Norco 1999 VPS-1 Full Suspension Bike

4.36/5 (22 Reviews)
MSRP : $3699.00


Product Description

1999 Norco VPS-1, mountain bike, front & rear suspension, Mountain Mix components, Marzocchi Monster T, 7.0" travel fork


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by derek a Weekend Warrior from high places in new england

Date Reviewed: April 3, 2002

Strengths:    plush, strong, fast, big, loud. this is a very good bike.

Weaknesses:    a little tall ay the bb, but you get used to it.

Bottom Line:   
a lot of people are knocking this bike but either i got the only good one that they made or norco got it right for 2000. this bike has the bearings at the main pivots where earlier models used bushings. i'm a little over 200 lbs. and with an 850 lb. spring and the suspension in the 7" setting this bike can handle anything i can dish out. the suspension is ballanced with the jr.t and it has a geometry that works for the type of riding that we have in new england. it makes a great freeride bike as well as a very very fast and stable downhill bike. mine dresses out at about 42 lbs. and i ride everything with no front derailleur, although i've talked to the guys at john henry's and it is possible to fit a front derailleur to it.
i was really interested in this bike ever since i read the review for the vps2 in mba and for me it was worth the wait - definately a satisfied customer! this rig gets 5 steamers accross the board from me.

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Favorite Trail:   anything in lynn woods

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $750.00

Purchased At:   ebay - new in box

Similar Products Used:   rm6, bullit

Bike Setup:   mine is actually a 2000 (7") with a 2001 jr.t (6"), gremeca disc brakes, intense tires on tioga dh rims, truvativ crank, protapers, xt drivetrain, king headset

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Monna laculotte a Weekend Warrior from Montreal

Date Reviewed: November 18, 2001

Strengths:    the colors on this bike are so nice, you feel confident riding this monster, the price is well worth it, nice geometry, but make sure to take a good size for your height, the frame itself is not that heavy compare to some like the super 8 or the brodie 8 ball

Weaknesses:    i had to replace the bushings, no original rear disc mount, the head tube is too long, could be a bit more travel in the back, 750 pds spring is too stiff(i weight 160), so i can't fell the whole 6.5 inches of travel.

Bottom Line:   
the thing is i bought this bike from a guy , because he sold it cheao, 575 canadian with seat post, the only thing a had to do was replace the bushings, cost me about 20 bucks, my frame is a medium and i wish i had a small, i'm 5"10. that and a new lighter sring coil. for 1999 frame you can't ask for anything better. i just hope this bike is going to stay in one piece till the end of next season.
it's a good buy if you get it cheap, don't make this your first choice.

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Favorite Trail:   Adrenaline

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $380.00

Purchased At:   frame only, used

Similar Products Used:   aeon joker, 8 ball, super 8, rm7

Bike Setup:   mavic 321, stratos superstar 8, purple hayes 8", kugo's and a little deore derailleur..!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by nicolas a Downhiller from CHILE !!!!!!!!!!!!

Date Reviewed: March 28, 2001

Strengths:    Lots of travel, reliable, plush, looks.

Weaknesses:    steep head angle, bb height, rear end flexes

Bottom Line:   

Great frame, a bad thing no one notices is that if you ever want to replace the Monster T, it´ll be difficult for you to get an appropiate fork, My LT8 had to be settled down to 7 inches of travel, and the boxxers fitted only with the XXXXXL upper triple clamp.



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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Kona Stab Deeluxe, super 8, M1

Bike Setup:   hayes, mavic521, kujo/tioga, FRANKENBRINK SHlT (used to, now boxxers, hope i get my new WB dh3 soon)

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Fred Dubois a Downhiller from Le gardeur,Qc,Canada

Date Reviewed: January 24, 2001

Strengths:    It is really reliable,strong,really plush,goes anywhere,has a good paint job(doesn't come off),a bit of a flexy rear end(What I mean by that is that it won't snap 'swingarm'like I see a lot of Intense does or really rigid bikes.)


Weaknesses:    A tad heavy,bottom bracket is too high,Intense tire(Drop them),ghanges to be made when you buy it,slow steering side.

Bottom Line:   
Fast bike,you got to keep you're momentum so maybe that's why it is so fast.You really have to take care of those pivots but you have to do this on any other bike anyway.For the money nothing comes close,well maybe this year there will be the GT but all in all you can't go wrong with this one.I hear a lot of complaints about norco bikes ,maybe it's because the old bikes catalog but I'm telling you try it before you judge.A lot of review about this bike are made from a single ride ,and I dont think it's fair or honest about you guys to judge a product with so little input (this product or any other one.).By the way you will learn about the meaning of PLUSH when you get a leg over that bike.I used to own a Stab delux ,and tought it was plush ,but man was I wrong.Overall the bike will keep up if you're up to it.

