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Norco A Line Downhill Full Suspension

4.62/5 (13 Reviews)
Weight : 44lb MSRP : $3495.00

Product Description

  • Similar geometry and frame design as the Team DH but with thicker main frame tubing for bike park use , rental and shuttle freeride
  • Internal 1.5 headset for fit with 1-1/8" fork steer tube to reduce stack height
  • Forged alloy dual travel position link arm 203mm (8") or 228 mm (9")
  • Low standover, low BB height and low shock weight for a low center of gravity
  • Anodized frame finish for weight savings and added durability
  • Frame: Aline Park/DH 203/228 mm travel
  • Fork: Rock Shox Boxxer RC CL 200mm
  • Spokes: Stainless 2.0 spokes
  • Brake Levers: Avid Code R
  • Crankset: Gravity Light MegaExo DH 170mm
  • Pedals: Wellgo w/rpl pins
  • Chain: Shimano 9spd
  • Rear Shimano Saint 9spd

Norco A Line Downhill Full Suspension Pro Review

In 2009 Norco has completely revamped its DH line. Using the same hydroformed frame with adjustable 8-9inch of rear travel as the A-line Park edition and DH Frame the lower spec’d Aline makes up this worthy trio. Coming in three sizes for 2009 I was on the small frame which was a good fit for me for downhill riding. Continue reading →

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Reviews 1 - 13 (13 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by pinkmtb a Weekend Warrior from Southbury,ct USA

Date Reviewed: August 21, 2011

Strengths:    Very cushy, and strong. The weight works in its favor

Weaknesses:    Cheap products used on the base model, Im going to upgrade to Shimano stuff.

Bottom Line:   
I love the bike ! Its very fast and can take anything you throw at it. Up table tops, down steep terrain, big rocks and roots, it just isnt stopping this bike. Very sturdy solid feel.

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Favorite Trail:   Hellion

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $2200.00

Purchased At:   Bike shop in Canada

Similar Products Used:   Turner 5 spot

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Twowheels87 a Downhiller from Trenton, Ontario. Canada

Date Reviewed: February 17, 2011

Strengths:    Amazing bike, Great price, 5 year frame warranty. I've taken this bike off 8 foot drops. hit huge square edge bumps at high speeds, I can ride up a set of stairs no problem. Suspension will just allow you to roll up a stair case. My bike has been to Camp fortune ottawa, Blue mountain collingwood, Killington vermont, whiteface lake placid. The bike ripped up the trail "cliffs of insanity" at whiteface. Will soon be taking it to Whistler BC in July 2011. as well as silver star BC.

Weaknesses:    Seat post and seat mount. Although I think the store i bought it from swapped the seat out for a cheaper quality one. So thats why it wasnt good.

Bottom Line:   
Best Bike I've ever ridden. Its a Tank. Heavy? yes but your going DH so who cares?

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Favorite Trail:   Camp Fortune Megaladon

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2100.00

Purchased At:   ottawa

Similar Products Used:   2008 Norco atomic, 2008 Norco Shore 1, 2007 Norco Six Two, 2009 Norco Six Three,

Bike Setup:   2008 Norco A-Line (Red, not park edition) Completely factory except some gusset pedals.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by thebiblemen a Weekend Warrior from toronto

Date Reviewed: June 26, 2010

Bottom Line:   

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Favorite Trail:   kelso

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   used

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by the boss a Downhiller from uk

Date Reviewed: February 21, 2010

Strengths:    really good value bike stronge enought to throw about on the dh tracks riding of cliffs or even on the odd dirt jump

Weaknesses:    rims are very week and the spokes dont last very long on the more brutal tracks
the frame is very wide and the paint rubs off just bellow the seat post around the shock and the frame is very heavy

Bottom Line:   
although their are better bikes out there you will strugle to find one that is as good a value for money

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Favorite Trail:   cwmcarn/fort william

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $3800.00

Purchased At:   local shop

Similar Products Used:   orange 223, iron horse sunday

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by LEVIB a Downhiller from Surrey, BC, Canada

Date Reviewed: March 18, 2009

Strengths:    good all around bike, plush suspension

Weaknesses:    drivetrain was replaced early on same with the pedals and rims and the brakes are really bad hayes nines are cheap and are really bad

Bottom Line:   
It has great capabillaties and if u put money into it has great platform for a solid bike i love my bike that i ride the feeling is awesome

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Favorite Trail:   Captain saftey at whistler

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   bike zone surrey bc

Bike Setup:   2006 norco aline
2009 888 ATA WC(white)
MTX rims(White)
avid code 203mm brakes (White)
scram X9 drivetrain
onlything stock is the rear shock but has be rebuilt

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by P Jay a Weekend Warrior from Cardiff, Wales

Date Reviewed: August 26, 2008

Strengths:    Strong as a Ox. Robust parts (aside from below). About the cheapest full DH bike you can buy (in the UK anyway). A perfect L-plate 8"'er

Weaknesses:    Standard grips died in hours which isn't a major drama. Standard chainset kept coming loose, which was. Standard brakes aren't really up to DH. Sub frame hits the frame at full travel. The frame is very wide where it attaches to the seat post. Rubbed all the paint from there very early on.

Bottom Line:   
I really liked my A-line but it's very heavy and has minimal adjustment. Actually jumps better than my Cove Shocker but doesn't handle as well.

A really good first 8"'er that can easily take the knocks that come with learning to ride a big travel bike over tough terrain.

