Norco 2001 VPS Launch Full Suspension Bike

4.82/5 (11 Reviews)
MSRP : $2200.00


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Reviews 1 - 11 (11 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jesse macdonald a Downhiller from truro ns

Date Reviewed: August 17, 2004

Strengths:    Extremely strong and rugged
Very reliable


Weaknesses:    Had some problems with my sunn doublewides
Nothing that is norco's fault


Bottom Line:   
The bike the most bulletproof ive seen.Never flinches.Only complaint, my setup weighs in at 47 pounds. ouch! Major leg/back burner.Still the most fun and most popular canadian ever.A must have(or at least try)!Buy it if you love to play,run if you love to climb.

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Favorite Trail:   the quill

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1350.00

Purchased At:   a buddy

Similar Products Used:   nothing really

Bike Setup:   junior t,alex rear rim,hussefelt,hayes mechanical 6 inch(boo!)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mickey Dee from Everett

Date Reviewed: June 11, 2002

Strengths:    This is a hella beefy frame. I've ridden it for a day, and I love it.

Weaknesses:    none, It's a tank though(not really a problem)

Bottom Line:   
I bought the frame for 450 and built it up. my first ride I did a 5.5 foot drop and it was smooth! and its still in one piece. INDISTRUCTABLE!!!! I give it five flamin turds.

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Favorite Trail:   jamr

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   a dude named rob

Similar Products Used:   Ellsworth joker, santa cruz bullit

Bike Setup:   launch, marzocchi z-3 qr20+, alex and mavic 517 rims

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Crash a Racer from Chico, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: May 6, 2002

Strengths:    Bomb proof! You can still ride it cross country and bomb the DH's. Big drops are a breeze at speed. Nobody else around has a Norco.

Weaknesses:    Grimeca's are iffy, but they have held up well so far...

Bottom Line:   
This bike rocks if you don't have tons of money, want an all mountain bike that you can ride cross country on but still bomb the downhills and take drops with out you or the bike breaking. Triple crowns suck, get a 1.5!

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   Some Norco Rider

Similar Products Used:   Karpiel, too heavy; Dare, expensive, weak frame;

Bike Setup:   Basically stock except for I have the Alex 32 rims from 2002 and 2002 xt and Race face

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mike ... a Downhiller from K-Town, BC, CANADA

Date Reviewed: March 23, 2002

Strengths:    Everything.. it's basically a lighter DH frame.

Weaknesses:    None.

Bottom Line:   
This is a rad bike, for a rad value... I've had mine for a year, and not a single problem. No stress cracks, or anything. Make the upgrades like I did, and u will have yourself a sweet freeride, jumping, DH bike. Norcos rule, they are made in Canada, Canada rules, so buy a norco.

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Favorite Trail:   Crawford

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2200.00

Purchased At:   KCycle

Similar Products Used:   Anything you can think of.

Bike Setup:   XT everything, Custom Jr. T w/ 6", Double wide, Hayes hydros F&R, Rapidfire... NOT GRIPSHIFT, Funn Bars, Pedals, stem, 7.5 inch rear travel upgrade (soon)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sandy a Downhiller from Southern Ontario

Date Reviewed: March 18, 2002

Strengths:    Solid Frame and BOMBERS ARE SWEET! solid crank, GRIMECA PARTS ARE REALLY HARD TO GET! NICE RIDE

Weaknesses:    um nothing,

Bottom Line:   
Buy this bike if you want a solid rig thats not gonna break and you don't wanna have to buy parts over and over again. BUY A NORCO! STRONG

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Favorite Trail:   Roller Coaster in T.P.

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Bike Setup:   2.6 Gazzalodi on front, rest stock setup

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jer from Vancouver

Date Reviewed: October 16, 2001

Strengths:    Amazing stability and balance at low speed.
Stop on a dime, all the time, even when it is really wet and muddy! Inspires confidence!


Weaknesses:    None discovered yet! Well the QR20 fork is a hassle for my fork mount roof rack.

Bottom Line:   
yeah baby! If you like drops, are into all the north shore ramps, A-frames, teeter-totters and catwalks, enjoy steep and fast technical downs then this bike will deliver. Spend the extra $$ and upgrade from the Grimeca brakes to Hayes, trust me, it is worth it!

