Showing posts with label Norco. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Norco. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Norco City Glide 8



The Norco City Glide 8 has an MSRP of $890.

We talked about this bike 3 years ago, but Norco deserves another shoutout because their styling has improved.  This is particularly true of the "women's bike," which is now a mixte instead of the U-shaped step-through previously offered.  I also like that they've replaced the roller brakes with caliper brakes.

Here are the 2013 specs for the mixte:

Frameset
Frame: City Glide Mixte Alloy
Fork: Chromoly
Wheels
Rims: Double wall alloy - Silver
Tires: Schwalbe Delta Cruiser 700x35c - Cream
Tubes: A/V tube
Front Hub: Formula alloy hub - Silver
Rear Hub: Shimano SG-8R31-VS 8speed IGH 32hole
Spokes/Nipples: Stainless w/brass nipples
Drivetrain
Shifter Rear: Shimano Revoshift SL-8S20
Shifter Casing: Shift housing - Silver
Cassette: Nexus 20T
Crankset: Alloy 42T - Silver
Bottom Bracket: Cartridge BB
Pedals: Classic City - Silver
Chain: KMC Z610H
Components
Seat Post: Alloy - Silver
Seat Post Clamp: Alloy - Silver
Saddle: Selle Royal Ondina - Black
Headset: FSA TH-848 Sealed Cups / Semi-Cartridge
Headset Spacer: 3x10mm alloy - Silver
Top Cap: Alloy - Silver w/Norco Shield logo
Stem: Alloy - Silver
Handlebar: Alloy city bar -Silver
Grips: Cork grips - Black
Front Brake: Alloy Calipers - Silver
Rear Brake: Alloy Calipers - Silver
Brake Levers: Classic Forged Alloy - Silver
Brake Cable Casing: Brake housing - Silver

Monday, November 29, 2010

Norco Corsa 1


Norco also makes the City Glide. The Corsa is a similar 8-speed internal gear hub bike at a similar price.

The Corsa features a 8-speed internal nexus hub, V-brakes, a suspension fork, an alloy frame with internal cable routing, a rack, a dual kickstand and a full chainguard. Compared to the City Glide, it has a steeper geometry, with a 74 degree seat tube angle commonly found on hybrid road bikes. However, the chainguard is more complete than that of the City Glide, and it still has the dual kickstand and nice rear luggage carrier found on the other bike. The Corsa is listed at $660.

The women's version looks particularly nice, and has a rear rack instead of a basket, in this case. The men's version is similar:

Norco Corsa 1

Specifications:

Frame:  Frame7005 alloy frame with internal cable routing 
Fork:  Suntour CR-8V-V2 Suspension fork
Rims:  Double wall alloy black 36 hole
Tires:  Innova city tire 700c x 38c
Spokes:  Black stainless w/ brass nipples
Front hub:  Formula silver alloy hub w/ nutted axle 36h
Rear hub:  Shimano SG-8r31vsa 8spd IGH 36h [non-premium Nexus 8 speed hub]
Shifter:  Shimano Nexus SL-8520 revo shifter 
Crankset:  Shimano Nexus FC-NX75 38T silver 
Bottom bracket:  Cartridge
Rear cog:  Shimano 18T Nexus cog silver 
Chain:  KMC Z-408RB 1/2” x 3/32” 
Pedals:  Comfort pedals resin body w rubber inlay
Front & rear Brake:  Tektro 837AL V-brakes black
Brake levers:  Tektro comfort levers w/ integrated bell 
Handlebar:  Alloy 30mm riser bar black 
Grips:  Brown cork 
Stem:  Adjustable stem black
Headset:  Semi-integrated threaded w/ water seal
Seat post:  Suspension seat post black
Saddle:  Norco City Comfort 
Chainguard:  Full guard
Kickstand:  Dual kickstand
Fenders:  Alloy, painted
Rack/Basket:  Rear pannier rack
Lights:  No
Extras:  Fork stabilizer spring, Bell
Colors:  Cream
Sizes:  15 / 17 / 19
Weight: 36.1 [claimed]

There is also a lower-priced derailer version, the Corsa 2, for $490
Besides the drivetrain change, the kickstand and fork are downgraded. But Norco even managed to put a nearly complete chainguard on the 21 speed derailer system:

Norco Corsa 2

Frame Geometry (Step-Thru)

