My LBS has a 2009 Norco Kwest sitting on their shop floor. It's been there for some time now (they mostly sell MTBs and BMX) and I always pretend not to notice it. Today I was inquiring about some parts and I couln't help but notice that they've dropped the price from a list of $1485 CAD to $1000. So after giving it a nice, long look:
I decided to do a little research. It's got a chromo frameset, Deore drivetrain, hubs, and V-brakes, 36 spokes on Mavic A319 rims, Ritchey stem, headset, bars, and seat post, all the necessary fender & rack mounts, and even pump pegs.
I am looking for a bike for 3-season commuting, light touring, family cruising, and organized fun rides. This looks like it might fit the bill. I searched the bike on the Forums and except for one ranter who seemed to have a hate on for Norco I found nothing negative about the bike. The only negative that I see is the bar-end shifters, and that's only because I've never used them. It might just turn out to be love at first feel.
Anyway, back to my question: Would you test ride this bike? Oh, and for any LHT aficionados out there (and you know who you are) who might want to convert me to the Church of Surly, the Long Haul Trucker retails for ~$1400 up here in the Great White North. The question might be moot anyway if the bike doesn't fit me.