2010 Norco Bikes - Hardtails and BMX

Aug 19, 2009
by Jordan Holmes  
We have taken a look at all the other genre's of bikes from Norco's 2010 product lineup, so now we will look at 3 bikes, from the Shore to the street. The 2010 Norco Sasquatch, 2010 Norco Two50, and the 2010 Norco Rev. One being a North Shore Hardtail designed for gnarly rock rides and big drops, the second being a hardtail designed around street riding and dirt jumps and the last being a completely rigid bike, designed for street thrashing and having fun.

Click here for info on the Sasquatch, the Two50, and the Rev BMX...Starting with the Norco Sasquatch, this is the budget rider's answer to a Shore Hardtail that's able to take the abuse and still provide a comfortable ride for pedaling and commuting. A clean chrome paint job and subtle tree graphics keep the Sasquatch looking clean, while still providing a North Shore inspired feel.


Constructed using a combination of Alloy and Hydro formed tubing, Norco was able to make the Sasquatch lighter and stronger than its previous siblings. It features Norco's newly developed Forged chainstay yoke, making the chainstay and bottom bracket connection even stronger, while still reducing the overall weight of the bike. Dual front rings and a well rounded gear range means the Sasquatch is setup for mild climbing, or getting up on that wooden structure, while the Freeride orientated geometry means you will be in a comfortable position when descending.

DJ/Street/Park Bikes
Price
$1465
$1475
Travel
N/A
N/A
Rear Shock
N/A
N/A
Fork
Marzocchi 55 RS, 160mm of travel, 20 mm axle, 1-1/8” steer tube
Marzocchi 55 RS Steel Stanchion and Steer - 160mm
Headset
FSA TH-855 MTB 1-1/8”
FSA Orbit X
Cassette
Sram PG-950, 9 speed, 11-32T
Sram PG-950 MTB Cassette 11-32
Crankarms
Truvativ Hussefelt crank 34/24T, 170 mm, Black
Truvativ Hussefelt
Chainguide
N/A
N/A
Bottom Bracket
Truvativ Howitzer spline
Truvativ Hussefelt
Pedals
Alloy flat pedal, sealed bearing, steel pins, custom colour
Wellgo Alloy pedals with replaceable pins
Chain
KMC Z-9000 9 speed
Sram PC951
Rear Derailleur
Sram X-5, 9 speed, medium cage
Sram X7 black medium cage
Front Derailleur
Shimano Alivio
Shimano FD-M412, Alivio dual-pull
Shifter Pods
Sram X-5 trigger, 9 speed front and rear
Sram X5 front/rear
Handlebar
Truvativ Hussefelt Comp alloy, 38 mm rise, 31.8mm
FUNN fatboy triple butted alloy 7075 T-6
Stem
Truvativ Hussefelt alloy, 31.8mm, 40mm extension
FUNN alloy 6061 am stem
Grips
MTB krayton grip
Sunline Mushroom Grip
Brakes
Avid Juicy 3
Avid Juicy 3, 7" Rotors
Wheelset
N/A
N/A
Hubs
KT alloy disc, 8/9 spd cassette, 20mm front.
KT Alloy 32 hole disc
Spokes
Stainless steel black 2.0
N/A
Rim
Sun Single Track double wall, 32 hole, painted
Sun Equalizer 29 sleeved
Tires
Kenda Nevegal 26 x 2.35, Stick E rubber
Maxxis 26 x 2.4 Ardent tires
Seat
Norco Shore, short profile, custom cover
Velo Norco dirt jump/freeride saddle
Seatpost
Truvativ XR double bolt, 30.9
Double bolt 30.9 350 mm




A freeride component spec ensures you won't be replacing parts the first trip to the shore, however, it's not a budget build. Norco has hooked you up with all the appropriate components to get you started when it comes to aggressive riding. Strong rims, good brakes, sticky rubbers, and a comfortable saddle for those long trips. The Sasquatch features a 30.9mm seat post diameter, meaning it is "Telescopic seatpost" ready, and has standard cable routing to keep things simple.





Color matched components keep the design looking clean, while not being over powering for a hardtail bike. A white and blue component build matched with the chrome and white frame make the Sasquatch look clean from any angle, and the construction matches this design. Large tapered tubes, clean welds, and some nice machined additions to the frame give the Sasquatch a unique feel.

