Norco Storm XC Hardtail

4.42/5 (26 Reviews)
MSRP : $695.00


Product Description

  • Double butted 6061 alloy frame
  • RockShox Dart 2 TK coil
  • Shimano 27 speed drivetrain w/ Deore rear derailleur


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    Reviews 1 - 15 (26 Reviews Total) | Next 15

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Alain

    Date Reviewed: August 27, 2013

    Strengths:    Climbing paved and unpaved trails, descents on paved trails, runs fast on pavement, stable bike for jumps.

    Weaknesses:    Very dangerous in unpaved gravel steep downhill, the rear wheel is unstable and light it almost tip over on me, the tires are bad in unpaved and tight turns, the handle bars are too wide made for downhill but cant do it well.

    Bottom Line:   
    - descent bike for starters, and XC riders but not for all mountain rough terrain.
    - climbs well and descents as well on paved r- stable geometry on flats and uphills.
    - good brakes.
    - wheels and tires not good only for starter bikers.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by ihaveaquestion a Cross Country Rider from British Columbia, Canada

    Date Reviewed: February 12, 2011

    Strengths:    Solid frame. Fast on uphills and downhills alike. Perfect for XC and singletrack.

    Weaknesses:    Pedals... bent real easily after crash.

    Bottom Line:   
    Perfect bike for me and anyone else for under a $1000 budget. This is my first "real" mtb so I don't know any better... but this thing rocks.

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    Favorite Trail:   The Abyss, Nanaimo BC

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $850.00

    Purchased At:   PRB Nanaimo

    Similar Products Used:   Norco Scrambler

    Bike Setup:   Stock, except for new pedals put on cuz other ones broke

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Big Jim Riders - Aldergrove a Cross Country Rider from Aldergrove, BC, Canada

    Date Reviewed: August 23, 2010

    Strengths:    Roc Shocks dart 2, Juicy Hydro Disc Brakes,

    Weaknesses:    Shifters and derailleurs

    Bottom Line:   
    I love this bike, fast up hills, faster down, strong light weight frame, perfect for cross country or mountain climbing. I am a huge fan of this bike, This frame and setup is identical to the Rocky Mountain Fusion, which is a listed 1200 dollar bike. i bought this 2009 year model for 700. and what a deal. Great stock aluminium platform pedals. only thing better i've ridden is the rocky mountain blizzard which started at 1800. this storm is a fun fantastic ride for under 1000 bucks.

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    Favorite Trail:   Aldergrove Lake Bowl

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $700.00

    Purchased At:   Cranky's Bike Shope

    Similar Products Used:   Norco Pinaccle, Rocky MOuntain Blizzard, Giant xtc1

    Bike Setup:   juicy hydro Disc, Shimano Alivio Front, Deore Rear, Roc Shox Forks,

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by tyxxon a Cross Country Rider from Moscow Russia

    Date Reviewed: February 27, 2009

    Strengths:    Good frame geometry, lightweight, 2006 MY Deore setup and hubs, 9 speed

    Weaknesses:    Weak brakeset and poor pedals.

    Bottom Line:   
    After the upgrade it is a great bike for my wife.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $750.00

    Purchased At:   Trial-Sport

    Similar Products Used:   Corratec X-Vert n SuperBow

    Bike Setup:   Standard Deore, XT cassette 12-34t, Magura Gustav M front and rear.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by bryce92 a Weekend Warrior from Kitchener

    Date Reviewed: August 25, 2008

    Strengths:    Strong frame. Descent breaking system. Rims are good. Derailleur is good. Grips are descent(even tho I bought lock-ons). Handle bars no problems, shifters are alright, and the brake levers are good.

    Weaknesses:    The FORK! Rock Shox 289 is not made to last. Pedals suck, and bent(Stupid metal and plastic design). Not very many, other then the fork breaking.

    Bottom Line:   
    It is a good cross country bike other then the forks it comes with. This could easily be turned into a dirt jumping bike, but obviously is more means to XC.

