Strengths: Geometry, Triple Butted M6 Aluminum, Razor sharp feedback, Weight, Brakes, Climbs & Descents. Components (MY08) Shimano XT,Ritchey,WTB,Mavic, Fox RP23 and RS REBA Race makes the 08 Faze 2 a very solid build.
Weaknesses: Style, or lack there of. Very basic.. simple pearl white paint with blue text. It does not "catch" your eye.
Would have preferred a Fox fork adjustable travel (personal preference). However RS REBA Race is dual air, very light and feels good once its dialed in.
I've got a 2008 Norco Faze Two. Retail was $2999.99+tax. I paid $1400.00 Pre-Owned through pinkbike.
Norco has jumped around a little bit with the Faze two as far as components each model year has different variations. The bike lasers around no problem and feels lightning fast pedaling hard through single-track. The build fits very well and inspires confidence where ever my bike trails may take me. The build is race ready out of the box if that's how you chose to ride it. I use mine as a XC weekend warrior + commuter and love every minute of it.
It is a truly a fast bike at only 28lbs w/o pedals (SIZE L). With a lighter wheelset+tubeless+clipless in you could find +/-25lb quickly, and shed even more if you upgrade with carbon bars,stem, seatpost ect.
For a "XC Enduro Series" categorized bike, its preforms with confidence in every situation I've faced yet. ProPedal RP23 is stiff yet forgiving, and climbs easily thanks to ProPedal and Norco's use of "Specialized" Patent Horst FSR design. I maybe would have preferred maybe 5" of F & R travel, but that's pushing towards an All Mountain build and would have the same composure, climbing capabilities and sharpness that Norco really nailed with the Faze Two XC Enduro Series.
a Cross Country Rider
from Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada
Date Reviewed: August 1, 2011
Strengths: great value for the dollar. Good Climber, love the remote lock out for the front (faze 2). Little to no bob on the rear when climbing, yet it remains active in soaking up the terrain when seated in the climg on rough fire road or trail.
Weaknesses: Not fure if the weaknesses are more the builder of the bike or the bike it self. After some minor tightening and adjusting it resolved most of the issues I had. I still get a funny feel on the bottom bracket when climbing and just today there was a strange knock in one of the pedels when climbing. When it goes in for the first tune up since purchase i will have the BB inspected. Either way it has not affected the performance. The only other weakness is there was no quick lock lever for the seat post, at this price point I was a littel surprised (not a deal breaker.)
Great value for the dollar. This will be my bike for years to come. Great climber, road rides, aggresice XC, decends good when you soften the tire pressure and suspension. I would recommend this to friends, I have been riding for over ten years and this has been the best to date for my style of riding.
Similar Products Used: Prophet (which sucked and I would stear anyone away from purchasing. There was an issue with the lefty fork and whne I took it in I was told it needed to be replaced after only riding it for a short while. The cost to replace or fix I was told was going to be around 900 to 1000, as a result I bought a new bike. I wrote cannondale about the issue with the fork and got no response. I later learned there was a recall and had the bike fixed which I learned cost only 5 bucks. AVOID CANNONDALE, if looking at these reviews to get info for a new ride, the Norce product has been much better with better product support.) Norco atomic downhill bike, Norco Fluid (very similiar, but heavier. Specialized,, Hard Rock.
Bike Setup: Changed out the grips to a lock grip as the stocks slide all over the place. Other than this, stock.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: August 5, 2010
Strengths: Great suspension, light
Weaknesses: The FSR suspension is good- but i prefer a full lock option for the rear suspension as well...
The bike are very XC oriented. As an aggressive XC rider i am not looking for speed, but more comfort and ability to tackle harsh single track terrain. off the box these bikes are not perfect for that cause. But once i switched to thicker tires, installed a bushgard and replaced the 100mm stem to a 70mm stem- the bike offers everything i want. They are light, give me the ability to ride XC, but when i want to go LOCO- they are right there for me...
Strengths: stiff through linkage, aggressive angles
Weaknesses: SPD pedals/317 wheels
This is an update from my first post. I raced this bike really hard last year and again this year-everything from Ontario Cup to Crank the Shield 3 day stage race. This is a great ride-plain and simple. You can race it out of the box, and you can make it lighter with some upgrades. Highly recommend this bike to anyone.
Bike Setup: Carbon bar,stem, seat post, Crossmax wheels, xt drive train....
a Cross Country Rider
from Emerald, Vic, Australia
Date Reviewed: May 28, 2009
Strengths: Stiff rear end, No bob feel when riding, Great climber and turner
The XT bits.
Built to last
Weaknesses: Overall weight, rims Mavic XM 317
Brakes not as bitey as expected - Elixers
Absoulutely great trial bike! Not light enough for a true XC racer, though the handling is. The fairly high bottom braket is great for getting over things yet does not feel out of place when spinning.
