Last year we tested Norco’s Revolver and came away impressed with its handling and playful nature. For 2013 Norco is introducing an all new full suspension bike - the Fluid 9.
The Fluid 9 is a 100 mm travel bike that is intended to deliver great value and features at a competitive price point. Norco labels the Fluid’s intended use as XC/Marathon and they describe it as a "lightweight XC trail bike that inspires confidence through its stability". The Fluid uses the same rear suspension design, Norco's A.R.T. (Advanced Ride Technology), as the Revolver we tested.
The Fluid comes in three levels. The Fluid 9.1, which lists for $2,340 has an XT component mix, Avid Elixer 5 brakes, and a Fox 32 Float Evolution 29 CTD O/C fork with 100mm of travel. The 9.2 is $1,910 and it has an SLX mix, Avid Elixer 3 brakes, and the fork is a Rockshox Recon TK Solo Air 29. The 9.3 delivers a very affordable, full suspension package at $1,475 with an SR Suntour fork and Shimano Acera level components.
We wondered how the frame stacked up against the Revolver. Dustan Sept from Norco weighed them. A Large Revolver was 2,700g and the same size Fluid was 2,750. He says, "The Revolver gets some added stiffness and frame performance that definitely make the higher end builds worthy of the more expensive frame." So, with the Fluid 9, you should get an affordable bike without paying a significant weight penalty on the frame. As you upgrade components over time, the bike can easily get lighter. It is impressive the amount of bike you get for the money with the Norco Fluid 9Tweet