shock is a RockShox Ario RL with a full lockout as well.
The drivetrain is a 3x10 setup mostly comprised of SRAM
X7 with an X9 rear derailleur, and the brakes are Avid
HOW DOES IT PERFORM?
Moving out: The Revolver is a very comfortable bike to
sit on. This is especially important because the bike is
intended for epic adventures as well as shorter rides. It is
obvious that Norco did their homework. The bike’s wheelbase feels long, but it makes for a fast, stable bike that will
light up rolling singletrack as well as fire roads.
The Revolver is a bit heavy for its price point.
While we initially thought this would hurt the
bike’s performance, it rolled much better than
the weight would suggest. This is one fast-
rolling bike that hides its weight well.
Climbing: The FSR rear suspension
offers enough pedaling platform that we
never felt the need to engage the shock’s
lockout if we stayed seated and
worked on a smooth pedaling
cadence. But while the
rear lockout may have
we took full advan-
tage of the bar-
mounted fork lock-
out. The plastic
lever, though far
from ergonomic, gets
the job done and is a
better option than
removing your hand
from the bar while
The bike’s weight holds it
back somewhat when it comes to
mashing up steep climbs. Having the triple
chainring up front and a 36-tooth cog in the rear certainly
helps. We were able to spin the pedals and keep the bike
moving, even in the steepest situations—albeit not at a
Cornering: Norco makes it clear that this bike is not
designed to excel in tight conditions. That being said, we
were still able to get around 180-degree switchbacks without much trouble. The Revolver isn’t the most nimble-han-dling bike, but its stability is exceptional through fast,
sweeping corners. The center of gravity feels very low,
which gives you a planted feel through corners.
Descending: When following our buddies downhill, we
were on the brakes all the time. Reeling in riders down the trail
felt effortless; we would find ourselves on their back wheel
before we knew it. This bike gets going in a hurry! This could
be attributed partly to the weight of the bike and the fast-rolling cross-country tires.
The fork gets the job done on the bigger hits on downhills,
but the small-bump compliance is only so-so. Through stutter
bumps. our arms would get a little rattled. The rear suspension
seemed to do a better job soaking up bumps all over the map.
May 2012 / MOUN TAIN BIKE AC TION 91
Big Wheels Keep On Revolving
Norco Revolver 2
Like it or not, full-suspension 29ers might be the fastest-growing segment of the mountain bike mar- ket at the moment. Their ability to take riders to the
next level overnight, as well as their general usability for
longer days in the saddle—whether racing or exploring
new trails—have made them a very viable option. Norco
describes the Revolver as being for “fast, flowing,
California-style singletrack.” We logged hours and hours
on the Norco Revolver 2 to see where it sits in the food
chain in a sea of 29er full sussers.
WHO IS IT MADE FOR?
The Norco Revolver is intended for riders who are looking for one bike that is fast, stable and versatile. It is
designed to be comfortable enough to handle a marathon
event and lively enough to be plenty of fun working any
WHAT IS IT MADE FROM?
The Revolver’s frame is constructed of 6061 hydroformed aluminum. The head tube is tapered, and the fork
features a 20-millimeter axle for increased stiffness. Both
the fork and frame offer 3. 9 inches of travel. The frame’s
rear suspension borrows the FSR design licensed from
Specialized. The rear wheel is connected to the frame via
a 142x12-millimeter thru-axle. The bike also comes
equipped with an ISCG 05 mount to easily mount many
chainguides on the market.
WHICH COMPONENTS STAND OUT?
The Revolver 2 uses a RockShox Recon Gold fork with
a useful remote lockout mounted on the handlebar. The