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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Norco Fluid FS. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
17 reasons to buy
- The Norco Fluid FS is an affordable full suspension mountain bike.
- Test riders were satisfied to discover that the bike is compatible with 27.5" or 29” wheels and tires.
- 120mm of travel in the rear and 130mm of travel up front make this bike ideal for trail riding and down country terrain.
- Wheel and tire sizes are specified based on the size of the rider's bike. Small sizes have 27.5” setups. Larger bikes have 29” setups.
- The bike’s aluminum frame has a sleek, attractive appearance, according to testers.
- Wide 800mm handlebars on the bike provide riders with great stability on a variety of terrain.
- Experts found the X-Fusion Manic dropper post on the bike to be reliable.
- 2.6” wide tires provide riders with flotation and the ability to run lower pressures, for a smoother ride over rough terrain.
- The aluminum tubing is size-specific on the Fluid FS, providing riders with consistent stiffness across all sizes.
- The Norco Fluid FS has a long wheelbase and slack head tube angle. This helps riders to conquer descents smoothly, at speed.
- The bike has short chainstays, providing riders with playfulness through corners and over obstacles on the trail.
- Experts were pleased that, even without a lockout lever, the bike did not bob on climbs.
- The Horst Link four-bar suspension design provides riders with an efficient pedaling platform and traction.
- The bike shifts smoothly with SRAM and Shimano drivetrains on each build.
- Norco’s setup guide gives riders an accurate baseline for setting up the Fluid FS’s suspension to their height and weight.
- The internally routed cables are held in place with grommets, to ensure a quiet ride.
- A full-sized water bottle fits in the frame of the Fluid FS.
3 reasons not to buy
- Testers found that Tektro brakes specced on the Norco Fluid FS 1 lacked effectiveness.
- The bike is heavy, with a weight of almost 34 lbs.
- Tall riders may find the dropper post insufficient, with only 150mm of travel available on size L and XL bikes.
Expert Reviews78/100 based on 3 expert reviews
Tons of Fun on a Budget – Norco Fluid FS1 29er Review
Flowy, jumpy terrain is what the Fluid wants. Aggressive, nasty terrain is what the Fluid ain’t scared of. Where the enduro bike is overkill and the cross country bike is nerve-wracking, the Fluid is right at home.
Norco Fluid FS3 Review
Overall, while the Norco’s shape is good, as a whole package it feels a bit dull compared to the competition. The fork was easily the worst on test, which has a big influence on the overall ride experience and reduces comfort, vision and concentration over bumpy terrain.