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $650.00

    Purchased At:   Ski and Cycle Hut

    Similar Products Used:   NONE!


    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Adam a Cross Country Rider from Toronto, ON, Canada

    Date Reviewed: July 25, 2007

    Strengths:    Excellent frame (Norco uses the frame all the way up to the Fireball, very beefy and strong, not too heavy). Strong(if heavy) components, generally indestructible (especially the bombproof wheelset). Surpisingly good brakes for a low-end set of mechanical discs. Kenda Komodo tires are good in most conditions (they don't like mud or serious off-camber trails).

    Weaknesses:    Weight. 2006 version is heavy at ~32lbs, unlike the lighter & older versions. Doesn't climb all that well due to weight and the relaxed cockpit setup. Wheels may be bombproof but you pay a serious weight penalty for that. Hayes brakelevers are chintzy and floppy. Pedals are only good to get you home (get a real set of platforms or clipless ASAP).

    Bottom Line:   
    The 2006 is an excellent bike for the clydesdale or the guy who prefers going downhill to climbing. A few choice upgrades (Particularly wheels for XC use, fork for Trail) will turn it into an excellent XC or Trail bike. It does scream out for a Marzocchi fork with ETA though, to drop that front end while climbing.

    Note the '07 gets a lower-end drivetrain but better(hydro) brakes.

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    Favorite Trail:   Lower Don

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $600.00

    Purchased At:   Bathurst Cycle

    Similar Products Used:   1997 Rockhopper, 1994 Miyata Elevation 200, 1990 CCM MX200

    Bike Setup:   Stock except for: Kalloy Uno flatbar, Rocky Mountain 120mm stem, Selle Italia NT1 saddle, RaceFace Evolve DH seatpost, ODI lockon grips, Blackspire Ring God bashring, Envy granny chainguard (1x9 instead of stock 3x9 gearing), Shimano M747 Pedals, Avid FR-5 Levers.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Tim a Cross Country Rider from Toronto, ON Canada

    Date Reviewed: August 19, 2006

    Strengths:    Strong and lite. Great bike. Great components. The disc brakes stop on a dime.

    Weaknesses:    The pedals. I'll be replacing them very very soon.

    Bottom Line:   
    Amazing bike. Extremely good value for money. Its my first bike with a front suspension and disc brakes, and I'm extremely impressed. It does seem like a few components could be upgraded, but it will definately work for someone who wants to start in the sport.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $650.00

    Purchased At:   Pedal Performance, Woodbridge

    Bike Setup:   Completely stock

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by devon a Downhiller from canada bc kamloops

    Date Reviewed: June 23, 2006

    Strengths:    good light frame set up for disc

    Weaknesses:    rims tires

    Bottom Line:   
    good bike to upgrade on light and very strong durable frame

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    Favorite Trail:   sun peaks

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $400.00

    Bike Setup:   alex rims dx 32 with maxxis 2.5 highrollers tires and hayes nine with junior ts

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by tim a Cross Country Rider from New Brunswick, Canada

    Date Reviewed: April 22, 2006

    Strengths:    it's light under 30 pounds, cheap, good component spec, mine came with the MZ Race fork. It's a great handling bike

    Weaknesses:    kenda klaw XT tires feel very heavy at slow speeds but that's easily fixed, the seat, bike tends to wander on climbs

    Bottom Line:   
    The 2004 Norco Storm is probably one of the best bikes for the price. If you're a cross country or a trail rider looking for something cheap but reliable this bike is for you.

