Built for charging, this series of exciting hardtails is meant to be as versatile as you are. Hydraulic brakes, 27-speed drivetrains and lightweight aluminum frames make these great bikes for exploring new trails and reaching new heights.
Strengths: Frame/Rockshox Fork/ Hayes Brakes/ Alivio shifters/Price
Weaknesses: Most of the other components, but it's entry level and simular to other brands in this price range
So, I posted this in the regular XC section, didn't know there was a 29er section, so though I'd post here as well.
Mine is a 2013 model 9.2 19in frame, I paid $875 US. I knew to try and get the best fork that I could in this price range, now the Rockshox XC30 is still a very entry level fork, but better than the Suntours most others in this price range. I researched Specialized/Giant/Trek/ Jamis/Raleigh/ and others I can't remember right off the top of my head, basically, the Norco was the best value, all frames are Pretty much the same, made in China/Taiwan ect and come with a lifetime warranty. All the components are pretty similar/ Acera/Alivio/Deore/ X5 or a combo there of. With the Norco I could get into the basic Rockshox XC30 for $875/ with the others it was about $1000 for either the XC28 or XC30, and I believe the Trek offered the XC32 for about $1100. For me I had to be as frugal as possible, I was buying my wife and I a bike and a bike trailer too, so the Norco offered the best component to price ratio. I've had it about a year now and now complaints. Mostly 75% on road commuting to work pulling the bike trailer around the neighborhood, and about 25% off-road mostly basic single track, some heavier xc/downhills stuff, the bike works great for what it is, and the frame is good enough to upgrade with better components in the future as the original stuff wears out. The fork is pretty good for this level, a little soft for my 185lbs but at least offered Rebound dampening and a greater range of Preload adjustment, at least compared to the Suntour XCT/M/R that most entry levels come … read morewith. The Hayes Breaks are great, and I really like the Alivio shifters a lot, they shift great and have numbers as a reference to what gear you are in.read less
Similar Products Used: YZF250/ EXC500. Just moto bikes haven't had a mountain bike in years, like 20 years ago an old Montgomery Ward steel framed 26in Mountian bike, must have weighed like 50 pounds.
Bike Setup: Bone Stock for now
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: April 13, 2013
Strengths: Excellent , long lasting stiff frame for XC MTB ..........
Weaknesses: Not really - just cassette I do not like so it was replaced for better quality one , also some goodies to make my tours in Rockies more comfortable was added .....
I do own and ride more bicycles - road , commuters , touring , antigue beach cruiser , one pennyfarthing, MTB - 3 bikes I riding in winter , 5 bikes in summer if I do not count my two Electra beach cruisers ..... Need bicycle for multidays trips for rough and logging roads my trusted touring Trek 520 do not handle for reasonable price - so I stop on Cap's bicycle shop and pick up Norco Charger 9.1 size 20". I did pull sometimes overloaded bicycle trailer behind Norco Charger 9.1 on hard packed roads and feel confident pedal really rough roads . The Charger 9.1 is comfortable hassle free bicycle , no complain at all after some 5 000 km rough riding .....I like to keep all my bicycles in tip top condition , Caps"s bicycle provided excellent service so my Norco Charger 9.1 is ready for another 5000 km ride on rough roads in Rockies ....
Hey guys, first post here. Right now I am in the process of buying my first "real" mountain bike, and I have found 2 bikes that I like and for a good price. The first is a 2013 Norco Charger 9.3 29er for CAD $640 new and the second is a 2012 Specialized Rockhopper Comp 26 for CAD $630 new. I am tryi ... Read More »
I thought I'd start a little diary of our thoughts about, and experiences with, our new bikes.
[B]The bikes . . . [/B]
Hubby has a 2013 Kona Kahuna with a 19" frame. I have a 2013 Norco Charger 9.1 with an 18.5" frame (note that the bike frame reads "19" but it is rounded up).
[B]Our backgrounds ... Read More »
Bought this 2013 Charger 9.3 from my LBS yesterday.
I really love the color but I can't find this model in this color anywhere on the internet?
I heard it might have been the originally planned color but was changed early in the year.
Any thought ... Read More »
I bought a Norco charger 9.2, love the bike, I have it in a 21.5 frame, brought it home went for a ride everything was great, last weekend I was getting ready to go camping so I checked the bikes for tire pressure and I had less than 20lbs in my back tire so I topped it up to 35lbs, here is the weir ... Read More »