Norco Katmandu XC Hardtail

Norco’s BC Trail series bikes are designed and tested on British Columbia’s rugged, demanding trails, so they are a solid option for anyone who needs a tough, capable mountain bike. Featuring a super stiff pedaling platform for climbing and lots of confidence on the descents, the BC Trail series has everything you need to take your trail riding to the next level – without the next level price tag.

User Reviews (58)

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Verbeterin   [Feb 17, 2013]
Strength:

Solid Bike, good resistance to weather of all sorts.
stock tires have great traction.
adjustable suspension is a perfect streetable and light trails range.

Weakness:

rims have to be constantly trued due.
moderatly heavy bike.

I took this bike through a year of alberta riding.
That included hard trail rides, fast and hard city riding, winter riding, and being picked up and thrown off of a train on a regular basis. Great bike for the money.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Eric   [Jan 28, 2013]
Strength:

Very nice bike. Went anywhere I want it to go, did anything I want to do

Weakness:

Whenever I start riding it, it's in the shops every 2-3 weeks, for ether the brakes, gear selector cables, the gear selectors on the handlebars, the gear selectors on the sprockets, or to have the cables properly tentioned. I had no idea a bike could be this unreliable!

Fun bike to ride, but way to unreliable.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
Anders Chippindale   Downhiller [May 16, 2012]
Strength:

bike can take anything you throw at it, i did everything from 20-30 mile XC rides to downhill and freeride, i hucked this bike off of drops, big jumps, and then raised the seat and rode back up to do it again. this bike went way above and beyond my expectations and still does every time i ride it.

Weakness:

cable rub, and the chain squeeks, nothing else!

this bike is great, it is such good quality, i am so surprised it has been so good!

Similar Products Used: none
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
goboboyful   Weekend Warrior [Mar 26, 2012]
Strength:

il y a un fort cadre tres resistant, les freins.

Weakness:

le derailleur est a changer car il (kink) quand il y a un petit désajustement.

j'aime bien ce velo pour faire de la trail il va tres bien mais peut etre mettre un drailleur custom dessus car ce serait dommage de gaspiller la durabilité de ce cadre j'aime bien ce vélo il est bon pour ceux qui commence.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
madebahr   Weekend Warrior [Nov 18, 2011]
Strength:

Strong frame, good brakes, and Awesome tires, (good grip and only got one flat in the whole 2 years of riding!)

Weakness:

Norco saved money by replacing metal with plastic, resulting in problems with headset, forks, de-railer, de-railer brackets, peddles. The bike is also very heavy!

The Norco Katmandu could be a great bike if the company had bothered with fitting the bike with quality parts, instead of fitting it with flimsy plastic parts that break too easy! The Norco Wolverine is the better choice than the Norco Katmandu!

Similar Products Used: Norco Wolverine
OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
Flippy1993   Weekend Warrior [Sep 25, 2011]
Strength:

-huge frame that is unbreakable!
-huge tires

Weakness:

- relatively cheap parts
- bit heavy (due to su

This was my first real mountain bike. I bought it 2 years ago brand new and beat it every day in the summer on moderate trails and especially on weekends on hard trails. The bike is a bit on the heavier side so jumps are out of the questions but its fantastic for downhill/trail riding. I found the gear ratio to be very good and switching gears was always smooth

However, falling on this bike is bad news for everyone. I fell once (not very hard) and the read tire bent. Next time I fell, the front tire bent. I was a bit dissapointed since the tires are heavy-duty and shouldn't have bent that easily. I spent $100/tire to get new ones

So, is it a hard core mountain bike? NO, but its great for the cost. Its not a $2000 mountain bike that will survive a 10ft drop but its good enough for 5ft drops and good hard riding.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
disappointed dad   Weekend Warrior [Jul 28, 2011]
Strength:

Not sure, spend most time in repair shop. It's my 12 year old kid riding; in town and mild hills.

Weakness:

Weak parts; just fixed rear derailleur; 2 days later front derailleur broke. Month ago fixed pedal spindle.

Very poor quality parts; easily broken by young kid. Frustrating bike.

Similar Products Used: I have 25 year-old TREK 7000 that has never had this much down time.
OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
duckman902   Cross Country Rider [Apr 14, 2011]
Strength:

well considering i bought just the frame and ive rebuilt from the ground up it dont run bad
im still driving it but not on rough trails id have to have better forks then jetts

Weakness:

well other then the forks and the frame being a size 14 or 15 inch frame and im 6'2 i havent found anything wrong with it yet mind ya i have had way better

well cant say how good it is from the store but as for the frame that seems strong so far great around the city

Similar Products Used: gt agressor khs alite 300 fully redone to my specs kona lavadome race light my new bike giant warp ds1 redone to my specs ironhorse worrier comp norco nx1000,screamer,bush pilot,bigfoot specialized hardrock old skool with u brakes underneath and suntour parts kona stuff being built
OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
Callum   Weekend Warrior [Sep 20, 2010]
Strength:

sturdy frame, good geometry for all round riding

Weakness:

parts it comes with. have almost replaced every aspect of the bike aside from front wheel

not a bad bike to begin with, but if you look to doing anything more than riding now or then, i suggest you either need to be willing to fork out alot in upgrades or look for a more upmarket model

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
plichhayy   Weekend Warrior [Sep 08, 2010]
Strength:

just really started using the bike hard, i changed the crank..forks..handlebars..rims and tires and the back durailler..also upgraded the hubs

Weakness:

i found the xct suntour front suspension to be a bit lacking..and also the angle in wich the frame seams to be weird, and the seat will refuse to stay tight haha , but other than that overal i find the bike great, and im using it for seriouse dirt jumpin...but i also have landings for all my gaps jumps and drops so when you land right you can jump any bike pretty much as big as you want, i find the handling extremely well and the bike is very easy to get use to.

nice bike for the price, can usually pick up a second hand one from between 2-300 and build yourself quite the nice little bike if your into them things, and for the bike you build i think i spent all together 450 on mine and i find it amazing werks perfecnt and i put it threw its paces for sure, so far so good , i would recommend if your willing to chance a couple components

Similar Products Used: norco wolverine
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
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