Norco 1999 Charger Hardtail Bike

4.42/5 (19 Reviews)
MSRP : $599.00


Product Description

1999 Norco Charger, mountain bike, front suspension, Shimano Alivio components, Answer Manitou Spyder, 3.1" travel fork


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sid Slotegraaf a Cross Country Rider from Listowel, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: November 29, 2003

Strengths:    Strong. Light (23.5 lbs.) Drivetrain works excellent for me if I keep it tuned.

Weaknesses:    Fork bottoms too easily. Needed new pedals, brakes weak, rims not so strong.

Bottom Line:   
This bike handles drops and dirt jumps. I am 14 and 110 pounds and nothing except the rims are complaining. Only thing that broke on my bike after a nine foot drop was the water bottle holder. Needs Bombers! But this bike if your light, designed for lighter rider.

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Favorite Trail:   Anything

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $480.00

Purchased At:   Wingham (Statons)

Similar Products Used:   Norco Reactor, (what a joke)

Bike Setup:   stock, except axiom doble jump bmx pedals, getting a MX Comp ETA with 120Mm. Getting front disk brake, and XT rear v brake. Thinking of upgrading drivetrain

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dsa a Weekend Warrior from dsa

Date Reviewed: June 1, 2003

Bottom Line:   
It's great

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Julien Cormier a Cross Country Rider from Caraquet, New-Brunswick, Canada

Date Reviewed: October 2, 2002

Strengths:    Frame

Weaknesses:    The fork really suck and the saddle is hard as a rock and the rims are light but they not tough as they look.

Bottom Line:   
This bike can be really good only if you ugrade it..
At the begenning I wasn't that rich to pay me all that stuff I change but it was really good a the begenning. I only change my components because I want to be on a team and I had the money that it. and the colour gold really beautiful with green michelin tires!!!now my bike worth $2300 and its for sale for $1800 neg.

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Favorite Trail:   Bathurst

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   T.F. Sport Impact / Exellence Sport

Similar Products Used:   I tried Giant, trek, Gary Fisher and norco

Bike Setup:   I change everything except the seat post
Fork: Bomber Z4
Front brake: Formula B4 hydraulic
RR Brake: XT
Crank: LX
shifters: XT
Tires: michelin
Headset: FSA orbit UF
BB: Shimano UN-72
cassette: Sram esp 9.0
saddle: selle italia
cable and housing: jag wire with kevlar
Rims: mavic x 517
Hubs: XT
stem: easton
handlebar: axiom
Pedals: time

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jay kwon a Cross Country Rider from vancouver

Date Reviewed: October 9, 2001

Strengths:    Strong frames(says aluminum, but seems like TITANIUM)
nice gears and stuff.


Weaknesses:    The fork!!!! it barely absorves and hurts ALOT.. !
Grips were also crappy. I'll rather have leather on it instead.


Bottom Line:   
Get at least $2000 and buy the RACING SERIES (the best of 'em) or the 2001 and 2002 ones. Buy one for under 1000 bux and buy Psylo or sid or good bombers, and put it on it and take the Crappy manitou. It will be a good bike that you'll ever buy for 2000 bux. Mine really worth the money.

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Favorite Trail:   my hometown's construstion zone

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   somewhere??????

Similar Products Used:   Not that I can think of.....

Bike Setup:   Racing series. Not gold color. Black and Red (Better)

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by robert a Weekend Warrior from Montréal, Québec, Canada

Date Reviewed: April 30, 2001

Strengths:    price, fork, frame, etc.. except what's next

Weaknesses:    sadle, brake pad ( a lot of noise agains the rims), pedals, grip shift and of course the color gold ( it's a 2000 bike, the 2001 is white)

Bottom Line:   
Very nice Bike for the price, but with some modification, perfect, it's my second bike( soft xcountry and urban)...but the 2001 comes with rapid fire, and white ...

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Favorite Trail:   Bromont

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $600.00

Similar Products Used:   VéloSport( we have to beging with someting), Norco Charger 2000 ( girl friend ), specialzed Stumpjumper FSR 1996, Stumpjumper 1996 ( hardtail), Rockhopper (no suspension),And in a few weeks my new Norco VPS-DROP.... ;-)

Bike Setup:   brake pad ( koolstop), sadle (Radical), pedals( shimano ), grip ( yeti), mybe a Z1 (a spare one), stx-rc shifter

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:5
Submitted by j K a Cross Country Rider from Toronto.ont.,Can.

Date Reviewed: March 10, 2001

Strengths:    I thought that Its a really nice bike with a pretty good frame.

