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Norco Kokanee XC Hardtail

3.83/5 (6 Reviews)
MSRP : $590.00

Product Description

  • Double butted 6061 alloy frame
  • SR Suntour XCR-LO w/lock-out 100mm travel
  • Shimano 27 speed drivetrain w/ Deore rear derailleur

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    Reviews 1 - 6 (6 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by savagejones a Cross Country Rider from Bay Area, CA

    Date Reviewed: September 12, 2011

    Strengths:    -Good entry-level XC components
    -Lockout fork
    -Looks great

    Weaknesses:    -Noisy brakes

    Bottom Line:   
    This bike worked out great for me. It was my first mountain bike and it turns out I like to ride cross country more than anything, but this bike also handles the tougher stuff surprisingly well*. I love the lockout on the forks and although the disc brakes are noisy, they work fine. Shifters still work very smoothly and have great range. Although only 1.95 inch, the Kenda tires grip pretty well (only fallen twice!). Plus the stock saddle was surprisingly comfy. Overall I'd definitely recommend the 2011 model to someone looking for a quality entry-level XC hardtail.

    (*sidenote I weigh 130 so that may be a factor)

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $590.00

    Purchased At:   Gearhead

    Bike Setup:   stock

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by billy a Weekend Warrior from Vancouver British Columbia Canada

    Date Reviewed: May 21, 2010

    Strengths:    light
    good smooth shifts
    easy turning
    adjustable shocks

    Weaknesses:    price
    quick release tires

    Bottom Line:   
    I've only had this bike for a day but it's even better than my dad's $1000 bike

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by John K a Weekend Warrior from Windsor, Ontario, Canada

    Date Reviewed: August 5, 2008

    Strengths:    Good entry level MTB with decent quality components, great for non-competitive trail riding and short commuting. The frame appears fairly sturdy and does not creak or groan after the first 3 months of wear and tear. I like the mechanical disks and Rock Shox. Gear range gives impressive hill climbing leverage. The aggressive tires only lost traction once: on a slow and steep, muddy hill climb. WTB rims stayed true after a very nasty trail riding accident that would have easily trashed anything of lesser quality.

    Weaknesses:    I love my new ride but it is wanting in certain areas: The seat (Velo) is uncomfortable, but that is not unusual and I'm shopping for a replacement. The headset was loose on delivery, and again after about 400km ...LBS adjusted both times. The rear disk developed an annoying sqeak after about 200km ...LBS adjusted and problem appears to be gone. The Shimano center-lock hubs are decent quality, but do not allow easy upgrade to better brakes (Avid.) The frame geometry does not leave much room to mount a heavy duty lock, a necessity for this attractive bike. The Hutchinson Rock tires are great off-road, but definately not high speed pavement burners. QR hubs may be handy, but I have no need for them and their failure potential leaves me a little uneasy.

    Bottom Line:   
    Influenced partly by the price of gas, this is my first bike purchase in 30 years(!) I'm happy with my choice, a 2008 model Norco Kokanee. It's a fun bike for a beginner trail rider like myself. 75% of my riding is on pavement, but I wouldn't recommend this for long commutes since it is noticeably difficult to maintain road speeds above 23 km/h for any duration. Many of the weaknesses I listed above are not brand or model specific and should not detract from an otherwise excellent product. Obviously I do not have alot of experience riding other brands or models and can't offer any valid comparisons, but the quality in this product is quite evident and will stand up to rudimentary examination. An educated LBS should be able to explain the pros and cons of each component. Also due to the minor problems encountered, I would recommend purchasing from a reputable LBS who will stand behind and service the product. A break-in period service call is also recommended for the same reason.

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    Favorite Trail:   Malden Park, Brunet Park

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $670.00

    Purchased At:   Bicycle World

    Similar Products Used:   last bike was a late 70's vintage "10-speed" dept. store road bike (used in MTB fashion!)

    Bike Setup:   stock

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Trent John a Cross Country Rider from Montreal

    Date Reviewed: June 13, 2006

    Strengths:    Good, nice looking quality alluminium frame. Rims are ok.

    Weaknesses:    The fork (SR Suntour XCP) is weak for heavy and aggressive riders. Hayes MX2 is a noisy and not reliable on high speeds. Saddle sucks. Rear hub was finished after a year.

    Bottom Line:   
    If you're shopping for a bike and you're on a tight budget, it's a right choice. All depending on the kind of rider you are. If you're like me and performance is your goal, you'll need to upgrade this bike. So do your math. What's better, just get the frame and buy parts or ride this bike and upgrade it slowly?

    Have to say that this is first and last norco bike I ever buy. I've looked at their high end bikes and even those need to be upgraded.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $570.00

    Purchased At:   Eddy's

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Jamie Stone a Weekend Warrior from Delta, bc, Canada

    Date Reviewed: October 14, 2005

    Strengths:    Brakes, Rims, Seat, Shifters, Gears, Frame

    Weaknesses:    Forks, Cranks, Bottom Bracket, Handlebars

    Bottom Line:   
    Its a good bike for a cross country rider, but for someone who likes jumps, I sugest geting new forks. The cranks and bottom bracket get stripped easily, so you have to carry around an allen key when you ride. Overall it is a good bike, with a few flaws, but that can be worked out.

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    Favorite Trail:   Watershed

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $500.00

    Purchased At:   Caps

    Similar Products Used:   none

    Bike Setup:   Shop

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Mitch a Cross Country Rider from Sooke B.C. Canada (broomhill land)

    Date Reviewed: April 18, 2004

    Strengths:    Frame, components, shifting, brakes and tires

    Weaknesses:    It has v brakes but they're strong so it doesnt matter, tubes pop nicely, seat keeeps coming undone even after I tightned it. I also disliked the tire treads

    Bottom Line:   
    Nice bike, could use disc brakes but what bike couldn't the seat was lame as hell. I liked the smoothness of it's ride but I like burly bikes. If you like soft doubletracks this bike is for you but it's not a terribly good drop/jump bike.

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    Favorite Trail:   Coaster

    Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

    Purchased At:   Friend owns it i just tested it

    Similar Products Used:   Norco Wolverine, Norco Katmandu, Gary FIsher Tasajura, Giant Yukon, Miele dont know

    Bike Setup:   Shop

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