Norco Charger 9 29er Hardtail

4.25/5 (4 Reviews)
MSRP : $935.00

Product Description

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.

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Sprajzzz a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: October 15, 2017

Strengths:    Frame is eye candy, interesting fun geometry, good brakes, price

Weaknesses:    A bit heavy. Stock saddle, grips and pedals are bad. Don't like the fork.

Bottom Line:   
Mine is a 2016 charger 9.1

Frame and geometry: basically an xc 29er but with a longer front end and a short stem which allow more aggressive trail riding without compromising its climbing abilities. It also looks absolutely stunning in its black/red finish. 5/5

Wheelset and tyres: Alexrims hoops on shimano/norco hubs and no name spokes, much stiffer and more durable then i expected, but quite heavy. The rear wheel and tire survived some nasty hits under my 220lbs but remain unscarred. Tyres are Schwalbe racing ralphs, nice xc race tyres with tiny knobs for minimal rolling resistance but sadly also minimal grip 3.5/5

Fork: Rockshox recon tk gold. Not very light, noticeably flexy and the turnkey damper just isn't good at all. On the bright side, the fork is decently adjustable, reliable and capable of taking big hits without breaking 2.5/5

Brakes: shimano m446. Amazing. Powerful with great modulation, minimal fade on downhills i shouldn't have even attempted on this type of bike. Did not expect these to be nearly as good considering how cheap they are. 5/5

Drivetrain: 10 speed cassette, xt rear mech, deore 2x crankset, deore front mech, slx shifters. Everything works fine, bit i have seen full xt drivetrains in this price segment. Also a 1x10 would work better for me personally 4/5

Other: the stock norco saddle is a torture device, the grips rotate freely and the pedals look like toys. I replaced those during the first week of owning the bike. The seatpost, stem and handlebar are all norco-labeled generic parts 2/5

Overall: im having a lot of fun on this bike, but i feel i need to upgrade some parts to get the best out of it.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Fisherboy a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: March 12, 2014

Strengths:    Frame, geometry, brakes, wheel set

Weaknesses:    Pedals, rear derailleur (chain slap issue)

Bottom Line:   
I bought the 2013 9.2 Charger after looking at most of the 29ers in the $700 to $2000 dollar price bracket including Specialized, Felt, Giant, and Trek. I am about 190 pounds,have a 32 inch inseam and a long torso. The geometry of the Charger fit me well and the lower top bar allowed me the standover clearance to move up to a 20 inch frame. I ride almost every day on everything from pavement to gnarly trails. I wanted a very durable bike that would allow me to upgrade as necessary but had a solid frame as a foundation. I paid $800 for the bike and love everything about it except the rear derailleur (chain slap) and pedals which I knew I would have to switch out. There is a definite pricepoint about $1000 that you see a big jump in price to get to the next level of components. I got down to the Specialized Stumpjumper, the Felt, and the Norco for the ride and fit that I really liked. The Norco actually had the best fit and was less than half of the other two bikes. For the price difference I will upgrade later and still have spent much less than I would have on either of the other two bikes.

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Favorite Trail:   Dan's

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   Bike n Hike

Similar Products Used:   First 29er but have ridden Trek, GT and Dahon in 26 inch MTBs.

Bike Setup:   Norco Charger 9.2 with Cane Creek Thudbuster seat post

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Scott Carnahan a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: November 22, 2013

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

Bottom Line:   
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 less

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Favorite Trail:   Dusy

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $875.00

Purchased At:   Cyclepath

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

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Trek 520 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 .....

Bottom Line:   
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 ....

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Favorite Trail:   Any

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Crusty's - (Cap's bi

Similar Products Used:   Raleigh 50C , Modified Raleigh Tarantula MTB 26", Trek 520 , Trek Navigator , Cannondale 1000X, Electra RatFink, Electra Townee , antigue Flying Pigeon , Kona Dew Plus , Koga Miata World Traveler 29" ,

Bike Setup:   Brooks , Shimano SPD , Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires , Old Man Rack , Bontrager computer , ODI grips , downtube mudguard , Garmin bracket for handheld GPS .....

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