Strengths: the brakes are goooood! frame is strong, wheels look good, handles perfectly!
Weaknesses: none that are the bikes fault, mine the hub was making a popping sound when i would pedal but that's my fault.
its a pretty good all around bike! i bought it at a pawn shop for $100 and spent about $100 more on new pedals, handlebars, stem, grips and tires and wow! its exactly what i was looking for! it handled just about all i could throw at it. i was very hard on the bike and all that broke were the rear axle, but that was a $12 fix...jumps very good, ive bottomed out the forks maybe 4 times? jumping to flat. but i blew them out. im about to buy marzocchi forks for it soon, then it will be the dream ride! if you can find one for cheap and want to get out and ride go for it! what i would upgrade are the handlebars, stem, and maybe the forks if needed. other than that it works exactly how a bike needs too...rides good on cement and trails. i bike to my local trails just about everyday and im not super tired when i get there like other bikes do to me...
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: March 11, 2011
Strengths: Has a strong frame.
Weaknesses: Wheels bend easily.
bottom bracket fell apart.
Rear Deraileur caught in spokes.
If you are looking for a bike with a good frame its great for the price. Weak components, I put 5,000 km on it in one summer, had to replace 2 rear wheels, 1 front and brakes quit working. Deraileur broke and had to buy a new deraileur and deraileur stay. After the first ride, the adjuster for the shock broke. Great sitting position and the bike is great for wheelies, just need to get a strong rear axle.
Weaknesses: Forks which i blew, then replaced.
Grips, Seat, Duerailer, Crankset, Handlebars, and Brakes Which also were upgraded.
Good beginner bike, but i use it for jumping too. Which some people might say not to, but i mastered my scrambler. Just like my eggs..ahaha. But no matter what anybody says i think its a good jumping bike,it all depends how you decide to use it. Props to norco for this one, and they dont make this model anymore, Woot!
I recommend this to good bikers or beginers.
Similar Products Used: Shred, Katmandu, and Pinnacle
Bike Setup: Mazorocchi Dj 3`s
Upgraded to disc`s (brakes)
Single Speed Conversion
New Crank Set-up
Plus new tire and rim sets
Also new handle bars and heated grips.
a Cross Country Rider
from Vancouver Island BC Canada
Date Reviewed: November 16, 2009
Strengths: real fun.. cheap!!!!!!!!!!!!
Weaknesses: disk brakes heat up easily, but not too bad
good bike for a good price, upgrade the grips because they will brake. upgrade the seat, too cushy. preforms as well as anyother hard tail mountain bike under 800$ great value.
Good buy for a mountain biker not wanting to spend alot of money, good intraductory bike
Bike Setup: chrome moly axle and difrent pedal getting grips soon
a Weekend Warrior
from Santiago, Chile
Date Reviewed: August 23, 2009
Strengths: -Stiff frame, nice design and color
-Good brakes, excellent braking power
-Rims ok but a little heavy
-7 speed gear, hate it but it's a cheap machine so it's ok
-components too much heavy!
Original bike is functional, works great for its price, if you love the frame as much as me you'll upgrade your bike soon... the only thing really hard to accept is the shimano 7 speed gear, for God sake it's 2009!!
Similar Products Used: The Scrambler is a much higher quality of the Pinnacle but they are simmilar.
from London , ON. CANADA
Date Reviewed: June 14, 2009
Strengths: Frame : light weight and VERY strong. I am 300 lbs and 6'3 i ride to work every day and have been in 2 biking accidents one involving a car. and the frame has held strong.
Handlebars: good height and riding position again I'm 6'3 and have a 20' bike and it is very comfortable to ride every day and night.
Brakes: Amazing! I love to FLY downhill and at a moments notice the brakes respond and can stop you fast, some times too fast.
Tires : Good. but not the best out there, I have left the front tire and upgraded the rear to a 65 psi tire for street use. much better but loss of grip is VERY noticeable. Front tire is just fine.
Gears : Meh. So far they have done an OK job but the sprockets have actually Lost some teeth and the shifting is very tricky I have actually lost some gears from time to time from the derailer getting too close to the rear spokes( pos. crash related) but it gets the job done. And Plenty of gears to chose from.
Weaknesses: RIMS : Upgrading soon. the original double wall rims are STRONG but weight is a factor and @ 300 + they will bend and lose true quickly. but for regular riders they should be ok.
Grips: SUCK!. Get new ones ASAP!
Seat: SUCKS !. Again get a new one ASAP.
peddles: Cheep. But they work. use $ to get other stuff first.
Shocks : Cant say. they worked good for the month i had them but they got totaled in crash with car.
This is AN AWESOME bike!!. As in most products " you get what you pay for." If you can afford a $1,000 bike go ahead and get it but for the regular rider that needs a good bike for work and back. (And the occasional romp off road. This is it! Again I'm 300 + lbs and 6'3 I ride to work with an extra 30 lbs on me and this bike has held up AMAZINGLY!!! i have honestly gone through other bikes in a week! and this is my second season on this bike.
