a Weekend Warrior
from bend, or
Date Reviewed: December 3, 2009
Strengths: great geometry, fun at the park, trail, and street riding.
Weaknesses: was kind of lame, everything ended up breaking? first the chain, the the sprocket, then the crank arm, then the front wheel broke, then the rear lug nuts stopped gripping making stay put nearly impossible, and finally the frame start crack 8 different spots. the whole bike was great 3 months and the rest where hell trying to keep the sob together.
POS, not worth the price. If you buy one get the 09 and up version and not the 08, its garbage.
Strengths: -looks sic
-very low center of gravity
-very low standover height
- great component spec...
-love the argyle 409's
Weaknesses: -rear dropouts ( could just be me but when i peddle really hard, the hub slides forward in the rear drop out causing the wheel to jam and the chain to go really slack)
- not the best bike to be using if you need to bike very far to ur local ride spot
as your "next step bike" speced like a pro model bike but at an almost the same cost as a beginner ss. dj. hardtail
i would recomend this product to anyone who wants to stand out in the croud and to further hone in your skills at the local dj's or the local scate park
(will submit another review as i brake this baby in)
Similar Products Used: none, I have ridden bmx bikes till now.
Bike Setup: Stock.
a Weekend Warrior
from Canberra, AUSTRALiA
Date Reviewed: March 8, 2009
Strengths: frame, wheels, bar n stem combo, high end forks
Weaknesses: tyres are a bit dodgy and look like wheelchair tyres, standard brakes (Hayes stroker trail) are woeful, rear hub is about to cark it, bent the sprocket very badly (more like wrapped it around the crank arm) without even hitting it on anything. Also managed to somehow blow up the forks in the first month of (not even hard) riding.
Good bike, i got it for abour $500 off retail here is AUS. frame has excellent and very comfy geometry. easy to hop on and just go. a mate of mine who rides bmx hopped on (first time on an mtb) and was 360ing straight off the bat.
would reccommend to anyone trying to find a cheaper way of getting into some extremem cycle stunting woop woop!
Strengths: Light nimble tough good looks great components
Really love this bike, best one I've ridden, very light. T think it costs more than it should, but in the long run worth the money. Argyle forks are the best. 100mm of travel. Exactly the same frame as the norco ryden, but different colors. Comes with front and rear brakes.(Ball bearing.) Great frame designing makes it easy to jump or do anything you want to including street. Awesome bike. Everyone should ride a norco!!!
a Weekend Warrior
from Toronto Ontario Canada
Date Reviewed: May 18, 2008
Strengths: The overall build kit for this bike os very goog for a stock bike and i really like the geometry of the frame, aslo the frame is quite light and the integrated headset and spanish bb are very nice.
Weaknesses: The build spec of the frame i found was good but not enough for my level of riding, the argyle 302 lacked adjustments and couldnt compare to te 318 and was heavy(it was replaced with a goldlabel), the stock rims are very soft(alex dm24) and constenly needed to be trued, the white spokes i found did not look ver good and the rear hub has nice but it had a slotted 14by 10 axel so it could only be run in frames with horizontal dropouts and it needed to have a moded chian tensioner, The brakes were mecanicals which lack power and are heavier that a hydro, and theres no real reason to include a fron brake on this type of bike, the stock chain comes stock with a link that doesnt clear the rear sproket and it is not a half link like the website claims, the stock pedals are not dmr v8s like advertised but are just no name genaric pedals, and i find the yellow bar and stem very ugly and the stock bar was 500g. The frame is good but has usless cable tabs and the tire clearence is horrible. I have 1.95 smallblock 8s on a mtx and the tire still rubs, im going to have to cut off every nob to get it to stop rubbing.