Color matched cables and ends

Color matched cables and ends

Frame decals

Frame decals






The 2010 Norco Sasquatch should weigh in right around 35 pounds for the complete bike and will carry a Canadian MSRP price of $1,475. The Sasquatch is offered in two different color schemes, Chrome and White and a Red and Silver, both feature the same component spec.



Norco obviously has not shied away from the street and dirt riding scene, but the one bike that struck us as undergoing a big change was the Two50. The Two50 is Norco's do everything hardtail, from street, to dirt jumps, and in between. Norco has taken a much more unique approach to the Two50, and gave it a more simplistic, BMX orientated design to it.


For 2010 Norco gave the Two50 a double butted chromoly frame, so it's light and strong. The frame features straight tubing, limited gussets, and clean welds. Norco has gone with a clean flat black to anodized purple fade on the frame, matched with purple wheels, sprocket, and decal detail.





For 2010 Norco has looked a fair amount into visual aesthetics on the Two50. A integrated seat post clam keeps the top tube and seat junction clean, and allows you to slam your seat as low as you want. For 2010 Norco has revised the cable routing to be clean and effective, with removable V brake mounts and a built in derailleur hanger ensures the Two50 can be gear ready if need be.


DJ/Street/Park Bikes
Price
$1950
$1650
Rear Shock
N/A
N/A
Fork
Rockshox Argyle Solo Air 80 mm, 1-1/8” alloy steer tube
Rockshox Argyle 302 Coil
Headset
FSA Impact 8D integrated
FSA Impact 8D Integrated Headset
Cassette
12 T single
12T Single Speed
Crankarms
Chromoly 2 pc BMX with 25T single ring, red cranks
Chromoly 3pc crank with alloy 25T sprocket
Chainguide
N/A
N/A
Bottom Bracket
Sealed bearing BMX mid BB
Sealed Mid BB 16T Spline
Pedals
Odyssey Twisted pedal plastic black
Plastic BMX Pedals
Chain
KMC K-710 1/2 x 1/8” BMX Nano plated Redc
KMC z-710 Black
Rear Derailleur
N/A
N/A
Front Derailleur
N/A
N/A
Shifter Pods
N/A
N/A
Handlebar
Funn Full Bore 65mm rise, 25.4mm RED
Funn Full Bore 25.4mm Bar
Stem
Funn Rippa stem , 25.4 mm bar, 45 mm ext RED
Funn Rippa Stem
Grips
Norco design rubber
Norco Gator Grip
Brakes
Hayes Stroker Ryde
Avid Juicy 3, 6" disc
Wheelset
N/A
N/A
Hubs
KT 135 x 10mm nutted, single speed 12T cassette, 32 H, 20mm front.
Alienation PBR 26" rim (36H)
Spokes
Stainless 2.0 Red
N/A
Rim
Alien Nation Black Sheep 26” CP chrome 32 hole
KT front disc brake hub
Tires
Kenda K-Rad 26 x 2.30, Special colour grey
Intense Micro Knobby 26" x 2.25
Seat
Pivotal thin design, Norco design cover, hollow bolt
Norco BMX / DJ Saddle Pivotal - Thin
Seatpost
Pivotal Tron alloy 25.4 short length
Pivotal 25.5 alloy post



The build kit on the Two50 is very appropriate. Spec'd with hydraulic brakes, a suspension fork, high rise bars and a pivotal seat, shows that Norco had a more street orientated thought path when spec'ing the Two50. Plastic pedals with metal pin inserts ensure you are not over weighting your pedals, but will have great traction in any situation, wet or dry. An integrated headset keeps the stack height low and the micro drive gearing means clearance is a non-issue.

Another nice touch on the Two50 is the MidBB, with ISCG 05 mounts. Norco has taken one more step and thought about the big picture and the chance that the Two50 could be used as a Dual Stunt bike or a rider may want to use it with a chain guide.





The Two50 was equipped with the Intense Micro Knobby tire, a really nice street orientated tire with an exceptionally light weight. The Two50 has an estimated weight of 31 pounds out of the box and will carry a Canadian MSRP of $1,650. The Two50 will also be available as a frame only that goes for $459.



