Norco Bushpilot XC Hardtail

4.4/5 (15 Reviews)
MSRP : $505.00


Product Description

  • Double butted 6061 alloy frame
  • Suntour XCM w/lock-out 100mm travel
  • Shimano 24speed drivetrain w/ Alivio rear derailleur


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    Reviews 1 - 15 (15 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by mtber

    Date Reviewed: April 1, 2013

    Strengths:    good for downhill, strong bike, good tires

    Weaknesses:    brakes are loud but just rub them with sandpaper, needs new pedals down the road, seat isn't the comfiest

    Bottom Line:   
    over all this bike is awesome ive had it for just under a year and only had problems with the brakes but over all id recommend this bike to people

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by SupaLolCat a Weekend Warrior from Calgary, Alberta, Canada

    Date Reviewed: May 8, 2010

    Strengths:    Strong frame, great fork, good bike for everything.

    Weaknesses:    Brakes suck... That's like the only thing wrong with it.

    Bottom Line:   
    Great all-around bike for a beginner. I've only just bought this bike a few days ago, but I've already gone mountain biking, dirtjumping, racing, and some street tricks, and here are my ratings:

    Mountain Biking: Worked great, and didn't have any problems, it's not the best Mountain Bike, but it's good enough for me because I'm a beginner mountain biker. The fork worked well. ~4/5~

    Dirt Jumping: Me and my friend did some dirt jumping, and it worked extremely well for that. I got some big air, and the bike didn't have any problems at all. Again, the fork worked great for this. ~5/5~

    Racing: This would probably be the bikes weakness. I had a race against some friends, and it wasn't the best. It's quite fast, but don't buy it to race. The tires are to thick and the frame is to heavy. It is a mountain bike. ~3/5~

    Street Tricks: The bike works quite well for tricks, though the brakes were a problem for some tricks. Wheelies and bunnie-hops are easy and work well. Overall it's a good trick bike, but not great, get a BMX if you want to do some epic tricks. ~4/5~

    I would reccomend this bike to anyone that enjoys all types of riding, or hasn't decided what is there favorite style yet. It's a great bike for beginners, and with a price of $500, I'm happy about my purchase.

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    Favorite Trail:   Great for lots of trails.

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $500.00

    Purchased At:   CyclePath

    Similar Products Used:   None

    Bike Setup:   Stock 2009 Model

    Future Upgrades: New brakes.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Trillio a Downhiller from Edmonton, Alberta Canada

    Date Reviewed: November 17, 2009

    Strengths:    super tough bike, everything from brakes, tires/rims, frame, crank and pedals are industructable seems... Great for all skill levels and styles.

    Weaknesses:    Rear derailer gets beatin around allot, but same for any bike Ive found, needs a bit of repair and adjustment from time to time.

    Bottom Line:   
    Yea, like the other reviews say, this bike goes through stuff that other bikes would simply fall apart attempting. Good in all situations from street to crazy mountain fun and everything in between, I've even bunny hopped 2 foot curbs with ease. Cant tell how many times this bike suprised me by not breaking from bouncing down the side of a mountain next to me after a bail. All in all its a little tank, you cant hurt it, best hardtail I have ever owned, get one.

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    Favorite Trail:   all of Banff Alberta

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $550.00

    Purchased At:   Mountain Magic equip

    Similar Products Used:   mongoose, Ellsworth company bikes, and many department store bikes that last about a week lol

    Bike Setup:   Totally stock and luvvin it

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Steve the dog a Weekend Warrior from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

    Date Reviewed: April 30, 2009

    Strengths:    stong & sturdy frame, rims, everything. can take a good beating and still hold together.

    Weaknesses:    gears don't like life. I have to keep rapairing them. (I'm not working them hard too...I think)

    Bottom Line:   
    I've rode through rivers (fresh and sea) with water up to my waist, meaning that the bike was pritty much gone! Done good jumps on it with it still holding together, and exellent for a good cheap bike.
    other than the gears, awesome bike for roads as well as bush, coz I will do about 100kms on road each week. If your going to pay the same or less for something else...DON'T! save if needed and get your hands on a bike that IS really reliable and supported by the great brand, NORCO!
    P.S its this good and it is 2nd hand!

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    Favorite Trail:   muddy bush area right on a creek full of mangroves & riding 14km to school everyday.

