Best of Interbike: Norco Search XR All-road Bike

2015 Norco Search XR - Interbike 2014

We’re really liking what Norco is laying down these days. It seems that the Canadian company is finally hitting its stride here in the States with several knockout mountain bikes and now the all-new Search platform headlined by the all-road crusher, the Search XR.

The XR gets you some sharp-looking colors and full thru axles front and rear. Norco is not messing around with QR’s on disc bikes — even if they are technically road bikes. The Search XR is more than a “road bike” with the ability to do it all (road, gravel cyclocross, urban) under all conditions.

While this bike is intended to handle any road conditions, the frame┬ástill tips the scales under 1000 grams — not something you’ll find with endurance or all-road bikes. The XR delivers gobs of tire clearance (40mm) and a capable package at a reasonable price ($3700).

Norco Search XR Features:

  • Endurance frame with size-specific layup
  • Thru-axles front and rear (UCI be damned!)
  • GIZMO universal cable routing system
  • Shimano Ultegra drivetrain with hydraulic discs
  • Easton EA70 XCT tubeless wheels
  • Weight: Sub-1000 grams
  • Price: $3700

The Search XR joins a growing list of gravel or all-road bikes that have the best elements of a true road bike and the capability of a cyclocross bike — all-in-one.