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Favorite Trail:   Bing bang,bromont,Qc

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   Used from a friend

Similar Products Used:   Khs dh,Kona stab delux,wheeler,Balfa bobonum,Balfa BB7,Tomac204 and a bunch of others.

Bike Setup:   Hayes f/r,Michelin tires (service course),Mr dirt stem,MRP roller guide,DX pedals everything else is stock.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kyle Kusznieryk a Downhiller from Qualicum Beach

Date Reviewed: December 18, 2000

Strengths:    Plush, nice ride (not stock, needs tuning), fairly light frame, rear end is strong.

Weaknesses:    Falling rate on 99 frames, a longer shocks and a 2000 compression strut fixed it for me. I wouldn't call the frame weak, but i managed to snap the support bar, and buckle the monocoque. No hard feelings really it held up well, but im a little mad norco wouldnt even sell me a new front triangle, they said i would have to buy a whole new frame.

Bottom Line:   
This is a bit of an update, I have a review here a few posts down. just wanted to let you know (because i thought it) the frame is NOT indestructible, as norco claims. although it took a 15ft to flat drop to break it, it can be done. The component spec and price is great for a DH bike. The 99 needed full disc brakes. Great bike for a racer, but it cant take everything. if you want a super huck bike, get a Balfa or some other overbuilt frame.

Gotta love the monster T!

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Favorite Trail:   anything steep

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   LOBO'sSAnta cruz's, losta DH bikes.


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chris Johnson a Downhiller from Mission B.C. ,Canada

Date Reviewed: November 5, 2000

Strengths:    looks,design,its huge,monster t freeride or dh course ready

Weaknesses:    ummmmmmmm nothing

Bottom Line:   
ok the morron down near the bottom says that norco copied intense. Really i think intense did some copying of their own if you look closely on intense adds in magazines you will see that they proudly are usin speciallized's design im not sure but i think norco is doing the same so there isnt any stealing of the design before you write make sure you have your information straight. This bike is good but its not as good as the gt dhi race i am getting so if you see someone cruising down the hill with a gt jersey and chrome helmet on a dhi race GET OUT OF MY WAY,thanks

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Favorite Trail:   silverstar dh

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   gt lobo,super 8,rm6,and im gettin a new gt dhi race

Bike Setup:   i tested this bike out in the parking lot where i ride and she worked bautifully

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bryden a Downhiller from Port Alberni, B.C., Canada

Date Reviewed: August 31, 2000

Strengths:    price,durability, easy to maintain,not to heavy,chicks dig it.

Weaknesses:    pivot bushings, rear end flex, high bottom bracket height,steep head angle, not enough travel in stock configuration.

Bottom Line:   
In stock form the bike has room for improvement, but it is a fairly good platform to build from. It is a good strong and reliable ride that can take a beating and keep on dishing it out. My bike is actually a '98 that has been seriously upgraded, but it is still strong to go. Wanna buy it?

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Favorite Trail:   Top Secret/911/The Hucker

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   The Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   khs dominatrix, mountain cycle san andreas, santa cruz bullit,kona stab dee-lux,brodie 8-ball,rocky mountain rm6,

Bike Setup:   manitou x-vert carbon forx, stratos helix expert shock, easton monkey light bars, raceface crankset, hayes hydraulic disc brakes, hayes hugi hubs with mavic 321 hoops.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mike s a Weekend Warrior from b.c canada

Date Reviewed: August 8, 2000

Strengths:    this bike take a beating ive taken this thing off 15 foot wheelie drops a lot and it keeps coming back for more

Weaknesses:    its loud but thats good because this bike is fast , and the good thing is all you slow a$$es can get out of my way

Bottom Line:   
the bottom line is if you ride hard and most free riders do ! you need something that can take more than you can and the vps 2 provides you that comfort i mean this bike will take it . to all those people who say that the bearings suck in the rear end of these bikes it because you dont take care of it and thats the bottom line if you still think this bike sucks get sept 2000 mtb action maybee they will change your mind about canadian bikes ,made by the king of b.c mtbs norco and that the bottom line im out

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Favorite Trail:   any thing that has big wheelie drops

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   there is nothing that compairs with my vps2 well ... only the vps1 at least for shore riding

