Norco Bigfoot Fat Bikes

DESCRIPTION

Norco is introducing a Fatbike for 2014. A versatile yet affordable option for snow, sand or wherever you plan to go, the Bigfoot brings the joy of fatbiking to the masses.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jan 02, 2019]
jackfeder


OVERALL
RATING
4
Strength:

2019 Norco Bigfoot 1, came out of the box ready to roll very well! The stock Jumbo Jim with addix performance compound had unbelievable traction on slick ice (which means a little bit for than zero traction, but likely the best possible without studs). The gearing and everything else included the dropper worked well even for steep technical climbs. This is one good package as sold. Does require bell and water bottle cage though. I was able to go tubeless on the stock Mulefut 80 rims without too much trouble. Tons of attachment points etc. for bike racks.

Weakness:

The rear axle is quick release. On this very competent SRAM 11 speed drivetrain and the huge traction of the tires, I was putting so much torque into it that the rear axle gets pushed out of the dropouts even though the QR was very tight. It got pulled out with metal shavings etc, so it did not just slip. I made it tighter the next time, but I needed to use a tool for leverage to remove it it was so tight. The QR arm broke when removing it because I had to make it so tight. There is so much potential torque that frame needs a through-axle rear. That is the ONLY flaw I could tell about this bike.

Price Paid:
$1849 CDN Pesos
Purchased:
New  
Model Year:
2019
[Feb 24, 2016]
Jeff
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Bike rides well for the money- much better than the 900$ price tag suggests. LOTS of braze-on mounts for accessories.

Weakness:

Does wander a little due to the cheaper tires. Mechanical disc brakes work ok, but save for some aftermarket hydros for better power. Paint is not very durable, but the frame is aluminum, so no rust worries. Grips are lame, but easily replaced. You can find faults with an inexpensive bike, but all are bolt-on items. The core of the bike is great and a blast to ride.

bought because I wanted a name brand fat bike for goofing around in the winter with friends and my wife. I didn't want to spend $1500 or more on a bike that I won't use as much as my others. Got it for a screaming deal, and will upgrade things as I break them, wear them out, or find really good deals on upgrade parts. I've used it in the snow and the mud, and both are good times. Plus, it's not as common of a brand, so there's a little less chance of running into someone with the same bike as you.

[Mar 28, 2015]
BikerBill9
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Stand over clearance, gears, hydraulic brakes, standout looks, value.

Weakness:

Tires, pedals, grips, manufacturing, quality assurance, lack of spare parts

I bought a 2015 Norco Bigfoot 6.1. All seemed great at first, but I wanted to change the rim strips from black to white. I could not get the QR loose on the front wheel. Two mechanics at my LBS couldn’t either. They told me to take it back to where I got it. I had to go to the next town to buy the bike, as there wasn’t a local Norco dealer. I took the bike back and they found that the dropout on the right side of the fork was misaligned, a manufacturing defect. After some time, the shop called with good news! A fork was being sent from Norco to replace the defective fork. Well, wasn’t I surprised to see that the replacement fork was a different color, had a quarter-inch impact ding in the fork (actually into the carbon) and was also a used fork taken from someone’s bike at Norco! It seems Norco has manufacturing, quality control and spare parts issues. All of this has taken about 8 weeks. Norco, clearly, could not deliver the bike that they sold to me! I received a full refund for the defective bike and have moved on. I wouldn’t buy another Norco product, even if I felt lucky!

Similar Products Used:

Full suspension, hardtail mountain bikes, cyclocross bike

[Dec 27, 2014]
Roger
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

My first fat bike. I bought the 6.3 because it was priced below 1k. I was pleasantly surprised to see the Chaoyang tires on it since the reviews do the vee rubbers are not good. The seat was also a nice stock feature. Love the black frame (looks even better with mud on it. The step over convenience with the angled top tube is nice and the components are decent. It is also only 31lbs.

Weakness:

Pedals (replaced with clip in platforms for use with boots or my mtb shoes). Otherwise this bike has no weaknesses.

Have ridden in deep mud and deep snow and can't say enough about the Bigfoot 6.3. Can't wipe the smile off my face either - bought two of them for me and my 17yo son to ride in the cold colorado winter. So far they've held up strong to some pretty solid punishment. We lowered the pressure to 3 psi in the 6" snow and that seemed to be about right. We could have ridden 2 psi, but we're still getting used to the whole thing. Shifting is smooth, bike feels solid. I highly recommend the Bigfoot if you are in the market for your first fat bike.

[Feb 08, 2014]
Seanster
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Excellent geometry, stand over clearance, hydro brakes, good looks, value, gearing, misc mounts.

Weakness:

Tires, pedals, saddle

My first fattie. Bought due price point and desire to ride moe in winter. The bike was sold out and I had to have one shipped in. At 6'-3" it fits me great (rode a L but XL is better). Outstanding geometry. Loads of clearance when your foot sinks down 18" in the powder off the trail. I would much prefer this geometry over a Pugs or similar straight top tube bike. I own a Crosscheck nothing against Surly

Hydro brakes rock! Budget $200 for better tires. I'm riding Lou in ft and Nate rear. Great setup! Also a Thudbuster post makes it a posh ride. These bikes should come with one as an option. Also Saint pedals resolve the cheap stock ones. Pretty dialed in now, but that all adds to the cost. I've not tested it but with shaving side lugs a Lou might fit in the rear. Tight clearance on chain though I'd guess. At 185lb the Nate is almost all I'd need for rear traction in out N Utah snow. But the Lou is great up ft. Both are 120tpi and the ride is good one frozen footprints.

Also, MSRP is NOT $1700. This bike is priced really well vs the alternatives. With better tires in 2015 it'll be very popular. No rusting with alum frame and a sweet deal. Kudos to Norco (and to Misdoula Bike Source, who was awesome!).

Btw, this was the most fun on a bike since my first mtb in 1984 (a Lotus from Wamsley's in Motown WV). :) Slow but just darn phat phun!

Similar Products Used:

Just typical mt bikes.

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