Norco VPS A-Line Freeride Full Suspension

4.63/5 (48 Reviews)
MSRP : $2550.00


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by wickerman1 a Downhiller

Date Reviewed: August 5, 2013

Strengths:    Solid

Weaknesses:    weight

Bottom Line:   
This bike is as solid as it gets. But my main reason for writing this review, is not a SINGLE review written, has the correct spelling of anything. You kids should seriously get an education.. Kids today cannot spell...period

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by vp$_rider a Weekend Warrior from canada

Date Reviewed: October 5, 2008

Strengths:    the bike is amazing , its GREAT for downhill it stays on the ground at all times ( unless you hit a jump ofcourse ) VERY plush , the bike is also great for freeride but it is very plush and bottems out alot but its still amazing , for cross country it good but the bike is really heavy.. dirtjumps are fun and great but if theres too much lip it just absorbes all of the lip... and street no doupt ..its pretty bad...

Weaknesses:    weight. my bike weights arround 50 pounds ( you could make it lighter)

Bottom Line:   
the bike is bombproof. throw it at anything and its gonna treat you good the frame is literaly impossible to snap you could do jaw drop and the frame would survive ( probly no tthe other parts on the bike ) but i think that this bike is great and deserves a 5 out of 5 .

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Favorite Trail:   everything

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   pinkbike

Similar Products Used:   team dh, v10

Bike Setup:   2005 norco vps a-line,05 888rc,snafu pedals,26" front double track and a 24" double track in the rear.hfx 9's,dhx 3.0

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by JasonH a Downhiller from Seattle Washington

Date Reviewed: June 7, 2008

Strengths:    The weight of the bike deffinantly makes up for this. The park is a tank and nothing feels loose or poorly built. I has all the travel you need to huck big drops and jumps.

Weaknesses:    I bought it used in immaculate condition and a few of the main problems i do not have with this. Some people complain about rim stregnth being not so good but i have a different set on that are better and more durable. I also have a need set of cranks because those tend to come loose on the stock set. Other than that, the bike is extremely solid and these things shouldnt shy you away from this bike. The rims may seem "crappy" when you have ridiculously strong bombproof rims they make these days.

Bottom Line:   
Diffinantly worth the money paid. I feel confident taking it off a 15 foot no problem and the only thing holding me back more is fear. The bike is literally a tank and is super solid. The weight doesnt seem like a problem to me but your probably better off pushing it up the hill than riding up it. BOTTOM LINE: GO BUY IT!

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Favorite Trail:   flowpark

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   craigslist

Similar Products Used:   kona stinky, transition dirtbag

Bike Setup:   marzocchi 888 vf2, fox dr 3.0, scram x7 derail and shifter, hussefelt cranks, forget the rim brand (not too familiar with bikes yet)

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by cody hansen from barrie,ont,canada

Date Reviewed: July 30, 2007

Strengths:    over all good. one deffect the chane stay snaped on mine on i little step up

Weaknesses:    chane stay

Bottom Line:   
a over all grate bike

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Favorite Trail:   top gun

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   pink bike


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jay reid a Downhiller from halifax,nova scotia,canada

Date Reviewed: June 12, 2007

Strengths:    everything this bike is the best i have ever had

Weaknesses:    are u for real there is no weekness with this bike

Bottom Line:   
the a-line is sweet

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Favorite Trail:   mine

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   ideal bikes

Similar Products Used:   trek sesh 7,santa cruz heckler,p.2,azonic steelhead

Bike Setup:   03 7" jr.t,26" double track front,24" double wide back, hayes mx2's disk breaks,easton monkey light riser bar,sram x9 rd, fun stem

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by james v a Weekend Warrior from ramona

Date Reviewed: March 17, 2007

Strengths:    lots of travel, exellent for freeride/downhill, good component line

Weaknesses:    heavy and the chain stay is noisy, no adjustment on the 888 rt

Bottom Line:   
great for what it is made to do. i am 100 pounds and the fork is bourderline to plush. heavy, but other than that it is great.

