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    New question here. Norco Shore Hardtails, Can They Climb?

    As the title states. I am getting back into mountain biking and my Norco Bushpilot is feeling a little limited. Can the Sasquatch, Manik, and Rampage climb hills reasonably? I do mostly XC with some AM.

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    The question is can you climb? The bike is stupid and goes along with whatever you want it to do. The question is if you are willing to climb on that bike. I ride a 33 lb 7" travel bike everywhere. I'm not trying to be the first one up the climb so I'll get there when I get there. Of course, I got the bike knowing that it would not be an easy bike to climb with and it didn't bother me.
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    Exactly as zebrahum notes, it's a tad bit dependent upon your "motor" my friend. If you love that bike, and it gets you out on the trail and tooling along, go for it!!

    happy trails and enjoy!

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    While I agree with posts 2 and 3, there are some things about a bike that can be particularly annoying on the way up.

    Slack head angles, lack of a granny (sometimes even inability to mount one) and squishy suspension come to mind.

    I didn't see those models on the web site and wasn't willing to do more research. Find some good links...
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch View Post
    While I agree with posts 2 and 3, there are some things about a bike that can be particularly annoying on the way up.

    Slack head angles, lack of a granny (sometimes even inability to mount one) and squishy suspension come to mind.

    I didn't see those models on the web site and wasn't willing to do more research. Find some good links...
    norco.com/2007bikes/templates/model/enlarge.php?id=27]Norco Performance Bikes: 2007 Norco Rampage

    norco.com/2007bikes/templates/model/enlarge.php?id=26&view=&deets=2]Norco Performance Bikes: 2007 Norco Manik

    norco.com/2007bikes/templates/model/enlarge.php?id=28&view=&deets=1]Norco Performance Bikes: 2007 Norco Sasquatch

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    Norco Rampage
    Ginormous fork: check.
    Slack-ass head angle: check.
    Granny ring: yeah, and a normal cassette too

    Norco Manik
    Slightly shorter fork, same head angle reported

    Norco Sasquatch
    Ditto

    If this is what you want, go for it. One of my teammates has a long-travel hardtail with a slack head angle and while he loves the bike in general, he didn't particularly like the way it climbed. I don't know how slack, exactly, sorry...

    Expect to have more trouble climbing in a straight line. You'll need better balance. Expect to have more trouble keeping that front wheel down. At the end of the day, all these can be overcome; if you want something that's going to be fun to blast down descents and launch off of everything, you'll probably be really happy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zebrahum View Post
    The question is can you climb? The bike is stupid and goes along with whatever you want it to do. The question is if you are willing to climb on that bike. I ride a 33 lb 7" travel bike everywhere. I'm not trying to be the first one up the climb so I'll get there when I get there. Of course, I got the bike knowing that it would not be an easy bike to climb with and it didn't bother me.
    LOL you took the words right out of my head. If a bike can climb itself i'll be on top of Mt. Everst typing this exact line on this forum LOL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch View Post
    Norco Rampage
    Ginormous fork: check.
    Slack-ass head angle: check.
    Granny ring: yeah, and a normal cassette too

    Norco Manik
    Slightly shorter fork, same head angle reported

    Norco Sasquatch
    Ditto

    If this is what you want, go for it. One of my teammates has a long-travel hardtail with a slack head angle and while he loves the bike in general, he didn't particularly like the way it climbed. I don't know how slack, exactly, sorry...

    Expect to have more trouble climbing in a straight line. You'll need better balance. Expect to have more trouble keeping that front wheel down. At the end of the day, all these can be overcome; if you want something that's going to be fun to blast down descents and launch off of everything, you'll probably be really happy.
    Thanks for the suggestions Much appreciated

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    hill climbing

    read the March issue of Mountain Bike Action, they have a great article on hard tail vs, full suspension climbing.

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