Norco Search XR rolls out

Plan your next off-the-beaten-path adventure with this bike

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Norco Search XR

The Norco Search XR is simultaneously non-conformist yet familiar, pushing the limits of what you’d expect from a drop bar bike. Press play to learn more.

In the exploration of unknown territory, sometimes you end up wading through rivers, getting stuck in thick mud, and being caught out late at night, far from civilization. With generous tire clearance, plus rack, fender and bottle mounts, you’ll be in good company with the Search XR.

Norco Search XR

The Search XR uses Norco’s adventure geometry, and the Power Chassis design that is found on our race bikes to improve power transfer, and to make it highly efficient at getting you from point A to B. To ensure riders are comfortable on rough terrain hours deep into a ride, they’ve used ARC Endurance bridgeless seat stays and curved, ovalized chainstays which increase vertical compliance and help temper road vibrations.

Norco Search XR

Without a seat stay bridge, they needed to find a new way to mount fenders to their most versatile road bike. That led to the SASSY (Secret Attachable Seat Stay Yoke) chain stay bridge and NINJA (Not Instantly Noticeable Junk Attachments) threaded inserts. These design features help make the new Search XR fully fender compatible, in addition to its being rack compatible thanks to threaded holes on the outward faces of the dropouts and the seat collar. The fork even has two mounts so that you carry extra water bottles (up to five in total).

Norco Search XR

All models have ample tire clearance so that the Search XR can push the limits of what a drop bar bike can do off-road. The redesigned Search XR can run everything from a 700x28c up to a 700x45c gravel tire or a 27.5×2.1 MTB tire.

Norco Search XR

Regardless of height, all riders can enjoy the same ride experience on the Search XR thanks to size scaled wheels. They didn’t want to compromise on the geometry of the smaller sizes, so by scaling down the wheel sizes for the 45.5 and 48 to a 650b from a 700c (and 26 when a 650b wheel comes spec’d on the larger sizes), they can achieve the same angles as on their larger frames.

Norco Search XR

Learn more about the new Search XR at

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