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Favorite Trail:   ted williams

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   used

Similar Products Used:   xts moto

Bike Setup:   888rt, vanilla rc

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Zach a Downhiller from New Brunswick Canada

Date Reviewed: November 5, 2006

Strengths:    Everything this bike rocks, soaks up anything I threw at it. Never let me down and is a very forgiving bike

Weaknesses:    A little on the heavy side but that shouldnt matter unless your using for cross country for somereason

Bottom Line:   
If your into freeriding and Dh you cant go wrong with this bike

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   Pinkbike

Similar Products Used:   Norco Team Dh

Bike Setup:   Norco A-line, Manitou Dorados, Holzfeller Cranks, DMR v8 pedals, Qr20 Double Track front rim, rear Mavic 325 Rear Rim, Truvativ Team Bars, Sram X9 deraileur and shifter, Avid BB7 Brakes,

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Stewart MacLean a Downhiller from Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Date Reviewed: September 12, 2006

Strengths:    Frame & Geometry, Fork & Shock (with upgrades) Crankset, Hayes Brakes

Weaknesses:    Deore derailleur/shifter Stock springs fork & shock to soft for my weight

Bottom Line:   
Irode this bike form the stock version for 5 months while adding upgrades and other than some ghost shifting in the gear train and the problems associated with to soft spring rates because of my weight, (230lbs's)this bike has been bomber, 12-15ft drops, gaps, skinnies & steeps all were ridden with confidence. Originally bought the bike cheap for the frame, fork & geometry kept the shock and tried differ'nt combo's of spring rates settling for 600# on the rear and xtra firm upfront.
Upgrades to the drive train smoothed out the shifting, and adding a top-notch set wheels sets this apart from the store bought Aline...... This bike now slays, just point and shoot

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Favorite Trail:   psycho>kkk

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $2600.00

Purchased At:   bowcycle

Similar Products Used:   Super8, Trek77, RampageHT,

Bike Setup:   888vf2 xtrafirm spring, Fox dhx3 600#spring, Cane Creek TankHit Headset, Truvativ Holzfeller DH Bar/Stem/Seatpost/Pedals/Howitzer BB, Sram x9 Shifter & x9 medcage derailleur, DT Swiss FR6.01 Rims with DT Swiss 440FR hubs, Kenda Nevegal 2.5 DH Tires

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jordy a Downhiller from vancouver

Date Reviewed: July 29, 2006

Strengths:    the frame, the amount of travel and the durablility i havent had it for long but the bike gets abused pretty bad

Weaknesses:    the grips, the tires, how plush it is

Bottom Line:   
great birk with a few ajustments it will last you a while

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Favorite Trail:   cunt buster

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $2500.00

Similar Products Used:   vps aline, and the shore tree

Bike Setup:   new tires, new grips and if it matters i high psi level in the rear shock and alot more fluid in the fork

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by george a Weekend Warrior from iroquois, ontrio

Date Reviewed: May 11, 2006

Strengths:    solid frame, decent shock

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
The bike is a blast to ride even though it wieghs in at just under 50 lbs. I have built it up with some high end parts so it doesn't really compare to the stock bike but I have riden a stock a-line and they are a lot of bike for the money ($3499 cnd mrsp)

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   cheap

Similar Products Used:   devinci magma, specialized fsr w/ betd link

Bike Setup:   bought frame and shock only & built it up with mavic 729s on gold hadley hubs,diabolus bar stem & cranks, raceface lock on grips, syncros deep cup headset, 888 vf2, avid juicy 5s w/8" rotors, e.thirteen srs chainguide, hollsfeller pedals, X9 shifter & rear deraileur and a snafu bmx seat on a bonteger sport seat post ( soon to be replaced with a easton havoc post)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by CHRIS a Downhiller from MONTREAL,CANADA

Date Reviewed: April 20, 2006

Strengths:    FRONT SUSPENSION AND REAR SHOCK IS OF THE HOOK!!! BRAKES ARE DIALED IN, NO PROBLEMS.

Weaknesses:    REAR DEREILLEUR(SHIMANNO DEORE) IS CRAP. EXPLODED ON RELATIVELY SMALL DROP.RETURNED TO NORCO AND SWITCHED TO SRAM X9. BIKE IS GREAT GOING DOWNHILL, BUT HARD TO ACCELERATE ON EVEN GROUND.BROKE A FEW SPOKES ON FIRST RUN. NOT TO IMPRESSIVE.

