Norco VPS Atomik 2002 Full Suspension

4.6/5 (40 Reviews)


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by brendan davidson a Downhiller from vernon b.c.

Date Reviewed: November 13, 2007

Strengths:    everthing

Weaknesses:    front shock bottoms out sometimes

Bottom Line:   
this bike is perfect for crosecuntry and even dwnhill. i recomend t to anyone except for darren bercloth and joshbender, cause there super good.

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Favorite Trail:   spooky

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   skyride


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Nick Rumsey a Weekend Warrior from Calgary

Date Reviewed: September 25, 2006

Strengths:    the whole bike rock and would never trade it in

Weaknesses:    NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bottom Line:   
this bike kicks some major ass

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Favorite Trail:   C.O.P

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $2399.00

Purchased At:   cycle path

Similar Products Used:   Norco , a-line


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Madness Matt a Downhiller from Cairns, Australia

Date Reviewed: February 25, 2005

Strengths:    good forks, rear shock, bars, running gear

Weaknesses:    rear wheel too weak, broke 4 spokes in a week. Brakes had seized pistons and kept blowing out the override plugs.

Bottom Line:   
a champion bike at a champion price. forks need a bit more oil in them but are otherwise very sensitive. can withstand big drops providing you have strong wheels. is capable of winning dh races but is a really good bike for people who are starting out and just want to have fun. is jumpable even with 6inches of suspension. overall a great bike for a great price. Keep it real riders!!!!!!!!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Robson's Track

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   Brunswick Street Cycles, Melbourne

Similar Products Used:   Craftworks FRM125, Cannondale Gemini 1000, Kona Stinky Deelux

Bike Setup:   Large frame, Junior T forks, Fox Vanilla R shock, deore running gear, hussefelt cranks, alex rims (upgrading to deemax soon), hayes hfx9 brakes, maxxis downhill tubes, tioga/kenda tires

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Keegan a Downhiller from Vernon, B.C. ,Canada

Date Reviewed: August 12, 2003

Strengths:    Frames light weight, front shocks are awesome
front rims good, brake levers, brakes are too but they start to where out, handle bars are good


Weaknesses:    tires,seat(hard as hell!!!!!) back rim to weak get a bigger rim like a alex dx32 or and doulble track!(24")


Bottom Line:   
This bike rocks its really smooth and the bottom line is it'S FREAKIN AWESOME!!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Spankies

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   Sun Country Cycle

Similar Products Used:   dont no only full suspension i have ever had!

Bike Setup:   Axion Double Jump Pedals, 26" Doughty 2.60 tire on front and a 26" Stout 2.30 on the back

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chris a Weekend Warrior from Vancouver

Date Reviewed: June 17, 2003

Strengths:    - frame (strong and stiff)
- suspension/travel (5"x5" is very smooth)
- weight (light for a freeride squishy...37lbs)
- rims (SingleTracks are staying fairly true)
- levers (Funns are very adjustable)
- 8" Hayes mechs(when broken it)
- cranks (Truvativ are solid so far)
- price/value at only $1800CAN w/tax... w/upgrades
- Canadian Shore design/geometry

- Jubilee Cycle ...Lizard Skin and Axiom stem pad thrown in after the money changed hands :)


Weaknesses:    Some of these are not weaknesses, just preference...

- changed the saddle (the original was like a rock)
- changed the tires (the new 2.65/2.35 Stick-E Kenda grip everything)
- changed the grips (ODI lock-on Rogues)
- changed springs in Z1 (Ultra Heavy green spring are perfect for my 220lbs)
- changed Fox Vanilla (free upgrade to Vanilla R from a 2002 Shore)
- changed pedal (cartridge bearing JS Konas)
- changed headset (FSA Pig)

- 2002 Z1 cryofit issue (no problems yet)
- 31.8 handlebar and stem are fine, but needs more rise(2").



Bottom Line:   
What can say... this bike is just awesome for what I spent~! The guys at Jubilee bent over backwards to set me up. They had this bike hidden away from last year... most shops wouldn't have brought it out... they would have tried to sell me a 2003 ;)

After tweaking the preload/rebound this bike is so smooth and very stable at speed. The ride up isn't that bad either.

I haven't bottomed out the suspension yet, but I've only done 3 to flat and 4-5 to tranny. With all of the upgrades this bike is sweet and I'm having a blast!


