Norco Mountaineer XC Hardtail

  • 7005 Series alloy frame
  • Suntour XCT 80mm fork
  • Tektro mechanical disc brakes
  • Shimano 21speed drivetrain

  • User Reviews (27)

    Showing 1-10 of 27  
    Duuchowski   Cross Country Rider [Jul 09, 2011]
    Strength:

    I like the way it rides, a little more weight and resistance then I would have perferred but altogether a much better experience then my previous Costco junker. Person who sold it to me only rode it a handful of times, almost brand new. Faster riding position if you put your seat in line with handle bars, more weight is focused on the handle bars, front wheel then back or middle. Gear shifting is pretty clean, all gears are in working order, does well with daily 20-30 km commutes on city and moderate to light trail.

    Weakness:

    Cheap kickstand could be broken off with bare hands, a kicking impact made a spoke break, frame slightly skewed so back tire will hit frame if not properly adjusted. Will try to upgrade cheaper pedals for a smarter look and handlebars to ease blisters, looking for faster tires but ones provided are pretty okay, sometimes slips in wet weather, a bit of a clunker down and uphill compared to a friends more expensive cross cycle, but price for me was right.

    I would suggest you invest in this bike if you find it used (at a discount) because it seems to be a well put together bike, but weight and some cheaper parts + overall style would've had me look over it if I was shopping for a new one. It is a good beginner bike because it is light enough that will not tear you apart on steeps or inclines, and responds to flat pavement with speed pretty well, and is realistically durable, but it looses speed on downhills compared to more expensive bikes (700-1000 CA new range). I would not say that this bike offers maximum performance at the 455 price, I would personally save extra money for a better, more professional one if I was looking to spend more then 200 dollars on a bike. However, it does not stand out as something to be stolen, I leave it locked up in the city outside overnight and it hasn't been a problem.

    Similar Products Used: Infinity mountain bike
    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    DustBuster92   Cross Country Rider [Feb 18, 2011]
    Strength:

    Everything from the shifters to the frame! as long as you keep everything lubed, clean and taken care of nothing will go wrong :D nothings gone wrong with mine and i ride AM/XC on it and it takes everything! its a strong reliable bike and if its taken care of it will stay like that! :D

    Weakness:

    nothing!!

    Its an amazing bike and im lucky to have gotten it for $50.00!
    i recommend it to anyone who likes to ride light freeride and/or cross country and to anybody who knows how to take care of a bike. its not just for begginers but anybody from experienced riders to anyone whos just starting

    Similar Products Used: none.. did use a 1995 kona sex one for a while though haha
    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    wunderkind   Weekend Warrior [Aug 11, 2009]
    Strength:

    Solid Aluminium frame. Good brakes. Stock tires are quite decent for day to day usage. Good saddle, once your butt gets used to it.

    Weakness:

    42t for the large chainring is not meant for cruising on the road. Can only carry one water bottle bracket at a time.

    I use this bike for commuting and weekend rides. It is quite good for what it is once I swap out the knobby tires for faster rolling Kenda Kwest slicks. But now I have to compromise on the rougher terrain. I am disappointed with the rear derailleur. Norco should've put in better unit instead of the Tourney. But it works I suppose. The frame is strong. feels solid.
    I don't know if the adjusable shocks is needed. It has no lockout feature. Overall it's a good entry level mtb with road riding capability (once you swap out the chainrings!) Disc brakes ensure reliable stopping performance in the wet.

    Similar Products Used: Trek 3xxx series. Devinci, Gary Fisher etc.
    OVERALL
    RATING
    3
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    steve   Weekend Warrior [Jul 02, 2009]
    Strength:

    Strong rigid aluminum frame, reasonable entry level price, especially with two wheel mechanical disc brakes

    Weakness:

    Plastic pedals and garbage Shimano Tourney rear derailleur.

    I like the fit and comfort of the bike. I might swap out the seat, but it's good enough for now. I wanted to upgrade the pedals and the rear derailleur right away. The seat can wait. Good price for a bike with 2 wheel disc brakes. I'm happy so far, even though I haven't had it long. I like the versatility of being able to do some light offroading because it gives me a better workout. When I want speed, I still have my Gary Fisher Wingra for the street. Good entry level bike for the money, I would definitely upgrade the Tourney derailleur right away. The bike is fully upgradable when things break down. I'm happy so far with my purchase. I recommend for people looking for an entry level mountain bike at an affordable price. If it gets wrecked, no big deal. Just upgrade the derailleur and pedals for sure.

