Norco Mountaineer XC Hardtail

3.48/5 (27 Reviews)
MSRP : $405.00


Product Description

  • 7005 Series alloy frame
  • Suntour XCT 80mm fork
  • Tektro mechanical disc brakes
  • Shimano 21speed drivetrain


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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Duuchowski a Cross Country Rider from Edmonton, Alberta

    Date Reviewed: July 9, 2011

    Strengths:    I like the way it rides, a little more weight and resistance then I would have perferred but altogether a much better experience then my previous Costco junker. Person who sold it to me only rode it a handful of times, almost brand new. Faster riding position if you put your seat in line with handle bars, more weight is focused on the handle bars, front wheel then back or middle. Gear shifting is pretty clean, all gears are in working order, does well with daily 20-30 km commutes on city and moderate to light trail.

    Weaknesses:    Cheap kickstand could be broken off with bare hands, a kicking impact made a spoke break, frame slightly skewed so back tire will hit frame if not properly adjusted. Will try to upgrade cheaper pedals for a smarter look and handlebars to ease blisters, looking for faster tires but ones provided are pretty okay, sometimes slips in wet weather, a bit of a clunker down and uphill compared to a friends more expensive cross cycle, but price for me was right.

    Bottom Line:   
    I would suggest you invest in this bike if you find it used (at a discount) because it seems to be a well put together bike, but weight and some cheaper parts + overall style would've had me look over it if I was shopping for a new one. It is a good beginner bike because it is light enough that will not tear you apart on steeps or inclines, and responds to flat pavement with speed pretty well, and is realistically durable, but it looses speed on downhills compared to more expensive bikes (700-1000 CA new range). I would not say that this bike offers maximum performance at the 455 price, I would personally save extra money for a better, more professional one if I was looking to spend more then 200 dollars on a bike. However, it does not stand out as something to be stolen, I leave it locked up in the city outside overnight and it hasn't been a problem.

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    Favorite Trail:   Whitemud Park/Edmonton River Valley

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $190.00

    Purchased At:   Through a coworker/E

    Similar Products Used:   Infinity mountain bike

    Bike Setup:   No kickstand, bell(smaller one needed) or racks, the rest is stock

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by DustBuster92 a Cross Country Rider from canada

    Date Reviewed: February 18, 2011

    Strengths:    Everything from the shifters to the frame! as long as you keep everything lubed, clean and taken care of nothing will go wrong :D nothings gone wrong with mine and i ride AM/XC on it and it takes everything! its a strong reliable bike and if its taken care of it will stay like that! :D

    Weaknesses:    nothing!!

    Bottom Line:   
    Its an amazing bike and im lucky to have gotten it for $50.00!
    i recommend it to anyone who likes to ride light freeride and/or cross country and to anybody who knows how to take care of a bike. its not just for begginers but anybody from experienced riders to anyone whos just starting

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    Favorite Trail:   locals

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $50.00

    Purchased At:   from a buddy

    Similar Products Used:   none.. did use a 1995 kona sex one for a while though haha

    Bike Setup:   Frame Norco Mountaineer rockshox judy tt fork 6" kenda tires kalloy bars axiom stem 616 sun rims inner cartridge headset kona v brakes yeti grips kmc chain axiom seatpost shwiinn xc/am seat shimano derailurs

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by wunderkind a Weekend Warrior from BC, Canada

    Date Reviewed: August 11, 2009

    Strengths:    Solid Aluminium frame. Good brakes. Stock tires are quite decent for day to day usage. Good saddle, once your butt gets used to it.

    Weaknesses:    42t for the large chainring is not meant for cruising on the road. Can only carry one water bottle bracket at a time.

    Bottom Line:   
    I use this bike for commuting and weekend rides. It is quite good for what it is once I swap out the knobby tires for faster rolling Kenda Kwest slicks. But now I have to compromise on the rougher terrain. I am disappointed with the rear derailleur. Norco should've put in better unit instead of the Tourney. But it works I suppose. The frame is strong. feels solid.
    I don't know if the adjusable shocks is needed. It has no lockout feature. Overall it's a good entry level mtb with road riding capability (once you swap out the chainrings!) Disc brakes ensure reliable stopping performance in the wet.

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    Favorite Trail:   Commute

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $400.00

    Purchased At:   Caps

    Similar Products Used:   Trek 3xxx series. Devinci, Gary Fisher etc.

    Bike Setup:   Mostly stock. But swapped out the chainrings for faster gearing. Installed bar ends and rear rack.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by steve a Weekend Warrior from windsor ontario canada

    Date Reviewed: July 2, 2009

    Strengths:    Strong rigid aluminum frame, reasonable entry level price, especially with two wheel mechanical disc brakes

    Weaknesses:    Plastic pedals and garbage Shimano Tourney rear derailleur.

