Similar Products Used: Kona Roast, Norco Rampage, Kona stuff
Bike Setup: HAyes 8" front disc brake and 6"in the rear. Sun singlewide rear rim, Singletrack front rim,AMoeba DH bars,Koski DH saddle,MAxxis highroller tyres f/r (the rest is stock)
Date Reviewed: March 13, 2002
Strengths: frame was good, forks dont come any better disks are nice rims have held up good
Weaknesses: rear hub comes loss off and on seat waa sup graded
a totaly awsome bike a great deal at 800 canuck dollars with minimal problems great for learnin those 3 to 4 foter drops but handels the sixes and seven nice as well. and that kid who said the bike was crap you must be fat as hell or you need to learn how to ride dumb ass
Weaknesses: Rear formula disc hub developed play. Shifters a little annoying (ghost shifting)
AWESOME BIKE Eats anything you put in front of it!!!!! Takes 5 ft drops without a flinch. The fork is plush!!!!! I Recommend it for any Developing to serious freerider.... Awesome for dirt jumping too. /02 model looks just as good keep it up Norco!!! Picked it up for a STEAL $700 canadian
Bike Setup: Aluminum Norco 'North Shore Series' Frame. Z-5 Bomber 5in coil/oil Hayes mech. front disc. Avid ad3 rear v with booster. Wheels:Front-Formula on Sun Hill Rod Rear- Formula on mavic d521 Truvativ dh Crank & B.B Axiom seatpost, stem, handelbar, seat Avid ad5 levers & Sram attack halfpipe shifters
Date Reviewed: February 3, 2002
Strengths: Frame Fork Cranks Front Disk
Weaknesses: Seat (rails made of cheese) Gripshift rims Bars tires rear brake
A good bike for freeride with the exception of some parts. It's taken 6ft+ drops with only a small amount of trouble. Great for Dirt jumps, slalom, and general hard riding. Great price too. Buy it if you like freeride but your not Josh Bender.
Similar Products Used: Norco Rampage Norco Torrent
Bike Setup: Stock except Doublewide Rims, Hayes cable disk (rear), 2.6 tires, Funn Bar, Rapidfire shifters, Odi lockon Grips, Mosh Pedals, Bmx seat
a Weekend Warrior
from Nanaimo, B.C, and i am CANADIAN
Date Reviewed: January 3, 2002
Strengths: The forks(loven em'), the stem and the brake(singular).
Weaknesses: the rims, the handlebars
I LOVE THIS BIKE. I am 13, 6 foot and about 150 pounds and since i got it, about a year ago i have been hucking everything in my path. I have had WAY to many flats though(about 20 or so)and im not joking. I like this bike alot, and whoever this big kid is that hates it so muich that one guy is right u must be FAT. And if anyone has any advice on how i can stop getting so many flats(pinch flats mostly)please email me at I would realyyyyyy appreciate it!
Bike Setup: z-1 mcr xtr 8" hayes Sun dubble wide tioga 2.5
a Cross Country Rider
from a small town,in south vic
Date Reviewed: October 28, 2001
Strengths: good suspension
Weaknesses: no motor to get up big hills
this bike is great for hills and hits, that allen kid must be fat if the forks dont work for him well, they are just perfect for me, im 70kgs, and i do a 30foot long, 4foot high jump on it and it dont flex at all, maybe you should just learn how to ride better!
I'm giving this bike 5/5 coz of the d1ckhead below who gave it a sh1t review coz he got a flat tire. What a joke. I have owned this bike for nearly a full year now and I dont have anything bad to say about it. Anyone who tells you this frame is flexing either has no idea or are probably a 13 year old kid trying to show off their bike knowledge to their friends.
a Weekend Warrior
from Canmore, Alberta, Canada
Date Reviewed: October 27, 2001
Strengths: Looks kinda cool...
