Norco rolls out the Torrent FS+

Full suspension 27.5+ trail bike

Last year Norco introduced the Torrent hardtail, which features 27.5+ wheels in a slack, alloy frameset. The Canadian brand is following suit for 2017 by rolling out a full suspension version of the Torrent.

Torrent FS+ details

  • Equipped with 27.5x2.8in tires
  • 140mm front / 130 rear travel
  • ART rear suspension design
  • Two complete bikes and a frameset
  • Available January 2017

Plus with more travel

Like its hardtail sibling, the Torrent FS+ is positioned as a slack trail bike. On paper at least it looks to be very playful — while the chainstay length is a touch longer than the hardtail Torrent, the rear end is still respectably short, particularly for a plus bike.

Norco’s Gravity-Tuned chainstay length varies from 425mm on the size small to 440mm on the XL.

The Norco Torrent FS+ geometry
The Norco Torrent FS+ geometry

The Torrent FS+ has 130mm of rear travel mated to 140mm of suspension up front. Like the company’s other full suspension models, it uses a Horst link suspension design that Norco calls ART

There’s an ongoing debate in the world of plus bikes about what constitutes “plus". Some plus proponents feel that a tire should be a full three inches wide, while others have decided that scaling back to a 2.8 inch width gives the same benefits, with a bit less weight and less tire squirm.

Norco appears to be in the later camp, as both models come shod in the new 27.5x2.8in Maxxis DHF and DHR treads. According to Chris Cook, Norco’s marketing manager, true 27.5x3in tires will fit in the rear end, but the clearance will be tight, particularly if the tires have tall knobs.

Torrent FS+ pricing, specs and availability 

For 2017, Norco will offer the Torrent FS+ in two complete versions as well as a frame with shock.

The Torrent FS+ A7.1 will retail for US$3,599, while the Torrent FS+ A7.2 comes in at US$2,499. The Torrent FS+ frame with RockShox Deluxe RT Debonair shock comes in at US$1,399. (UK and Australian pricing have yet to be announced.)

The Torrent FS A7.1 gets a DVO Diamond fork and DVO Topaz T3 air shock (not pictured) with  SRAM GX drivetrain
The Torrent FS A7.1 gets a DVO Diamond fork and DVO Topaz T3 air shock (not pictured) with SRAM GX drivetrain

The second-tier Torrent FS+ A7.2 has a 140mm Rockshox Sektor RL fork and Rockshox Deluxe RT Debonair shock with a SRAM NX drivetrain
The second-tier Torrent FS+ A7.2 has a 140mm Rockshox Sektor RL fork and Rockshox Deluxe RT Debonair shock with a SRAM NX drivetrain

Norco offers the Torrent FS+ as a frame with a Rockshox Deluxe RT Debonair shock
Norco offers the Torrent FS+ as a frame with a Rockshox Deluxe RT Debonair shock

Norco Bicycles introduces the Torrent FS+

The Torrent FS+ will be available in January. For more details, visit http://www.norco.com.

Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998. Being stubborn, endurance racing was a natural fit. Josh bankrolled his two-wheeled addiction by wrenching at various bike shops across the US for 10 years and even tried his hand at frame building. These days Josh spends most of his time riding the trails around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, cyclocross, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Anywhere with rock- and root-infested technical singletrack. He also enjoys unnecessarily long gravel races.
  • Current Bikes: Trek Remedy 29 9.9, Yeti ASRc, Specialized CruX, Spot singlespeed, Trek District 9
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following, a custom Moots 27.5+ for bikepacking adventures
  • Beer of Choice: PBR
  • Location: Fort Collins, CO, USA

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