Norco Bigfoot 2002 Hardtail

4.31/5 (26 Reviews)


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by rob kuhn a Weekend Warrior from southern california

Date Reviewed: September 11, 2007

Strengths:    Strong and lightweight frame

Weaknesses:    Rather tall head tube

Bottom Line:   
I wanted to get back to my roots (hard tail) so I thought about rebuilding my old Myata frame but we're talking 1994 circa which didn't have disc brake mounts and the headtube was setup for the 1-1/4 fork; I eventually installed a 1-1/8 reducer.

While looking for parts on eBay I stumbled on this frame for $69.00. It was new and never been built! The owner had bought it with plans to build it up but it just never happened.

I love this bike! I have the large 20" frame which is pretty large for me (I'm 5' 11") and that was a concern since my past XC bikes were in the 17 and 18 inch size.

Because it has a rather tall head tube, none of the steerer tubes on my forks were long enough. The cost to have have new steerer tubes installed averaged between $125 and $200. So I decided to just purchase a new fork (seeing as I got the frame for $69 it was rather easy for me to justify the cost to myself).

Once I got the bike built and I straddle it is when I realized at how big of bike it really was! I was concerned that it may be too big a bike for some of the technical rides.

The the other thing I noticed was how "fast" the bike accelerated as well as its excellent climbing speed! This thing takes off like a rocket and climbs like a goat! Because the frame is large (and its matched with a 130mm fork) it can take hits rather well. Thought it is large it's very nimble in the technicals. The frame is well balanced so techy areas that I used to do on my 17 inch frame I can do just as easy with this 20 incher.

As mentioned, this bike is fast. Much faster than any of my previous bikes. Long single track rides are awesome with this bike!

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $69.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   Myata Elevation '400

Bike Setup:   Manitou Minute 130mm fork, WTB wheels, Hayes disc (mechanical), Chris King headset, Easton handlebars, Kenda 2.1 tires, Lizard Skin Lock-on grips

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by wut up cool a Weekend Warrior from olds canada

Date Reviewed: May 28, 2007

Strengths:    It has a strong frame and great stock tires it is also very light and durable.

Weaknesses:    Nothen this bike the bomb.

Bottom Line:   
If youre looking for a tough bike that can ride it all the Norco Big foot may be the bike for you.

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Favorite Trail:   Dont got one

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $980.00

Purchased At:   Bow cycle

Similar Products Used:   Norco Kompressor

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by martin hubert a Weekend Warrior from Simcoe, Ontario

Date Reviewed: May 27, 2006

Strengths:    8" Hayes rotor brakes, Marzocchi Dirt Jam Comp Forks, Aluminum Frams, Shinamo Deore Hubs, Shifters and Hayes Sole

Weaknesses:    Haven't found any yet

Bottom Line:   
Buy It! it is an amazing bike

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Favorite Trail:   "ride her gently"

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $950.00

Purchased At:   first cycle works london

Similar Products Used:   The rest were junk compared to this one


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tom a Weekend Warrior from Garden Hill, Ontaio, Canada

Date Reviewed: April 21, 2005

Strengths:    It goes and goes, and never gives up, until the shoddy cranks give out, but they can be replaced.
Frame is invicible, which is good for me because I use it for things it wasn't intended for.


Weaknesses:    Cranks. Truvative 5D suck monkey nuts. Change them as soon as possible....broke mine three times and still didn't bother to change em for something else....good thing I was still on warranty. The Judy TT are a little soft as well, and I only weight in at 130.

Bottom Line:   
Love this bike to no end....three years runnin' and still going strong. Been abused, neglected at one point, "restored", and it still keeps going. Rims are tough as hell, pedals are great, shifting is smooth, but its starting to skip (think that's due to the bent chain though, hehe). I've used this thing for 5ft drops, which could have also aided in the crank problems, but thats beside the point, which is this bike for the price, and quality of components is a tank, bomb proof, whatever you want to call it. Used it for XC racing for a while. Did surprisingly well, as I managed to beat out most of the competition on their lightweight XC race bikes.....ha, take that. Bottom line: Yummy to the tummy Bigfoot meat is.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   Crappy ass bike shop

Similar Products Used:   Marin East Peak, Marin Juniper Trail, GT Avalance, GT LTS DS 1000

Bike Setup:   Stock, except for front tire...upgraded to Kenda Kintic Sticky, as opposed to standard Kinetic.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Charlie Fitzpatrick a Weekend Warrior from vic, australia

Date Reviewed: September 15, 2003

Strengths:    good solid frame, great rims and shocks, comfortable bike to ride, solid tires, discs are very very handy

Weaknesses:    front derailer is a bit cheap and dodgy, shifters are much the same

Bottom Line:   
all up solid bike for the dollar. the discs and frame and shocks are awsome but i recomend replacing the front derailer it just pisses you off. great lower to mid range bike. great for eginner to mids. can take a beating.

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Favorite Trail:   not too fussy

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   vic mtb

Similar Products Used:   kona nunu, norco charger, scott aspen, avanti manic

Bike Setup:   marzocchi exr comp shocks, deore rear derailer and some cheapo front derailer, hayes discs.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by AJ Moniz a Weekend Warrior from Richmond , Bc

Date Reviewed: May 19, 2003

Strengths:    Frame

Weaknesses:    Front shifter , after 1 year cabnnot shift to Granny gear easily ....

Bottom Line:   
Good bike , well built , the 2003 model has much of the upgrades required , front & rear disc's , stronger front shocks would help .