Bike Setup:   it stock and it still kicks a$$ but im getting boxxers

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Ryan a Weekend Warrior from Tsawwassen

Date Reviewed: June 26, 2000

Strengths:    none

Weaknesses:    everything
especially the noise
I hate noise


Bottom Line:   
this bike is a horrible buy for the money it costs
don't buy this boke unless you hate riding

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Favorite Trail:   Defenbaker

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   RM6

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Simon Carbonneau a Downhiller from LaSalle,Québec,Canada

Date Reviewed: March 21, 2000

Strengths:    can handole anything,parts,PRICE,

Weaknesses:    too plush,bushing,rear shock,look,rear brake (magura),rims

Bottom Line:   
the vps-1 it's a good dh bike for the price and hif you are thinking to do serious dh make sure to change the rims frist,a rear disc brake would be a good investement.Be ready too change every bushings one it, especialy if you buy the bike used

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Favorite Trail:   adrénaline (Bromont)

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   every good dh bike

Bike Setup:   stock took the xtr derailleur and hud by xt and mammuth rims

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by becky s a Weekend Warrior from lantzville,b.c.,canada

Date Reviewed: March 14, 2000

Strengths:    big,beefy,heavy a downhill machine
NORCO(im talking about a 2000 vps 3)


Weaknesses:    gripshift
cheap pedals


Bottom Line:   
its the best bike for my riding conditions (i think!)
its tough and can handle anything
why would you expect a downhill bike to climb well?

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Favorite Trail:   hammerfest DH

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   pipeline, all fs
previous bike cro mo hard tail(norco)


Bike Setup:   stock,vanilla R, z1 qr 20's

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Joel a Downhiller from Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Date Reviewed: February 10, 2000

Strengths:    it's CANADIAN.

Weaknesses:    canadian bikes don't have weaknesses.

Bottom Line:   
to the guy a few reviews below me it's not a rip off of the M1. try riding them they're completely different bikes. i'd rather have the VPS for a few grand less. and to the guy 7 reviews below me, i've seen guys take this bike off 18.5 footers more than a few times, and it didn't break.

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Favorite Trail:   pink starfish/ladies only and urban

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kyle Kusznieryk a Downhiller from Vancouver Island BC

Date Reviewed: February 1, 2000

Strengths:    Looks Cool (I got a custom metalflake paintjob and the rear end chrome plated) That FORK RULES! Best buy for a downhill rig.

Weaknesses:    Piviots wear. But so will any other 4 barlinkage. The nylon roller on the chainguid is noisy, replace it with a MRP roller instead.

Bottom Line:   
This Bike RULES (for the price) for 6 grand (I paid 3) you get a bike that can compete with the big boys. Not many bikes have a monster t for 7500 let alone 6! The fork isn't that heavy, well it is, but it's not noticible. Buy a '99 used for even better value. The privateer should on a budget should buy this bike. A weight wuss not.

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Favorite Trail:   Hammerfest DH

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Santa Cruz Super 8

Bike Setup:   Monster t's Full hayes discs WB Ti bars Race face crank, swiss hubs/spokes.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by eugene a Downhiller from perth wa

Date Reviewed: January 22, 2000

Strengths:    strong and looks sick

Weaknesses:    heavy ,rides like a tank with gazzos

Bottom Line:   
do i need to say any more.

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Favorite Trail:   goat farm

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Bike Setup:   deemax wheels, azonic seat, bars, stem,xtr rear derailer and shift pods,dmr v12,orbit exterme headset,mrp chain device,

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by nathan rennie a Downhiller from nsw

Date Reviewed: December 17, 1999

Strengths:    
plush as four bar linkage,gnarly hayes setup what more can i say


Weaknesses:    
little bit of overkill on the rear end,stick with a lobo if you ask me[if you can afford twice the price+++,otherwise flawlessly designed


Bottom Line:   
with a couple of changes the vps-1 will keep you going but if your into light-wait s*#!,grap a vps-2,make your own or get your local bike store to engineer you a 7 inch. rear linkage plate,change the 5 inch. marzochies for a pair of boxxers or boxxer pro's,change the front disc size and your have practically the same bike only lighter,cheaper and one number different[ie:vps1/vps2]so take my advice or just work it out for yourself ,VPS-1 & 2 are both pretty sweet! keep hitting the trails !

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Favorite Trail:   
crakenback,thredbo,aus/ it's fucking gnarly

Duration Product Used:   
tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   
m-1 etc.etc....


Bike Setup:   
vps-1,took off the monster t,s, plush but heavy, a pair of boxxer pro's should do it

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