Most of my spec issues have be resolved by the new park edition.

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Favorite Trail:   Pleney, Mount Cherry

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $4000.00

Purchased At:   Somewhere or other

Similar Products Used:   I have a Cove Shocker now with a much higher spec, it's better but cost twice as much.

Bike Setup:   Standard aside from Saint crank, Shimano DX Pedals and ODI grips. All replaced as orignals failed.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by QAZOP a Downhiller from Melbourne

Date Reviewed: August 15, 2008

Strengths:    Great forks ans shock, brakes could stop a truck

Weaknesses:    nothing much i can think of but if the brakes don't get bleed they get pretty crap

Bottom Line:   
Great bike, strong, can take a hit, great specs and worth every dollar.

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Favorite Trail:   Rotorua

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Scott Nitrous 20

Bike Setup:   Marzocchi 888 RCV, FOX DHX.3, Sun rims S-type, Avid Code 5's, Sram X.7

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Brad Wheeler a Downhiller from Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: October 6, 2007

Strengths:    super strong
works pretty good stock
lots of travel
good warrnety
looks cool(i use mine to pick up chicks)
is made in Canada :D

Weaknesses:    rims are garbage and should be replaced RIGHT AWAY(i spent alot of time not riding because of them) the derailluers okay i guess its not very strong though and will probably need to be replaced soon enough

Bottom Line:   
the bike is amazing and its great for any level of riding and i think you should go out and get one right now or atleast before you wanna go serious riding becuase it will help you sooooo much and then you can show her off to all your buddies

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Favorite Trail:   Blue Mountain

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   does it matter

Similar Products Used:   Rocky Mountain Switch, Cove Playmate

Bike Setup:   Stock only with eight tracks and a x9 derailleur

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Angus Murray a Downhiller from Sydney, Australia

Date Reviewed: May 18, 2007

Strengths:    nice and plush. takes on anything. good adjustability of 888s and dhx3.0. very good value for money!

Weaknesses:    Small bolt on chainstay lost its threading - easily replaced. Seat post may hit seat stay under compression if it is too low. after riding a hardtail, the weight is like riding two bikes at once. but who rides up hills anyway...

Bottom Line:   
defo a good bike to get into dh racing on. excellent value for money. all parts are great.

to sum it up: passers by give u thumbs up/high fives...

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Favorite Trail:   Thredbo

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $2200.00

Similar Products Used:   06 giant dh comp, ironhorse yakuza, giant glory, wheeler digger freeride

Bike Setup:   all stock!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Pat from sherbrooke,qc,canada

Date Reviewed: May 5, 2007

Strengths:    plush and ready to go really fast, can take some big hits and your feets won't jump off the pedals

Weaknesses:    none so far

Bottom Line:   
this bike his really cool to ride and can handle about anything for me. The stock tires Kenda Nevagal are really nice they stick like a bubblegum on asphalt in about any condition iv'e tried (dirt, roots, wet wood, rocks and even in a snowy ski slope here and they control great) !! :)

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   none this his my firts DH bike

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by James from Kelowna

Date Reviewed: February 15, 2007

Strengths:    built like a tank! ride into anything and it will take it. 9" in the rear is really more than you will need, but so nice to have.

Weaknesses:    some stock parts, but nothing that should cause somebody to not buy the bike. brakes work only when warmed up, and the rear tire comes up into the seat when using most of the travel (24" rear tire fixed that)

Bottom Line:   
if you are looking for a bike to go UP a hill, look elsewhere. if you are looking for a bike to rip down anything, anytime, anywhere, you are looking at the right bike.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $3400.00

Purchased At:   Gerick Cycle Kelowna

Similar Products Used:   specialized big hits, other dh bikes of similar style)

Bike Setup:   2006. well, front 26" and rear 24" sun mag 30's, sram x9, answer pro tapers, harder front and rear springs.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Will a Downhiller from Cheltenham, gloucestershire, UK

Date Reviewed: January 19, 2007

Strengths:    Fantastic DH and freeride bike, i've been able to set the suspension up exactly how i want it and i cant really think of much to fault it for!

Weaknesses:    on the first ride out, the spokes on the rear wheel started snapping on any kind of landing to a jump no matter how smooth it turned out to be a faulty set of spokes though, so they were replaced for free and it has been fine since!

Bottom Line:   
Brilliant bike. Have been saving my (english!!) pennys for three years for one of these and its been worth every one of them and the long wait.
its improved my riding and enjoyment of biking no end!

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Favorite Trail:   Forest of Dean

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   Two Wheels Cycles, Stourbridge

Similar Products Used:   Kona Stinky, Iron Horse Yakuza, Specialized Big Hit 3, Mongoose ECD

Bike Setup:   A-line, Marzocchi 888 RCX2, all standard spec other than the fork.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by elite noob mtb biker elite a Downhiller from quebec

Date Reviewed: December 12, 2006

Strengths:    this is my frist true DH bike and i love it. this is a very good bike i had no probs so far with it. beside the chain breaking but that was my fault lol forgot ggreace the lil ****er.

Weaknesses:    none so far..... beside the chain. no prob it was cheap to fix.

Bottom Line:   
cant forget to put oil on chain.

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Favorite Trail:   DH/ bromont

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $3300.00

Purchased At:   norco shop

Similar Products Used:   specialized big hit 3, norco atomic, norco fs freeshore.

Bike Setup:   bomber 888 rcv

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