Norco’s BC Trail series bikes are designed and tested on British Columbia’s rugged, demanding trails, so they are a solid option for anyone who needs a tough, capable mountain bike. Featuring a super stiff pedaling platform for climbing and lots of confidence on the descents, the BC Trail series has everything you need to take your trail riding to the next level – without the next level price tag.
a Weekend Warrior
from Santiago, Chile
Date Reviewed: June 16, 2010
Strengths: I was pretty impressed when I saw it on the net, but then seeing this at the store was much more than expected. Great frame in terms of shape, geometry, intended use... quite reinforced but still not heavy! I also fell in love with its FSA Gravity Step Up crankset w/bashguard, it is a good tool for the price. Also liked CNC-made stem, handlebar, seatpost, saddle... and we can not forget the Schwalbe tires, of course!
Weaknesses: I think the most disgusting thing about this kind of bike is the poor drivetrain setup they always have (Shimano Alivio RD is just unforgivable for a 2010 bike – maybe a deore shadow would work fine), although I can understand it since the intended use is not related to long pedaling sessions but just pedaling around “doing some stuff out there”
Marzocchi fork, although stable, stiff, sensible, etc is still pretty cheap -not enough adjustments
Just fine, I only need the frame and aheadset :)
VALUE RATING: Opinion about cost
OVERALL RATING: Frame
Similar Products Used: Norco scrambler fully customized – pieces on that frame will now be added to this one.
Bike Setup: get it at Norco.com/Bikes/Mountain/Adventure X/Wolverine 2010
a Weekend Warrior
from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Date Reviewed: May 27, 2010
Strengths: The beefiest frame i've ever used. the fork is amazing: mine is a 2009 model wolverine so i got marzocchi bomber 22r's with 120 mm travel with dampening. Sram x4 gearset, truvativ crank and bb, and hayes mx4 disc brakes front and rear (very grippy and good when wet even) Bashguard on crank is very effective and has saved my sprockets many times lol. This bike is great for dirt jumping. period. great standover and angle of attack.
Weaknesses: The rims could be stronger, but i haven't needed to get mine trued yet so that's a good thing. The tires are great for use on dirt and mud and grass and trails, but very noisy and inefficient on street. install a chainstay guard right away!!!
I'd absolutely recommend this bike. it is amazingly durable and has not failed me yet and it has been ridden like a bat out of hell. Nothing has gone wrong yet. I'm amazed by the value and quality norco has to offer. If you see the 2009 norco wolverine, GET IT!!! you won't regret it! (p.s don't get the 2010 model they skimped out on the frame unfortunately) happy riding!
a Weekend Warrior
from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Date Reviewed: March 21, 2010
Strengths: This is for the 2009 Norco wolverine. Frame, forks, shifters, bassically everything
Weaknesses: Today I went off a drop and the quick release on the back tire came off but other then that it's been perfect.
Great bike for pretty much everything. It's easy to learn how to do tricks and is an easy ride. The marzochhi 22r's work great in all conditions seeing they are adjustable. Definatley a good bike to buy if your looking for some fun. I would recomend it to everyone who likes riding but isn't an extreme rider as my friends recomended it to me.
Bike Setup: Still the way I bought it from the shop even though it has shamano components instead of sraam. But I still like it.
a Weekend Warrior
from burnaby, bc, canada
Date Reviewed: February 27, 2010
Weaknesses: bottom bracket, pedals, seat post saddle, weight
the best aluminum hardtail for ts price, and level. pretty snappy geometry compared to to other hardtails, can do basic shore freeride, does fine on paved roads, great all arounder bike, frame for 2008 to 2009 is awesome..( they cheaped out on that great frame in 2010 ) . rides fast, corners well. frame is upgradable.
Strengths: Frame, bars, stem, chain guard, most of the bike tbh.
Weaknesses: forks arent really designed for the stuff i do, but can imagine them being good for xc.
i have had to have my wheel trued again.
crank comes loose every 5 mins.
Has been a sick bike so far, i bought it new in june 2009 (bought the 07 model) but its a nice bike to ride, fairly light, good feel to it, flickable, wide tyres have a lot of traction and tread, good round the dirt jumps and trails. i am getting new forks, new crank, new wheelset and a new BB as the stock ones are not amazing, but would suit anyone who does XC or a beginner. but frame is the same as they use on the higher models e.g sasquatch.
if your looking to buy it for XC get a bigger model, but small model is perfect for anything really, and has a good standover height.
a Cross Country Rider
from Cochenour, Ont. Canada
Date Reviewed: August 25, 2009
Strengths: This is an 2009 model it has upgraded forks. Disk front & rear. Will pick it up on thur. 10 km. oneway to work daily, eather trail or hiway
Weaknesses: Seat dont is not impressive
No ride yet but from the rev. i read it's a solid bike. Forks n rear brakes were weak. mine has disk all around and better forks. I guess Norco reads these web sights and improve on the product. Wife will fraek but i'll say i got it from a teen.
Bike Setup: Better seat and head lights so i can ride home after nite shift.
a Weekend Warrior
from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Date Reviewed: March 8, 2009
Strengths: Strength and durability
Weaknesses: Brakes and weight
I've used this bike for over 2 years now both for commuting and blasting trails and single tracks on the wekends.
Its so heavy and the brakes are so bad I've considered installing V brakes several times.
On the positive side I've never broken anything despite many stacks and it was over 2 years for the first puncture despite riding it almost everyday.
But bottom line is its terrible. Get something lighter and with decent brakes.
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