Norco 1999 Nitro Hardtail Bike

4.77/5 (13 Reviews)
MSRP : $899.00


Product Description

1999 Norco Nitro, mountain bike, front suspension, Shimano Deore LX components, Marzocchi Bomber Z-4, 2.5" travel fork


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Reviews 1 - 13 (13 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Geramie Whyz a Cross Country Rider from Southampton, ON, Canada

Date Reviewed: August 4, 2004

Strengths:    Solid frame, dependable LX-XT drivetrain, nice basic polished aluminum frame

Weaknesses:    Shoddy saddle, poor tires, and a back wheel (Sun Rim ZJ 18) that split at the seem without any hard hits

Bottom Line:   
Other than the upgrades for comfort and poor stock parts this ride is so not what I expected. Pick a line and the bike goes. Have to play aggressive though or you get bucked. I'm ~ 150lbs and the size is 18.5", a size I am pleased with. Basically you can't go too wrong with LX-XT and a solid fast frame. Try it.

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Favorite Trail:   anything that requires effort`

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   used

Similar Products Used:   I also own a Giant Iguana SE 6000 series aluminum

Bike Setup:   I upgraded the stem to a longer, steeper rise (I'm 5'9"). I upgraded the saddle to a women's Specialized split saddle(much more comfortable on the @$$. Recently replaced rear wheel w/ Rhyno lite rim and Panaracer XC Firepro and a Specialized Team Control up front (damn good and grippy combo)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ryan a Weekend Warrior from vancouver

Date Reviewed: July 20, 2001

Strengths:    it takes a beating. for the money, i think that this is one of the best deals you can get. the newer models have some poor component choices (air fork), but this one is solid and sensible. I paid about 1100 cdn in vancouver on sale as the 2000 models were coming in. I love the polished paint job =).

Weaknesses:    mine didn't come with a riser bar, so i bought a 2" steel beast for 17 dollars. the stock pedals suck, but it keeps costs down, and MEC has cool flats for $8 (they're amazing for the price). I do not like the lx brakes, or the stock tires (no grip here at all, and got a lot of flats). the stem might be a bit long, but i should have checked that at the shop. Disk brake tabs might be nice. Oh yeah, the headset is not normal and is a pain to retighted properly.

Bottom Line:   
This is a really solid entry level bike. I think I'm starting to outgrow it, and the 2.5" travel fork is overwhelmed with the lite shore stuff i ride. Its really smooth and durable, but it doesn't have rebount adjust and 2.5 will never be that plush. It sucks up the small stuff wonderfully. This bike has withstood a lot of abuse, jumping, drops up to about 3 feet, multi day cross country treks, etc, with the only casualties being my rear rim and right hand gear indicator. The frame is solid and has a geometry that can do it all, and would stand up well to upgrades. All that being said, i'm saving as quick as i can for a '02 specialized enduro expert. I could keep the frame and turn it into a sweet jump bike (actually, it does it pretty well already, under my clumsy hands), a freeride hardtail, or a cross country beast. A warning though. all bikes require love to run smoothly. clean it, lube it, take care of the bearings and the fork, and it'll last a while.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Bike Setup:   changes: new bar, put on a 2.4 motoraptor front and a 2.35 kenda kinetics kevlar rear. Replaced rear rim with rhyno lite after i destroyed it. Added stem and toptube pads. changed stock pedals to other metal flats (victor i think). Added a blackspire bashguard and an electrical tape chainstay protector.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dante a Downhiller from Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: June 12, 2001

Strengths:    sweet bike, would make awesome freeride but needs shock travel. awesome selction of components, sweet look and great value.

Weaknesses:    lx cranks g2g. they work good for the first year, but than they fall apart. needs more shock travel

Bottom Line:   
most bike 4 ur value, i am a hard core racer and have tried out many bike, and this is one of my favourites. with a canadian made bike, u know the performance is going to b there. if ur looking for a mid thousand dollar bike, i recommend u give this one a look and a ride.