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Favorite Trail:   The Shed

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1250.00

Purchased At:   Jubilee Cycle in Burnaby

Similar Products Used:   Specialized BigHit Comp, Rockhopper FSR, Norco Buzz, Kona Kahuna Deluxe

Bike Setup:   Stock with the changes mentioned above.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Shwag a Downhiller from Belleville, Ont. ,Canada

Date Reviewed: June 17, 2003

Strengths:    Awsome bike, handles well, front z.1 soaks up what you give it, light weight, hays 8" discs stop ya good, easy to tinker with.

Weaknesses:    seat is a little hard on the ol'buttox (if you use your seat), grip shift left has to go!!!

Bottom Line:   
Kikk'n, anyone looking for a sweet ride without selling their first born, get this bike!!!
Ovcourse you cant get a new one anymore, cause I got the last one from the factory!!!!!!!!! :-P sukka!

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Favorite Trail:   Maculay Mtn.

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1838.00

Purchased At:   Muskoka Bicycle Pro Shop!!!!!!!

Similar Products Used:   norco vps 2, P3, Nicolai 2mxtb , Balfa 2step

Bike Setup:   stock with lizard skin, single front gear (back 8 works fine) funn fullthrottle saddle, sun double wide rimms! best bike I ever had!!!

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by downisbetterthanup a Downhiller from brisbane

Date Reviewed: April 8, 2003

Strengths:    a very good lookin bike for the price. front shox are fairly plush and is not a bad bike to jump.

Weaknesses:    The frame creeks and cracks alot and the saddle gives you a megasoreass.

Bottom Line:   
this bike is one of the best on the market for the price. Is you are into downhilling this bike will get you down and back up to the top again. if you are looking at doin downhilling more seriously i would recomend saveing up some more muhlah for a higher quality bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Dinos

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2300.00

Purchased At:   TCs bike barr

Similar Products Used:   kona stinky

Bike Setup:   single chainring and chain device. maxxis mobsters and hays hydros.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mike a Downhiller from simcoe on can

Date Reviewed: March 15, 2003

Strengths:    frame, rear shock, fork, post, bar stem,rims

Weaknesses:    crank, brakes, tires, pedals

Bottom Line:   
very strong, but on the very first day of riding i bent the second chain ring on my crank, handles the drops well, i would buy this bike it is a great freeride/ dh bike for a beginer rider, the brakes make a ton of noise.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Bike Setup:   old set of platforms, but otherwise stock,

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by flyskyhigh a Downhiller from vancouver

Date Reviewed: March 2, 2003

Strengths:    Overall this bike is strong, Rear suspension is great, Z1 are a little plush for my liking more noticable when climbing. Tires are good for freeriding take em brake em, then buy maxxis mobster.

Weaknesses:    Breaks, Saddle. The breaks tend to squeek like hell at first and even after a few good rides they start up again.
They require alot of attention and adjusting before they stop. The saddle is worst then "sitting on a brike" it's more like getting hit in the ass with a 2by4 by your best friend while you ride. Even worst it will bruise your balls on a wicked DH course. Thats what i've experienced with this setup so far.


Bottom Line:   
This bike is really good for the money, like most of you we bargained and got way better deals then "retail" price so it really was worth it.

I'm convinced VPS is a great ride although my next bike will probably be a VPS DH 2004.

I recommend this bike to everyone, just keep an eye on your breaks and replace the saddle. I freeride mostly and this bike can really kick some dirt, it's great on and offroad =)

Have fun if you got one, buy one if you can't ride. Good bike to learn on.

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Favorite Trail:   Downtown Vancouver =)

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Bike Setup:   I added a lizard skin chain guard. Kudo's

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Matt A from Victoria,BC,Canada

Date Reviewed: February 7, 2003

Strengths:    fork is nice, rims are very strong and overall quality of the bike is great havnt broken anythign yet.

Weaknesses:    pedals, tires, brakes,stem, headset, for was too plush at first before adjusting.

Bottom Line:   
the is an excellent bike for the price and has taken everything I can dish out from 15 foot drops to numorous casings and so on.... i m very rough on the bike and nothing has broken. brakes need to be adjusted alot and you need to replace the tires and pedals immedeatly.

