In December, I was lucky enough to spend some time test riding the yet-to-be-released updated Norco Revolver. At a glance it looked really similar to the current frame, and that’s why their Factory Team were able to race it without too many people noticing. Look closer and you realise how much has changed.
From a head angle that is about 3 degrees slacker, to a reach that has increased about 30mm, shorter chainstays, a steeper seat angle and 40% greater stiffness – a fair bit has changed.
We have just bought our new team frames, so here’s a closer look at the frames themselves – we’ll have them built by early August (fingers crossed!) in time for the Swiss Epic and other upcoming major events.
The frame weight with hanger, axle and stock shock is 2.55kg in a medium. It’s not a super-light frame but it should ride really well. Like most modern full-suspension frames, the idea of the geometry change is to keep the rider more centred on the bike, reducing the need for as many weight shifts fore and aft.
This same frame is used for the 100mm travel and 120mm travel versions. It’s just a different fork (obviously) and a shock with a different stroke. The eye to eye length remains the same.
We’ll have ours built up with Shimano XTR M9100 12-speed group sets, Fox Factory suspension and EIE carbon wheels with Maxxis tyres shortly – let’s see how they look then!