Norco’s New DH Race Bike (Ep.219)

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The Norco Factory Team has a new DH race bike, and the story of its development is an interesting one. So we sat down with engineers Adrian Ward and Kirk McDowall to hear their take on the goals and design intent of the bike; what they learned from the development of the existing Enduro bike, the Range (and its modified DH version); the original test mule for the new race bike; working with Greg Minnaar to continue the bike’s development; and a whole lot more.


Introducing Adrian and Kirk (2:03)
Origins of the DH bike project (3:59)
Racing DH on the Range (6:35)
The next steps (13:27)
Kirk’s testing (17:28)
Building “the fastest race bike” (22:53)
The design of the bike (28:41)
Wheel sizes & going MX (32:33)
Suspension layout (41:07)
Greg Minnaar & reconsidering 29’’ wheels (46:52)
Future development (56:26)

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