Norco Indie 2 review

Sturdy, sedate street bike

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
£669.99 RRP

Our review

Versatile, with a highish ride and a highish price
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Canadian company Norco’s Indie 2 is the kind of hybrid we used to call an urban mountain bike. Maybe we still should. It has 700C wheels – but these days, so do some mountain bikes. The aluminium frame is sturdy, with an oversize down tube that’s reinforced at the head tube. It’s overkill for an urban bike, although should stop the frame folding in a front-end collision.

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The seatstays are curved (“for greater compliance”, they say) while the fork, where any springiness would be more noticeable, is straight. However, it is chromoly steel, and frame comfort issues front or rear are moot due to shock-absorbing 37mm tyres. Frame and fork clearances are generous, as is the distance between front hub and chainring centres – you could fit fatter tyres and mudguards and still not have to worry about toe overlap.

There are fittings for mudguards, a kickstand and a rear rack, and the disc calliper won’t get in the way of a rack as Norco have mounted it to the chainstay instead. Stopping power from the Avid Juicy 3 hydraulic brakes is awesome compared to the sidepulls or mini-Vs that many hybrids have. The 24-speed gearing is mainly courtesy of Shimano’s workhorse Alivio groupset.

The rear mech is an upgraded Deore unit, though – a Shadow model. It sticks out 12mm less, the better to avoid knocks, and its cable run is straighter and less friction-prone. The square taper chainset is a trekking one, with bigger rings (28/38/48) to reflect the higher speeds on tarmac versus trails. Whether you’ll be moving fast is debatable, though.

A tall head tube, riser handlebar and inline seatpost provide a riding position that’s fairly short and upright. You could flip the stem and set it below the steerer washers, but the overall feel is more ‘recreational hybrid’ than ‘sports hybrid’. This is better for looking around in traffic and easing any lower back or hand strain. It’s less good for putting the hammer down when you’re late for work.

For that you’d also want faster tyres than the part-treaded Continental Town Rides found here – Conti Sport Contacts for example. The wheels use bolted skewers so they shouldn’t go walkabout. The Indie 2 is available in five sizes: 14.5, 16, 18, 20 and 22in. The 20in weighs 12.1kg (26.62lb) and has a head angle of 71.5 degrees and a seat angle of 73.

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Product Specifications

Product

Name Indie 2 (10)
Brand Norco

Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore RD-M590 Shadow black
Head Angle 71.5
Weight (kg) 12.1
Stem Norco Forged black
Shifters Shimano Alivio SL-M410
Seatpost Micro adjust alloy black
Seat Angle 73
Saddle Urban stealth saddle
Rims Double wall alloy black 32hole
Rear Hub Shimano Deore FH-M475 disc black
Pedals Wellgo alloy body w/steel cage
Headset Type FSA TH-855 Threadless
Handlebar Norco Alloy 30mm riser black
Description sizes: 14.5, 16, 18, 20 and 22in.
Front Hub Formula DC20 disc black w/bolted skewer
Front Derailleur Shimano Altus FD-M310
Frame Material 7005 double butted alloy frame
Fork Chromoly straight blade fork
Cranks FSA CK-300TTT Dyna Drive 48/38/28T
Chain KMC Z-51
Cassette Shimano CS-HG30 11-32T 8speed
Brakes Avid Juicy 3 Hyrdaulic discs w/160mm rotor
Bottom Bracket Cartridge
Manufacturer's Description Continental TownRide 37c w/Breaker tyres
Weight (lb) 26.2