When Andrew L’Esperance and his Forward Racing-Norco teammate Sean Fincham arrive at a race venue, the pair have their choice between two Norco cross country race bikes.
The hardtail Norco Revolver HT remains the go-to choice for pure fitness courses, but the trend towards increasingly technically demanding World Cup courses often sees the two teammates reaching for the race-bred full suspension Revolver FS.
The 100mm travel suspension has just enough squish to keep momentum through rough sections while a remote lock-out for the shock means all of L’Esperance’s energy turns into forward speed when climbing or sprinting.
With a host of high end parts from the Forward Racing-Norco team’s sponsors, the full suspension Revolver FS is a World Cup worthy race machine. SRAM supplies the eye catching gold parts of its light weight XX1 drivetrain, along with the race focused suspension from Rockshox. L’Esperance rolls on carbon hoops from DT Swiss, with his choice of Kenda rubber for each course. A host of small parts from WTB and HT fill out L’Espy’s Revolver FS race build.