts.

Built from a brand new 6061 alloy frame with a SR Suntour XCT V4 100mm fork, the Katmandu is guaranteed to be uniquely sturdy. To combine incredible strength and light weight, the frame features an integrated head tube, mechanically formed tubing, and round stays.

All-mountain trail riding is definitely exhilarating with the 2012 Norco Katmandu All-Mountain Bike. Whatever abuse the adventurous and demanding throw at it on the trail, the Katmandu can surely take it. This 14.31kg mountain bike also features a Shimano drivetrain, Kenda tires, and Alex rims.

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2012 Norco Spade Fixed Gear Bike

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One of the best-looking fixed gear bikes on the market for 2012 is the Spade from Norco Bicycles. Weighing in at only 9.34kg, this fixie is very lightweight but is complete with high-quality components, such as its Tektro R310 caliper brakes and BMX alloy brake levers.

Built from a double-butted 4130 chromoly track frame, the Spade does not only offer nice aesthetics but guarantees reliable performance, as well. Maximum comfort is guaranteed by its Brev M custom saddle and its Brev M grip that comes with flange.

Purple anodized and looking great in a matt black and chrome color scheme, the 2012 Norco Spade Fixed Gear Bike looks very classy. Since its rear wheel comes with a 16T freewheel and a 16T fixed gear cog, the rider can choose to either ride single speed or go fixie.

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2012 Norco Valence Road Bike

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Norco has released a lot of exciting bikes for 2012, one of which is the Valence Road Bike. The Valence is designed for road riders who join Grand Fondos and charity rides instead of racing. While it is a high performance machine, its setup and position are more comfortable than those of a pure road race bike.

The new proprietary frame is designed to offer high performance with compliance for road vibration. Making the Valence a precise steering machine bike is a stiff chassis formed with an oversized downtube, a tapered headtube, oversized headset, and a proprietary full carbon fork.

Nicely refined and engineered, the 2012 Norco Valence Road Bike is an aluminum machine that comes with vibration-damping Applied Road Compliance (ARC) seatstays. It offers a beginner-friendly upright ride position and smooth inner surface, achieved through the EPS (ethyl polystyrene) mandrel system.

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2012 Norco Aurum Downhill Bike

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A new downhill bike from Norco for 2012 is the Aurum. Carefully designed, the Aurum is one of the fastest bikes in the world that can tackle various races from local race series to the World Cup circuit. As what it is named after, the Aurum is made to help make its rider a champion.

As compared to the earlier downhill rigs from Norco, the Aurum frame is made even stronger, stiffer, and lighter. It also features three different levels of component spec and size-specific geometry. Pivot placement, rear centre length, and front triangle change according to the height of the rider.

With a minimal 200mm of front and rear wheel travel, the purpose-built 2012 Norco Aurum Downhill Bike is engineered to provide its riders with all the possible benefits on the race course. Along with the four different models to be offered is a team replica frame.

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