The final bike we're going to look at is the Norco Rev. Norco's bike lineup has bikes for every aspect, in a varying range of cost and component build ups. Norco has stepped further into the BMX side of the sport to provide a more "competition ready" BMX. Much like the Team DH, the Rev BMX is a dialed BMX out of the box. Weighing in at 24 pounds of out of the box the Rev BMX is a excellent weight, with a awesome design and decal job. Norco's Dylan Korba did a ton of research on what riders like in BMXs, and some trends that are sticking around. Not over powering graphics, a basic color scheme, light and dialed.

Rev BMX

Rev BMX


Constructed and designed with weight and usability in mind, the Rev BMX has a couple neat features that make it unique and a contender against other high end BMXs. First off, a full chromoly frame with a 21" TT, matched with a chromoly fork. This match ensures that the frame and fork are light, but extremely strong. Norco has taken the time to source out the aftermarket parts that riders were looking for and put them on their stock bike. The Rev BMX has removable brake bosses for the brake less option, along with removable cable guides to clean up the overall look of your brakeless BMX.





Specifications
Release Date 2010
Price $830
Fork 1 1/8" Full CrMo, 3/8" OD
Headset 1 1/8" Integrated
Cassette 9 Tooth Driver
Crankarms 16 Spline Tubular CrMo
Bottom Bracket Sealed Mid BB
Pedals Wellgo Resin Pedals
Chain KMC
Handlebar Full CrMo 8" Rise, 28" Wide 11 butted bars
Stem Leadtech Front Load 50mm
Grips Velo 130mm with Small Flange
Brakes Tektro Alloy
Hubs Sealed 36H 3/8" Axle (14mm rear)
Rim Alienation 440 F/R
Tires Odyssey Aitken 2.25 FR/1.98 RR
Seat Velo
Seatpost Pivotal


Norco looked into the current BMX scene a fair bit, in the hopes of designing a dialed BMX. Up front they have a 3/8" axle for weight savings, while out back they have a 14mm axle for strength. An integrated headset keeps the front end clean and the stack height low, while the 8" rise, 28" wide bar puts your hands and arms at a comfortable position. The 50mm stem can be removed and changed to adjust how far the reach is.

Plastic pedals, pivotal post, Odyssey tires and micro gearing means the overall component spec fits the bill correctly, not only for weight savings, but also follows current trends in the BMX industry. Stickered graphics means you can remove them and very subtle, not overly flashy graphics means you can support Norco while not standing out like a billboard. A ton of thought has gone into the Rev BMX and it shows through in the final product.


The Rev BMX has a great component spec, a competitive weight and a lot of parts that BMX riders should be stoked on. At 24 pounds out of the box there is still space to go lighter if wanted, but it's not overly heavy. A great starting bike for any new BMX rider or a solid bike for an experienced rider looking for a solid company to get behind. The Rev BMX carries a Canadian MSRP of $830, a very competitive price.


47 Comments

  • + 9
 lookin good. i might have to pick up the 250
  • + 4
 i like the 250. its got a nice color to it.
  • + 0
 i like the 250 except for the alienation rims, i think i'd destroy them.
  • + 2
 rims are ok...great looking bike all together though
  • + 2
 the 250 looks so much cleaner and nicer than last years
  • + 1
 my alienation rims on my 09 250 have held up okay....never been bent but ive had to get them trued a couple of times.
  • + 2
 ya i have a friend that used to use them and he desroyed them and my bike goes through way more abuse then his, if i got it i'd just buy some atomlab pimplites for it or something
  • + 1
 im lovin the price on the 250 this year, finally they drop a price n keep good components still, its gonna be a top seller for 2010, im sure of it
  • + 1
 doesn't get better than neon rims
  • + 1
 you'll only wreck them if your a hack and if you get new rims, get some Halo SAS Purple Haze, that way you keep the purple theme going
  • + 2
 I think Norco did a great job with the TWO50. I didn't like last years very much it was just to much. This years is nice, simple and clean. If I didn't already have a 08 TWO50 and I was looking for a bike this would definitely be on my wish list.
  • + 1
 The paintjobs on the hardtails are way better than that of the fluid. Fluid's paintjob makes it look like it was bought from a supermarket which is a shame cause Im sure it rides pretty well.
  • + 0
 "Constructed using a combination of Alloy and Hydro formed tubing, Norco was able to make the Sasquatch lighter and stronger than its previous siblings."

