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Old 03-22-13, 04:29 PM   #1
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Norco bikes ?

Does Norco make good bikes ? just looking for a hybrid bike not too expensive . The Norco Yorkville caught my eye ? Thanks .
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Old 03-22-13, 04:36 PM   #2
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Can be, Brands are import contracts now, a Handful of factories make dozens of brands

Good/Bad is often the care the Dealer gives to the assembly from the shipping carton , and service rendered after the sale.

As Said, First pick the Bike Shop. then select the Bicycle.
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Can be, Brands are import contracts now, a Handful of factories make dozens of brands

Good/Bad is often the care the Dealer gives to the assembly from the shipping carton , and service rendered after the sale.

As Said, First pick the Bike Shop. then select the Bicycle.

To the OP - Norco is mfgd. in British Columbia and is noted for their mtn. bikes. Not too prominent in US, but respected name in Canada, UK and Australia. The hybrid bike you're looking at is probably pretty vanilla, but an OK bike made by a Canadian company, but probably not made in Canada.

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I rode a Norco 140mm travel full suspension 650B mountain bike last month at the SE Bike Expo on the course used for the 1996 Olympic MTB races. Very nice handling bike with good design features and component spec.
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Just looking at the specs, I'm not terribly impressed. Even at that price point, I would not want a 7-speed freewheel or a hi-ten fork. There's "inexpensive" and then there's "cheap."
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I rented and rode a Norco "comfort bike" along the Lachine Canal in Montreal a few years back and it was fine for what it was. My wife liked hers, too. For that type of riding, I think the Norco brand might be OK for you.

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Most of the bikes within a certain style and specification will be the same no matter which brand they are. For the price it is a bike that will work but within limits. The components are not top grade but are not in the "Forget" it grade either. 20 years ago Tourney/Altus gearing was a bonus and I had cheaper on my bikes. Wheels and Formula hubs are OK and the rest of the components are passable. At this price I have an aversion to suspension seat posts as they will go up and down and that is about it. Bit like a "Pogo Stick" that can cause problems and that is if they do work for any length of time. Easy item to change if required so no worries.

There are other bikes around that are similar price and grade and the only way to tell if it is the bike for you is to test ride----up against a few other similar bikes. This is where fietsbob is right in having the right LBS comes in. It is often not the bike that will sell itself to you- it is the shop that will give you the service that will help you choose the bike.
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As a fellow Canuck (not that kind - I'm a Red Wing fan), I'm pretty familiar with this classic brand. Norco covers all the bases in its range of bikes, and I believe you will be better off at any price point than buying a 'department store' bike. A friend of mine has a Norco hybrid from the early 1990's with the 7-speed cassette and does some light touring on it and likes it just fine. I have a 1990 Raleigh Sentinel hybrid, same specs, with a million miles on it and I'll never give it up. There's nothing like steel under you in a crosswind!
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The road tests and evals I have read about Norco's bikes have been positive. I looked at their website, they have one wide range of bikes and options to choose from.
here is a link tot the site so you can judge for yourself:http://www.norco.com/

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