Norco Shinobi 29er Full Suspension

5/5 (4 Reviews)
MSRP : $3060.00


Product Description

  • New 29er trail / all mountain frame in 4 frame sizes with 120 mm rear wheel travel , low standover
  • Short length tapered 1-1/8" to 1.5" headtube with internal headset 142mm x 12mm Syntace rear dropout / axle system with Syntace derailleur hanger
  • New one piece design link arm
  • Patented FSR suspension
  • A.R.T - advance ride technology suspension system for improved pedalling and bump compliance
  • Rear post mount disc brake mount
  • Cable routing for adjustable seatposts
  • ISCG 05 chainguide mount on BB shell
  • Shimano 10 speed
  • New Rockshox Reba 29er 140 mm fork with 20 mm Maxlelite axle

Norco Shinobi 29er Full Suspension Pro Review

Till this season Norco lacked a full-suspension 29er. With the introduction of the Shinobi, Norco addressed this omission and did so with style. The Shinobi’s design goes against some conventional thinking. Namely geometry tweaks to “standard” 29er geometries, using a new standard for rear ends and changes to the tried and true FSR suspension; all of which I will canvass more in this review. Continue reading →



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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by danny maron a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: June 19, 2013

Strengths:    the best bike i ever ride .

Weaknesses:    the X-fusion trace fork start making a huge noise after 3 weeks the company did not do any things about it ....

Bottom Line:   
i ride all mountain & light free ride with this bike they do every things good from XC trail to 2.5 meter jumps . the A.R.T. suspension are perfect the geometry fit all mountain ride .the bike ride up hill good & down hill very good .the fork made a good job for 3 weeks until he start making a huge sound [in 2 shinobi ] i assume that X-fusion have problem with this fork i change the fork to fox talas 140mm the noise disappear . good bike

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $2500.00

Purchased At:   Israel

Bike Setup:   shinobi 3

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bullit07 a Weekend Warrior from Aurora Ontario

Date Reviewed: August 25, 2011

Strengths:    I rode this bike for 4 days in BC, Squamish and fly ins out of Spruce Lake. Overall a great bike, it was very confidence inspiring on loose steep trails and climbed the hills and fire roads very nicely, with propedal on. An impressive bike, stiff, confident and smooth riding. I'd buy one except my LBS doesn't do Norco, and they are awesome so it's like cheating on your wife. Gonna be some tough thinking.

Weaknesses:    Maybe a little on the big and heavy side, but not a problem.

Bottom Line:   
Your going to love this bike. It's a Panzer division and it rolls like a Monster over mountains and drops, wheelies good. I love it.

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Favorite Trail:   antchaks@gmail.com

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   Intense Tracer 29

Bike Setup:   XTR drivetrain, Rockshox Adjustable Post

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Adventure Dan a Cross Country Rider from Georgetown

Date Reviewed: July 3, 2011

Strengths:    Upright ridng position
Soft but reponsive ride
Great climber for an all mountain


Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
Test ride. Already riding a 29er, so reviewing more the bike than the advantage of 29" wheels.

Great ride. Found myself riding too fast for the trails, had to slow down to stay on the trail. This is a bike for all day riding. It climbs efficiently, down hills well. The carbon wheel certainly added to the climbing efficiency,but the rear suspension keeps the rear wheel grounded for traction without any pedal bob. The handling is precise with the 20 mm through axle and Reba fork.
I have been mountain biking for 25 years and I just could stop grinning ear to ear.

If marathon riding or 8 hours racing is your ride.

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Favorite Trail:   all trails with trees

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   Kona Kula 29, GF Ferrous

Bike Setup:   Stock except Easton Carbon wheel, Specialized Captain tires

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ihate29ers a Cross Country Rider from Hood River OR US

Date Reviewed: May 15, 2011

Strengths:    Does everything better!

Weaknesses:    A little heavy. Weak parts spec.

Bottom Line:   
OK, so I broke my hub on my current bike and decided to try a 29er. I grabbed the Norco Shinobi thinking I wouldn't like it and I would want my bike back as soon as possible. First ride and I was impressed how fast the bike rolls and climbs, second ride couldn't believe how hard I could charge into rocky sections of trail, and by the third ride I was selling my Ibis to get one. All the BS I heard "oh you can't wheelie a 29er." or "you cant jib those bikes." Non of that is true with this bike its a great all-mountain rig that wheelies, jumps, and jibs as well if not better than my 26er, plus it climbs like a goat. I know you're thinking this kid totally drank the Kool-aid. All I have to say is try one with an open mind. It will change the way you think a mountain bike should perform. If you're in the market for a new all-mt/trail bike you would be selling yourself short not to try this one.

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Favorite Trail:   United States

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $2800.00

Purchased At:   Discover Bikes HR Or

Similar Products Used:   Norco Six,Giant Trance, Santa Cruz Nomad, Ibis HD

Bike Setup:   Stock. but currently upgrading to XT with Haven wheels!

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