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Favorite Trail:   brunet park

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   courtesy west

Similar Products Used:   kona manomano, shwinn 4 banger

Bike Setup:   all stock except i got rid of those crappy vp clipless and put no some shimano m545

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Juan a Weekend Warrior from Victoria, Australia

Date Reviewed: April 24, 2001

Strengths:    easton elite! fast, great climber, strong, light, very nice slack angles.
its snow white (I have the 2000 frame)


Weaknesses:    none, I love this bike (but I can only speak for the frame)

Bottom Line:   
I bought this as a frame only and then added bits to it.
This bike not only outruns all my mates' bikes, but looks fantastic being white (beautiful, pure). The angles are very slack and comfortable, and yet I hardly need to get out of my seat when climbing steeply. how did they do that?
I am happiest when riding my bike, rain hail or shine:- what else can I say??
Buy this if you want a light strong bike that goes fast and is for all-round enjoyment, not suitable if you want to really abuse your bike ie: dirt jumping, stair drops etc
Note that the ratings are for the frame only:

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Favorite Trail:   too many good ones here

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Bike Setup:   Nitro frame, 99 Z1's (set at 4" travel) LX/XT drivetrain, avid Arch Rival 4's, Azonic double wall risers, kalloy shorty stem (I need this at 5'4"), Mavic 221 front, F519 rear, Conti Explorer pro's, SDG saddle, Oury Grips

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by colin mccaig a Cross Country Rider from Canada

Date Reviewed: March 27, 2001

Strengths:    Very strong frame and shifter works well under a lot of conditions

Weaknesses:    Stock rims bend easily and stock handlebars do not have enough rise and they are to wide to ride no some trails

Bottom Line:   
The bike works very well for what i paid fir it and I wo

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Favorite Trail:   ????????

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Gus' bicycle shop

Similar Products Used:   I also own a giant warp full suspension that does the job a lot better

Bike Setup:   Marzocchi z4 bomber ,fireline tires,Profile handlebars, wellgo clipless pedals

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by cmack a Downhiller from Whis BC Canada

Date Reviewed: March 13, 2001

Strengths:    lasts, good spec, comfy

Weaknesses:    too cross country-ish - needs a longer travel fork and a shorter stem - if you weigh a lot you might brake it - i only weigh 110. i tore the derrailleur into the spokes and wrecked the hangar - luckily it was replaceable, but make sure you replace it with a compatible one.

Bottom Line:   
if you are looking for aq durable crosscountry free rider - you should get one but if you are looking more for something free-ride oriented, look elsewhere (NEEDS REINFORCEMENT, MORE TRAVEL, SHORTER STEM, ETC.). Excellent value.

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Favorite Trail:   Binty's

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   Whistler Bike Co.

Similar Products Used:   giant iguana - cheap pile of SH_T

Bike Setup:   stock - full lx but xt rear derrailleur. one excellent thing is the LX brakes - not found on many bikes that are similiar but much better than its avid counterparts.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Matt Floyd a Cross Country Rider from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: February 11, 2001

Strengths:    Kick ass all around bike. Super strong on climbing and decending. Good for free riding too!

Weaknesses:    Crapy pedles. Needed to be upgraded

Bottom Line:   
BEST BIKE i have ever had. Gonna stick with Norco from now on. MMMMM Norco. YEA AND ITS FROM CANADA> Muhahaha

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Favorite Trail:   hydro cut

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $999.00

Purchased At:   Cyclepath

Similar Products Used:   Specialized M4
Brodie Dynamo
Rocky Mountain Oxygen Race


Bike Setup:   Marzocchi z4 fly light air, XT rear derailer and crack, Aximo dh bar and seat post, so on and so on

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Lorne ******** a Racer from Vancouver

Date Reviewed: January 28, 2000

Strengths:    Fast exceleration. lite. I found that i is a lot better with a Z3 QR20. The lx crankes work better with a ring god

Weaknesses:    The z4 suck for free riding. The frame is really for cross country.

