One look at the custom touches on this Norco Revolver FS, and it’s clear this isn’t your average build. But it does look familiar. Especially if you’ve caught one of Julian DaSilva’s other works of art that we’ve featured here. Known for some impressive integration of Shimano Di2 drivetrains into his builds, Julian has now partnered up with two friends to open their own store, Rock and Road Bike Shop. Located in Weston, Florida, Julian says they’re two blocks from one of the best trails in the area – and yes, Florida does have some great mountain biking.
To celebrate the opening of the new shop, Julian decided to give a Norco Revolver FS 9.3 the Rock and Road treatment. Calling it the Terminator Edition, the bike has an even more impressive Di2 integration that we’re used to seeing from Julian, plus some exclusive Industry 9/Atomik wheels as well…
We know that Julian likes to hide every bit of the Di2 wiring system as much as possible. But for this build he didn’t want to simply bury the junction box inside the frame. Wanting to preserve the functionality of the junction box for battery indication, adjustment, and charging, he decided to go with something a little more custom. After taking apart an EW90-B 5 port junction box, it was modified with Julian’s own LEDs, buttons, and charging port to fit neatly inside the frame ports on the Norco’s head tube. Everything is neat and tidy and allows every bit of functionality from the system.
This angle also highlights the custom head tube badges that Rock and Road one off bikes will receive with a 1 of 1 designation and the mechanic’s name who built the bike.
The build makes use of the Shimano Pro Tharsis Di2 handlebar and stem which helps hide the wires, but Julian tells us he modified the stem to use a standard starnut. Apparently the non-starnut system has a tendency to come loose, so a starnut was modified so that the wires could pass through and a standard compression plug keeps the headset tight. Additional wiring wizardry was used on the Fox iRD lockout lever to hide the wiring and LED display box. Addional build notes include a full Shimano XTR Di2 M9050 1×11 drivetrain, Stages XTR Power meter, and full Fox iRD suspension.
There is even a set of custom Atomik carbon wheels with Industry 9 hubs and aluminum spokes that will only be available through Rock and Road.
As shown here the build comes out to 23 lbs with pedals, but Julian says with a Step Cast fork and XC wheels it could be as low as 19-20. Want one for yourself? Head over to, or call up Rock and Road Bike Shop!