Norco’s Torrent 7.1 is one of the best 27.5+ hardtails our test team has ridden recently. But can it still deliver the same mega-performance in its budget guise?
Fat rubber, fine details
It starts well, with exactly the same 67.5-angle head tube, heavily sloped but generously long 635mm top tube and low 310mm bottom bracket frame. Impressively the curved seat tube and downward kinked 425mm chainstays and extra wide 148x12mm Boost rear spacing bring the big 3in tyres closer to the frame than most normal bikes without compromising mud clearance.
The wide bar delivers plenty of wrestling power
While it comes with a standard seatpost there are mounts for an external or internal dropper post cable/hose too. Kit is generally impressive as well, especially the Race Face Aeffect, with an extra-small 28-tooth chainring to sync better with the 10-speed 11-36-tooth rear cassette.
The wide 780mm, 35mm diameter bar and 55mm stem give outrageous amounts of steering leverage for ripping the fat, stubborn steering contact patch of the tyre round into corners or holding massive sideways drifts.
Big plus points
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