Norco Rival Freeride Hardtail

4.43/5 (42 Reviews)


Product Description

  • Frame: 6061 Aluminum
  • Fork: Marzocchi MZ-3
  • Rims: Sun ZX-25
  • Spokes: Stainless Black
  • Tires: Kenda Nevegal
  • Stem: Alloy 31.8
  • Saddle: SDG Bel Air


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Jakov a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: April 5, 2014

Strengths:    Very strong bike

Weaknesses:    Maybe the seat and pedals that come along with it.

Bottom Line:   
In summary is in very high middle.

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Favorite Trail:   hills

Duration Product Used:   7 months

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Similar Products Used:   Norco charger

Bike Setup:   Medium set fork and seat as low it's possible.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bubjot a Cross Country Rider from langley

Date Reviewed: June 26, 2011

Strengths:    this bike is da bomb!

Weaknesses:    its a grate bike , the big tires on road

Bottom Line:   
i took it too caps, and now it needs a new 8 speed,a new chain new pads, new cable,and a new high gear,its $50, all together 200!

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Favorite Trail:   watershed

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   craigslist


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by marzocchi66bomber a Downhiller from Canada

Date Reviewed: December 25, 2010

Strengths:    Very strong frame, fork, specs, bars, good all-arounder, can take some light downhill, absorbs bumps very well for a hardtail, can actually freeride almost as good as some full-suspensions, great value

Weaknesses:    crankset, brake, a bit heavy for a hardtail

Bottom Line:   
Amazing bike! Awesome for freeride and some downhill. Can also dirtjump, but I don't recommend it for XC, considering it is slow on the uphills and it is a little heavy. Surprisingly, this thing can rip downhill almost as good as some full suspensions! It absorbs bumps well for a hardtail, and can sustain a lot of abuse. The fork and handlebars are quality, but the brakes have very small discs and tend to need to be bled often. Great bike for a beginner freerider or dirt jumper!

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Favorite Trail:   WHISTLER

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $600.00

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Hardrock, Brodie Hellion, Brodie Omega

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Gareth Scott a Weekend Warrior from manitoba, Canada

Date Reviewed: May 7, 2010

Strengths:    A very sick looking bike, Solid frame, nice hussefelt bars, aggressive tires.

Weaknesses:    Broke a headset first ride i don't even know how never dropped the bike. Front shocks are way to soft. Other then that a very sick bike.

Bottom Line:   
A very good bike for any level of rider very smooth and good for any kind of riding. But highly recommend better shocks.

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Favorite Trail:   tred the thunder

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $550.00

Purchased At:   Rumours Skate And Sn

Similar Products Used:   2007 diamondback response

Bike Setup:   white hussefelt bars and headset. On a 2009 Green Norco Rival "17 frame

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by don't have one. a Weekend Warrior from Lindsay, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: April 27, 2010

Strengths:    (2009 Green Hardtail Norco Rival)
Pretty good bike,
strong frame,
good tires,
decent brakes i guess,
overall a good bike for the price.
the green is an awesome colour.


Weaknesses:    seat is extremely uncomforitable,
broke a headset within a week of having the bike.
my brakes arn't the best, but there alright.


Bottom Line:   
pretty good bike for the money.
don't take it off of any big dirt jumps.
great for trail riding.

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Favorite Trail:   Ken Ried Park

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   Down To Earth


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Noonan a Weekend Warrior from Vancouver/Whistler

Date Reviewed: December 14, 2009

Strengths:    After 3 years, with little maintenance, only had a few things break while riding it hard on year 3 in Whistler.
I thought it was a decent climber, especially on technical bits.
Comfy ride


Weaknesses:    The MZ fork would bottom out when lifting it up a curb.
Seat post needed some constant attention.
Hayes were noisy and the rotors were always rubbing the pads.
Kenda tires would spin out on uphill gravel.
Shimano Alivio would bounce off the frame constantly on bumpy downhill.
Kids thought it was a dj.


Bottom Line:   
Did two years of city riding. Last year I had it up in Whistler, doing weekly laps of 'cut yer bars', 'river runs through it' and Lost lake trails. Even took it down 'Hey Bud' which turned out to be the last time I rode it :). Broken chain and a cracked crankset guard.
It did well on cut yer bars and river, though.
It definitely made me progress as a rider, and realize that I need to ride better stock.

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Favorite Trail:   A River runs through it

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $750.00

Purchased At:   John Henry

Similar Products Used:   Brodie Zigzag, Norco Bigfoot(new bike), 90's stumpjumper.

Bike Setup:   Factory. 18.5" 2006

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Luke a Downhiller from Sydney, Australia

Date Reviewed: December 8, 2009

Strengths:    Strong Frame, kenda nevegals, fork is good quality for the price, avids are some of the best quality ball bearing brakes

Weaknesses:    fork is annoying to adjust as allen keys are always needed, hubs and rims are terrible, the front rim bent on my second day of riding from a 3 metre drop to flat. gear changers are low-end and unreliable. Lack of hydraulic disk brakes. Original cranks were really really bad.

Bottom Line:   
Great beginners bike but some aspects need to be changed before any kind of serious riding can be done. Rims are bad quality but are good if you take it easy. If a few changes are made then this bike has real freeride hardtail potention. I would recommend the stock version for weekend warriors or am. riders

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   local bikeshop

Similar Products Used:   Norco Bigfoot
Giant STP1/2


Bike Setup:   2007 Norco Rival; recently added new Truvativ Hussefelt RG 2.2, new sun MTX 29 front rim, new DT Swiss Champion spokes and new Tuff DH front hub.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jye182 a Downhiller from Wollongong

Date Reviewed: September 3, 2009

Strengths:    $400 australian dollars of ebay..................takes drops easy, charger madd fun, light to mono on and jump and eshay

Weaknesses:    not the best forks. changes gears slow (on mine coz its stuffed lol) buckleable easily

Bottom Line:   
Great

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Favorite Trail:   Up Bush lad

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Ebay..EdmundRice

Similar Products Used:   Malvern star, giant brass, mongoose fireball

Bike Setup:   ???

