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Norco Search Car­bon 105

The Norco Search Car­bon 105 fea­tures a mid-mod car­bon-TA disc frame and fork that of­fers a long, sta­ble wheel­base, com­fort-en­hanc­ing ARC de­sign and plenty of clear­ance for up to a 35c tire. A full Shi­mano driv­e­train fea­tures SL-RS505 11-speed shifters with a Hy­dro Disc and 160mm ro­tors, SL-RS505 Hy­dro Disc levers, 105 front and rear de­railleurs, cas­sette and cranks and a press-fit BB86 bot­tom bracket. Norco com­po­nents fill in the touch points in the cock­pit and Cle­ment X'Plor USH 35c tires adorn a pair of Alex Vo­lar 2.1 rims. The SRP is $3,499.

Devinci Hatchet SX

The Devinci Hatchet SX fea­tures an alu­minum Op­ti­mum R03 frame with in­ter­nal cable housing, Devinci car­bon fork and 40mm tire-width ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Other fea­tures in­clude a SRAM-cen­tric driv­e­train and V2 com­po­nent pack­age. SRAM Ri­val shifters are matched up with a Ri­val 1 rear de­railleur, an S350 44T crankset and an 11S 11-36T cas­sette. TRP Spyre brakes with 60mm stain­less-steel ro­tors con­trol a set of For­mula Disc Sealed Cen­ter­lock hubs that are built up with V2 PRO DB rims. V2 also pro­vides a Comp seat­post and bar along with a Pro 31.8mm stem. The SRP is $1,899.

Felt VR5

The Felt VR5 is crafted from Vari­able Road UHC Ad­vanced car­bon fibre and fea­tures a BB386 bot­tom bracket, Syn­tace-style thru-axle dropouts, a flat-mount disc brake, a re­place­able rear-de­railleur hanger and in­ter­nal cable rout­ing for ei­ther me­chan­i­cal or elec­tronic gear­ing. The driv­e­train is com­prised of Shi­mano RS505 hy­draulic shifters and 105 de­railleurs paired with an FSA Gos­samer Pro Ad­ven­ture crankset with su­per-com­pact gear­ing. The com­po­nent pack­age is all Felt, as is the wheelset, which fea­tures its Ver­sa­tile Road VR19 Disc (tube­less-ready) wheels along with Vit­to­ria Ru­bino Pro 700x28c tires. The SRP is $3,199.

Spe­cial­ized Se­quoia

The Spe­cial­ized Se­quoia frame and fork are fab­ri­cated from premium chro­moly size-spe­cific tub­ing and are in­ter­nal-light-cable-rout­ing-ready. The drive is a mo­saic, with Shi­mano Sora front and Alivio rear de­railleur, an FSA Vero al­loy sub-com­pact crankset with 48/32T chain­ring, a Shi­mano nine-speed 12-36t cas­sette, a BB-7420ST with Bolts with an RPM logo and a SRAM chain. Tek­tro Spyre me­chan­i­cal disc brakes with 160mm ro­tors, front and rear, pro­vide mod­u­lated stop­ping power to a Spe­cial­ized Ad­ven­ture Gear Hay­field wheelset with Spe­cial­ized Ad­ven­ture Gear Saw­tooth 2Bliss Ready 700x42mm tires. The SRP is $1,799.

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