Posted by Editoress on 08/19/09
With the popularity of fixed gear bikes gaining momentum here in North America, we are finally seeing some manufacturers jumping on board with their very own renditions in this category. Gone are the days of bike-shop dumpster diving; those looking for the retro high flange track hubs and classic lugged steel frames need look no further ... the Norco Spade has arrived! Retro style with modern component choices make the Spade a great choice for those looking for an urban single speed/fixed gear cruising vessel.
One part form, one part function, and an even bigger part style, the Spade is the answer to anyone looking for a retro style steel bike to cruise around town. 'Hipsters, fixters, messengers, fakengers, and urbanites are what comes to mind when looking at the Spade.
A classy pearl white paint scheme and plenty of anodized blue components make the Spade stand out as one of the most stylish bikes I've seen in a long time. To top it off Norco chose to have it built from butted 4130 Cromoly ... a perfect fit for a very clever bike.
What more could you ask for in this urban cruising machine?
Norco certainly did their homework when it came to component choices. By using brand name, proven parts, the Spade offers great value with its $850 (MSRP) price tag. Highlights include sealed bearing hubs, with the rear being a flip-flop: one side fixed, the other side a freewheel. FSA cranks and a painted white chain round out the drivetrain components. The saddle is a most comfortable WTB Silverado with a custom 'Spade' logo. Up front, the anodized blue riser bar is attached to a chromed stem and chromed unicrown straight blade fork. The entire package was well thought out as the bike looks dead sexy!
The anodized Formula flip-flop hub, white chain, and white spokes are matched to bombproof (and of course blue) 32 hole rims - photo by Brad Downie
The geometry leans on the side of tight, quick handling; steering is quick and precise, yet very stable at speed ... even when riding with no hands. For those that don't like the idea of riding a fixie but love the bike's stylish looks need not be scared away - a simple flip of the rear wheel and the Spade becomes a single speed.
Smooth lines and stylish graphics are what make the Spade stand out from the rest - photo by Brad Downie
Three sizes are available, small, medium, and large (tested). Despite being a 2010 model year the Spade is available now from Norco dealers. For more info or to find a local dealer check out norco.com.
Review by Chad Grochowina
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