Cockpit Some bikes take a little while to get used to, and some just need a whole new stem and bar just to get going. So I just added a bit more travel and went with the Torrent! Bicycle is free of major mechanical issues but may require some service, a tune up is recommended. Check out our recent reviews of some other 27. I am currently running a set of Bontrager 29er wheels on the 2017 Norco Torrent 7. The one you rode till it broke, fixed it, then snapped in two? The frame is burly and unyielding and the geometry was spot-on for all-around ripping. While Boost accommodates the new width, it also widens the spoke bracing angle to increase wheel stiffness. We found the fat tyres to be incredibly reliable in off-camber corners and sections, where you can just lean in and grip without feeling like skating out.
While more initial effort is required to get the plus size moving, once up to speed, the rider who lays off the brakes while laying into the bike will be rewarded most. The 28 tooth chainring gives a really great range for all terrain, giving you a really nice low range for steep stuff while never spinning out on normal descents. Much has changed but their reason for being remains the same — they are driven by a genuine passion for cycling in all its forms, and that passion is the foundation of everything they do. However, we did manage to dint them in testing but never lost any pressure in the tubeless setup. And component manufacturers have figured out how to make durable parts without using cast iron. We highly recommend having a test ride and seeing the magic for yourself; the Plus format will have you cornering harder than you ever thought you could.
Plus-size Alex rims are outfitted in 27. Have been playing around with reach and location on the bars I had them too far out at one point and was hitting my knuckles when I brakes , but they seem plenty responsive. With a hydroformed aluminium frame, Norco have been able to create funky lines and shapes that are not winning awards for aesthetics, but are guaranteed to survive forever. With the rise of semi-fat wheels, more and more brands are embracing the new format which has made them both reliable and affordable. From a geometry standpoint, this frame is exceptional.
The Torrent will always have your back — up slippery gravel, wet rock, awkward turns and bumpy chutes. The Yari is very Pike-ish in its plushness, but required a few tokens for better bottom-out and height support in the open setting. Verdict Where would we all be without our first hardtail? With a dialed geometry and smart spec, at times if felt like the Torrent just rode itself. Flat and undulating sections are where the disadvantages of the wider, heavier wheel are most noticeable where carrying momentum punctuated by bursts of pedal strokes are key to keep from slowing. Rely on Shimano's 1 x 10 drivetrain to get you where you've got to go with a wide set of gear ranges, either up or down. This entry was posted in and tagged ,.
For 2016, Norco have reinvigorated this legacy in the best way possible, utilising the new 27. In other words, get fast and stay fast. That said, the combination of massive tread and the hardtail frame explained why, despite added rotational weight, the Torrent is an extremely capable and confident climber even on steep, technical grades. With a long history of producing class leading bicycles, the experience of the ride is very important to Norco, and to create the very best experience, the brand makes and lives by three promises: listen, innovate and ride. Will it do everything an all-mountain full suspension bike will? A combination of Boost hub spacing and asymmetric stays has allowed Norco to open up enough space to chop the chain stays to just 422mm. With all this on offer, there is no reason not to consider us for your next cycling purchase. Bottom Line: with aggressive trail geometry and stout componentry, the Torrent 7.
It tears through any kind of corner far harder than you will be prepared to at first riding it, letting you reduce the braking and barrel into everything. Caveat emptor: with more tire, comes more mud Plus Size Preamble As more and more bike companies roll out their plus size competitors, much of what you read this year on the matter may tend to focus more on certain inherent qualities of the new wheel width and tires rather than the bike itself. An extremely good looking and functional system, the Cinch System works similar to Shimano Centrelock Discs, which allows for a fully flexible mounting system to allow for any sized chainring, as well as adaptability for any chainring standards you may want to use. This accelerated rate of slowing is not a drawback of the Torrent, per se, rather an opportunity to adapt to a different style of riding, and was reminiscent of my days learning to ride a singlespeed 29er—not bad, just different. Built around 130mm of travel, the 67-degree head angle is a great medium between a full-blown enduro rig, and a light trail bike. Also more nimble than I imagined. This also obviates 2x compatibility.
Plus sized hardtails just make sense. Need help choosing a bike, finding places to ride, or just want advice on technique, gear, or cycling etiquette? We would recommend trading them out for grips of your preference. I wanted the Fluid, but Norco was sold out till probably fall. First announced in the fall, the Torrent has been garnering rave reviews from numerous bike mags and blogs. This includes a lifetime warranty on frames and five years on parts. On the other hand, be generous with upvotes.
With 130mm of suspension and trail-taming 2. A progressive leverage ratio offering mid-stroke support and bottom-out protection gives you the confidence to attack any trail. This is what got us; just a touch too much confidence in sending the Torrent into a few awkward rocks left the rear wheel with a few dings — however no flats in sight! The reach for each size is also nice and comparable to a well-sized full suspension bike, giving a comfortable and relatable fit for any rider. The Torrent 7 borrows the traction and plow-ability of a fat bike, the rollover of a 29er, yet maintains the nimble handling of a 27. Does the prospect of some plump rubber under your rump get your spidey senses tingling? Our modern industry experience has created a fresh bicycle retail experience.
The bicycle has some mechanical issues and a tune up is necessary. Good: The frame or fork or components or accessories have cosmetic blemishes. No service is required on any component, part, or accessory. Hence an inherent hindrance to rolling speed, which is more noticeable on hard pack trail or tarmac. Even with the huge tyres, Norco have been able to keep the rear end to just 422. Norco live and breathe their promise to listen, innovate and ride, and they are eager to continue delivering to you the very best ride experiences possible. The RockShox Yari performed superbly, like an out-and-out enduro fork.
The climbing ability of this new wheel standard is unrivalled, with a great mix of agility, grip and stability. Fat bike fun, without all the fat bike weight! The frame if metal may have minor, aesthetic dings. So, before we dive into the final take on the Torrent 7. One of the standout elements are the super short chain stays. The Ride: From the get go, we had the Torrent doing wheelies down the street, despite a bit of extra drag from the oversized tyres. The Torrent 7 is rookie card in the increasingly-popular plus size crop of mountain bikes, and after hashing it out for a couple months aboard this aggressive, mid-fat beast of a hardtail, it was clear nothing in its design was rushed simply for the sake of meeting yet another impending new standard of wheel size. Factory Description If you've ever wondered what a waterfall feels like as it crests, you might climb aboard the Torrent 7.