2015-norco-threshold-cyclocross-bikeThe new Norco Threshold is a light weight CX bike designed to rally ruts, and sprint to a podium finish, but deep down, it has the heart of a mountain bike. Designed on the Pacific Coast of Canada, the Threshold may have started development as a purebred racer, but the groms in engineering helped turn it into a trail slaying monster.

With disc brakes, a 15mm front axle, and a 142×12 rear hub, the Threshold is one flat bar conversion away from ruling the CX course, and the local Wed night mountain bike pedalfest.

Drop past the break to learn more.

2015-norco-threshold-cyclocross-bike2Just like the new Specialized Tarmac 5, Norco has calibrated the stiffness of the frames proportionately to the average weight and size of the riders. Whether you identify yourself as a Clydesdale, or are punching above your weight in the super-featherweight class, the ride characteristics of the frame will remain the same.Gizmo Universal Routing SystemThe cleverly named Gizmo system utilizes a two piece plug system to create a tight seal against water and debris, and keeps cables cleanly routed internally.Norco-Threshold-2015-Yellow
Out back, the Threshold borrows the Arc Race seat stay technology from their road racing platform, the Tactic. According to the press, the ARC stays have a “distinctive bow shape that works like micro-suspension to dampen fatiguing vibrations,” so just think “vertically complaint and laterally stiff.”

Part of that secret laterally stiff formula is the use of a 15mm axle in the front, coupled with a 142x12mm axle in the rear. The new fork keeps your front end planted through rutted out corners like Ryan Villapoto in the 450 main, and that rear end transfers power to the ground like a pissed off funny car thanks to dramatically over-sized tubing.2015-norco-threshold-cyclocross-bike1

Heavily inspired by Norco’s top notch Mountain bike development program, the new Treshold looks to be the grown up downhillers XC/road/and commuting machine.2015-norco-threshold-cyclocross-bike3

Not only does the sub 1000 g frame like to get rowdy, but it has racing chops. Last year, Aaron Schooler rode the redesigned frame to a 2nd place at the Canadian CX champs, and has been racing it at world cups and events all over the world.

We’re still waiting to hear from Norco about pricing and availability, so please stay tuned for more details.


  1. This is silly. All carbon bikes have a specific layup for a given size. It wouldn’t be possible to make an xl frame with the same pieces as a small. There wouldn’t be enough material.

  2. They just don’t get it!! CX and road disc bikes won’t be stiff enough until they have 20×110 and 12×157 thru axles!! Haven’t any of these companies done their research?!

    PS: Anybody know where I can score a 157x12mm 11 speed road rear hub? I hear DHgate.com’s version is decent.

  3. actually, as a person who has engineered several carbon bikes, pfs gets it exactly. This whole thing of a different layup for every size is marketing bullsh*t. Every carbon bike inherently already has this as a requirement of being produced.

  4. I like the ARC seatstays. They are the same as everybody else, but they have “ARC” technology. And I totally wouldn’t buy this bike until they build it with 1×12 gearing and 700d wheels. Ha!

  5. The fact that this is marketing bs doesn’t change the fact that Norco’s making some cool sh*t, this bike included. It isn’t revolutionary, life-changing, or any other marketing superlative, but it is simply good stuff.

  6. pfs and bill, you guys are missing it. While of course a larger frame will have a little more carbon and thus a little bit different layout, there is a difference between laying up a 1-1/2″ downtube in carbon on a 56″ frame, and then making a 2″ downtube on a 60″carbon frame for larger riders. This is the difference they are talking about. Most companies just have the 1-1/2″ downtube on all size frames. So it’s not just marketing, there is an actual difference.

  7. There is some clarification needed here on Size Scaled Tubing. This is not simply a reworking of layup but rather a larger diameter unique shape for each size giving an inherently stiffer tubeset. The idea is that all riders should have a similar experience and that means that a larger, heavier rider needs a stiffer frame.

  8. @Roger, just picked up one of these a week and a half ago and yes, it does have fender mounts. I’d imagine you could get a 40mm tire in there – the front has about 1cm on either side of the 33c Clement PDX tires and the rear at the chain stay has about .8cm on either side. I think the Stan’s Iron Cross rims seem to stretch the 33mm tires a bit wider though, so there might be even a bit more room.

    I know the new Search can fit a 40mm tire.

What do you think?