Norco Valence SL Disc Ultegra

Norco's Valence blends long-ride stability with a relaxed position that’ll keep you pushing for more miles.

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The quintessential endurance bike blends long-ride stability with a relaxed position that’ll keep you pushing for more miles. And the Valence seems to nail it for the most part. A long 1,009-millimeter wheelbase and low bottom bracket (70-millimeter BB drop) keep the bike steady over mixed terrain or on fast, swooping descents, making it an easy go-to for mixed terrain rides.

The 72.5-degree head tube angle provides predictable cornering while a 170-millimeter head tube offers a more upright position without taking you into cruiser territory. Sluggish handling holds the Valence back, so if you want to retain a race-oriented feel, look elsewhere.

The frame’s oversized down tube, BB shell, and chain stays make for decent pedaling response despite unremarkable lab numbers. With 0.94-millimeters of bottom bracket deflection, the Valence was one of the least stiff bikes we’ve tested this year. But if you’re not into racing and more concerned with comfort and compliance, the Valence is a top pick.

It has a no-fuss build with Shimano’s mechanical Ultegra drivetrain and hydraulic disc brakes. A 50/34 crankset and 11-28 cassette provide a wide gear range while the disc brakes supply more stopping power and control.

The Valence is respectably light at 18.85 pounds but certainly no featherweight. It’s not the ideal bike for maneuvering tight and twisty terrain or for hill climb races, but the price is easy to swallow for a comfortable ride built for the long haul.

Component Highlights: Shimano Ultegra drivetrain with 50/34 crankset and 11-28 cassette; Shimano RS805 hydraulic disc brakes; DT Swiss R24 Spline wheels

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