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Favorite Trail:   WoodLot

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Edmonds, Cycle

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale Super V
GT I-Drive


Bike Setup:   Marzocchi Z1 drop off QR 20
Fox Vanilla R
Hayes hydraulic with 8" rotor in front
XT derailers (F&R)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jim from Corona,CA,USA

Date Reviewed: October 2, 2001

Strengths:    Beefy Frame and plush suspension let this bike handle everything from slow technical to 6 foot drops. Bomber fork is much better than the Psylo on my other bike. Overall component selection is good for the price. Adjustable seat post is nice also.

Weaknesses:    Can only be purchased from one dealer in USA. The grimeca disc brakes suck, nearly killed me at mammoth down a steep hill (my vee brakes work better). After inspection I realized the fluid heated up so much that some overflowed onto the disc.

Bottom Line:   
This bike kicks a$$, handles like a dream and can suck up just about anything you throw at it as long as you don't need to stop. Actually the brakes should work fine after I clean them off, but I will not be racing downhill until I put a set of Hayes on.

Warning - This bike can only be purchased at Landrys if you live in the USA. They are back east and had to ship the bike UPS to CA. UPS sucks royally and dragged my bike behind the truck for 3000 miles. The frame was dented on the plastic graphics, both disc rotors were bent, derailer hanger and cable broken. I called Landrys and these guys were top notch especially Patrick Geden. I told him I was going to Mammoth in 2 weeks and needed the parts ASAP. He sent me all the parts 2 day air even before UPS approved the claim. In case I did not get my point across UPS sucks even if they did make good on the claim.

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Favorite Trail:   Serrano

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $2200.00

Purchased At:   Landrys

Similar Products Used:   K2, Specialized - not enough travel

Bike Setup:   see Norco website

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by craig nnot tellin a Downhiller from b.c

Date Reviewed: September 21, 2001

Strengths:    plush, plush plush. great on technical downhills and big drops. A truly north shore worthy bike

Weaknesses:    r u kiddin me

Bottom Line:   
buy this bike! It is definetely worth what you pay.except if you're some sort of cross country, leg shavin queer

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Favorite Trail:   every one i havent ridden

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1900.00

Purchased At:   spoke n motion

Similar Products Used:   the other vps bikes

Bike Setup:   grimeca system 8 front and rear. monster t front fork. singlewide rims

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Joe W a Downhiller from worcester MA

Date Reviewed: July 11, 2001

Strengths:    Takes an ass kicking but still holds up through some hard riding

Weaknesses:    Could have a liitle more travel and the wheels(WTB motoraptors)are the worst I have ever used.
I had trouble keeping the chain on through very rough riding


Bottom Line:   
buy it ,good for the $
Get rid of the motoraptors and get Maxxis
and to solve the chain problem I got an MRP and now the bikes great!

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Favorite Trail:   NAM

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $2200.00

Purchased At:   Landrys bikes

Similar Products Used:   Giant AC1


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Al a Downhiller from BC, Canada

Date Reviewed: June 9, 2001

Strengths:    THIS BIKE IS SOOOOO AWESOME, IT DOES SWEET WHEELIE DROPS, GREAT FOR LAUNCHING STUFF, THIS BIKE IS JUST AN OVERALL GOOD BIKE THAT HAS GRIMECA DISCS, XT, ETC.

Weaknesses:    NONE, THIS BIKE HAS PLENTY OF SUSPENSION, 5 UP FRONT ABOUT 6 IN THE REAR

Bottom Line:   
BUY THIS BIKE, IT IS SOOO SWEET GREAT FOR EVERYTHING, AN ALL AROUND AWESOME BIKE! WORTH A LOT MORE THAN U BUY IT 4

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   oak bay bikes

Similar Products Used:   NONE, THIS BIKE IS ONE OF A KIND

Bike Setup:   DUAL GRIMECA DISCS, FULL XT, THE NEW Z1 DROP OFF WITH A QR20(5 INCHES) A SWEET REAR SHOCK (ALMOST 6 INCHES) SUPER PLUSH SUSPENSION DESIGN, LOTS OF F.U.N.N STUFF!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ANdrew a Downhiller from the bayC.canada

Date Reviewed: June 6, 2001

Strengths:    long travel.good handling and control, very comfterble

Weaknesses:    hill climbing do to only having 9 speeds

Bottom Line:   
awesome bike for any hardcore who doesnt have a fat wallet.great for them north shore drops and other extreme terrain.i would highly rcomend this bike for anyone looking into buying a full suspension bike.

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Favorite Trail:   deep 6

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Price Paid:    $2200.00

Purchased At:   shop-rite

Similar Products Used:   cannondale jekyl

Bike Setup:   full suspension

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2001 Norco Launch VPS BB pivot

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