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Favorite Trail:   Whistler Downhill

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Caps Cycle , Richmond, BC


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by cory a Downhiller from bc

Date Reviewed: May 17, 2003

Strengths:    frame, rims , disk compatable,most componetnts good, excellent acceleration

Weaknesses:    shocks to weak, needed disks, parts got to loose to easy

Bottom Line:   
great bike for the $ would definetly recomend needs few upgrades but they r easy to do

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Favorite Trail:   view point

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   northern cycle

Similar Products Used:   devinchi castus

Bike Setup:   same

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by chris jmaiff a Downhiller from nelson

Date Reviewed: April 23, 2003

Strengths:    good bombers exr's good nice friam the discs ont his puppy stop withj no problem the frame is skokem!!

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
i think it is an awosme bike for everyone

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Favorite Trail:   lil g

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   1000

Similar Products Used:   i dunno

Bike Setup:   to lazy to say

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kevin a Weekend Warrior from Ontario

Date Reviewed: January 18, 2003

Strengths:    Its a pretty sweet bike for the price. The 1000$ is Canadain plus I upgraded to a BomberEXR fork. I like to take drops, ride downhill and cross country on this bike. I don't find alot of time to ride, so this is a perfect bike for the price

Weaknesses:    JudyTT fork. Is a piece of sh*t so I, put on a bomber.
Cranks fell off, but they gave me free new ones.


Bottom Line:   
This is a KILLER BIKE!!!!!

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Favorite Trail:   The Gorge

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Epic Ride(small local town shop)


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jared a Weekend Warrior from Red Deer, AB, Canada

Date Reviewed: December 11, 2002

Strengths:    This bike has great components. Nice derailure and the new cranks and pedals work great. Real strong and light frame and rims are tough. Shimano V's have awesome stopping power. Hubs are also ready to go.

Weaknesses:    Tires pick up lots of mud but thats hard to fix. Rock Shox Judy TT are fine if you land back tire first and don't take drops on the nose.

Bottom Line:   
This is a great bike to start out on. If your more advanced and getting into the big stuff I suggest a better bike, but it's a perfect all around bike to start getting into anykind of riding. Handles big drops, 5ft to flat easy. For $800 Canadian. Get it.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   United Cycle


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by racerX a Weekend Warrior from Canada

Date Reviewed: December 6, 2002

Strengths:    Shout out to all other bigfoot owners- has any one else felt that the top tube on the 2002 model is way too short? i have a 20" , but when you try to hop curbs, wheelie, or do drops it seems that another 3 inches of length would make a huge difference. the cockpit feels cramped, just in general. So has anyone upgraded to a longer stem, wider bars or taller shocks and found this problem cured? Im 5'10 with a longish back and aarms, so this could be just a personal issue.

Bottom Line:   
other than the above, the bike is great. Anyone considering it though i would say go find a similar bike from brodie. Hardtail pride!

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $840.00


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jim Bob a Weekend Warrior from Saskatoon, SK

Date Reviewed: November 11, 2002

Strengths:    Tough Frame, good value for money, easy bike to upgrade, great rims

Weaknesses:    Judy TT screwed up after a month or 2, replaced under warrantee, hubs are cheap, are making bad noise, but they are disk ready

Bottom Line:   
great entry-medium freeride bike. good specs for the cost ($818 canadian), except the rockshox judy

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   Bike Doctor

Similar Products Used:   vps 4x4, brodie brute, specialized stumpjumper

Bike Setup:   z-5's five inch, avid mechs f/r, blacksprire bashguard

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Perry W. a Weekend Warrior from Victoria

Date Reviewed: November 10, 2002

Strengths:    Very strong frame,strong derealure,good rims and light weight.

Weaknesses:    Popped tires 5 times,got new bottom bracket and arms [truvativ hussefelt].

Bottom Line:   
this is an awesome intermediate, bike better than average great for just going around off-road.

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Favorite Trail:   The peacock

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Oak Bay bicycles

Similar Products Used:   kona nunu,norco sascwatch, Marin bobcat trail.

Bike Setup:   bottom out forks to easy, need bigger forks, disc brakes like the 2003,better crank.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by David a Weekend Warrior from London

Date Reviewed: October 24, 2002

Strengths:    Agile Strong frame, shifters, tires, rear derealure, got a chunk of wood jammed between the freewheel and the derealure, the dreralure is still fine

Weaknesses:    cranks, I put a shimano carterage in it and haven't had any problems since, fork bottoms out easily

Bottom Line:   
great bike but needs new carterage and fork is too soft.
should have gotten the Sasquatch

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Favorite Trail:   Fanshaw

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $709.00

Purchased At:   Lloyds

Similar Products Used:   Norco Mountaineer

Bike Setup:   Shimano sealed carterage, Going to stick a disk on the front

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by JACKO a Weekend Warrior from TO

Date Reviewed: October 6, 2002

Strengths:    Super strong, light weight and agile even at 22" frame, smooth quick shift,

Weaknesses:    CRANKS! broke the first week,

Bottom Line:   
This is a sweet ride, I'm 6'5 250 and she takes the lumps like it was made from solid steel. Nice fat stock tires (26x240) and to the stability in the thick stuff. MUST upgrade the crank set (race face prodigy DH) the stock truitiv is a piece of crap, I hope norco just got a bad batch of cranks cause they really suck!

The Judy TT's are pretty soft but my bike shop upgraded the internal springs pro bono (thanks guys)

Overall...there aren't enough "flamin chillies" for this bike and value.

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Favorite Trail:   T&T

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   CYCLE-SOLUTIONS

Bike Setup:   IUNNO

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