First Impression: Norco Vallence Alloy

I plan to log many more miles aboard the Valence Alloy 1 this spring. Look for a complete review in an upcoming issue of Bicycle Times.

By Josh Patterson

Norco’s Valence line of road bikes was designed to meet the needs of the growing number of road riders who enjoy long rides such as gran fondos and charity rides. Many of these riders are looking for a performance-oriented bicycle, but are not willing to sacrifice comfort to eek out a few more watts. If you count yourself amoung this group then keep reading. The Valence is available in carbon and more affordable aluminum models. I’m currently testing the highest-end aluminum model, the Vallence Alloy 1.

This $1,299 road bike packs a lot of bang for the buck, including a Shimano 105 drivetrain with an FSA crankset and a 105-level wheelset. I’ve logged approximately 300 miles on my test bike and have very little to complain about. The fit is good; handling is stable; and, as one would expect from a bike designed for long days in the saddle, the ride is quite comfortable.

The Valence seatstays are flattened and bow inwards to improve vertical compliance. The Tektro long reach brake calipers allow will accommodate up to 28c tires with fenders.

Tester stats

  • Age: 30
  • Height: 5’7”
  • Weight: 145lbs.
  • Inseam: 30”

Bike stats

  • Price: $1,299
  • Weight: 20.98lbs
  • Sizes Available: 48, 51 (tested), 54, 57, 60
  • Country of Origin: Taiwan


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