Bottom Line:   
STILL AN EXCELLENT PURSHASE, ONLY WISH FOR THE PRICE THAT NORCO COULD HAVE DONE SIMILAR TO DH MODEL IN TERMS OF DRIVETRAIN PARTS. STILL PLANNING ON GOING TO WHISTLER THIS SUMMER. GOOD RIDING TO YOU ALL!!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $2500.00

Purchased At:   STRAIGHT OUT OF THE BOX

Similar Products Used:   NONE

Bike Setup:   STOCK EXEPT FOR THE UPGRADE ON REAR DEREILLEUR AND GEAR SHIFTER.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Adam Rostron a Weekend Warrior from Australia

Date Reviewed: April 13, 2006

Strengths:    Nice frame, very light for its strength. Forks and rear suspension,

Weaknesses:    im only small 5 foot 10 and about 65kg.. I cant get the rear shock soft enough for my liking. And the shimano deore derialier is a piece of crap, write out of the box it bounced up and hit my frame. would have liked to pay the extra for sram

Bottom Line:   
very nice bike.. great for downhill, handles very well. great for doing drops. very hard to get speed for jumps takes alot out of u. unless u have a hill to get u the speed its hard. you cant get a better bike for the same amount of money.

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Favorite Trail:   Kuranda Downhill

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $2500.00

Purchased At:   The Bike Man Cairns

Similar Products Used:   craftworks frm 125 (888rc) and giant ac2 (boxer race and fox vanilla rc)

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dave Callejas a Weekend Warrior from Sudbury

Date Reviewed: April 9, 2006

Strengths:    Awsome frame
Good rims
Very stiff
Comfortable in the air
Nothing is to big.


Weaknesses:    I destroyed the rear hub on my first season
The front fork is a bit soft
the chain guard really isn't working for me
I cant ride street in anything higher than 5th
When you need to pedal into a jump this bike takes it out of you


Bottom Line:   
Man from the moment i sat on this bike in the store i was hooked. My test ride in Toronto was awsome and every day of riding has been fanominal. I'm in love with this machine. You really cnt describe the feeling of this bicycle unless you ride it. Its flys off drops and rips onto tranies. Downhill riding is supurb and it even gives it on the street. If you can get your hands on one of these i would defenitly concider it. Look into a good guide and guard though. If you need info e-mail me. arsenic-33@hotmail.com

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Favorite Trail:   Behind my house

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $2300.00

Purchased At:   dukes on Queen.st

Similar Products Used:   I cant really compair this bike

Bike Setup:   Stalk but soon to be customized

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Broc Fraser a Downhiller from Kamloops BC Canada

Date Reviewed: February 26, 2006

Strengths:    Burly Frame that can handle anything you throw at it.
TONS of travel!!!
Ready to ride, ride out of the box.


Weaknesses:    Truvativ Box Guide....The box part fell off the first day. It is on A-line somewhere :P.
Rims are a bit weak.
888's non adjustable.


Bottom Line:   
Everybody who loves to go out and ride their bike without haveing to make any adjustments or tuning, should go get an a-line. This bike is absolutely amazing..LOVE IT!

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Favorite Trail:   A-line

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $3300.00

Purchased At:   Fanatyk Co. Whistler

Similar Products Used:   Kona Stab.

Bike Setup:   05 A-line frame, marzocchi 888vf's, Fox DHX 3, etc.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dave a Downhiller from Quispamsis NB canada

Date Reviewed: January 14, 2006

Strengths:    Beautiful frame, very nice parts for the price. it was set up perfect for me almost right off. the 888vf felt tuned for me. 9" of travel feel nice at high speed. one hing i noticed as soon as i was on the bike for a week is how it corners. its like an F1 car. i had a Bighit dh before this, and it cornered like a truck that was past its prime. get at least the frame if you can, people really shouldnt bash this sweet ride

Weaknesses:    Wish it had the team dh dropouts but its ok, 12mm is 12mm. shimano drivetrain. deores about the same price as an X-7 set up i think and even if not i would have paid an extra 100 bucks for it to have the sram gear. wheels and chain guide were on the level but i ould have prefered something more. they have however fixed these complants on the 06 model.

Bottom Line:   
this bike is faster than anyother dh bike norco has but out other than the team DH. and since its the same frame as the team, theres a good reason for that. it made me faster and more confident than any other bike i had before. it paves the ground like its flat and like i said, corners like a bike that would cost twice what this one was. Bravo norco for really coming though with a sweet package. the first 2 alines were acceptable but this truly a class in all its own. theres not a bike in the same price range that could even touch the a-line in speed/spec/the ability to race a a high level and kick a** at it

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Favorite Trail:   05 Bromont canada cup course

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $2550.00

Purchased At:   Darlings Island Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   01 Raliegh Smokin DH, 02 Specialized Bighit DH, 04 Norco Six.

Bike Setup:   Frame: 05 norco Aline
Fork: 03 Manitou Dorado
Wheels: MTX
Hubs: Hadley Rear/ Stock front
drivetrain: X-7

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