2021 Norco

Fluid FS 3 27.5

A 27.5″ aluminum frame full suspension trail bike with upper mid-range components.
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MSRP$2,249
FrameAluminum
SuspensionFull, 120 / 130mm
ForkX-Fusion RC32
ShockX-Fusion
Wheels27.5″ Aluminum
Drivetrain1 × 12
GroupsetSX Eagle
BrakesHydraulic Disc
SeatpostDropper
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Gearing

A bike with lower gearing will be easier to ride up steep hills, while a higher top end means it will pedal faster down hills.

Lowest gear

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22 mph

Fluid FS 3 27.5

26 mph

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Sizing
XS

4'9" – 5'2"

SM

5'0" – 5'6"

MD

5'4" – 5'9"

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Reviews
Pinkbike
Field Test: 2023 Norco Fluid - The Reasonably Priced One

Dec 2022 · Mike Kazimer

I ended up putting down my 4th fastest time on the Fluid, just one second slower than my 2nd and 3rd place times, and two seconds slower than my fastest time, which was on the Trek Fuel EX..

Highs
  • Great geometry and well-chosen components for a reasonable price

  • Solid, ready for anything ride feel

  • Norco's suspension setup guide is one of the best out there.

Lows
  • Could use a chainguide and a longer dropper post.

  • There are lighter & livelier options in this travel bracket

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Freehub
Bike Review | Norco Fluid FS A1

Nov 2022 · Spencer Astra

Norco’s new Fluid FS is meant for anybody and everybody. But don’t be fooled; this is no cookie-cutter, crowd-pleaser of a bike. The Fluid FS does a stellar job of playing different roles for different riders, and that’s exactly what makes it stand out among the company’s broad line of capable trail rigs. The Fluid FS’s pure fun factor feels equally ready to please a cross-country fanatic looking for a ride with little more oomph as it does a downhill racer wanting to cover more terrain—and that’s where the middle of the road magic lies in this surprisingly capable 130-millimeter bike. The Fluid FS now sports 29-inch wheels throughout its size range and is complemented by size-specific chainstays, ranging from 425 to 445 millimeters, making it easier to wave goodbye to the 27.5-inch option of the past. On a size large, I had plenty of room to move around the bike while climbing everything from fire roads to steep tech, and it never felt unwieldy while navigating around obstacles or trying to get the bike off the ground. The 480-millimeter reach left plenty of breathing room and, paired with a 65-degree headtube angle, the intended rider position is neutral and ready to tackle rough trails without risking a sluggish feeling on more mellow terrain. A long, dry summer of unpredictable conditions had me reaching for the Fluid FS more than I expected. It’s a bike that easy to get along with, and its balanced nature made quick work of scary-loose descents with confidence. Climbing on the Fluid FS is intuitive and doesn’t require any annoying weight shifts; just jump on and go. A 76.6-degree seat angle makes for a comfortable and natural climbing position, and the bike's balanced front and rear ends kept my front wheel glued to the ground on tight, steep switchbacks. At about 32 pounds, the Fluid FS powers uphill with an unexpected pep considering the extra weight of the alloy frame and a lack of any featherweight parts. The suspension design and shock pair nicely during extended pedaling efforts—I only reached for the shock lever to firm things up when I was commuting from trail to trail on Bellingham’s steep fire roads. While I didn’t do any true backcountry rides on the Fluid FS, it’s high up on my list of bikes that I would be happy to pedal all day long, especially if there are some worthy descents in store.

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Loam Wolf
Review: Norco Fluid FS A1

Nov 2022 · Max Rhulen

From our first ride on the Norco Fluid FS A1 to our last, the bike has remained a joy to ride. Norco has made a more consumer friendly full suspension trail bike that performs above its price point and is durable. Spec’d with TRP 4-piston brakes, a Fox Factory fork, Shimano XT drivetrain, a custom tuned shock, and size-specific geometry, Norco has elevated the game on what an affordable, dual suspension mountain bike can offer.

Highs
  • Bang for your buck

  • Performance

  • Durability

Lows
  • Tire spec

  • Handlebar and Grip Spec

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BikeRadar
Norco Fluid FS 3 review

Jun 2020 · Mick Kirkman

Solid and confident once up to speed, but slow to get there and let down by its fork

Highs
  • Frame is a good shape, with (rear) suspension that’s stable while pedalling

  • 1x SRAM Eagle drivetrain is quiet and secure, with a wide-range cassette to aid climbing

Lows
  • Feels heavy and is slow to get up to speed

  • Can be tough to manoeuvre when rolling with momentum

  • Suntour fork isn’t very smooth or effective over repeated hits

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Bike Perfect
Norco Fluid FS1 review

Sep 2019 · Guy Kesteven

Guy Kesteven hits the trails on the Norco Fluid FS1 to find out if a fresh fork, smoother shock tune and the latest Shimano drivetrain deliver on the potential it obviously had last year

Highs
  • Suspension issues are resolved

  • Spec far exceeds its pricepoint

Lows
  • Weight

  • Brakes are lacking

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Bikerumor
Review: The 2019 Norco Fluid FS1 29er packs a punch with high value build

Jul 2019

Norco's 2019 Fluid FS1 29er is a solid all-around trail machine that offers great bang for your buck.

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Singletrack World
Review | 2019 Norco Fluid FS 1 - A Sub-£2k Full Suspension Bike

May 2019 · Hannah Dobson

Hannah checks out the 2019 Norco Fluid FS 1, a sub £2k full suspension bike. Available from Evans in the UK.

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Mountain Bike Action
Bike Test: Norco Fluid FS 1

Feb 2019 · McCoy

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Geometry
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Specs
Build
Frame

6061 Alloy Trail, 120mm Travel, 27.5" and 29" Options, UDH

BB StandardBSA, 73mm, Threaded

Hanger StandardUDH

ColorBlack / Charcoal

Fork

X-Fusion RC32 Air, 130mm Travel, 46mm Offset (27.5), 51mm Offset (29)

Travel130mm

Spring TypeAir

Shock

X-Fusion 02 Pro R, 190x42.5mm (27.5), 190x45mm (29)

Travel120mm

Spring TypeAir

Bottom Bracket

Truvativ Powerspline BB, BSA Threaded

Headset

Sealed Bearing, Tapered

Stem

6061 Alloy, 50mm Length, 35mm Clamp

Handlebar

TranzX 6061 Butted Alloy, 780mm, 20mm Rise

Saddle

Norco XC

Seatpost

TranzX YSP18 Dropper, 31.6mm, 130mm (S, M), 150mm (L, XL)

TypeDropper

Pedals

VP Nylon Flat

Grips

VP Lock-On

Groupset
Rear Derailleur

SRAM SX Eagle

Crank

SRAM SX Eagle, 30T, 170mm (XXS - S), 175mm (M - XL)

Shifters

SRAM SX Eagle

Cassette

SRAM PG-1210 Eagle, 11-50T

Chain

SRAM SX Eagle

Brakes

Front: Tektro HD-M275 Hydraulic, Rear: Tektro HD-M275 Hydraulic

TypeHydraulic Disc

Brake Levers

Tektro HD-M275

Wheels
Rims

Stan's Flow D 32H

Front Hub

Alloy 15x110mm Boost, 6 Bolt

Rear Hub

Alloy 12x148mm, HG, 6 Bolt

Tires

Front: Goodyear Newton 2.4" Folding, Rear: Goodyear Escape 2.35" Folding

Disc Rotors

Tektro 180mm

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