Norco is a good brand and no mater what you plan to do with it you can always slowly upgrade it piece by piece. if something is not good enough, upgrade it. I got my bike for $500(CAD) I think. and 250$ to fix/upgrade after a crash. i'm still well under $ 1000 on my bike and i have easily got a bike that is worth every dollar.
Similar Products Used: other bikes priced might be similar.
But i have tried the Canadian tire and Walmart bikes in the price range they don't stack up even close.
Bike Setup: Frame: stock 6061 aluminum.
Shocks: ROCK SHOX dart 1
Tires; Front Stock. Rear KENDA K-rad 65psi. Street tire.
Seat: Serfas E-Gel
Gears: Stock (upgrade Soon)
Grips: Comofo 3 Gel grips. AWESOME.
Rims: Stock (upgrade) ?
Other : X-TRA DRY mud guard.
a Weekend Warrior
from Toronto, ON, Canada
Date Reviewed: September 25, 2008
Strengths: Excellent maneuverability, great fork and a lovely frame shape. Breaks have ample power and are very smooth. Long pedal cranks provide lots of power. Rather lightweight for a bike with disc brakes. Low rolling resistance tyres, yet grippy enough on trail uphills.
Weaknesses: Slow shifting mechanism. Another gear wouldn't hurt (it comes stock with only a 7-speed Shimano hub).
Great beginner cross-country inspired bike. Even though the fork is only 75mm travel, it's more than enough for the bike's intended use (which is mentioned on one of the shock towers: "Leisure Cross Country ONLY"). So if you're looking to catch some big air or hit the trails really hard, this is not a bike for you. I use it for some spirited cross-country biking and the thing I love most about it is how maneuverable it is! Got it on sale for $399CAD down from $499CAD because it's an '08. IMHO excellent value for the price.
a Weekend Warrior
from Vancouver BC
Date Reviewed: September 7, 2008
Strengths: I'm 5'4" and this bike has a fairly upright riding position, which I find preferable to being hunched over.
Weaknesses: It's a bit heavier than I care for, but that doesn't slow me down once I'm riding.
I bought a 2006 17" scrambler via Craigslist. For its intended use (city/light trail) this bike is great --- the ride is smooth, the front shocks take out the small-to-medium bumps, the gears give you lots of options for dealing with hills or going full-speed, the tires are smooth enough to not slow you down on pavement yet grippy enough for everything up to forest service access roads, and the brakes stop you good and quick.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: May 21, 2008
Strengths: None yet, haven't had a chance to use it yet!
Weaknesses: Seat and pedals.
At Norco's website they mention the Scrambler's usage of light/trail city (5 stars) and moderate/trail city (2 stars). This bike seems to suit me as I won't be doing anything extreme, mostly road going.
Bike Setup: Had tires changed to 26x1.75 Nokian's at the shop. Glad I did after reading your reviews and hope these are better than the ones that came with the bike.
from calgary, alberta, canada
Date Reviewed: April 28, 2008
Strengths: Fork, light good frame, reliable tires(their temporry)
Weaknesses: -the petals need to be replaced with the steel -seat could be better -handlebar -grips wear fast
A good beginner bike. in total, i spent around 2000 dollars pimpin' this thing and now it rides better than anything out there and i';m not kiddin'. Just try to make some improvements on it like i did and not mine is better than a: norco rampage, Manik, bigfoot, kompressor, Kona Scrap,shred, specialized rockhopper comp disc..... you probably get the pioint. if you don't wanna spend alot on pimpin an 'ok' bike, than i sudjest a SPECIALIZED P.2
Favorite Trail: Hawkwood ravine, Canada Olympic park
Duration Product Used: 1 Year
Purchased At: Bow Cycle
Similar Products Used: Norco Katmandu, Bushpiolit, Bigfoot, kompressor
Bike Setup: Shore freeride seat, specialized enduro grips, crome wellgo petals, Marzochi dirt jumper 160 mm trave fork Kenda Nevegal tires, Del noche handlebar, Suntour rims, mortar seatpost...... basicly pimped except the frame and yea...
Date Reviewed: March 15, 2008
Strengths: descent 6061 aluminum frame and hays mx2 and mx4 discs.
Weaknesses: everything that i busted (spokes, rims, fork, derailer is snaped in half, pedals are a joke, and the rotars wear down realy quik).
i only baught the bike because i was so overwelmed by the fact that norco sold a new bike for this cheap. however it is not a very good bike for its value. through out the winter i put a bit of mony into the bike just to get it bake in running condition for my dad to use as a light xc bike. if you want to get your moneys worth buy a used bike from pinkbike.com i just baught a costom built freeride/dh bike with a value of over 2000 new. i baught it used for 450 and its in near perfect condition. taking my addvice will save you time and money.