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Norco made a big splash with its new Threshold ’cross platform, but riders wanting more long day adventure and gravel performance on a budget should turn to the Search.
The Search 105 is a carbon platform with through axles, clearance for 40mm tires and true endurance geometry. NORCO uses its heavily curved ARC stay design to improve comfort, a layup designed to handle big impacts and Hayes CX Comp mechanical disc brakes.
Like many bikes on this list, the Search turns to Shimano 105 for inexpensive shifting, while Alex wheels and an Easton cockpit keep the final price low.