Norco's redesigned Fluid FS goes longer and slacker, remains sensibly priced

A brand new frame for its full suspension trail bike

Norco has completely redesigned the Fluid FS, its full suspension alloy trail bike. The stalwart design was due an update, and the brand new design features modernised geometry and features, and is claimed to be able to tackle anything it turns to.

2019 Norco Fluid FS highlights

The Norco Fluid FS has been updated to an even more capable trail package
The Norco Fluid FS has been updated to an even more capable trail package
  • Brand new X6 Aluminium frame
  • Longer, slacker and more progressive geometry
  • “Size scaled tubing” frame design
  • Updated with internal routing and thru-axles
  • 1x drivetrain, dropper posts and tubeless compatible tyres on all models
  • Four models, each with a men’s and women’s version
  • Available with 27.5” or 29” wheels
  • 130mm travel front, 120mm rear

An all-new aluminium frame

The Norco Fluid FS features an all-new aluminium frame for 2019. The previous frameset was getting a little long in the tooth, so Norco has designed the new bike from the ground up.

Constructed from double butted X6 Aluminium with smooth welds, it looks a neat overall package. The frame has been updated with internal cable routing and now uses a thru axle at the rear.

The X6 Alloy frame features modern geometry, internal cable routing and thru-axles
The X6 Alloy frame features modern geometry, internal cable routing and thru-axles

Norco sticks to its size scaled tubing design, ensuring frame characteristics maintain the same stiffness and ride characteristics for each size in the range.

Modern Geometry

The geometry follows the usual industry trend of going longer, lower and slacker.

The head tube angle is now around 66 degrees, a whole 3 degrees less than the previous model. The reach has increased by about 40mm to 440mm and the wheelbase has increased by almost 60mm to 1169mm for a size M.

To compensate the seat tube angle is now at 76 degrees for a better pedalling position, with a shorter stem and lower standover height helping manoeuvrability.

These are some fairly radical changes compared with the older model, but do now put the new Fluid FS roughly in line with the ‘modern’ geometry we see on a lot of trail bikes today.

The updated progressive geometry should allow you to ride faster and harder
The updated progressive geometry should allow you to ride faster and harder

Setup your suspension

The suspension is still based on a Horst link design offering 120mm travel at the rear. That’s paired with a 130mm travel fork up front.

The Fluid FS will also come with a comprehensive suspension setup guide, with suggestions for tyre pressure, suspension pressure and damping settings. This is potentially a boon for newer riders who need a starting point from which to experiment with their preferred settings.

Built for purpose

All models will be specced with a modern 1x drivetrain, along with dropper posts and 2.6” tubeless compatible tyres. The range starts at just £1,195 / $1,649 for the FS4 and FS4 W models and tops out with the£1,850 / $3,049 FS1 and FS1 W.

The Fluid FS will be available in four models, each of which is available as a men’s and women’s version. They appear to share the same frame, with women’s specific contact points fitted to the relevant bikes.

Norco claims to have created the ultimate trail machine
Norco claims to have created the ultimate trail machine

The women’s bikes will be available as XS, S and M sizes, with 27.5” wheels on all sizes and 29” as an option for size M.

The men’s bikes are available in XS, S, M, L and XL. XS to M are available with 27.5” wheels and M to Xl are available with 29” wheels.

Norco Fluid FS1 & FS1 W specs and prices

The 2019 Norco Fluid FS1 W
The 2019 Norco Fluid FS1 W

The 2019 Norco Fluid FS1
The 2019 Norco Fluid FS1

  • Frame: Fluid FS X6 Aluminum Frame 120mm
  • Shock: RockShox Deluxe R Debonair
  • Fork: RockShox Revelation RC 130mm
  • Drivetrain: SRAM NX Eagle 12spd
  • Crankset: SRAM NX Eagle B148 DUB 30t
  • Brakes: SRAM Guide T 180/160mm
  • Hubs: Novatec Boost 110mm x 15mm 32h, Novatec Boost RR 148mm x 12mm 32h
  • Rims: WTB STP i29 TCS
  • Tyres: Maxxis Forekaster 2.6” 3C/EXO/TR
  • Price: £1,850 / $3,049

Norco Fluid FS2 & FS2 W specs and prices

The 2019 Norco Fluid FS2 W
The 2019 Norco Fluid FS2 W

The 2019 Norco Fluid FS2
The 2019 Norco Fluid FS2

  • Frame: Fluid FS X6 Aluminum Frame 120mm
  • Shock: RockShox Deluxe R Debonair
  • Fork: RockShox Sektor RL 130mm
  • Drivetrain: SRAM NX 11spd
  • Crankset: SRAM NX Eagle B148 DUB 30t
  • Brakes: SRAM Level T 180/160mm
  • Hubs: Novatec Boost 110mm x 15mm 32h, Novatec Boost RR 148mm x 12mm 32h
  • Rims: WTB STP i29 TCS
  • Tyres: Maxxis Forekaster 2.6” 3C/EXO/TR
  • Price: £1,695 / $,2699

Norco Fluid FS3 & FS3 W specs and prices

The 2019 Norco Fluid FS3 W
The 2019 Norco Fluid FS3 W

The 2019 Norco Fluid FS3
The 2019 Norco Fluid FS3

  • Frame: Fluid FS X6 Aluminum Frame 120mm
  • Shock: RockShox Deluxe R Debonair
  • Fork: RockShox Recon RL 130mm
  • Drivetrain: SRAM NX 11spd
  • Crankset: Truvativ Stylo 6k Eagle PS 30t
  • Brakes: Tektro Auriga HD-M290 180/160mm
  • Hubs: Alloy Boost 110mm x 15mm 32h, Alloy Boost RR 148mm x 12mm 32h
  • Rims: WTB STP i29 TCS
  • Tyres: Maxxis Forekaster 2.6” 3C/EXO/TR
  • Price: £1,450 / $2,049

Norco Fluid FS4 & FS4 W specs and prices

The 2019 Norco Fluid FS4 W
The 2019 Norco Fluid FS4 W

The 2019 Norco Fluid FS4
The 2019 Norco Fluid FS4

  • Frame: Fluid FS X6 Aluminum Frame 120mm
  • Shock: X-Fusion O2 Pro R
  • Fork: SR Suntour XCR 34 AIR Boost LOR DS 130mm
  • Drivetrain: Shimano Deore SL-M6000 10spd
  • Crankset: SR Suntour Zeron Boost 30t
  • Brakes: Tektro HD-M275 180/160mm
  • Hubs: Alloy Boost 110mm x 15mm 32h, Alloy Boost RR 148mm x 12mm 32h
  • Rims: WTB STP i29 TCS
  • Tyres: Goodyear Escape 2.6”
  • Price: £1,195 / $1,649

For more details, you can visit Norco here.

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