Weaknesses: long Gripshift, frame, rims, the front brake, the fork
This bike sux. I'm 13 and weigh about 115 pounds; i bent the back rim and noticed some flex in the rear. What a freeride bike!(that was sarcastic). All i was doing to do these things was the canmore-banff goat trail. also, within the first 2 hours of riding i made the front tire flat, having to walk it through the other 4 miles of the trail. I couldn't adjust the front fork worth a sh*t and the front brake was sqealing and working as good as my old bike's cantilevers. The long gripshift is goddamn annoying if anything because you always shift gears if you're bouncing around. What's more, they charged me 48$ for 4 hours on this piece of sh*t!!!!! The bottom line: If you weigh less than 100 pounds, only ride on the street, will only buy a norco and always carry a patch kit around with you, then this is your bike. I only gave it one flaming chilis because you can't go any lower!!!
Bike Setup: Oryx Gemsbok 500, Mars 1 fork, Avid Speed dial 7 lever speed dial 5 brakes, Eastom EA50 Seatpost, everything else stock
from Calgary, Canada
Date Reviewed: October 20, 2001
Strengths: maybe the drivtrain? hubs?
Weaknesses: Iv changed these parts.. Handle bar, steam, seat, rims, seatpost, tires, drivtrain, pedals the stuff i havn't changed hubs --- but they are shot headset -- never even worried about it.. Fork --- its broken.. but still use it cranks --- mine are bent right now, i need some 3 peice
ive broken almost every part.. even my frame is bent (in the dropouts, but its still ridible, if you like a croked wheel- and no im not DUMB my frame is bent.. not my wheel, haha)
note: this is my second review... the first one is near the bottom
when i first got into biking i got this bike becasue it was cheap.. but look how much money i have had to put into mine.. i could have boughten a 250cc and still had money to spare!
the thing is i dont go that big.. ive been doing alot of jumps lately.. with a bit of casing.. some drops, but nothing over 8 or so feet. i weigh 160 pounds and i dont land very hard.
Now it looks like i need to buy a new frame, but whater i like the new parts that i have on my bike. So the final verdict is- this bike is alright as long as you arn't going to be doing drops or jumps or hard dh.
Buy this bike if you are looking for a fairly hardcore trail bike..
Similar Products Used: a ton of bikes.. to many to list
Bike Setup: Bent Sasquatch frame Broken Z5's Bent truvativ cranks better pedals DMR Wingbar BMX stem kona seat post 98 xt rear derailer Funn launch pad seat Ripid fire shifting Oury grips Rokko 2.4/tioga 2.5- soon to be kujo 2.65 mavic 521 rims hayes hydro front brake, mechanical rear brake
i dunno, its not near stock
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: October 11, 2001
Strengths: Beefy frame, value!value!value!, great axiom and truvative parts...
Weaknesses: The seat is on rails of butter, just bent it back though ;-).Don't like the gripshifts for this particular bike. I just broke one of the victor flats pedal last weekend...
This bikewill wipe out anyother bike in the same price range, a absolute first choice for the 1000-1400$CAN price range. The frame will take whatever you can dishout and more. any weaknesses can be easily fixed with a few new parts...
Similar Products Used: 2001 Kona Stuff,2001 Jamis Eureka
Bike Setup: New Shimano LX vee brake (replaces broken Hayes disc brake) New Spandura gel seat,rapid fire conversion,new Norco grips,new tires,twisted spokes,some stickers,24 speed conversion
a Weekend Warrior
from Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Date Reviewed: September 11, 2001
Strengths: decent Marzocchi Z5 fork and front hayes mech brakes, strong frame, handling is comparable to rigid bikes
Weaknesses: not a fan of grip shift, dull red paint job,
Paid CAN$979 for it at B&P Cycle. Overall it is a exceptionally bike for price paid. You get an overbuilt frame, good fronts, brakes, and other components. I just brought it yesterday, and been riding it on the streets and bike paths. For now I like the handling and ride of the bike. This bike was meant for free riding, but I use it for cruising on bike paths and streets.