    Bottom Line:   
    I like the fit and comfort of the bike. I might swap out the seat, but it's good enough for now. I wanted to upgrade the pedals and the rear derailleur right away. The seat can wait. Good price for a bike with 2 wheel disc brakes. I'm happy so far, even though I haven't had it long. I like the versatility of being able to do some light offroading because it gives me a better workout. When I want speed, I still have my Gary Fisher Wingra for the street. Good entry level bike for the money, I would definitely upgrade the Tourney derailleur right away. The bike is fully upgradable when things break down. I'm happy so far with my purchase. I recommend for people looking for an entry level mountain bike at an affordable price. If it gets wrecked, no big deal. Just upgrade the derailleur and pedals for sure.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $387.00

    Purchased At:   courtesy

    Similar Products Used:   Gary Fisher Wingra

    Bike Setup:   Everything is stock except at time of sale I upgraded to a Shimano Olivio rear derailleur and metal pedals thrown in for $450 Canadian ($387 US as of today) out the door.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by jbr a Cross Country Rider from Stettler, AB

    Date Reviewed: June 2, 2009

    Strengths:    Value for money
    Rolls well on cheap stock tires
    Plenty of space in frame
    Shock works well (2005 Mountaineer)
    More rust-resistant than my past few bicycles
    Hard seat, but not bad for padding by new bike standards


    Weaknesses:    Cheap tires that ship with the bike were patched 20x in first year
    Shimano Tourney shifts badly & is clunky
    Top gear is too low for quick cruising on level ground
    Gear indicator windows are crazing and internal plastic parts have failed once
    Doesn't do well with little maintenance...I had to get the entire bottom end redone...a clunk you can feel is a bad clunk


    Bottom Line:   
    I have had my money's worth out of this bike, even after getting it overhauled. It's a great bike to start with and is a great street rider. Off-road, I think it would be a little light for stump jumping and falls. On road, it will go comfortably where cheaper bikes go to fall apart. Overall, despite the bad spots, I have found this bike to be a great all-weather commuter, and will probably go with another Norco in 20 years, when this one dies (could be 30, because the frame looks strong. The Tourney's plastic gears, however, don't.)

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    Favorite Trail:   River Valley trails-Edmonton, AB

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $388.00

    Purchased At:   Cap's Cycles

    Similar Products Used:   Supercycles mostly, but they aren't really similar at all. A Norco hybrid that ended it's life with a broken frame and bent wheels, but made a few 500+ km bike trips.

    Bike Setup:   Stock handlebars, Shimano Tourney rear derailleur, Shimano front suspension, Shimano gearchange and crank.

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Dmitri Lebedev a Cross Country Rider from Novosibirsk, Russia

    Date Reviewed: October 5, 2008

    Strengths:    Convenient saddle;
    stiff rims;
    good simple frame


    Weaknesses:    Heavyness;
    very stiff front fork with very short travel (60 mm);
    rear Shimano Tourney derailleur


    Bottom Line:   
    Not bad, but not the best for it's price.

    The rear derailleur is the weakest point of the bike. It never worked perfectly, and even when the tubes and wires were renewed, and the derailleur set up properly, I had problems with gear switching after 2-4 hours of riding.

    Tourney is the bottom product among Shimano derailleurs. Why did they install it? I guess, to compensate the cost of the front disc brake. (As I see, disc brakes on not-top bikes are installed at the cost of other parts - derailleurs and hubs)

    The second most irritating thing was its front fork. It is too stiff for trail ride in the countryside. After riding 1 hour at 30 km/h on a gravel road, my wrists and especially fingers hurt a lot.

    All the other parts, including front derailleur, worked well. The saddle is quite soft and doesn't distract from pedaling, though seat tube isn't long enough for me (I'm 173 cm tall, the frame is 17" size). The frame is simple, not large, with slots for 2 bottle cages. My one has a distinctive chameleon-orange colour. Now my mother rides it.

    To sum up, this is a reasonable bike, not bad, but for this price you can find a more balanced configuration - a bike like Merida TFS 100, or Avalanche 3.0, without a fancy disc brake, but with a better derailleur and softer fork.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $370.00

    Purchased At:   trial-sport.ru

    Similar Products Used:   Merida TFS 100

    Bike Setup:   7-speed Shimano Tourney rear, Alivio front deraileur, rear V-brake, front disc brake. Combo shifters.

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by grantweckert a Weekend Warrior from Orange, Australia

    Date Reviewed: September 18, 2008

    Weaknesses:    fragile axles

    Bottom Line:   
    Bought this bike for riding to work - 7km each way, all on sealed roads.
    Was quite happy with it until I started to pedal through an intersection and the rear wheel was rubbing on the frame.
    Somehow, riding only on roads, the rear axle managed to bend - shop refused to fix under warranty, apparently Norco don't cover it.
    Hate to think how long this bike would last if I ever took it off road.

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months


    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Grant a Weekend Warrior from Orange, Australia

    Date Reviewed: September 18, 2008

    Weaknesses:    fragile axles

    Bottom Line:   
    Bought this bike for riding to work - 7km each way, all on sealed roads.
    Was quite happy with it until I started to pedal through an intersection and the rear wheel was rubbing on the frame.
    Somehow, riding only on roads, the rear axle managed to bend - shop refused to fix under warranty, apparently Norco don't cover it.
    Hate to think how long this bike would last if I ever took it off road.

