Norco 1999 Charger Hardtail Bike

Norco 1999 Charger Hardtail Bike 

DESCRIPTION

1999 Norco Charger, mountain bike, front suspension, Shimano Alivio components, Answer Manitou Spyder, 3.1" travel fork

USER REVIEWS

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[Jun 01, 2003]
dsa
Weekend Warrior

It's great

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Apr 30, 2001]
robert
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

price, fork, frame, etc.. except what's next

Weakness:

sadle, brake pad ( a lot of noise agains the rims), pedals, grip shift and of course the color gold ( it's a 2000 bike, the 2001 is white)

Very nice Bike for the price, but with some modification, perfect, it's my second bike( soft xcountry and urban)...but the 2001 comes with rapid fire, and white ...

Similar Products Used:

VéloSport( we have to beging with someting), Norco Charger 2000 ( girl friend ), specialzed Stumpjumper FSR 1996, Stumpjumper 1996 ( hardtail), Rockhopper (no suspension),And in a few weeks my new Norco VPS-DROP.... ;-)

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Mar 10, 2001]
j K
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

I thought that Its a really nice bike with a pretty good frame.

Weakness:

I hate the pedals,the saddle,and the paint

I think that you should buy this bike because it's alot better than the one that you have now!!! the one that you have now is the biggest peice of crap that I'v ever seen in my life (unless you have this bike already)so right now go out and purchas this amazing bike for a low price of $600.
I'm donne now

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
5
[Nov 27, 2000]
Craig
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Very (very) tough bike, nice fork, rims, tires and framset;
weight reasonable (for the price)

Weakness:

Acera and Deore components, plastic pedals, brake levers (sorta) and the AWFUL GOLD PAINT JOB (gotta strip it off this winter)

Very versatile bike, good for freeriding and a smattering of DH (yes, thanx to the riser bars), nice fork setup, especially with the 20 mm extension, and again, tough as a rock (but not as heavy). Worth it if you're just getting into some serious riding, but you may want to ungrade the components soon, and the rims to sunrim rhynos. Otherwise, a good all around bike, great for doing almost anything!

Similar Products Used:

Giant Iguana (HA!) GT Avalanche

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Aug 04, 2000]
Loose
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

frame(7005 alum)is racer oriented in design, very light and compact
panracer fireXC pro tires on sunrim ZJ18 doublewalled rims
marzocchi bomber z5 shocks

Weakness:

plastic pedals were kief, they had to go
seat was hard as a rock,
sram centura 24spd gripshifters are adequite but should be upgraded
riser bar (not my preference)

Don't be fool when somone says it's an entry level bike.
It may very well be intended for that purpose, just perfect for the weekend warrior, but a slight diappointment for all those techno weenies out there. The Charger doesn't have all high end components, in fact it doesn't have any. What it does offer is a complete competent(tried tested and true)entry level package to get anyone started in biking, whether you commute, cross country, downhill or want to uphill(?)
This bike is built for climbing, scaling a hill or just cruising up a highway overpass. Urban riding is a breeze. The responsiveness of the bike makes for quick movements in and out of traffic, but not skittish or sluggish. The tires hug the pavement well, even in wet corners(thx god for panracers) and the rims hold out well against bad jumps or untimed curbs. You get a lot of double takes riding around town.
But this bike is not a pansy ass upward touring comfort bike. With a longer stem and a flat bar, you can really aggressively lean forward for more power and speed and yet stay technically inclined for the trails.
I'm not a gutter bunny( ride too aggressively and fallen way too many times). But I do commute with my Charger. I've also hit many a things with my Charger. And also bailed from my Charger before hitting many a things. All in all, nothing was broken and I wasn't broken. I think that's a plus. Family jewels are still there(thx god for a 15" frame). I just pick up the Charger and keep on pedalling, like a Timex it keeps on clicking. 5 flaming cowpatties? definitely!

Similar Products Used:

trek 4500

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 27, 2000]
Larissa
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

Frame, Marzocchi fork, most components

Weakness:

seat, pedals

This is a sweet little bike for the weekend warrior! Better than most in this price range and sturdy enough to last years of beating. Climbs like a dream. Panaracer Fire XC Pro tires eat up the trail. Very happy with the overall setup. Thought the "glitter gold" was ugly at first, but it's a rockin' little bike! After just two weeks I'm racing.

Similar Products Used:

Specialized, Marin

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jul 05, 2000]
Leigh Courtney
Downhiller

Strength:

Nice feel
responsive
quick
better than most hardtails
great as urban bike

Weakness:

brakes are a little weak
tires had to go
saddle sucks ass (literally)

this is a great little bike for doing urban riding on. I prefer to go downhill in a big way, but this bike rips it up on the trails, bottom line get friendly with a bike shop and spend a couple of bucks upgrading this sweet little bike. The frames are sized a little on the small side, i got mine a little small for doing urban riding.all this bike needs is a lot of balls behind the h-bar

Similar Products Used:

trek, Kona chute, specialized

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jan 22, 2000]
Lloyd Johnson
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

I noticed most other reveiws stated Manitou shocks and average components. My bike came stock with Marzzochi Z-5 shocks and Deore and Alivio components which were perfect.

Weakness:

The only thing wrong was the saddle and the pedals which were pretty average.

I'd buy another one tomorrow!!!

Similar Products Used:

Trek 6000, giant ATX850.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Nov 07, 1999]
Steve
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

Fast, climbs very well, down hill is a blast.

One word says it all FUN

Similar Products Used:

Kona's bikes

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Sep 14, 1999]
gromit
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

Frame, tires, overall toughness, looks, price and believe it or not - the seat!!

Weakness:

Brakes could be stronger (next upgrade), grips. Pedals okay, but not great quality.

If you find the shock too soft (like me - 195lbs.), don't invest in a new fork. Just order the Manitou Firm Ride kit (about CD$30.00). Easy to install and a huge difference! The fork still may not be as plush as a Marzocchi but for the money it performs extremely well and is easy to maintain (buy some Manitou Prep-M)...

Similar Products Used:

Kona Caldera, Schwinn Mesa GSX, Cannondale F700

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RATING
5
VALUE
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