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Norco Kwest Review/Suitability

Old 03-25-09, 09:21 PM
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Norco Kwest Review/Suitability

Hello! I am hoping to bring someone along on a tour, with a limited budget. Finding a LHT or 520 used is like finding a needle in a haystack. What we have come across is a fairly reasonable deal w/Ortlieb Paniers, 3000km on the bicycle w/a slew of extra parts. My question, has anyone ever ridden/owned one of these bikes and would it be suitable to come with me for a long term trek? I tried to do a side by side comparison but not understanding alot of the parts differences I am looking for help from this forum..

https://www.norco.com/bikes/road/performance-road/kwest/

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If the price was right and the panniers don't mess with your feet I think it would do pretty darn well. Gearing is good along with the rest of the specs. Good enough tires/spoke count and good sized tires for touring.

Again.... if it's a screamin deal I would go for it. If I came across it for the right price I would take it on a tour across the country.

How much? Don't worry about comparing it. If it's in good condition and it fits.... go for it.
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Heck... the more I look at it the more I like it.
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I've never heard of that model, but I looked on their website and the specs look good. (I spent about 1 minute, "examining" it. Not exactly an in-depth review.)
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That bike has some great looking specs. And a steel frame? Yeah, if the price is decent and it fits you then pull the trigger.
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Originally Posted by sleizure
Hello! I am hoping to bring someone along on a tour, with a limited budget. Finding a LHT or 520 used is like finding a needle in a haystack. What we have come across is a fairly reasonable deal w/Ortlieb Paniers, 3000km on the bicycle w/a slew of extra parts. My question, has anyone ever ridden/owned one of these bikes and would it be suitable to come with me for a long term trek? I tried to do a side by side comparison but not understanding alot of the parts differences I am looking for help from this forum..

https://www.norco.com/bikes/road/performance-road/kwest/

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Hi:

I have this bike (large frame) and generally I like it with a few minor quibbles. First the air pump pegs on the underside of the top tube are useless because nobody in North America manufactures a pump that will fit into those pegs. How dumb is that? Secondly the stock inner tubes are crap. On my first unloaded ride my rear tube burst and was unrepairable. I didn't wait for the the front to go. I replaced both with quality tubes and haven't had a problem since. Other than that I'm pleased with this bike overall. It's sturdy, has all the braze-ons you'd ever want and the frame geometry is set will for long days in the saddle. Once I've done a fully loaded tour I'll post my results then.

Cheers,
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