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Norco Rampage 2002 Hardtail

4.86/5 (7 Reviews)

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Reviews 1 - 7 (7 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Martin Baluch a Weekend Warrior from Coquitlam, BC

Date Reviewed: July 3, 2004

Strengths:    The 2002 norco rampage is tought enough to laugh off the drops, and spec’d with the parts that won’t let you down when you need them the most. The Marzocchi Dirt Jump 2 fork will soak up the front, while your skills takes care of the rest. It's an ausome bike that everyone will love. if ur a downhiller a dirt jumper or a cross-country kind of guy, then this bike is for you.

Weaknesses:    The tires could be a little bigger,and the bar could have a little more rise to it.

Bottom Line:   
I love this bike. It's incredibly solid,tough and i find it really easy to control. The minite i first demoed this bike i fell in love with it and i had to buy it. For two years I had no problems with it and it's easy to say that the 2002 norco rampage will last me for another 2 years or so.

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Favorite Trail:   A-Line, Wistler

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   John Henry

Similar Products Used:   2003 norco sasquatch

Bike Setup:   all stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andrew Ball a Downhiller from Orangeville Ontario Canada

Date Reviewed: June 25, 2003

Strengths:    Great bang 4 the buck!!! Marzocchi DJ 1.5's (NOT 2's) Hays mech disks,TruVativ Hussefelt cranks, and a beautiful looking frame. This bike can handle hard urban riding as well as well as back country freeriding and even non competition downhill. This ride doz it all (and for 1340, its pretty hard 2 beat!!!) And hey its made in Canada by people who know about mountain biking. Not in sum dirty factory in korea where most bikes seem to come from. GO FOR HANDBUILT CANADIAN QUALITY!!!

Weaknesses:    Well the bars work just fine and are strong and beefy but they lack rise and look out of place on this bike. The Hays mech disks are REALLY hard 2 break in. You pretty much have to go find a big hill and bomb down it then apply hard breaking repeadatly in order to break them in. Kinetics tires are not bad but not really intendd for this (north shore) style bike. They are not really 2.35's. Tioga 2.1's are wider. Do yourself a favor and put on sum real 2.3's or even 2.5's. But other than that there have been no mechanical problems. It's as solid as a rock.

Bottom Line:   
My God this bike kicks ass!!! It doz everything. It xc's well, It downhills with confedince and freeride/urbans
very well. There is no better deal for the price. Plus you know you are getting amazing handbuilt quality from peolpe who know how to build bikes well!!! If you are someone who wants to take your biking to the next level without having to pay for one of those girlie dual suspension bikes (which you don't need abd are crap for technical urban riding and tight freeriding) then get your a** onto a rampage and whoop everyone elses a** right offa the mountain!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Urban/Downhilling at Blue

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1340.00

Purchased At:   Epic Ride (bought it new in may 2003 so its cheaper because it is a year old

Similar Products Used:   2002 Norco Wolverine, 1998 Schwinn Frontier,

Bike Setup:   Bomber dj 1.5's with more oil, set at max preload (they are still pretty soft and plush) Race Face prodigy DH Bars (2in rise) VelutiaUSA DH 2.3 tire up front (much wider than kinetics 2.35's)

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Clint Nickerson a Weekend Warrior from Duncan

Date Reviewed: September 21, 2002

Strengths:    Great frame, nice components.

Weaknesses:    The tires could be fatter.

Bottom Line:   
Great beginner bike that will take the drops, jumps, hucks, and whatever else you can throw at it. Have had some trouble keeping the mech. brakes consistent, it just takes some extra attention. The TruVativ cranks also seem a bit weak, stripped mine out on a drop, but it was replaced no probs. Overall it kicks ass!! Can't ask for better dollar to quality ratio.

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Favorite Trail:   Mount Tzouhalem

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1080.00

Purchased At:   Experienced Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Rocky Mountain

Bike Setup:   Only changed the pedals to axiom flats. Stock pedals r pathetic.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chris S. a Weekend Warrior from Victoria

Date Reviewed: September 16, 2002

Strengths:    everything:the frame,the welds,drop-outs,fork,crank,derailer,brakes,etc. Hardcore canadian performance! Go Norco.

Weaknesses:    Tires could be a little bigger,and the bar could have a little more rise.

Bottom Line:   
I bought this bike for 400 dollars less at a clear out sale in Vic. I love this bike. It's incredibly solid,tough and really easy to control. Spend a couple of extra bucks on new tires and bar and it'll be killer.

P.S. anybody know how to break in them mech discs? I need help!

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Favorite Trail:   anything north shore style

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $650.00

Purchased At:   Mac's Cycle in Victoria (clearout)

Similar Products Used:   02 Sasquatch

Bike Setup:   15" all stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Norco Rider a Weekend Warrior from Kelowna B.C.

Date Reviewed: July 4, 2002

Strengths:    UMMMMMM EVERYTHING (except the tires!)

Weaknesses:    So Far none at all!(except tires!!!)

Bottom Line:   
I paid only $1729.29 with taxxes and think of the parts on this bike honestly people a dj 2 but with QR/20+! a XT r der. a sick frame( Welds bigger than pic)hayes mech(ok need to break in no sqeaks yet) Truvativ cranks like think about it!

Listen whoever u are....

BUY IT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

P.S. I love this thing, greatest bike ive ridden yet.
P.P.S. Norco's the BEST!

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Favorite Trail:   ???????????

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Cyclepath

Similar Products Used:   Norco 4HUN, Kona Chute,Kona Stuff,Kona Roast (2000), Norco Sasquatch and many others

Bike Setup:   Stock but with a 2.5 front tire(I didnt have the cash for the rear):(

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Luc Thebeau a Weekend Warrior from New Brunsuick

Date Reviewed: May 30, 2002

Strengths:    the norco rampage is a very strong bike I bought the frame
and bilt rest myself

Weaknesses:    no weeknesses

Bottom Line:   
I recomend this bike to any freerider qr back country rider
it gives a very solid ride it is very tough.I put on this
bike a 2000 bomber Z1 whit QR20 axle.sun rims rino lite
whit dt spokes.shram 9.0 rear deraleur and hussafelt chain
gide up front.I have hayes front hidraulic disc brakes and formula rear hidraulic disc brake.and amoaba downhill bars
whit axiom stem.

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Favorite Trail:   kouchibouguack

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   Incline sports (506)773-3530

Similar Products Used:   divinci hucker

Bike Setup:   freeride

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

Date Reviewed: May 29, 2002

Strengths:    ohhhhh everything!!! Sweet deal. I love the Marzocchi Dirt Jump 2 fork, the XT, the Truvativ crank, the frame, the hayes brakes thius bike rules

Weaknesses:    nothing

Bottom Line:   
I havent really had time to upgrade yet but i suspect a some beastier wheels and ill see what next. I love this bike. I can just play around on it and ride it. It is sweet! Ive put the bike off some pretty good drops and it fellt really good. Compared to the Stuff upgraded to a Z1 and XTR i think I like this one better so far. I love the Canadian hardtails! Not much more I can say other than i really like this bike alot. if ur going to get a freeride hardtail chack this out. Its pretty fun

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   my local bike shop

Similar Products Used:   Kona Stuff

Bike Setup:   stock with spongy yellow grips

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