Weaknesses:    I hate the pedals,the saddle,and the paint

Bottom Line:   
I think that you should buy this bike because it's alot better than the one that you have now!!! the one that you have now is the biggest peice of crap that I'v ever seen in my life (unless you have this bike already)so right now go out and purchas this amazing bike for a low price of $600.
I'm donne now

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Favorite Trail:   The one behind my house

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Price Paid:    $600.00

Bike Setup:   same old

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by David Jackson a Cross Country Rider from Toronto, Ont. Canada

Date Reviewed: February 6, 2001

Strengths:    Frame is strong, that's about it.

Weaknesses:    Where do I start, I bought this in february 2000. Within the first week, I took the bike off a 2 foot drop and one of the cranks broke clean off. I'm not a fat guy, I only weigh 180 pounds. The components are garbage, and don't live up to the frame. I really hurt my knee going up a hill, the crappy derailleur decided to drop a grade halfway through my crankturn, and my knee just smacked the headset, it hurt like an S.O.B. I've gone through 3 sets of cranks, a bottom bracket, one riser, 2 pedals, etc. Bomber Z4's came on the bike, but they're just crap. They're super stiff, and they don't travel for nothin. I'm gonna get some Sid 100's or maybe dropoffs.

Bottom Line:   
DONT buy this bike, please. The paint looks like some guy mixed a block of silver with 4 pounds of dog crap in a big
cauldron. The components are absolute crap, and the seat feels like a rock is being shoved up my loaf hole. Maybe norco should take a hint that all their frames are crappy and heavy, and start using better aluminum. If easton's exclusive to rocky mountain, get something like it. My buddy has a 2000 Rocky mountain stratos and it's the best frame I've ever seen in a hardtail. The components are also a lot better 'cept the rims but he replaced them early on.

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Favorite Trail:   Various

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $850.00

Purchased At:   Foxworthy Off Road Bike Centre

Similar Products Used:   I've used kona's, GT's, giants, brodies, rocky mountains, and a few cannondales.

Bike Setup:   Stiff bomber Z4's, crap components before hundreds of dollars of upgrades.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Craig a Cross Country Rider from Edmonton, AB, CA

Date Reviewed: November 27, 2000

Strengths:    Very (very) tough bike, nice fork, rims, tires and framset;
weight reasonable (for the price)


Weaknesses:    Acera and Deore components, plastic pedals, brake levers (sorta) and the AWFUL GOLD PAINT JOB (gotta strip it off this winter)

Bottom Line:   
Very versatile bike, good for freeriding and a smattering of DH (yes, thanx to the riser bars), nice fork setup, especially with the 20 mm extension, and again, tough as a rock (but not as heavy). Worth it if you're just getting into some serious riding, but you may want to ungrade the components soon, and the rims to sunrim rhynos. Otherwise, a good all around bike, great for doing almost anything!

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Favorite Trail:   Valley of the five (lakes)

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Millwoods Sport and Cycle

Similar Products Used:   Giant Iguana (HA!) GT Avalanche

Bike Setup:   Marzocchi z5 flylight air (100mm), shimano clipless, riser bars, gripshift

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Loose a Weekend Warrior from Windsor, On

Date Reviewed: August 4, 2000

Strengths:    frame(7005 alum)is racer oriented in design, very light and compact
panracer fireXC pro tires on sunrim ZJ18 doublewalled rims
marzocchi bomber z5 shocks


Weaknesses:    plastic pedals were kief, they had to go
seat was hard as a rock,
sram centura 24spd gripshifters are adequite but should be upgraded
riser bar (not my preference)


Bottom Line:   
Don't be fool when somone says it's an entry level bike.
It may very well be intended for that purpose, just perfect for the weekend warrior, but a slight diappointment for all those techno weenies out there. The Charger doesn't have all high end components, in fact it doesn't have any. What it does offer is a complete competent(tried tested and true)entry level package to get anyone started in biking, whether you commute, cross country, downhill or want to uphill(?)
This bike is built for climbing, scaling a hill or just cruising up a highway overpass. Urban riding is a breeze. The responsiveness of the bike makes for quick movements in and out of traffic, but not skittish or sluggish. The tires hug the pavement well, even in wet corners(thx god for panracers) and the rims hold out well against bad jumps or untimed curbs. You get a lot of double takes riding around town.
But this bike is not a pansy ass upward touring comfort bike. With a longer stem and a flat bar, you can really aggressively lean forward for more power and speed and yet stay technically inclined for the trails.
I'm not a gutter bunny( ride too aggressively and fallen way too many times). But I do commute with my Charger. I've also hit many a things with my Charger. And also bailed from my Charger before hitting many a things. All in all, nothing was broken and I wasn't broken. I think that's a plus. Family jewels are still there(thx god for a 15" frame). I just pick up the Charger and keep on pedalling, like a Timex it keeps on clicking. 5 flaming cowpatties? definitely!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   trek 4500