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by norcorider95 a Weekend Warrior from London, united kingdom

Date Reviewed: July 16, 2009

Strengths:    this bike is almost flawless.
frame is mega strong, welds are good, geometery is sick,good componentry.


Weaknesses:    bit heavy.

Bottom Line:   
this is actually for the norco wolverine.
i dont think there is much point in spending an extra £100 for the rival. the wolverine has the same frame and the components are a bit different e.g stem and bars are unbranded so basically on the rival your paying for brand names not the part.
right half the people on this site dont know what there on about so basically, its strong good components and can be used for anything however whether you get wolverine or rival the forks and wheels need to be upgraded.but i was amazed when i could find dj's easy on it as well as freeride and shore.i love it.
if you can buy it!!

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Favorite Trail:   the lookout

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   winstanleysbikes.co.

Similar Products Used:   identiti dr jekyll/mr hyde. norco bigfoot/torrent/sasquatch.

Bike Setup:   norco wolverine 07. marzocchi sus, truvativ cranks, sun ringle, kenda kinetics.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ilija tchvorovich a Cross Country Rider from zagreb,croatia

Date Reviewed: September 15, 2008

Strengths:    very good,strong frame you can easily upgrade it to a great level on a summer sales...very comfortable,safe easy ridin bike,best bike for the$!!!!-marz.fork,truvativ crank hayes discs,sun rims,kenda tires for 750$!Get it while they have `em in the nearest shop!!Other manufacturers dont offer this compilation of quality parts for the $

Weaknesses:    hayes mx-2 disc brakes are not a quality product,alivio rear/shifters shift badly slow,xc crowd should run away from this bike:)

Bottom Line:   
I have my Norco for two and a half years now,and all I can say its the best bike for that price.No doubt about it!I use it for every day,every purpose riding,done 12500km on it since then,so i can say that this is one safe,comfortable and reliable bike.I changed hayes discs cause they have been producing unbelieveble noises no matter how much you try to set it up right,avid bb7 with 185mm rotors outperformes those hayes in every way!Same thing with shifting,i replaced alivio/acera with sram x7 group and the difference is huge,like you re riding with F1 gearbox.As I said,get this bike just for the frame,its heavy,beefy,but upgrade it and you ll get a great value freeride tractor!!Norco can i get some good discount on a new rampage :))))))

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $750.00

Purchased At:   markoprojekt

Bike Setup:   marz.Z1 130 mm,avid bb7,x7 shifting,amoeba cockpit,moto raptor rear kinetics front,other stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by MTB_Mike a Downhiller from UK

Date Reviewed: August 19, 2008

Strengths:    Great at Jumps
Lightweight and very , very strong !
Tyres and suspension make for Handling rough terrain
Reliable
Unbreakable!
I could go on , its perfect


Weaknesses:    The only problem ive had is a popped tyre !

Bottom Line:   
My Norco Rival (2007) is brilliant.

Everything you want for a tough , lightweight dirt jumper and all terrain mountain bike.

I would highly recommend this bike as it is great at everything and amazingly cheap (£399 from winstanleysbikes)

go for it!

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $745.00

Purchased At:   Winstanleys Bikes ,


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by felix_ure a Cross Country Rider from England

Date Reviewed: July 25, 2008

Strengths:    indestructable, light, good looking

Weaknesses:    AWFUL brakes, not gr8 pedals

Bottom Line:   
amazing for the money, i got the previous year's model and got about 30% off! great for dirt jumping & XC and a bit of trials, though a bit heavy for that.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   CyclesUK

Bike Setup:   stock + DMR V12 pedals + Spank white grips

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by poo bear a Weekend Warrior from Queensland Australia

Date Reviewed: July 10, 2008

Strengths:    Brakes(if looked after), strong frame, smooth gears
forks arent to bad.


Weaknesses:    seat area, rims, cranks, bb

Bottom Line:   
great bike all up, the seats uncomfortable but its great for trail riding not the best for downhill but other wise great bike.

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Favorite Trail:   it doesnt have a name

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $445.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   some black thing, bigfoot.

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by durdle16 a Weekend Warrior from Gander, Newfoundland, Canada

Date Reviewed: July 4, 2008

Strengths:    Cranks, frame is amazingly strong, need to upgrade forks.

Weaknesses:    Back rim is very weak, and fork is bad.


Bottom Line:   
Good bike just need to upgrade back rim, and forks.

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Favorite Trail:   Run way, Skate park, Gander bike park.

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   Blairs basement

Similar Products Used:   norco wolverine, kona scrap.

Bike Setup:   Bomber exr comps, kenda k-rad tires, hussefelt bars and stem, axium seat post, single gear convertion kit.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by taylor B a Downhiller from Prince George BC Canada

Date Reviewed: June 2, 2008

Strengths:    the bike i have has DJ Bombers for forks and i have never bottomed them out pule you can tighten them wiht a 3 size allen key

Weaknesses:    bent the front rim a bit still good enough to ride and the disk brakes i bent a bit ( hit a jump not big enough for the gap and landing and chased and got a cuncushion) and the brake cables need to be tighten after a bit

Bottom Line:   
this is a feaken awsome bike i love it and will have it for a long time and i would reconmend it to any kid that is a intermedit bikeer

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Favorite Trail:   $10 Wh0re bakkauke, and ditch pig

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   northern cycle

Similar Products Used:   the norco wolverien and the kona shred

Bike Setup:   i have it stock

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