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Norco Nitro XC Hardtail

4.43/5 (7 Reviews)
Weight : 29.95 lbs MSRP : $1300.00

Product Description

  • Custom Hydroformed double butted 6061 alloy frame
  • Shimano 27speed drivetrain w/ XT rear derailleur
  • Rockshox Recon Gold TK 100mm travel

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Reviews 1 - 7 (7 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Christian Parker

Date Reviewed: October 22, 2012

Strengths:    This is a really well spec'd bike for the money and am yet to find a fault. Dual air Reba RL is really good and will easily cope with the expectations of any hardtail enthusiast and gives a good level of adjustment.Sram X9 rear mech is a really nice bit of kit and along with the rest of the gearing is super smooth and reliable.In general i would have to say that this bike will do everything you ask of it as well as any hardtail in this price range or maybe even more expensive models!

Weaknesses:    Honestly cant find any although am personally not sold on the elixir 5 brake set up but my personal taste should'nt put anyone off this impressive machine.

Bottom Line:   
An awesome machine at an affordable price.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Nate Dawg from ACT, Australia

Date Reviewed: May 7, 2008

Strengths:    great all rounder. capable of riding rough trails while still being quite light

Weaknesses:    lack of external fork tuning (only has travel and rebound)

Bottom Line:   
the fork has a travel range of 85mm to 130mm which really has the power to transform the bike. you could easily slim it down to make a xc racer or beef it up for some rough all mountain action; or you can find a happy medium between the two.
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Favorite Trail:   mt. stromlo

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   drift bike style

Bike Setup:   pretty much stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by chase a Weekend Warrior from morgantown, wv

Date Reviewed: May 3, 2007

Strengths:    strong, and i got it CHEAP

Weaknesses:    no rear disc mount (i know it's just a sin these days, lol)

Bottom Line:   
this is a review of the old school nitro xc, believe it was made from reynolds 853? i built this bike before the all-mountain craze got big on the market. it climbs well for having an x-vert on it, AND it bombs downhill like a champ. great strong, economical frame. doesn't punish you like some of those stiff aluminum frames out there. oh, and did i mention it's strong??

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Favorite Trail:   anything with a good mix

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $43.00

Purchased At:   eugene bicycle works

Similar Products Used:   cannondale m1000, other random steel hardtails

Bike Setup:   manitou x-vert, xt/xtr drivetrain, rhynolite rims and dh tires

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

Date Reviewed: April 18, 2007

Strengths:    this is a great bike with mostly good components

Weaknesses:    the forks and the crankset

Bottom Line:   
if you want a good bike that won`t empty your bank account go with this bike but I`d suggest upgrading the fork right off the hop

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Favorite Trail:   Morton(Black Oak Park)

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Bicycle World

Bike Setup:   nitro with LX crank/bb

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by sammieg a Cross Country Rider from bronx

Date Reviewed: March 23, 2007

Strengths:    the price is right in relation to the component setup

Weaknesses:    if there was one it would have been in the drivetrain,which i switched out.

Bottom Line:   
i love this thing

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Favorite Trail:   new york city street

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Similar Products Used:   speacilized enduro expert,p2

Bike Setup:   easton monkeylite bars,oury grips,xtr cass,xtr chain,xt derailleurs,thomson seatpost,wtb purev seat,salsa skewers & seatpost release,kenda commutor tires.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by SCT a Cross Country Rider from Australia

Date Reviewed: February 1, 2007

Strengths:    High quality components - up to 130mm travel in forks

Bottom Line:   
Good value - and 'surfs the dirt' very well

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Mal-adjusted

Similar Products Used:   Avanti hardtail

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ryan a Weekend Warrior from Toronto, Canada

Date Reviewed: August 20, 2006

Strengths:    Great stock brakes with Avid Juicy 5 7". Like the frame and basic set up--paid a good price. Great Norco construction.

Weaknesses:    Rockshox Tora 302 U-turn is a decent entry-level fork, but I think this bike deserves atleast a Revelation model from Rockshox. Mavic CrossRide rims are nice entry-level enthusiast rims, but they bent on me after a couple weeks and I had to have them sent to the factory. 3 week wait.

Bottom Line:   
Great set-up for the money, and the 2007 model is looking even better. This bike really is all-mountain and it eats up some decent terrain.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   Silent Sports

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Rockhopper Comp, Cannondale Rush, Commencal Meta, Jamis Dakar Sport

Bike Setup:   Avid Juicy 5 7" disc brakes, XT derailleurs, Thomson Elite stem & seatpost, Selle Italia C2 saddle, Cane creek bar ends

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