The Norco VFR Disc 4 has been treating me well the past couple months. Most of my riding has consisted of commuting to the Bicycle Times/Dirt Rag office along with a few family rides around town.
My 13 mile one-way commute covers a good range of surfaces on which to ride and the VFR Disc 4 has taken it all and asked for more. From city streets to crushed limestone rail-trail path, to old rocky double-track railroad bed, then on to country roads, the VFR Disc 4 has handled it all surprisingly well. In a word, I’d say this bike is versatile.
With a flat bar and comfortable frame geometry plus solid parts specs like the Avid Juicy 3 hydraulic disc brakes and 700x32c Continental TownRIDE touring tire with a reflective stripe on the sidewalls, this bike could take you just about anywhere you want to go. Want to add fenders and a rack? No problem. The chainstay disc mounts make installation clean and easy.
After the initial set-up and dialing in the position of the brake levers and shifter pods, I haven’t changed a thing on the bike except for the grips. During my first few rides, I experienced some numbness and tingling in my hands. Maybe it’s just me, but I think all flat bar road bikes should have some kind of ergonomic grip and/or bar end to allow for multiple hand positions. Lucky for me, the good folks at Ergon sent me a pair of the GX2 grips with magnesium bar ends. Since then my hands have been happy and tingle-free.
Look for the full review of the Norco VFR Disc 4 in an upcoming issue of Bicycle Times.