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $182.00

    Purchased At:   small 2nd hand bike

    Similar Products Used:   nothing, I just watch how my mates bikes that are like this fall apart! (mongoose & GT)

    Bike Setup:   almost tank like

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by dendrite a Cross Country Rider from calgary

    Date Reviewed: August 7, 2008

    Strengths:    strong frame, breaks, shifter, tires.

    Weaknesses:    seat, petals (i find them a little flimsy) The fork is a tad soft but not bad.

    Bottom Line:   
    The bottom line is its a very good bike, i ride about 4 hours a day. I take it on rougher trails and it holds up well, i also do about 3 foot drops and i haven't had any issues with it. The fork is a bit soft i find, but i can never feel it bottom out when riding. The breaks are a little noisy but who cares they work great. This is an excellent bike for someone who likes screwing around on everything from rocks to single rail dirt tracks, it takes a beating but keeps going.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $550.00

    Purchased At:   bow cycle

    Similar Products Used:   forget the name of it (not a good bike)

    Bike Setup:   2008 bushpilot, totally stock

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by reid mcmorris a Weekend Warrior from Abbotsford B.c.

    Date Reviewed: November 13, 2007

    Strengths:    Good frame and discs

    Weaknesses:    seat,pedals forks

    Bottom Line:   
    It's great for anything you do. I know the frame isn't meant for it but i dj with it lol. I'd suggest for pretty much any type of riding except downhill

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    Favorite Trail:   Ledgeview

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $500.00

    Purchased At:   maple ridge cycle

    Similar Products Used:   norco katmandu,norco wolverine

    Bike Setup:   2006 bushpilot,marzocchi dj pros, platform pedals, dj seat

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Robert Godfrey from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

    Date Reviewed: October 1, 2007

    Strengths:    Mechanical Disk brakes, shifts well, comfortable ride, a good climber, strong frame

    Weaknesses:    front fork pretty soft

    Bottom Line:   
    I have had this bike for approx 1.5 months and have logged over 640km with it. I am a novice rider who rides on rail bed trail, city roads and moderate trails. The bike is comfortable and easy shifting in all aspects.
    It is a great entry level in this sport and I look forward to driving it a full season

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    Favorite Trail:   Beechville-Lakeside-Timberlea

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $510.00

    Purchased At:   Sportswheels

    Similar Products Used:   None

    Bike Setup:   stock 2007 model

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Bob a Weekend Warrior from St. John's, NL, Canada

    Date Reviewed: August 21, 2007

    Strengths:    Disk brakes and the shifters.

    Weaknesses:    fork....of course this could be due to my....ummmm....girth ;-)

    Bottom Line:   
    Being a total newbie...hadn't ridden a bike in about 18 years...I'm thrilled with my purchase. I use the bike for trail/fitness riding only so it suits my purposes.

    I'm a heavier rider (6', 250lbs) and I find that the front suspension is always a little compressed. Not sure if this is normal or not as this is my first bike. For my weight the brakes are fantastic and I've had no issues stopping at all. Also, the frame feels very well built and I've had no worries when I've tried going over rougher trails.

    Everything feels really solid when riding and gear shifts are really easier. I've learned to take a little pressure off peddling when making a gear change to avoid 'grinding'.

    The seat could be a little more comfortable and I may look to upgrade. I find that I experience a little numbness in my....seat area...after riding only 30-45 minutes.

    Overall...I think this is a fantastic bike for the beginner who wants to get into biking without spending a lot of loot. For my purposes it goes above and beyond....right now I can't see why I would want/need to upgrade.

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    Favorite Trail:   T'railway in Paradise, Mt. Pearl, St. John's

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $550.00

    Purchased At:   Bill's Cycle Shop

    Similar Products Used:   None....total noob.

    Bike Setup:   stock....2007 Bushpilot...silver...disk brakes.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Michael a Weekend Warrior from Australia

    Date Reviewed: October 9, 2006

    Strengths:    Reliable all rounder. Hasn't given me any issues other than the tektro brakes. Gear shifts are always easy and reliable.

    Weaknesses:    Brakes noisy and poor stopping power. Saddle not that comfortable for me.

    Bottom Line:   
    i'm very happy with this bike which I use for commuting and taking for rides with my 3 year old. For this purpose it works great. it's a good all rounder and has never given me any mechanical problems.

    I wasn't happy with the tektro v-brakes. They were noisy as hell and didn't stop me very well. I upgraded to AVid Single Digit 7's and they are like chalk and cheese.

