from new hamburg, ON, Canada
Date Reviewed: February 1, 2012
Strengths: Good solid bike for downhill and even park freeride. Its really light for a full suspension bike :). its a little rear heavy, but i like an aggresive DH stance so thats okay. Its also really nimble in the air.
Weaknesses: Avid juicy fives suck balls!!!!! no stopping power at all.....i want my old juicy three's back.
garbage stock pedal -_-
this is a really good bike, i would buy this if you like to ride downhill, but also your local trails.
Strengths: Feel in the air, berms, stand over, pedalability, burly, low weight, shape and colour (I think it looks like a friggin bright green wave - buddies see me comin a mile away and get out of the way), balanced suspension
Weaknesses: Ummm, the fork I guess, but not really, I still have tweaking to do.
Ammmmmazing, I've only ridden it a few times, but I've progressed on it tons already. It felt awesome as soon as I got on it. Feels great in the air and very forgiving landing, even front heavy. Pedals amazing - some reviewers said it pedals efficiently... yeah, it really does feel like it weighs 10lbs less. One time the shifter cable broke so I was stuck in the second tallest gear and I still out climbed my buddies. Very huckable and maneuverable, bike likes to be pushed. Some weight weenies think this thing weighs a lot - it does not. Sure my bike is lightened, but its a real FR machine, capable of bombing any DH and it'll ask for more. AND I've heard of ppl making Shore's weigh 31 lbs. Components are awesome (though not all stock). Balanced suspension that works great, if not quite as plush as the Faith. The fork seems to have less than the claimed 170mm travel, don't know if others have had that problem, but it feels good and is super stiff.
Similar Products Used: 02 Rocky Mountain Switch, 05 Giant Faith
Bike Setup: 2008 Shore 2, purchased upgraded for weight - Juicy 7s, 66 RCV, DHX 3.0, Bonterager FR rims, XT derailer, E-13 chainguide, Minions, low weight chain, bars, stem and post.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: June 17, 2006
Strengths: great bike very plush and sturdy. Proven VPS linkage Lots of tire clearance Stable bike but lack nimbleness, probably due to long wheel base. 66VF has lots of tire clearance and low height but internal ajustment is inconvenient and not so effective - for a $3000+ (CDN) bike I would have expected at least external rebound ajustment.
Weaknesses: Looong wheelbase makes tight low speed manoeuvre hard work. Weight - somewhat heavy for an alround freeride bike. Narrow rims for the intended purpose, wide rims keep low pressure tire more stable. Low riser bar (almost flat) needed to be changed rightaway. The SRAM X7 drive train shifts well but the rear derailleur is weak and the linkage will bend making some of the smallest gears unavailable until filing of the derailleur outside link.
With the granny gear, telescopic post and efficient VPS likages the bike climbs well for a 45 pounds bike and descent very well particularely when the speed gets up. Nimbleness is not its strenght but it handles everything else. I bought the bike relying on my experience on other norcos and expected the good folks working their to do their homework and in general looking at the bike I think thay did a good job, the bike look awsome the components are pretty good for the money except rims and bar but the bike feels abit slow on tight stuff and I'm a bit desapointed there. Hard to figureout who they are targetting with the bike - it looks like a great freeride bike (single crown fork, granny gear) but the wheelbase is longer that their DH frame?!