2013 Norco mountain bikes – swoopy frames out, big wheels in

Some of Norco's recent frames looked like they'd just been in a head-on collision. That's changing for 2013, with the arrival of two 650b bikes – the Range Killer B and Sight Killer B – that not only sport bigger wheels than the 26in originals but also a much cleaner look, more akin to the Aurum DH bike. Here's a quick look at the four key 'gravity' models for next year.

1 Norco Range Killer B

This 650b-wheeled bruiser is the bike Norco hope will have people swarming (sorry) to the shops in 2013. It boasts a rock-swallowing 160mm of travel, acres of standover room and a slack 66.5° head angle. The spec's ready for action: 2×10 drivetrain with lower chain guide and taco bashguard; dropper post; Syntace 142×12 rear axle. Target weight is 30lb. Full details here.

2013 Norco Range Killer B 1

2013 Norco Range Killer B 1

2 Norco Sight Killer B

650b wheels again, this time paired with 140mm of travel. Norco clearly think the bigger hoops will encourage riders to tackle burlier terrain – the frame's stronger than the regular Sight, with a lower BB for improved stability at speed, and the top two models come with Bionicon C.Guide chain devices and dropper posts. Full details here.

2013 Norco Sight Killer B 1

2013 Norco Sight Killer B 1

3 Norco Aurum

There are no major changes to the Aurum frame for 2013, just minor tweaks. The bump stops have been modified so they work with more forks, and cable guide locations have been changed. The good news is there are now four complete bike options, starting with the new entry-level Aurum 3. Full details here.

2013 Norco Aurum LE

2013 Norco Aurum LE


Norco Shinobi

Norco may have pinned their colours firmly to the mast of the good ship 650b but they haven't forgotten their 29er trail bike, the Shinobi. Geometry has been updated for 2013, with a shorter top tube, slightly taller bottom bracket and improved standover height on the smaller frame sizes. Full details here.

2013 Norco Shinobi 1

2013 Norco Shinobi 1

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