Road bikes with disc brakes and big tires are all the rage this year, and Norco has entered the fray with a new line of models designed to take you beyond where the pavement ends. With three models in both carbon fiber and steel, there’s no shortage of options.
Norco has been building excellent mountain bikes for years, and many of those technologies are proving to be a good fit for adventure bikes, including thru-axles and disc brakes.
The steel bikes start with the Search S3 at just $885. It has a 4130 Chromoloy frame and fork and can fit up to a 40c tire. The drivetrain is a nine-speed Shimano Sora and includes Hayes CX Comp mechanical disc brakes.
The Search S2 model features the same frame but bumps you up to a Shimano 105 drivetrain for $1,215.
The Search S1 model looks like an awesome option, with a Reynolds 520 steel frame, a tapered head tube and a full carbon fork with a thru-axle. It too uses a Shimano 105 drivetrain for $1,525.
Bumping up to the carbon models, you’ll find the same frame throughout, with thru axles front and rear, internal cable routing. It is available with Shimano 105 and mechanical brakes ($2,110)…
Shimano Ultegra with hydraulic brakes ($3,150)…
and in an XR model, with the same Ultegra and brakes but with upgraded Easton EA70 wheels ($3,700).
What’s your take?
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