Norco Katmandu XC Hardtail

3.26/5 (58 Reviews)
MSRP : $635.00


Product Description

Norco’s BC Trail series bikes are designed and tested on British Columbia’s rugged, demanding trails, so they are a solid option for anyone who needs a tough, capable mountain bike. Featuring a super stiff pedaling platform for climbing and lots of confidence on the descents, the BC Trail series has everything you need to take your trail riding to the next level – without the next level price tag.


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Verbeterin

Date Reviewed: February 17, 2013

Strengths:    Solid Bike, good resistance to weather of all sorts.
stock tires have great traction.
adjustable suspension is a perfect streetable and light trails range.


Weaknesses:    rims have to be constantly trued due.
moderatly heavy bike.


Bottom Line:   
I took this bike through a year of alberta riding.
That included hard trail rides, fast and hard city riding, winter riding, and being picked up and thrown off of a train on a regular basis. Great bike for the money.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Eric

Date Reviewed: January 28, 2013

Strengths:    Very nice bike. Went anywhere I want it to go, did anything I want to do

Weaknesses:    Whenever I start riding it, it's in the shops every 2-3 weeks, for ether the brakes, gear selector cables, the gear selectors on the handlebars, the gear selectors on the sprockets, or to have the cables properly tentioned. I had no idea a bike could be this unreliable!

Bottom Line:   
Fun bike to ride, but way to unreliable.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Anders Chippindale a Downhiller

Date Reviewed: May 16, 2012

Strengths:    bike can take anything you throw at it, i did everything from 20-30 mile XC rides to downhill and freeride, i hucked this bike off of drops, big jumps, and then raised the seat and rode back up to do it again. this bike went way above and beyond my expectations and still does every time i ride it.

Weaknesses:    cable rub, and the chain squeeks, nothing else!

Bottom Line:   
this bike is great, it is such good quality, i am so surprised it has been so good!

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Favorite Trail:   boyscout

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   gearhead bicycles

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by goboboyful a Weekend Warrior from canada,QC

Date Reviewed: March 26, 2012

Strengths:    il y a un fort cadre tres resistant, les freins.

Weaknesses:    le derailleur est a changer car il (kink) quand il y a un petit désajustement.

Bottom Line:   
j'aime bien ce velo pour faire de la trail il va tres bien mais peut etre mettre un drailleur custom dessus car ce serait dommage de gaspiller la durabilité de ce cadre j'aime bien ce vélo il est bon pour ceux qui commence.

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Favorite Trail:   st-colomban

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $550.00

Purchased At:   cyclosphere


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by madebahr a Weekend Warrior from Vic, Australia

Date Reviewed: November 18, 2011

Strengths:    Strong frame, good brakes, and Awesome tires, (good grip and only got one flat in the whole 2 years of riding!)

Weaknesses:    Norco saved money by replacing metal with plastic, resulting in problems with headset, forks, de-railer, de-railer brackets, peddles. The bike is also very heavy!

Bottom Line:   
The Norco Katmandu could be a great bike if the company had bothered with fitting the bike with quality parts, instead of fitting it with flimsy plastic parts that break too easy! The Norco Wolverine is the better choice than the Norco Katmandu!

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Favorite Trail:   Winch line

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   Moe Bike Hub

Similar Products Used:   Norco Wolverine

Bike Setup:   Replaced the headset, peddles, de-railer and got a custom de-railer bracket

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Flippy1993 a Weekend Warrior from Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: September 25, 2011

Strengths:    -huge frame that is unbreakable!
-huge tires


Weaknesses:    - relatively cheap parts
- bit heavy (due to su


Bottom Line:   
This was my first real mountain bike. I bought it 2 years ago brand new and beat it every day in the summer on moderate trails and especially on weekends on hard trails. The bike is a bit on the heavier side so jumps are out of the questions but its fantastic for downhill/trail riding. I found the gear ratio to be very good and switching gears was always smooth

However, falling on this bike is bad news for everyone. I fell once (not very hard) and the read tire bent. Next time I fell, the front tire bent. I was a bit dissapointed since the tires are heavy-duty and shouldn't have bent that easily. I spent $100/tire to get new ones

So, is it a hard core mountain bike? NO, but its great for the cost. Its not a $2000 mountain bike that will survive a 10ft drop but its good enough for 5ft drops and good hard riding.

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Favorite Trail:   Hydrocut-Frankenstein

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $550.00

Purchased At:   Ski 'N' Cycle Hut

Bike Setup:   All stock

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by disappointed dad a Weekend Warrior from Dauphin, MB

Date Reviewed: July 28, 2011

Strengths:    Not sure, spend most time in repair shop. It's my 12 year old kid riding; in town and mild hills.

Weaknesses:    Weak parts; just fixed rear derailleur; 2 days later front derailleur broke. Month ago fixed pedal spindle.

Bottom Line:   
Very poor quality parts; easily broken by young kid. Frustrating bike.

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Favorite Trail:   none

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $400.00

Similar Products Used:   I have 25 year-old TREK 7000 that has never had this much down time.


