Norco VPS Atomik 2002 Full Suspension

VPS Atomik

User Reviews (40)

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Shwag   Downhiller [Jun 17, 2003]
Strength:

Awsome bike, handles well, front z.1 soaks up what you give it, light weight, hays 8" discs stop ya good, easy to tinker with.

Weakness:

seat is a little hard on the ol'buttox (if you use your seat), grip shift left has to go!!!

Kikk'n, anyone looking for a sweet ride without selling their first born, get this bike!!!
Ovcourse you cant get a new one anymore, cause I got the last one from the factory!!!!!!!!! :-P sukka!

Similar Products Used: norco vps 2, P3, Nicolai 2mxtb , Balfa 2step
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Chris   Weekend Warrior [Jun 17, 2003]
Strength:

- frame (strong and stiff)
- suspension/travel (5"x5" is very smooth)
- weight (light for a freeride squishy...37lbs)
- rims (SingleTracks are staying fairly true)
- levers (Funns are very adjustable)
- 8" Hayes mechs(when broken it)
- cranks (Truvativ are solid so far)
- price/value at only $1800CAN w/tax... w/upgrades
- Canadian Shore design/geometry

- Jubilee Cycle ...Lizard Skin and Axiom stem pad thrown in after the money changed hands :)

Weakness:

Some of these are not weaknesses, just preference...

- changed the saddle (the original was like a rock)
- changed the tires (the new 2.65/2.35 Stick-E Kenda grip everything)
- changed the grips (ODI lock-on Rogues)
- changed springs in Z1 (Ultra Heavy green spring are perfect for my 220lbs)
- changed Fox Vanilla (free upgrade to Vanilla R from a 2002 Shore)
- changed pedal (cartridge bearing JS Konas)
- changed headset (FSA Pig)

- 2002 Z1 cryofit issue (no problems yet)
- 31.8 handlebar and stem are fine, but needs more rise(2").

What can say... this bike is just awesome for what I spent~! The guys at Jubilee bent over backwards to set me up. They had this bike hidden away from last year... most shops wouldn't have brought it out... they would have tried to sell me a 2003 ;)

After tweaking the preload/rebound this bike is so smooth and very stable at speed. The ride up isn't that bad either.

I haven't bottomed out the suspension yet, but I've only done 3 to flat and 4-5 to tranny. With all of the upgrades this bike is sweet and I'm having a blast!


Similar Products Used: Specialized BigHit Comp, Rockhopper FSR, Norco Buzz, Kona Kahuna Deluxe
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
MaD_MaX   Downhiller [Mar 15, 2002]
Strength:

Stiff, strong, look bad(black, everything!) good travel, brakes(8 inch hayes) fork, rims, light, hubs(deore, axiom) brake levers, NORCO(made in Canada) VPS!!

Weakness:

Grip shift shifter, tires...

One of the best bikes for the price and you can do your show off all the time with it!

Similar Products Used: None so far!
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Jody   Weekend Warrior [Mar 05, 2002]
Strength:

The Frame

Weakness:

Crappy Wheels, lousy rear shock, sucky slippery tires.

Switched my killer parts off my Brodie big shot and onto the Atomic. Wicked rider now, but the front end still seems a little low... the 2" upper extra tall crown from Rock Shox runs freakin' $289- Canadian so I'm not sure if I'm going to get a riser stem or bars, or just get the other part. Nonetheless, you can't beat the bike for the $$$. Just make sure to replace the tires and rear shock. Should be another $50 Canadian for rebound control. I was going to buy just the frame, but when they told me it would be about $1300- it didn't really make much sense. May as well get the whole bike for $2150- I'm only giving it 5 stars because of the new part I switched over to it. Highly recomended if you are thinking about doing the same.

