Norco Jubei 2 29er Hardtail

  • Custom hydroformed double butted 6061 alloy
  • Rockshox Recon solo air fork
  • Shimano 27speed drivetrain w/ SLX rear derailleur

  • User Reviews (1)

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    14Stone   Cross Country Rider [Aug 25, 2010]

    Stiff Frame
    Feels Bottom Heavy
    Lots of Tire Clearance
    Feels Aggressive and secure even for a bigger rider.
    Single track monster.
    Even with gunked up chains and gears, the bike experiences NO chain slip.


    Stock Brakes are underpowered, fade happens fast, and leads to a lot of over breaking in more dangerous areas, slowing down your overall ride.

    Suntour Forks claim 80mm of travel. Preload switch already broken after 1 turn. Seem excessively stiff even with preload set properly.

    I bought this bike just to get into fitness, which ultimately lead to me being confident enough to join some XC circuits. After some heavier rides up and above just running around on double track, it was starting to get apparent where the Jubei II starts to fall short because you start to push the limits. Its not confidence inspiring once you start that.

    The stock brakes were swapped out for a 4 piston caliper, and big fatty 203mms. The stopping power is there now, and the bike feels almost new again. But the upgrade is costly, and unfortunate.

    The Suntour fork set that Norco put on its Jubei II model started off great but became extremely stiff now. They're the next part to get swapped out on my list for a set of Rock Shocks, or Fox upgrades pending I stick with the Norco for the 2011 season.

    Norco should look at juicing up the brakes to larger disc's on their 29ers. Some people say smaller brakes worked well for them but I strongly suggest bigger brake packages on all their 29er products in 2011.

    If you're looking for something you can get out on some trails with. The Jubei II, or even III will get you out there and thumping trail immediately. If you're looking for something with a more XC flavor, jump to the Jubei I for a much better parts load out off the bat, but be prepared to move to a 203mm disc as it still uses the smaller disc for its Elixers.

    Look at it this way. You're paying a good amount of money for a good frame with intro parts. If I knew what I know now, I'd probably buy something else, as the upgrades in the future are only going to end up costing more then the bike itself.

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