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by duckman902 a Cross Country Rider from halifax

Date Reviewed: April 14, 2011

Strengths:    well considering i bought just the frame and ive rebuilt from the ground up it dont run bad
im still driving it but not on rough trails id have to have better forks then jetts


Weaknesses:    well other then the forks and the frame being a size 14 or 15 inch frame and im 6'2 i havent found anything wrong with it yet mind ya i have had way better

Bottom Line:   
well cant say how good it is from the store but as for the frame that seems strong so far great around the city

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Favorite Trail:   anything that dont have pavement

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   the local cracker ja

Similar Products Used:   gt agressor khs alite 300 fully redone to my specs kona lavadome race light my new bike giant warp ds1 redone to my specs ironhorse worrier comp norco nx1000,screamer,bush pilot,bigfoot specialized hardrock old skool with u brakes underneath and suntour parts kona stuff being built

Bike Setup:   old rapidfire shifters 7speed wolber at20 rims french made with deore hubs not sure of model of them deore crankarms with 2 oval biopace chain rings bottom bracket mount front axera derailer rock shox jett forks bottom half of the

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Callum a Weekend Warrior from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Date Reviewed: September 20, 2010

Strengths:    sturdy frame, good geometry for all round riding

Weaknesses:    parts it comes with. have almost replaced every aspect of the bike aside from front wheel

Bottom Line:   
not a bad bike to begin with, but if you look to doing anything more than riding now or then, i suggest you either need to be willing to fork out alot in upgrades or look for a more upmarket model

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $450.00

Bike Setup:   dirtjam comp forks, truvative seatpost, holzfeller cranks, deore front derailleur, shaddow slx rear derailleur, deity stem, funn fatboy bars

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by plichhayy a Weekend Warrior from Canada, Nova Scotia

Date Reviewed: September 8, 2010

Strengths:    just really started using the bike hard, i changed the crank..forks..handlebars..rims and tires and the back durailler..also upgraded the hubs

Weaknesses:    i found the xct suntour front suspension to be a bit lacking..and also the angle in wich the frame seams to be weird, and the seat will refuse to stay tight haha , but other than that overal i find the bike great, and im using it for seriouse dirt jumpin...but i also have landings for all my gaps jumps and drops so when you land right you can jump any bike pretty much as big as you want, i find the handling extremely well and the bike is very easy to get use to.

Bottom Line:   
nice bike for the price, can usually pick up a second hand one from between 2-300 and build yourself quite the nice little bike if your into them things, and for the bike you build i think i spent all together 450 on mine and i find it amazing werks perfecnt and i put it threw its paces for sure, so far so good , i would recommend if your willing to chance a couple components

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Favorite Trail:   lots

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   kijiji.ca

Similar Products Used:   norco wolverine

Bike Setup:   dirtjumper.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Phlipp a Weekend Warrior from Gatineau,Canada

Date Reviewed: August 24, 2010

Strengths:    good looking and strong frame,brakes are great,good tires for the woods. Very good price

Weaknesses:    Derailleur, plastic pedals and fork have to be upgraded

Bottom Line:   
Good bike for the woods and easy dirt jump.I recommend to change pedals and derailleur(mine broke after 3 weeks)and fork .

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Favorite Trail:   Don't have one

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Costa Sports

Bike Setup:   07 Katmandu with kona pedals,shimano deore derailleur

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by lavergnn a Weekend Warrior from peaceriver

Date Reviewed: July 14, 2010

Strengths:    everything but the gears

Weaknesses:    gears got screwed up first day I rode it

Bottom Line:   

buy its a good bike just get different derailer and gears and a fork with more travel would be nice its light at 34lbs =) also get stronger rims if you want to go off BIG drops other than that its an awsome bike =)

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Favorite Trail:   N/A

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   waterworks

Similar Products Used:   N/A

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dirtbikekid1995 a Weekend Warrior from Port McNeill vancouver island B.C. Canada

Date Reviewed: July 10, 2010

Strengths:    Every thing but plastic peddels

Weaknesses:    Plastic peddels

Bottom Line:   
I love it ...... Light weight , strong, fast, durable, well balenced and smooth to ride.

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Favorite Trail:   Blue waffle ass suker self pwned cunt blackdimond

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $540.00

Purchased At:   The Bike Shed

Similar Products Used:   Norco wolverine

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bikedad a Weekend Warrior from belleville,ont canada

Date Reviewed: July 8, 2010

Strengths:    rims & frame

Weaknesses:    pedals

Bottom Line:   
This is a good bike if you set it up right when i first got it i changed it all its now all upgraded.

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Favorite Trail:   blue mountain

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   friend

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   Upgraded everything i'm using 08 bombers

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by L.JOJ a Cross Country Rider from Elmvale

Date Reviewed: March 28, 2010

Strengths:    Frame, components.

Weaknesses:    Weight, Size.

Bottom Line:   
Decent bike, hasn't failed me so far.

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Favorite Trail:   Hardwood hills

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   Bikeland

Similar Products Used:   Kona Stuff

Bike Setup:   Norco Katmandu frame, 100mm Dart 2 forks, Shimano XT rear derailer, Shimano alivio front derailer, Stock Gary Fisher handle bars, Tioga 2.3 tires, Bontrager seat, Disc brakes.

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