Best of Interbike: Norco Threshold SL Ultegra Di2

2015 Norco Threshold SL Ultegra Di2 - Interbike 2014

Well-known for their BC-capable freeride bikes, Norco also has a full suite of bikes in their range. For 2015, their Threshold Carbon cyclocross bike is not only a drop-dead gorgeous bike, it is full of great features that sets it apart in the growing cyclocross market.

Sticking to their guns, the Threshold SL features a sub-1000 gram frameset that is optimized for cyclocross domination. One of the great features of the bike, is its use of 142×12 thru axle standard in the rear and a 15mm thru axle in the front. These are both well-proven on mountain bikes and really do make sense for a cyclocross application where disc brakes and rough terrain are involved.

To help compliance, the carbon seatpost is 27.2mm and the frame is built with the latest techniques to enable vertical compliance with lateral stiffness. It features curved seatstays to also help with that.

Key features of the 2015 Norco Threshold SL:

  • Size-scaled tubing for size-specific performance targets
  • Hi-mod carbon fork with 15mm thru axle
  • ARC Race seat stays borrow from the Tactic road bike
  • GIZMO universal internal cable routing
  • ArmorLite resin for improved impact resistance
  • Power Chassis design for a stout power transmission
  • 142×12 rear thru axle
  • Available in an array of Shimano drivetrains

The Ultegra Di2 build really leaves nothing to be desired with solid Stan’s ZTR Iron Cross rims and a full gamut of components for a competitive $4500 price point.

Norco produced a little video with one of their DH athletes, Zander Geddes, and an XC/CX athlete, Evan McNeely, riding some classic shore trails in British Columbia. Looks to be a very capable bike in the hands of skilled pilots. Check it out.