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $550.00


    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by McMichael McMaster a Cross Country Rider from Toronto

    Date Reviewed: March 18, 2006

    Strengths:    Its all good the fork is a nice marazochi. it handles well and is pretty sweet

    Weaknesses:    MEH

    Bottom Line:   
    It is a good buy and i reccomed it

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    Favorite Trail:   Good Ones

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $820.00

    Purchased At:   Cycle Path

    Similar Products Used:   Norco Katmandu


    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by joe blow a Cross Country Rider from perth

    Date Reviewed: January 12, 2006

    Strengths:    good gomentry, forks,gears and shifters

    Weaknesses:    bb, rims which lasted 1 week

    Bottom Line:   
    this bike goes great on cross county, a set of discs would not go astray

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    Favorite Trail:   canning mills road

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $180.00

    Purchased At:   cash converters

    Similar Products Used:   giant ac giant bolder

    Bike Setup:   stock apart from peadels

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Guy TAl a Cross Country Rider from israel the wannabe holly land

    Date Reviewed: January 1, 2006

    Strengths:    Downhill(i mean riding down a hill not downhill and free ride)

    Weaknesses:    climbs

    Bottom Line:   
    Im talking about the 2005 bike.
    this bike is great!its great for everything...really delicet free ride and all mountin. for xc its good.not that good ffor xc fuz its kind of heavy. the brakes(hayes 6) really brake well but careful not to bent thim cuz their not that tough.
    I love the suspension. its great! the marzochhi mz comp is really great,its pretty butery(soft)but when you ride it dosnt close to much.The tires i got with the bike(kenda klaw xt) arent that great... if you have the money then switch them.
    their good uphill but not great... but for downhill their really great.
    Get this bike its great

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    Favorite Trail:   To the minimarket :)

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $710.00

    Purchased At:   scott norco tel aviv

    Bike Setup:   full deore with marocchi mz comp 2005

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by trent a Weekend Warrior from Bribie island, qld, australia

    Date Reviewed: August 26, 2005

    Strengths:    nice size, good forks, nice tires, light

    Weaknesses:    gears are weak, seat is gay

    Bottom Line:   
    great for dirt jumping, very light and great shape

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $500.00

    Purchased At:   super cycles

    Similar Products Used:   avanti ventura

    Bike Setup:   new seat, pedals, rim, tire

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Mario a Cross Country Rider from Montreal, Quebec. Canada

    Date Reviewed: March 10, 2005

    Strengths:    Lighweight frame, wellding is very good, full Deore, good brake, very good front fork, bike less than 30 pounds, can be upgrade for disk brake.

    Weaknesses:    Saddle and seat post, rims could be better.

    Bottom Line:   
    For the price i do not think that you can find a better bike, the frame and the equipment is very good. This bike is not made for big jump and down hill riding, but for cross contry it is very good. This year 2005, i buy a Devinci Phantom, 3 times the price of the Storm and it is just a little bit better.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $450.00

    Purchased At:   Boutique le Pedaleur

    Similar Products Used:   Norco Kokanee, Devinci Phantom, Trek 6700.

    Bike Setup:   Stock but upgrade the brake for Deore M475 disk brake. Took me less than 1 hour to upgrade to disk brake. The disk and galipper fit perfecly on the frame and on the Deore m475 Hubs.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Pete a Cross Country Rider from Edmonton, AB

    Date Reviewed: August 10, 2004

    Strengths:    Good fork, Deore rear, awesome tires grip to everything, nice sturdy 7005 Aluminum frame. Brakes work pretty well

    Weaknesses:    I replaced Acera front with deore, and the rims are slighty bent after XC riding. No big drops or anything. Disk ready frame and fork, just not disk ready wheels.

    Bottom Line:   
    This bike is great value, you get the EXR comp fork as most similarly price models have Judy TT. Very good bike for beg-intermediate XC and the tires grip to everything and are also not bad for commuting. Brakes work pretty well for entry level brakes. Fork Never bottoms out, but just for wet August in Alberta, disk ready hubs would be nice, but I guess you can't ask for too much. Only 4 Chilis because the derailleur gave out after only a year and the rims are a little bent even though I haven't gone off any big drops.

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    Favorite Trail:   River Valley singletrack

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $650.00

    Purchased At:   United Cycle

    Similar Products Used:   Kona Fire Mountain, Trek 4500, Gary Fisher Wahoo, Jamis Cross Country, Specialized Hardrock

    Bike Setup:   Stock except for Deore front Derailleur, Toe clips

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