The frame is good and the ride is very nice, definetly one of the best completes u can get, i think i should of just built up a ns suburban, but for now this will do me fine, the only thing left stock on my bike is the crank, chain, and stem. buy this if you can afford a custom biuld and you want a sick dj and street frame to build up on
Similar Products Used: blkmarkt riot, specialized p2, kona stuff, norco 125, dob pinscher
Bike Setup: Goldlabel, formula k24, sun equalizer on dmr revolver, sun mtx on dmr revolver 6 pawl, macneil sl on stump post, kenda small block 8s, specialized demo bar, s&m sproket 25t, total weight 27lbs, 33 was stock
heres a pic of my bike http://www.pinkbike.com/photo/2024205/
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: May 10, 2008
Strengths: First of all this is for the 07 model. strong as frame very light easy to move great pricing runs really nicely pretty much everything
Weaknesses: none maybe the brakes but they are ok
this thing is orgasmic to ride and is strong enough to take the hits. it looks great, feels great, sounds great, and tastes, well really doesn't have a taste. it is a great bike and for the price it's sweet as. remember this is 07 model i am taking about
Strengths: one of the strongest hardtail frames, very lite, 3 pice cromoly crank.
even if u not switch parts, this dirt bike is insane! its a bike that really come with a good dj and urban set up and with some good parts. also, as a stock bike its very lite (30lbs,12kg) and its very good. my favorite bike.
Bike Setup: im goin to buy it, put a shimano dero 535 with xtr parts in the rear, no front brake, i gona take a deity stem and a new BMX cromoly bar, and put on it a dj1 (coz gold label is 2 heavy) and im goin to put on it some double track 24" rims with cuple of hookworm
a Weekend Warrior
Holly F***!!, I've never seen a stock bike with actuall dirtjump specifications, however everything on the 05 250 IS set up for jumps/skate park, the wheels are sweet, fork is better than Jesus, cranks like that dont come on stock bikes! This is the sweetest stock ride for jumps you can buy.....I totally recomend this bike for any young Christian who wishes to spread the lord's word through rinding a bike...because riding the 05 250 is better than mastubating, going to church and a f**k'n sweet Monster Truck combined... Riding anything else would be like making out with your sister and going to The Prom with your dad...naked.
Similar Products Used: its unique, inbetween a BMX and MTB.....thats because i have a size small though i guess
Bike Setup: Sherman Jumper(on the site it says that it comes with a sherman flick which is a lie, they dont know what they're talking about), Atomlab TRail Pimp rims DMR sprocket and cranks, basically the stock bike on the norco site (by the way its a year 2005 im on of that has it in canada so far says the norco factory :P woot)
Date Reviewed: September 22, 2004
Strengths: Strong Frame, Nice Wheels, dual 24, Lotsa Chromoly Stuff, kepping it nice a solid. Nice Avid Discs,
Weaknesses: Gears, Crappy, dj3s, weird tire setup, Multi-colored(orange, white, black, silver, raw metal, gold(forkcaps)). hubs....cracking BB, BMX ONLY BB, VERY HEAVY, Sizing options, brake LEVER, a Massive 5 inches of useless travel, 3 or 4 wud be good..Giro tabs... 8mm key only cranks and stem.
This bikes okay. Its WAYYYYYY TO HEAVY with everything steel, Why do u need a giro? the tires are too fat, the fork is a piece of crap, bad rebound and 5 inches u DONT NEED way to much, The bike is really long, the deore gears suck and dmr chain guide bends like a mofo. the main parts are strong but then they put these weak stupid parts on it like the drivetrain and a stem that only has ONE EIGHT mm HOLE (stupid).....the 05 is alot better...they caught on that dj2s and 3s are crap. good job norco keep the 250 single!!! and dont go back to marzocchi and keep with atomlab rims...awesome setup..my dream...but the 04 is a failure
Similar Products Used: Norco one25, Kona cinder kone
Bike Setup: stock except i added a front avid break and put on a single speed setup
from Sutton Ontario Canada
Date Reviewed: February 1, 2004
Strengths: Strong frame, Cromoly, Good parts, Great price, really great bike if your just using it for street and dj's. Not nice on the trail.
Weaknesses: None yet
I bought this bike because I have a Norco Team Dh for trails and racing. I have the 250 for street and djs. I'm not sure how the bike would hold up to dh, theres no flex in the rear and it would be a little rough but the shocks are suprisingly adjustable. Front tire is freakin BURLY same ones the are on me team dh. Overall, great bike, especially single speed. I recommend this to any person looking for a play bike, or a strickly street and dj bike.