I choose this Norco over a Stumpjumper because of value for money. Both have the same suspension set up which works and is no passing fad. I also wanted an aluminium framed bike. Cabon has a bit to go in my opion for mtb use.
The forged linkages are built to last and make the rear stiff as.
The bike turns tight when you need to yet is stable on decents.
I like it lot just wish it was a bit lighter.
Strengths: Very Stiff through the rear linkage, spec'd out very nicely for the price. Love the frame geometry. Great tires.
Weaknesses: Not crazy about SPD pedals--would have preferred Cranks of Time.
This is a great bike. Much lighter and more responsive than the Dakar was, stiffer and more durable than the KHS (broke the KHS frame). The new XT components are great. It came with Mavic 317 / Schwalbe Racing Raplh wheels (Still good value), but I put my tubeless wheels on to race. I really like the frame stiffness and geometry. It allows you to set your suspension allot finer without having to factor lateral flexion through the linkage/frame into the mix. I find that with the MP23 propedal shock and SID race, I was able to set the bike up for racing (stiff) and get it tuned in very quickly. You can race the bike right out of the box. 4.5 chilis overall because I'm not an SPD pedal guy.
Similar Products Used: KHS XC 909R (XTR), Jamis Dakar expert,
Bike Setup: XT drive train, Avid elixer brakes, easton carbon bar, stem, seat post, Crossmax ST/Kenda Small block 8 wheels, MTB saddle, SRAM 990 chain,
a Cross Country Rider
from Canberra Australia
Date Reviewed: October 1, 2008
Strengths: Great feel, nice balance, great componentry
Weaknesses: poor choice of pedals but easily changed.
A really good value bike with a great feel when riding. This was my first duel suspension bike after riding hardtails for years. I tried the Norco just as a comparison to another bike I was thinking of buying and decided to buy it instead. It rides just like a hardtail with the added bonus of inceased travel on the downhill. Climbs great, good balanced ride.
Similar Products Used: Rock Mountain Vertex, Norco Nitro, Specialized FSXC
Bike Setup: Big ring replaced with rock ring, kevlar bead Kenda Nevegal's, Flat pedals.
Date Reviewed: May 18, 2008
Strengths: Everything. It's light It's fast handling, it accelerates like crazy. It has a high bottom bracket so you can pedal through single-track without a lot of worry.
Weaknesses: Norco's four bar linkage suspension system runs pretty stiff so setting up the shock took a bit of time. With a FoxRP3, I run about 20lbs of air less than my body weight. E.I. I am 155lbs, so i have 135psi in the shock.
A great race machine and an awesome cross country trail bike. The full XT grouppo makes it well worth it. It rides like a dream.
Bike Setup: Full 2008 XT. Rock Shox Reba. FoxRP3. Mavic 317 rims with XT hubs. Ritchey WCS cockpit.
from Hillsboro, OR
Date Reviewed: August 13, 2007
Strengths: Solid component group for the price Adjustable rear travel 4.5"/3.5" Not many of them on the trails where I live compared to Trek, Specialized, Kona, Santa Cruz, etc.
Weaknesses: Saddle is a bit too roadie like
I have been cross country racing for a little over a year and wanted to move from my trusty Raleigh hardtail to a full squishy bike. I test rode a Santa Cruz Superlight and Blur XC, Giant Anthem, Specialized FSR, and Iron Horse Azure Comp at local shops. The Norco was the best price with the deal my local shop gave me on it, especially considering the component group. Most of the parts on the bike (SRAM X.7, Avid Juicy5, Ritchey Comp Bars, Stylo 3.3 Cranks) work just as well as their higher priced counter parts, but are just a tad heavier. I really liked the wide Ritchey bar setup which helps with balance and control. Hardcore oldschool XC guys with flatbars will be turned off by this, but I'm from a moto background. The bike has two rear travel positions: 3.8" and 4.5". I have left it at 4.5" and do not see any reason to use the shorter travel setting. With the Fox RP23 the bike bobs very little even with propedal turned off (I run about 20% sag). With Propedal on setting 3 the bike feals almost like a hardtail but still takes some of the edge off. On setting 1 you can barely feel it working. The saddle is a bit thin and kind of digs into your leg when you try to grip the sides while descending. I would prefer something like a WTB Rocket V, but I'm getting used to the WTB Shadow. It comes with a Kenda 8 block tire which is a great fast rolling hardpack tire, but if you ride in the mud you should consider getting a different tire as the Kenda packs up fast. I gave a value rating of 5 because of the deal my shop gave me, but if I paid full retail I would give a value rating of 3.