Norco Fluid LT 2 review

All mountain machine

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £2,199.00 RRP | USD $3,375.00

Our review

Fits the all-mountain tag extremely well and will keep you grinning from the top to the bottom
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Capitalising on the amazing terrain and landscape Canada has to offer, Norco have continually shifted with the times, creating a bike to suit every aspect of riding. They’re making all the right moves when it comes to the all-mountain market, with bikes such as the Fluid LT 2.

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Ride & handling: All-rounder with great all-mountain capabilities

Out on the trail, the LT 2 is ultra versatile. The position created by the 21.7in (553mm) top tube and 60mm-reach stem gives a great compromise for all the types of riding expected of this bike. The LT 2 is comfortable for climbing and the cockpit is spacious enough to get your weight shifted wherever necessary.

This green machine really starts to shine at speed on technical singletrack. The head angle of 68 degrees allows maximum control and avoids any unwanted twitchiness when the trail gets a little steeper. 

Although the FSR suspension system isn’t the most pedal efficient, bobbing is kept to a minimum by the ProPedal platform damping on the Fox DHX shock.

The Marzocchi forks cope well with small bumps and take the sting out of bigger hits. The 55 has a habit of bobbing, so its adjustability is a huge benefit when you’re out for a slog. The lockout becomes almost essential to prevent energy being wasted. The Marzocchi fork and Fox air shock work well together.

Point the LT 2 downhill and it simply cries out for more. The tyres may drag on climbs but they provide excellent, predictable traction on a variety of terrains. This bike really is a good all-rounder, capable of being thrashed down the hillside but happy to be ridden back up to the top again.

Twin position top shock mounts give two travel settings
Twin position top shock mounts give two travel settings: twin position top shock mounts give two travel settings
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Frame: Striking swoopy tubes plus thoroughly proven suspension

The garish green paintjob certainly makes the LT 2 stand out, along with the sweeping hydroformed 6061 aluminium tubing of the front triangle. The sleek curves of the top tube give loads of standover height and increase manoeuvrability no end.

The burly box-section 6061 aluminium tubing of the rear triangle keeps things flex free and attaches to the shock with stiff forged linkage plates. The LT 2 uses the patented Specialized FSR linkage with sealed cartridge bearings to keep things nice and smooth.

The FSR system is well proven, and well controlled by the Fox DHX Air 3.0 shock. Travel is easily adjustable between the two settings positioned on the linkage plates and offers either 137 or 158mm (5.4-6.2in) of bounce.

Equipment: Fantastic spec and wheelset

The Mavic rim and Shimano XT hub combo is light, but strong enough to take some massive hits. The Marzocchi 55 forks are quite hefty, but cope reliably well, and the travel is easily adjustable. The 20mm axle adds to the steering precision.

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Avid Juicy brakes are wisely specced with 185mm rotors and have more than enough power to bring this sub-16kg (35lb) rig to a stop.

Lairy paint job and swoopy lines make the LT 2 stand out
Lairy paint job and swoopy lines make the lt 2 stand out: lairy paint job and swoopy lines make the lt 2 stand out
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Product Specifications

Product

Name Fluid LT 2 (09)
Brand Norco

Available Colours Green
Pedals Crank Bros Smarty
Brake Levers Avid Juicy 5
Weight (lb) 35
Stem Truvativ XR alloy, 31.8mm, 5 deg
Shifters Sram X-7 trigger, 9 speed front and rear
Seatpost Raceface Deuce XC
Saddle WTB Devo with chromoly rail, synthetic leather
Rims Mavic XM 317 black
Rear Tyre Size 26x2.35
Rear Tyre Nevegal
Rear Shock Fox DHX-Air 3.0
Rear Hub Shimano XT, 135 x 10mm, 9 spd
Rear Derailleur Sram X-9, 9 speed, long cage
Head Angle 68
Available Sizes L M S XL XS
Handlebar Truvativ Stylo SL 30 mm rise, 31.8mm
Front Tyre Size 26x2.35
Front Tyre Nevegal
Front Hub Shimano XT, 20mm axle
Front Derailleur Shimano XT 31.8
Frame Material Hydraform main frame tubing, low standover, 137-158mm travel, 135 x 10mm dropout
Fork Marzocchi 55 ATA 120-160 mm travel, 20 mm axle, 1-1/8" alloy steer tube
Cranks Truvativ Stylo, 44/32/22T
Chain KMC Z-9000 silver, 9 speed
Cassette Sram PG-950, 9 speed, 11-32T
Brakes Avid Juicy 5, 7" rotors
Bottom Bracket Truvativ Stylo
Top Tube (in) 21.7