I’ve been riding the new 2011 Norco Ceres for a couple of weeks now. I’m very much enjoying this solid, refined commuter from Canada’s largest bike company.
The Ceres sports the Shimano Alfine group including the 8-speed internal gear hub, RapidFire shifter, and front and rear hydraulic disc brakes.
Nice details everywhere you look.
Shimano Alfine + Gates Carbon. Sweet.
Norco is proud of their belt drive (as they should be).
Love this hub. I’m anxious to try the new 11-speed, but the Alfine 8 is anything but obsolete.
Stout frame, stout fork. The Ceres is solid; built more like an MTB than a roadie. The tubing is Reynolds 525 and the bike weighs in at around 27 lbs.
Setting belt tension and wheel alignment are a breeze with this sliding dropout. Flat repairs can be made by simply loosening the axle nuts and dropping the wheel; no readjustment is required.
Norco owns Axiom. They have some interesting racks, fenders, and other accessories. This particular rack (the “Journey Disc”) is designed to clear disc brakes.
A solid bike featuring a belt drive and the best commuting-specific component group on the market. More to come on the Ceres…