Similar Products Used: Been riding mountain bikes for 12 years, nough said.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Rob   Downhiller [Nov 16, 2002]
Strength:

Very Strong, soaks up everything from the bumps to the 5ft drops to flat, Looks pretty wicked too

Weakness:

Needs a chainguide stock, but ill buy one anyway, seats hard but i dont use it, when i go down i dont sit and when i go up i dont sit either

Overall i great value and an awsome ride, i would change a few things though

Similar Products Used: none
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Matt A   [Feb 07, 2003]
Strength:

fork is nice, rims are very strong and overall quality of the bike is great havnt broken anythign yet.

Weakness:

pedals, tires, brakes,stem, headset, for was too plush at first before adjusting.

the is an excellent bike for the price and has taken everything I can dish out from 15 foot drops to numorous casings and so on.... i m very rough on the bike and nothing has broken. brakes need to be adjusted alot and you need to replace the tires and pedals immedeatly.

Similar Products Used: none
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Dean   Weekend Warrior [Jan 10, 2002]
Strength:

Light weightfor a freeride bike, triple chainrings

Weakness:

Rims, brakes, rear shock

This bike is not bad for a budget freeride bike. The light weight allows me to keep up with my cross country buddies uphill and smoke them on the way down. The rims are basically crap. In my first few weeks of owning this bike both were flat-spotted. One of the drops on which I flat-spotted my rear rim also blew out the rear shock, requiring that I purchase a new one at a cost of $500. Brakes take ages to run in. If you're thinking about buying this bike I recommend you keep some money up your sleeve in case of breakages, or save a bit longer and get a real freeride bike.

Similar Products Used: Norco team DH, Mountain cycle shockwave
OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
Nick Rumsey   Weekend Warrior [Sep 25, 2006]
Strength:

the whole bike rock and would never trade it in

Weakness:

NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

this bike kicks some major ass

Similar Products Used: Norco , a-line
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Steve   Weekend Warrior [Sep 13, 2002]
Strength:

[This is a follow-up to three previous reviews]

Strengths are: price, general componentry, rear shock has a really nice feel.... not plush per se, but smooth (there is a difference, look it up). forks feel nice too.

Weakness:

Tyres (Kenda Kinetics = worst tyres ever), brakes (I changed em to Hayes hydros, couldn't be happier), the cryofit crown on the Wedges is starting to creak and the fork flexes a lot under braking, the seat is like sitting on a brick, i'd like slightly more rise in the bars (that's just my preference though).

I bought this bike as a "beginner downhiller", and since getting it, my skills have gone through the roof; unfortunately, to the point where i'm starting to wreck stuff. The rims aren't dead, but aren't dead straight either, the fork creaks like buggery, and the brakes and tyres just flat out sucked. i'm starting to wish for a slightly slacker head angle, but that's a bit retarted for a 5" travel bike. I'd recommend this bike to anyone who's in the market for a 5" travel bike. however, the limitations must be realised: yes, it's hella fun for DHing on, but no, it isn't a WC race sled. nor is it a bender-style drop bike. people who say "oh no, i bottomed it", well that's what happens. if you're never bottoming it, either your spring rate is retartedly hard, or you're not using the bike to its potential. the forks and the rear suspension are SUPPOSED to bottom occasionally.... if you weren't intended to use the full 5" of suspension, they wouldn't give you the ability to. i bottom mine every now and then, if i'm having a bad day i might bottom them 5 times in one run. so what, they're designed to take it. quit whingeing.

and there are a lot of bullsh1tters in this review column. like the guy who said he did a 10ft drop and it "soaked it up like it was nothing", yeah right. to the people who are claiming they've done huge drops/nosedives etc but the suspension hasn't bottomed, i reserve the right to call BULLSH1T.

Similar Products Used: ah there must be hundreds....
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Lonnie Stefaniuk   Weekend Warrior [Dec 14, 2001]
Strength:

Great frame, great place to start for a first freeride bike.

Weakness:

Pedals, replaced with solijam vipers (florange)

Great value bike for $$$$ and parts will be upgraded when broken

Similar Products Used: none
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
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