Bike Setup:   stock marzocchi bomber z5 shocks(phat)
7005 alum frame(nice deisgn and profile)
shimano alivio/deore derailures(reliable)
sram centura 24spd gripshifters(should upgrade)
shimano deore brake(reliable)
diatech 9 brake levers(not broken)
sunrim ZJ18 rims(still true)
panracer fireXC pro( i got treads)
shimano deore hubs
of course norco seat
oh yeah-replace plastic pedals with some wellego . and added toes clips

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Larissa a Weekend Warrior from Mississauga, Ontario

Date Reviewed: July 27, 2000

Strengths:    Frame, Marzocchi fork, most components

Weaknesses:    seat, pedals

Bottom Line:   
This is a sweet little bike for the weekend warrior! Better than most in this price range and sturdy enough to last years of beating. Climbs like a dream. Panaracer Fire XC Pro tires eat up the trail. Very happy with the overall setup. Thought the "glitter gold" was ugly at first, but it's a rockin' little bike! After just two weeks I'm racing.

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Favorite Trail:   still looking

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Specialized, Marin

Bike Setup:   stock, but got rid of the seat for a Serfas Curva

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Leigh Courtney a Downhiller from Ottawa Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: July 5, 2000

Strengths:    Nice feel
responsive
quick
better than most hardtails
great as urban bike


Weaknesses:    brakes are a little weak
tires had to go
saddle sucks ass (literally)


Bottom Line:   
this is a great little bike for doing urban riding on. I prefer to go downhill in a big way, but this bike rips it up on the trails, bottom line get friendly with a bike shop and spend a couple of bucks upgrading this sweet little bike. The frames are sized a little on the small side, i got mine a little small for doing urban riding.all this bike needs is a lot of balls behind the h-bar

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Favorite Trail:   anything going down

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   trek, Kona chute, specialized

Bike Setup:   swapped the tires for a set of kujo DH tires, serfas grips
Azonic H-bar, kooka kranks, about to put a z-1 drop off on it

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Lloyd Johnson a Weekend Warrior from Australia

Date Reviewed: January 22, 2000

Strengths:    I noticed most other reveiws stated Manitou shocks and average components. My bike came stock with Marzzochi Z-5 shocks and Deore and Alivio components which were perfect.

Weaknesses:    The only thing wrong was the saddle and the pedals which were pretty average.

Bottom Line:   
I'd buy another one tomorrow!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Anywhere

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Trek 6000, giant ATX850.

Bike Setup:   Stock, as mentioned above.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Steve a Weekend Warrior from Calgary, Alberta

Date Reviewed: November 7, 1999

Strengths:    
Fast, climbs very well, down hill is a blast.


Bottom Line:   
One word says it all FUN

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Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
Kona's bikes


Bike Setup:   
Manitou spyder

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by gromit a Weekend Warrior from Victoria

Date Reviewed: September 14, 1999

Strengths:    
Frame, tires, overall toughness, looks, price and believe it or not - the seat!!


Weaknesses:    
Brakes could be stronger (next upgrade), grips. Pedals okay, but not great quality.


Bottom Line:   
If you find the shock too soft (like me - 195lbs.), don't invest in a new fork. Just order the Manitou Firm Ride kit (about CD$30.00). Easy to install and a huge difference! The fork still may not be as plush as a Marzocchi but for the money it performs extremely well and is easy to maintain (buy some Manitou Prep-M)...

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Favorite Trail:   
Burnt Bridge

Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
Kona Caldera, Schwinn Mesa GSX, Cannondale F700


Bike Setup:   
All stock except for the firm ride kit (see below)

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Boxer_21 a Cross-Country Rider from Sudbury, Ontario, Can,

Date Reviewed: August 1, 1999

Strengths:    
Frame, tires, pedals, handle bars


Weaknesses:    
the shocks suck hard. They are way to soft. Upgrade to some stiffer shocks if you weight over 65Kg. Derailler is pretty cheap also, and the grips!!


Bottom Line:   
This bike is a pretty good alround bike for the price. The frame is very strong, and the components on the bike are resonable. The shocks are pretty useless unless if you are a light person. They should put better shocks on the bike. 4 chillies for this bike.

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Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Bike Setup:   
New Marrzochi bombers Z3 shocks, new grips.

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