FRAME SIZE
Seat Tube
Top Tube
Head-T Angle
Seat-T Angle
Head Tube
Fork
Length
Chain stay
Front Center
BB Height
Wheel base
ST - 15
381
560
69.5
74
160
460
457
643
290
1094
ST - 17
432
575
70
73.5
160
460
445
646
290
1098
ST - 19
483
590
70.5
73
175
460
455
650
290
1102
L - 20
508
605
70.5
72.5
180
460
457
659
290
1111
XL - 22
558
625
71
72
190
460
457
667
290
1119

The geometry is fairly standard for hybrid bikes, and steeper than most city bikes in the seat tube angle, thought the head tube is fairly lax on the step-thru versions.
Norco Corsa 2 ST


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Norco City Glide

Norco City Glide 8
Norco is a major Canadian distributor, and also makes a number of good bikes. Unfortunately, they have few dealers for complete bikes in the United States, but there is probably a shop that can order one of these bikes in a major city. Canadians may be able to try one out in person, and get slightly better prices. They may also be found in the UK and Australia.

The City Glide 8 stands out with an 8-speed internal nexus hub, roller-brakes front and rear, and by including a double-kickstand and front fork spring, making it easy to load up a front basket or rear rack. It has a sensible geometry, with 72 degree angles sufficiently slack to get a toe down at stoplights. Unfortunately, the chainguard is not paired with a chainring, so snagged clothing is a slight possibility (though less risky than with most bikes), the gearing is set a little too high, and no lights are included. But at a suggested price of only US$ 665 , you should have a few dollars left to make those changes.

The women's version is less aesthetically successful, to my taste, but has a nice front basket, instead of the rear rack, and otherwise has the same specifications:

Norco City Glide 8 W

These specifications and geometry are for the City Glide 8 (men's version), similar to the women's version:

Specifications:

Frame: 7005 Alloy City Glide Frame 
Fork: Chromoly with threaded steerer
Rims: 700c Double wall alloy - Black 
Tires: 700x37c Continental TownRIDE w/Breaker 
Spokes: Black Stainless w/brass nipples
Front hub: Shimano HG-IM40 Roller Brake hub 36hole 
Rear hub: Shimano SG-8R31VSA 8-speed IGH 36hole [Regular 8-speed, I believe, not "red band"]
Shifter: Shimano Revoshift SL-8S20 
Crankset: Alloy 44T - Black 
Bottom bracket: Cartridge BB
Rear Cog: Nexus 20T
Chain:  KMC Z610H
Pedals:  Alloy pedal with non-slip tread 
Front & rear brake:  Shimano BR-IM41 Roller Brake Front and Rear
Brake levers:  Ergonomic brake lever w/integrated bell 
Handlebar: Alloy city bar - Black
Grips: Cork grips - Dark Brown
Stem: Alloy quill stem - Black 
Headset: CH-903SW black threaded waterproof
Seat post:  Alloy - Black, average set-back
Saddle:  Norco City Comfort 
Chainguard:  Partial, without chainring [unfortunately]
Kickstand:  Dual-leg, fold-back
Fenders:  Powdercoated Alloy
Extras: Bell, Rear rack w/ low pannier hook, Front stabilizer spring [Women's has a basket instead of the rear rack]
Colors:  8: Army Green - 8W: Light Blue - 3:
Sizes:  S-18 / M-19 / L-21
Weight: 34 lbs claimed


The 3-speed version costs $140 less, or about $525, and are similarly equipped otherwise (but lacking a dual kickstand, and with calipers instead of rollerbrakes): 



Frame Geometry

FRAME SIZE
Seat Tube
Top Tube
Head-T Angle
Seat-T Angle
Head Tube
Fork
Length
Chain stay
Front Center
BB Height
Wheel base
S-17
432
585
70
72
160
410
457
637
285
1087
M-19
583
600
70.5
71.5
180
410
457
641
285
1091
L-21
533
615
70.5
71.5
180
410
457
656
285
1106
WS-16
406
575
69.5
71.5
180
410
457
627
285
1078
WM-18.5
470
590
70.5
71.5
180
410
457
630
285
1081

The geometry is similar to a Breezer Uptown, with sloping top tubes, reasonably long chainstays, and moderate but not-too-low seat and head tube angles. The bike should be stable and easy to ride hands-free (based on the low amount of rake on the fork, and the slack head tube angle), and it should be relatively easy to get a toe on the ground at stoplights without hopping of the saddle, if you need to, without setting the saddle low.

The Norco City Glide also comes in a Shimano Altus 21-speed derailer version, for $370, lacking the kickstand and rack:

Norco City Glide (Derailer)


If you know a local shop in your city that stocks these bikes for test-rides, or if you have ridden a City Glide yourself, let us know in the comments.