    Similar Products Used: Gary Fisher Wingra
    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    jbr   Cross Country Rider [Jun 02, 2009]
    Strength:

    Value for money
    Rolls well on cheap stock tires
    Plenty of space in frame
    Shock works well (2005 Mountaineer)
    More rust-resistant than my past few bicycles
    Hard seat, but not bad for padding by new bike standards

    Weakness:

    Cheap tires that ship with the bike were patched 20x in first year
    Shimano Tourney shifts badly & is clunky
    Top gear is too low for quick cruising on level ground
    Gear indicator windows are crazing and internal plastic parts have failed once
    Doesn't do well with little maintenance...I had to get the entire bottom end redone...a clunk you can feel is a bad clunk

    I have had my money's worth out of this bike, even after getting it overhauled. It's a great bike to start with and is a great street rider. Off-road, I think it would be a little light for stump jumping and falls. On road, it will go comfortably where cheaper bikes go to fall apart. Overall, despite the bad spots, I have found this bike to be a great all-weather commuter, and will probably go with another Norco in 20 years, when this one dies (could be 30, because the frame looks strong. The Tourney's plastic gears, however, don't.)

    Similar Products Used: Supercycles mostly, but they aren't really similar at all. A Norco hybrid that ended it's life with a broken frame and bent wheels, but made a few 500+ km bike trips.
    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Dmitri Lebedev   Cross Country Rider [Oct 05, 2008]
    Strength:

    Convenient saddle;
    stiff rims;
    good simple frame

    Weakness:

    Heavyness;
    very stiff front fork with very short travel (60 mm);
    rear Shimano Tourney derailleur

    Not bad, but not the best for it's price.

    The rear derailleur is the weakest point of the bike. It never worked perfectly, and even when the tubes and wires were renewed, and the derailleur set up properly, I had problems with gear switching after 2-4 hours of riding.

    Tourney is the bottom product among Shimano derailleurs. Why did they install it? I guess, to compensate the cost of the front disc brake. (As I see, disc brakes on not-top bikes are installed at the cost of other parts - derailleurs and hubs)

    The second most irritating thing was its front fork. It is too stiff for trail ride in the countryside. After riding 1 hour at 30 km/h on a gravel road, my wrists and especially fingers hurt a lot.

    All the other parts, including front derailleur, worked well. The saddle is quite soft and doesn't distract from pedaling, though seat tube isn't long enough for me (I'm 173 cm tall, the frame is 17" size). The frame is simple, not large, with slots for 2 bottle cages. My one has a distinctive chameleon-orange colour. Now my mother rides it.

    To sum up, this is a reasonable bike, not bad, but for this price you can find a more balanced configuration - a bike like Merida TFS 100, or Avalanche 3.0, without a fancy disc brake, but with a better derailleur and softer fork.

    Similar Products Used: Merida TFS 100
    OVERALL
    RATING
    2
    VALUE
    RATING
    3
    grantweckert   Weekend Warrior [Sep 18, 2008]
    Weakness:

    fragile axles

    Bought this bike for riding to work - 7km each way, all on sealed roads.
    Was quite happy with it until I started to pedal through an intersection and the rear wheel was rubbing on the frame.
    Somehow, riding only on roads, the rear axle managed to bend - shop refused to fix under warranty, apparently Norco don't cover it.
    Hate to think how long this bike would last if I ever took it off road.

    OVERALL
    RATING
    2
    VALUE
    RATING
    2
    Grant   Weekend Warrior [Sep 18, 2008]
    Weakness:

    fragile axles

    Bought this bike for riding to work - 7km each way, all on sealed roads.
    Was quite happy with it until I started to pedal through an intersection and the rear wheel was rubbing on the frame.
    Somehow, riding only on roads, the rear axle managed to bend - shop refused to fix under warranty, apparently Norco don't cover it.
    Hate to think how long this bike would last if I ever took it off road.

    OVERALL
    RATING
    2
    VALUE
    RATING
    2
    Chris   Weekend Warrior [May 06, 2008]
    Strength:

    Great value, components are generally good quality, front disc brakes, 600mm travel of front fork, easy to climb hills with and easy to portage (carry).

    Weakness:

    Cheap plastic pedals (however, they don't gouge your shins when your feet slip!). I usually need to patch the tubes every few rides - maybe I'm too hard on it? Seatpost bracket which clamps to the seat is made of cheap metal. It often bent and the seat became loose. I eventually sheared it off after a half year.

    Great bike. Great price. I'm looking to upgrade to a full-suspension cross country bike and will hang on to the Mountaineer.

    Similar Products Used: Norco Katmanudu, Raleigh Rocky
    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Lukas   Downhiller [Jul 15, 2007]
    Strength:

    Good for XC and its really light

    Weakness:

    Components then the frame cracked.

    this bike is good for XC and for finding you style in MTBing, it is alright... but you get what you pay for, is

    Similar Products Used: norco scrambler, norco katmandu
    OVERALL
    RATING
    2
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Showing 1-10 of 27  

    THE SITE

    ABOUT MTBR

    VISIT US AT

    mtbr.com and the ConsumerReview Network are business units of Invenda Corporation

    (C) Copyright 1996-2018. All Rights Reserved.