    I also replaced the headstem and handlebars so the bike was configured more like a road bike than a mountain bike as I commute to work with it. Ideally I should have got a road bike, but i needed a mountain bike to get my child seat onto it.

    other than that it's a great bike for the money and i'm happy with it. REally, the only thing that needed to be done was perhaps change the brake pads and that would have been it.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $350.00

    Purchased At:   Cycle Science

    Similar Products Used:   none. my first bike in 15 years

    Bike Setup:   Norco Bushpilot 2004. Standard items : shimano alivio front derailleur, deore rear derailleur.
    Upgraded parts : Mongoose headstem, trans X straight handlebar, avid sd7 v brakes, GEAX Straight runner

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by heey heyHEY a Racer from HEY

    Date Reviewed: August 14, 2006

    Strengths:    THE BEST BIKE

    Weaknesses:    BEST BIKE

    Bottom Line:   
    BEST BIKE

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    Favorite Trail:   HEY

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $550.00

    Purchased At:   ?

    Similar Products Used:   BEST BIKE

    Bike Setup:   BEST BIKE

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by gogx a Weekend Warrior from croatia

    Date Reviewed: May 12, 2006

    Strengths:    I have model 2006.all round bike.

    Weaknesses:    rims

    Bottom Line:   
    For price you pay, great choice.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months


    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Paul a Weekend Warrior from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    Date Reviewed: January 29, 2006

    Strengths:    It's a fast bike, nice setup, decent climber, pretty decent for the class it's in.

    Weaknesses:    The saddle, can't seem to get it adjusted quite right, the brakes (but V-brakes are not great in general), pedals.

    Bottom Line:   
    A good basic bike, if you plan on doing some light to moderate trail use. Rode once on snow, and that was fine too. If you plan on doing extreme stuff, then pass, but you would pass on most bikes in this category.

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    Favorite Trail:   Albion Hills

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $200.00

    Purchased At:   Direct from Norco after end of season

    Similar Products Used:   Tested Trek 4300

    Bike Setup:   Stock for now, will probably replace the saddle and pedals in the near future. Might eventually swap the brakes for mechanical disc, the bosses are there.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Mike a Cross Country Rider from London, Ontario, Canada

    Date Reviewed: January 29, 2006

    Strengths:    -seat and grips
    -light enough
    -brakes good WHEN DRY
    -strong rims
    -disc compatible


    Weaknesses:    -Brakes useless when wet or muddy(almost all v-brakes are)
    -pedals
    -fork is absolute garbage


    Bottom Line:   
    Its a great bike but can ONLY be used for cross country. This bike will snap if you abuse it. The breaks are decent if you bike in dry areas. Replace the pedals with platforms or something because the stock ones have no grip at all.

    dont let the beefy frame fool you this is no dirtjump or freeride bike

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $500.00

    Purchased At:   To Wheels

    Similar Products Used:   trek 4500

    Bike Setup:   stock except for dmr V8 pedals.
    future upgrades: avid bb5, sun singletrack wheelset

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by j a Weekend Warrior from tor

    Date Reviewed: May 16, 2004

    Strengths:    seat is very comfortable, frame is strong, and amazing brakes, (very good for not- disc brakes), grips are also goood, good headset=good control which this bike has, nice onroad

    Weaknesses:    frame is hevy, stock pedals suck, sr suntour fork is really, really, really bad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Bottom Line:   
    This bike is great for most trails except for really technical rock sections, good climber and dowbhill bike,this bike is okay at urban. This bike is for the beginner mountain biker who is on a budget and wants to experience every part of the great sport!!!

    This price i put is in canadian dollars






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    Favorite Trail:   southern ontario trails

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $700.00

    Purchased At:   cyclepath

    Similar Products Used:   demoed a kona shred

    Bike Setup:   stock except for wellgo pedals

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Jeremy a Weekend Warrior from canada

    Date Reviewed: March 29, 2004

    Strengths:    The Norco Bushpilot is a really tough bike. The breaks are really nice.

    Weaknesses:    The frame is a little heavy for it size, and the pedals are bad.

    Bottom Line:   
    This bike is another great do-it-all bike that doesn't excel in one aspect, but excels in all. It is too heavy to race, but it can do xc well. It can jump really well. Downhilling, it is one of the best hardtails for that. If you don't really have one specialty in biking, you should check out this bike, it can do everything!

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Purchased At:   Cyclepath

    Bike Setup:   new downhill-like spiked pedals, but otherwise stock.

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