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Favorite Trail:   The Shore

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1750.00

Purchased At:   Russ Hayes

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   stock except, intense lock ons and Kujo DH tires

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rob a Downhiller from E-town

Date Reviewed: November 16, 2002

Strengths:    Very Strong, soaks up everything from the bumps to the 5ft drops to flat, Looks pretty wicked too

Weaknesses:    Needs a chainguide stock, but ill buy one anyway, seats hard but i dont use it, when i go down i dont sit and when i go up i dont sit either

Bottom Line:   
Overall i great value and an awsome ride, i would change a few things though

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   Some Store

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jaymz a Weekend Warrior from canada

Date Reviewed: October 15, 2002

Strengths:    great set up and value for price paid....

Weaknesses:    tires and brakes should have been hydro, but they are now...

Bottom Line:   
excellent bike for price...just make a few minor adjustments and you got a nice freeride machine.

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Favorite Trail:   any hill

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   freeride mtn sports

Similar Products Used:   99 brodie enduro

Bike Setup:   stock except, hayes hydraulics, axiom DH handlebar and stem..maxxis high rollers...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jokster a Downhiller from Smithers,BC

Date Reviewed: September 26, 2002

Strengths:    the frame crank and back shock

Weaknesses:    tires

Bottom Line:   
great bike for the price and the back shock is the same as the drop so all u have to do is up grade the front shocks if u want later on.

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Favorite Trail:   smothy

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   ah first mnt bike

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mad Max a Downhiller from Montreal

Date Reviewed: September 15, 2002

Strengths:    It's strong, not to heavy, good components for the price, good suspension activity.

Weaknesses:    Nice orchestra(makes a lot of craking sounds)

Bottom Line:   
This bike has a good quality/price and has a good component group for the price again. I change what i didnt like, the tires, handle bars, the fork was good but i wanted better and now I have the hi end one. I'd like to change the rims for Single or double wides when the Single track are gonna be destroyed and i'd like to change the pedals to cuz they are standard. The suspension is pretty smooth and i like it like that. GO OUT AND RIDE OR DIE!

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Favorite Trail:   Bromont

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   alot of them.

Bike Setup:   I call it my "Atomik Monster" cuz i have a Atomik frame and a 6.5" Monster-t up front, Michelin 2.5 dh tires, Formula front hub, Easton Monkey Lites CT2 carbon fiber bars, Radical Artos DH, Hayes HMX-1 disc brakes, Funn levers, Xt/Deore shifters and Deore/Alivio derailleurs.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Steve a Weekend Warrior from Melbourne, Australia

Date Reviewed: September 13, 2002

Strengths:    [This is a follow-up to three previous reviews]

Strengths are: price, general componentry, rear shock has a really nice feel.... not plush per se, but smooth (there is a difference, look it up). forks feel nice too.


Weaknesses:    Tyres (Kenda Kinetics = worst tyres ever), brakes (I changed em to Hayes hydros, couldn't be happier), the cryofit crown on the Wedges is starting to creak and the fork flexes a lot under braking, the seat is like sitting on a brick, i'd like slightly more rise in the bars (that's just my preference though).

Bottom Line:   
I bought this bike as a "beginner downhiller", and since getting it, my skills have gone through the roof; unfortunately, to the point where i'm starting to wreck stuff. The rims aren't dead, but aren't dead straight either, the fork creaks like buggery, and the brakes and tyres just flat out sucked. i'm starting to wish for a slightly slacker head angle, but that's a bit retarted for a 5" travel bike. I'd recommend this bike to anyone who's in the market for a 5" travel bike. however, the limitations must be realised: yes, it's hella fun for DHing on, but no, it isn't a WC race sled. nor is it a bender-style drop bike. people who say "oh no, i bottomed it", well that's what happens. if you're never bottoming it, either your spring rate is retartedly hard, or you're not using the bike to its potential. the forks and the rear suspension are SUPPOSED to bottom occasionally.... if you weren't intended to use the full 5" of suspension, they wouldn't give you the ability to. i bottom mine every now and then, if i'm having a bad day i might bottom them 5 times in one run. so what, they're designed to take it. quit whingeing.

and there are a lot of bullsh1tters in this review column. like the guy who said he did a 10ft drop and it "soaked it up like it was nothing", yeah right. to the people who are claiming they've done huge drops/nosedives etc but the suspension hasn't bottomed, i reserve the right to call BULLSH1T.

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Favorite Trail:   Narby

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   VicMTB (sorry, but i can't endorse this shop.... they're just too expensive)

Similar Products Used:   ah there must be hundreds....

Bike Setup:   Stock with these changes: IRC Kujo 2.35 tyres F & R, Hayes hydros, XT derailleur, custom chainguide.

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