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months


    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Chris a Weekend Warrior from Port Moody, BC, Canada

    Date Reviewed: May 6, 2008

    Strengths:    Great value, components are generally good quality, front disc brakes, 600mm travel of front fork, easy to climb hills with and easy to portage (carry).

    Weaknesses:    Cheap plastic pedals (however, they don't gouge your shins when your feet slip!). I usually need to patch the tubes every few rides - maybe I'm too hard on it? Seatpost bracket which clamps to the seat is made of cheap metal. It often bent and the seat became loose. I eventually sheared it off after a half year.

    Bottom Line:   
    Great bike. Great price. I'm looking to upgrade to a full-suspension cross country bike and will hang on to the Mountaineer.

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    Favorite Trail:   Ridge Park

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $400.00

    Purchased At:   Cap's

    Similar Products Used:   Norco Katmanudu, Raleigh Rocky

    Bike Setup:   Stock with the exception of an aluminum seat post with a cast seat clamp.

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by JASh Mcneill a Weekend Warrior from Bud Land!!!

    Date Reviewed: February 27, 2008

    Strengths:    I like how it rides and the frame design.

    Weaknesses:    All of the components suck.

    Bottom Line:   
    It is a well designed bike. But the components could be better. It's pretty light so it's good for hills. The shocks have just about no travel. I would reccomend it if yiu were low on cash. But that's about it.

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    Favorite Trail:   THE trail (wich is in bud land)

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $325.00

    Purchased At:   Sport wheels

    Similar Products Used:   Norco Pinnacle
    Norco wolverine


    Bike Setup:   All stock

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by john szendrey from canada

    Date Reviewed: February 7, 2008

    Strengths:    strong frame, aceptable breaks, tires are good for a while
    good for road biking and for just starting single track


    Weaknesses:    really bad pettals, break easily, requires maintince everynow and then. really heavy 32 lbs

    Bottom Line:   
    when it comes to mountain biking, u get what you pay for. I am 15 and so when i first started biking i couldent afford better. If you can get better, great do so ull find biking better. If this is your price range this is a great bike for its price.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Bike Setup:   stock- changed the tires though for better traction

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Colin H a Weekend Warrior from Calgary

    Date Reviewed: November 18, 2007

    Strengths:    Frame

    Weaknesses:    Fork-needs more travel

    Bottom Line:   
    Great bike for a begginer. Despite the fact it's more of a cross-country bike it can handle 3' drops with out much trouble. If you mainly do recreational cross-country this is the bike for you. If you freeride or do downhill, or even do big drops this isn't what you want.

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    Favorite Trail:   CBC Trail

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $300.00

    Purchased At:   Don't Remember

    Similar Products Used:   Other similar priced bikes

    Bike Setup:   Standard

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Douglas Graham a Cross Country Rider from Kingston Ontario

    Date Reviewed: October 31, 2007

    Strengths:    Great value!!!

    Weaknesses:    Cheap pedals broke 'em in no time.

    Chain tends to come off derailer at bad times even when professionally adjusted.


    Bottom Line:   
    This bike is great value for the price I've done everything with it from 100k treks to technical trails and most of my friends have MUCH more expensive bikes.

    I notice another poster mentioned it has little rolling resistance... I swear everyone who has tried this bike says the same thing!!!It's better than any bike I ever tried SERIOUSLY!! (does anyone know why this is?)

    If you want a cheap bike and can't stand used ones go for it I have no regrets.

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    Favorite Trail:   That's a secret

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $350.00

    Purchased At:   Can't remember the name

    Similar Products Used:   Lot's of cheap bikes and a few nice ones my bro's got a Kona Dawg.

    Bike Setup:   Stock with smarties from (Crank Bro's)

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Lukas a Downhiller from abbotsford, BC, canada

    Date Reviewed: July 15, 2007

    Strengths:    Good for XC and its really light

    Weaknesses:    Components then the frame cracked.

    Bottom Line:   
    this bike is good for XC and for finding you style in MTBing, it is alright... but you get what you pay for, is

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    Favorite Trail:   Ledgview or Timekiller

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $444.00

    Purchased At:   bike shop(it sucks)

    Similar Products Used:   norco scrambler, norco katmandu

    Bike Setup:   after market derailer an pedals

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by ryan a Weekend Warrior from ontario

    Date Reviewed: August 30, 2006

    Strengths:    good durable frame, nice handling

    Weaknesses:    needs better forks

    Bottom Line:   
    good bike, its worth the money ok parts its good if you just do basic trail riding but if you do heavier stuff you can all ways put tougher forks on because its worth it because it has a pretty good frame.

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    Favorite Trail:   trail riding

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $275.00

    Purchased At:   bike store

    Similar Products Used:   haro,trek


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