Bottom Line:   
This is a good bike but i really needed to make those changes.



the rating that i give this with the changes i have have made is:

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Favorite Trail:   norco nitro

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   nothing really

Bike Setup:   axiom dh stem with a QR20 fork. Lx and xt components. And modfid drive train

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Rispie a Weekend Warrior from Vernon

Date Reviewed: September 23, 1999

Strengths:    
everything


Weaknesses:    
what is the meaning of this word


Bottom Line:   
A very nice bike. Almost too responsive. Stick a Z.3 LT on it with a pair of race face cranks and avid arch rival 5.0 brakes and this bike would just plain kick some serious butt!

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Favorite Trail:   
spankys

Duration Product Used:   
tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   
to many to list


Bike Setup:   
stock

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Tobin a Racer from Bala, ONT

Date Reviewed: September 12, 1999

Strengths:    
Shocks are smooth,Riser bars,clipless pedals,
gotta love the LX brakes.


Weaknesses:    
The V-Raptor's are a bit heavy and don't roll well on paved roads.


Bottom Line:   
This is a heavy duty bike, it will take whatever you throw at it, Its a smooth ride for the downhill riders with the bombers, and the V-Raptors will grip even the wet rock

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Favorite Trail:   
Porcupine Ridge

Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
Norco Sasquatch


Bike Setup:   
What came with it

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Jimmy a Racer from Brookstown, Ontario

Date Reviewed: August 18, 1999

Strengths:    
Everything


Weaknesses:    
None


Bottom Line:   
Excellent bike! I recently won the Canadian Championships by 22 minutes with this bike. My only complaint is with the extremely heavy spoke nipples. After upgrading to titanium nipples, my bike came in 5 grams lighter. What a difference!

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Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
Rocky Mountain Thin Air


Bike Setup:   
Stock

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by SeanO a Cross-Country Rider from Vancouver

Date Reviewed: July 19, 1999

Strengths:    
Reasonably light, excellent value, great singletrack machine.


Weaknesses:    
Not great balance for climbing, mostly due to the riser bars.


Bottom Line:   
A nice ride. Not the best climbing, although it outclimbed a Rockhopper, Cindercone, X-Caliber last night on a loose, steep climb. The riser bars take some getting used to, at least for a dyed-in-the-wool flat-bar rider like myself. I still think I'll probably go back to a flat bar with bar ends when I break this one. I like the drivetrain: smooth as butter. Veloci-Raptors hook up well, but high rolling resistance on the road (I rode there once, won't again soon). All in all, a recommended ride. Price and parts are comparable to the Hammer Race, another nice (steel) bike.

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Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
Rocky HammerRace, Kona Cindercone, KHS Comp


Bike Setup:   
Stock - LX/XT, Z-4, Sun ZJ-18

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Mikey Boy a Cross-Country Rider from Edmonton

Date Reviewed: April 15, 1999

Strengths:    
This damn bike takes a lickin and keeps on tickin. I dropped this bike (by total accident, I'm sure you'll realize) on the highway going 120km/h (60 m/h) the other day and damn it all if the ony thing that was broken were my two Sun RIms (still awesome rims ill admit). This bike is so lite and fast and the LX-XT combination just kix some serious butt. I have never been so happy with a bike as I am with this one


Weaknesses:    
Thoes damn riser bars gonna take some time to get used to, thats got to be my only complaint


Bottom Line:   
This bike is the best buy for your buck thats for sure :)
take it from me
Mikey Boy

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Favorite Trail:   
My Own

Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
Kona Cinder Cone
Rocky Mountain Oxygen


Bike Setup:   
Norco Nitro
LX-XT compontent package
Marazochi Z4 shock (ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL SHOCK!!)

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