The 2010 sasquatch is the only one to have this new frame in the lineup. The Manik and Rampage still have the same frame as the 2009s, with gussets at the seat tube/rear triangle junction. To me, the new frame looks cheaper that this year's.

"It features Norco's newly developed Forged chainstay yoke, making the chainstay and bottom bracket connection even stronger, while still reducing the overall weight of the bike."

The chainstay yoke is identical as the ones on my '09, and it weights exactly the same with the stock specs. Maybe "newly developped" is already a couple years old.

The paint job is a success tho, I had to change so many parts on my blue 2009 to make it look good (like the blue rims, that didn't match the frame's blue color at all).
  • + 4
 250 looks good, compared to the old 1, yucky silver and red
  • + 1
 The Rev is such a nice bike, and feels so nice to ride on too. Paul really stepped up the Norco BMX bikes this year. Can't wait to see next year, as he has even more plans and changes!
  • + 5
 Name dropppa. The 250, looks very well thought out this year. The rev is pretty dialed this year as well. and the color scheme on the Sasquatch is super rad. The Rampage is pretty sick too- wasn't expecting Hamerschmidt.
  • + 1
 The Rev does look really nice, i like the off white and the seat tops it.
  • + 0
 Jon, I always name drop. Plus, Paul sounds nicer then the BMX guy at Norco and is shorter to type.
  • + 4
 Or Norco really stepped it up this year, as its a team not a single effort, as I'm sure Paul would agree Wink it's not like Intense where its really a single person acting like the brainchild.
  • + 6
 Well, you know what I mean. Well, it seems like Paul and Korba are the ones who really put the time down into the BMX section of Norco to produce the numbers(geo and all that other stuff.)
  • + 0
 the 250 has a much better paint job i agree but it has 302 argyles and they fail. the nice things about this bike are the wheel set, pedals and the most amazing seat i have ever seen
  • + 0
 alright bikes, nothing that shocked me though. atleast they started to put thought into the spec lists of the bikes instead of throwing whatever on the bikes.
  • + 1
 so sweet. the only thing that has to be changed is the pedals on the 250. every thing else is amazing. keep up the good work
  • + 0
 Wow i would say atleast the have one nice bike now, the 250 is verynice but maybe like 3 parts could be different... for a stock bike. And the bmx looks OK too
  • + 2
 the new two50 looks sooo much beter this year
  • + 1
 those bikes are nice im really liken the sasquatch's paint job, keep it up norco
  • + 3
 man im lovin that two50
  • + 1
 Norco have done a good job on the hardtail, bmx range, pity the fluid didnt have such a classy finish
  • + 1
 I am sure the fluids finish looks much better in person than the pictures. I really like the toned down graphcs this year, I found the 09s were just a bit over the top
  • + 1
 i agree, but a smart ott paintjob is better than what theyve done this year.
  • + 1
 I hqaven't seen the actual paint jobs for 2010, but I have found that Norco paint looks bad in pictures, but good in person. When I bougght my 08 Fluid LT the pics look like I was going to have to strip and paint it before I rode it, but when I got it the paint was great with a nice fresh cut grass green hue. I will hold off on a final judgement till I see them in person, thats only another few months away
  • + 1
 fair enough, il lay off the fluid until ive seen it, and if its descent i take back every word.
  • + 1
 Couldn't ask for anything more, but you are entitled to your own opinion and I would never argue that someones tastes are wrong, unless I was just feeling like poking a little fun
  • + 1
 they all look sweet! i want to know what those welgo pedals on the two50 are like.
  • + 3
 Shagadelic!
  • + 1
 Cant wait to get my new norco 250
  • + 1
 nice
norco are makeing some nice bikesSmile
  • + 1
 The nicest two50 ever! Nice work Norco.
  • + 1
 does anyone know how much the cranks weigh?
  • + 0
 will the rev be sold in the uk?
  • + 1
 thats sweet
  • - 1
 "Pedals Oddessey Twisted pedal plastic black" norco, get your spelling right.
  • + 1
 All sparkle
  • - 1
 i think im getting a sasquatch in the spring
  • + 0
 Wow, the rev looks shit.
  • - 1
 wow they downgraded the fork on this years 250
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