Norco Bicycles has manufactured a full carbon framed bike with a single unit carbon seatstay to be back in the game of the carbon bikes range and compete in the category where the new Canyon Strive is ruling. The new bike is called the Range Carbon 7.4 and it features a mainframe that is purely carbon.
The chassis of the Range 7.4 is quite decent with the belly guard on the surface and chrome chains for protectors. There is a chain guide mount set and an extra gear hanger bolt to go with the X12 rear dropper post from Syntace. The yarn and resin segment has enough room to hold all these extra parts compactly within it and allow the chassis floor to remain uncluttered.
There is still some work left to be done on the external routing for the dropper post part as the top tube is cluttered. This, however is not the major concern because the issue can be solved with a latter upgrade to internal routing which won’t be difficult to fix. The main concern comes with a few more backdated components that could possibly discourage some riders to go for this bike at all.
As far as what is okay is concerned, the Shimano Deore groupset offers decent brakes and hub equipment with standard gears. The Race Face Chester crankset with double-ring drive will perform well on slopes at descents. The Norco Range Carbon 7.4 is being claimed to be a light bike but it isn’t likely to be much lighter than a mid-weight category bike at the most. However, the assembly of the components may have been optimized to reduce the weight as much as possible.
The ride isn’t exactly cutting edge as the rear shock and the fork from X Fusion are not what can be called impressive exactly. However, the suspension gets better after a few hours of ride. A short test ride can therefore be deceptive when this particular bike is in concern. However you cannot expect it to be as smooth as a Pike. The fork is stable and highly suitable for aggressive riders, though not on the roughest of terrains.
The low speed compression is firm and works well with the rear shock. The pedal bob gets a lot of support from the compression and shock combination. The 27.5 inches High Roller II tires from Maxxis and the tubeless ready WTB rims are the key factors behind the strong grip and all the smoothness that the bike possesses. The tires make up for everything the suspension fails to fetch.
The geometry of the bike has been thoughtfully designed to make sure that the cockpit, wheels and the fork are all well aligned to offer the most comfortable and convenient riding position. The alignment makes for the best control while the weight and the High Rollers slow speed fail to do much for the power.
The best of the new Norco Range Carbon version 7.4 is the traction and stability owing to the wheels and the improved geometry with the sturdy frame.