Norco Search XR Ultegra Adventure Bike (2018)

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The Search XR is simultaneously non-conformist yet familiar, pushing the limits of what you’d expect from a drop bar bike. With tire clearance up to 700 x 45c (or 650B x 2.1”), rack, fender and bottle mounts, and a lightweight carbon frame, the Search XR is an all-new breed of adventurer that takes you off the beaten path and allows you to ride every road and trail your heart desires. Explore singletrack, bomb down fire roads, tackle a gravel grinder or load up for a bikepacking trip – better yet, check “all of the above”. We designed the Search XR for all the adventures you can imagine, and for those you have yet to dream up.

Power Chassis

The Power Chassis is a complete pedaling platform designed to convert energy from a rider's whole body into forward momentum. A tapered head tube, an oversized hydroformed down tube, an oversized super-stiff bottom bracket shell, and an especially broad set of chain stays, conduct energy directly from cranks through to the back wheel where they are converted into forward thrust.

Size Scaled Tubing

By increasing tube profile dimensions in proportion with frame size, Norco engineers are able to calibrate frame stiffness to the weight of the prospective rider. This ensures that a heavier rider on an extra large frame will experience the same ride characteristics as a lighter rider on a small frame.

Smooth Core

Norco's SmoothCore process enables us to maintain precision control over all of the inner surfaces of our carbon frames, which is particularly critical at complicated, high-stress areas like the head tube and bottom bracket junctions. At the heart of SmoothCore is our innovative mandrel system.


Applied Road Compliance (ARC) technology optimizes the vertical compliance to lateral rigidity ratio for race and endurance applications. ARC Endurace seat stays are slender and feature a very pronounced bow shape that makes them extremely effective at dampening road vibrations. Chain stays are broad and stiff to ensure optimal pedaling efficiency, and they are engineered to be slightly longer to deliver a more stable ride experience.


01.FRAMESearch XR Carbon
02.FORKSearch XR Carbon
03.HEADSETAngular Sealed Cartridge Bearings - Tapered
04.HEADSET SPACER2x10mm / 1x5mm Alloy w/Norco logo
05.GRIPSNorco Super Griptacular w/Gel - Black
06.HANDLE BAREaston EA70 AX w/16deg Flare
07.STEMNorco SL Alloy - Black
08.SEAT POSTNorco SL Composite 27.2mm - UD Carbon
09.SEAT POST CLAMPNorco IRA w/Das Boot Technology - Black
10.SADDLENorco SL Race w/Crn-Ti Rails - Black
11.FRONT BRAKEShimano BR-R8070 Hydraulic Disc
12.REAR BRAKEShimano BR-R8070 Hydraulic Disc w/160mm Rotor
13.BRAKE LEVERSShimano Ultegra ST-R8020 Hydraulic Disc
14.SHIFTER FRONTShimano Ultegra ST-R8020 2spd
15.SHIFTER REARShimano Ultegra ST-R8020 11spd
16.FRONT DERAILLEURShimano Ultegra FD-R8000
17.REAR DERAILLEURShimano Ultegra RD-R8000-GS 11spd
18.CASSETTEShimano Ultegra CS-HG800 11spd 11-34T
20.CRANKSETPraxis Zayante DMX 48/32T
23.FRONT HUBClement USHUAiA 100x12mm Sealed Bearing
24.FRONT HUB SKEWERNorco Tooled Thru-Axle
25.REAR HUBClement USHUAiA 142x12mm Sealed Bearing
26.REAR HUB SKEWERNorco Tooled Thru-Axle
27.SPOKES/NIPPLESDouble Butted w/Alloy Nipples
28.RIMSClement USHUAiA
29.FRONT TYREClement X'Plor MSO 40c - Folding / Tubeless Ready
30.REAR TYREClement X'Plor MSO 40c - Folding / Tubeless Ready
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Model Year2018
Bottom BracketPraxis M30
ChainKMC X11
CranksetPraxis Zayante DMX 48/32T
Derailleur FrontShimano Ultegra FD-R8000
Derailleur RearShimano Ultegra RD-R8000-GS 11spd
ForkSearch XR Carbon
HandlebarEaston EA70 AX w/16deg Flare
HeadsetAngular Sealed Cartridge Bearings - Tapered
HubsClement USHUAiA 100x12mm Sealed Bearing,Clement USHUAiA 142x12mm Sealed Bearing
RimsClement USHUAiA
SaddleNorco SL Race w/Crn-Ti Rails - Black
SeatpostNorco SL Composite 27.2mm - UD Carbon
StemNorco SL Alloy - Black
SpokesDouble Butted w/Alloy Nipples
ShiftersShimano Ultegra ST-R8020 2spd,Shimano Ultegra ST-R8020 11spd
TyresClement X'Plor MSO 40c - Folding / Tubeless Ready,Clement X'Plor MSO 40c - Folding / Tubeless Ready
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Adventure road bikes look similar to traditional drop-bar road bikes, but are designed to perform just as well on unsealed surfaces and trails. The main differences are typically knobbed, off-road tyres; strong wheelsets; and braking systems that allow for better clearance of mud and debris. Due to their robust nature, adventure road bikes have risen to popularity with commuters, as they offer an efficient, all weather option for riding to work. The road bike style riding position makes them fast and efficient for longer, on-road rides. The off-road tyres gives superior traction in poor weather, or varied surfaces such as loose gravel roads. Likewise, the addition of disc brakes improves stopping power on wet days.

Adventure road bikes are very similar to cyclo cross bikes, however cyclo cross bikes are designed specifically for cyclo cross racing. Typically this means race specced components and more aggressive frame geometries.


About Norco

Norco has been a part of the bike industry for over 50 years. Much has changed but their reason for being remains the same – they are driven by a genuine passion for cycling in all its forms, and that passion is the foundation of everything they do. Bert Lewis founded Norco Bicycles in 1964 with a simple vision: build better bikes. From humble beginnings operating out of a converted chicken coop the company has grown into a global brand delivering more than 125 different models to cyclists worldwide. Norco live and breathe their promise to listen, innovate and ride, and they are eager to continue delivering to you the very best ride experiences possible. Thanks for joining Norco’s ride, and for inviting us to come along on yours.

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