2017 Norco Tactic SL Disc Ultegra first look

Carbon road rocket from north of the border

Norco has been around since 1964, and while the image of mountain bikes typically come to mind, likely because of their rugged British Columbia home, they've been crafting road bikes since 1975. Norco's first road team sponsorship was in 2000 and they've sponsored numerous road racers and continental teams since, and the Norco Tactic models are the Canadian brand's take on the high-end, high-performance road machine.

We'll put some miles on this rig and report back
We'll put some miles on this rig and report back

Norco makes a range of Tactics, from the fully-loaded SLR model with its 800g frame to the SL disc model that we have on test with a 910g frame, and the less expensive 1,050g frame made from mid-modulus carbon.

The carbon tubes are large but do feature aero shaping to slice the wind, which Norco claims results in 10% less drag. The DT Swiss R32 wheels have a bit of dish to also cut through the wind, and are spun to life through an 11-speed Ultegra mechanical drivetrain. 

The rear end boasts stout chainstays, lithe seatstays and a 12mm thru-axle
The rear end boasts stout chainstays, lithe seatstays and a 12mm thru-axle

Norco Tactic SL Disc Ultegra spec overview

  • 910g disc-compatible, thru-axle frame
  • Full carbon fork w/12mm thru-axle
  • ARC race seatstays
  • Size-scaled tubing for consistent ride throughout size range
  • Gizmo cable routing compatible with mechanical and electric drivetrains
  • Shimano Ultegra SL 6800 11spd
  • DT Swiss R32 Spline wheels
  • Shimano BR-RS805 hydraulic discs
  • Zipp bars, stem, post

A little maple leaf lets everyone behind you know where this bike comes from
A little maple leaf lets everyone behind you know where this bike comes from

We'll be putting this 2017 Tactic through its paces to see how the Canadian brand compares to the top road bike players. Stay tuned for more. 
Russell Eich

Tech Writer
Russell fell head over heels in love with bikes in the '90s, and has been involved in the bike industry ever since. Between wrenching in bike shops, guiding professionally, and writing about bikes, Russell has honed an appreciation for what works, gained knowledge of what doesn't, and can barely contain his enthusiasm for what comes next. His two-wheeled passion continues in the Rocky Mountains high above Boulder, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: High altitudes, forgotten singletracks, bike parks, roads without cars
  • Current Bikes: Custom Meriwether steel hardtail, Specialized S-Works Enduro 29, Kona Jake the Snake, Trek 69er, and a bunch more
  • Dream Bike: Yeti SB5c, Intense Tracer 275C, Black Cat custom road
  • Beer of Choice: Gin + Tonic
  • Location: Rollinsville, CO, USA

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