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  • Normy
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    Right. Basically. I’m getting an AM bike. My background is DH so I have to go for something that can cope with me going a bit off course on the downs so ruled out the likes of a cheap giant trance (I’m on a bit of a budget). I’m gonna have to finance it as low on cash having just bought a house.

    Soooo…. I’ve narrowed it down to two, ridden both, can’t decide. Both are litterally as good as each other.

    Either a zesty 214

    Or

    Norco sight SE 3

    Both are really good bikes from what I’ve seen.
    And about the same price – lapierre is a bit more

    What’s the general opinion here?

    Can’t help
    But feel the lapierre a lot of the money goes on the name and a bit of paint whereas the norco it goes a bit more on the spec?

    sambob
    Member

    Norco’s probably a bit more sturdy.

    Normy
    Member

    Oh and I need a small as I’m only 5’9” . So I can’t get a higher spec last year model for cheaper as they’re all massive!!!!

    Normy
    Member

    Sambob…. Exactly what I’m thinking. It looks and feels a bit like that too

    Premier Icon tmb467
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    If they feel the same and you can’t make your mind up then go with either the cheapest / one you’ll spend least on or the one you like the look of best

    Doubt you’ll come up against anything that will wreck either bike…lapierre seems to have 150mm up front rather than 140, and suspension seems better overall than norco. Personally I’d go for the norco cos its cheaper and I prefer how it looks.

    Dunno whether one is more sturdy than the other tho…got mates on 314 and 514 lapierres who love em…norco might be seen as more niche mebbe….

    Normy
    Member

    I’ve also got a mate with a 314 so was the reason I’ve been drawn towards it so much but yeah the norco always seems like it should be better… But can’t work out why haha! It is edging in the norcos favour at the moment,

    My LBS stopped stocking Lapierres because of them snapping all the time (especially the rear triangle) and their warranty service being a bit crap and slow. I personally do like the look of them but it is one thing that has stopped me getting one….lack of money being another!

    Normy
    Member

    Yeah the snapping thing aswell… I did originally look at the spicy , but for my budget , £1800-£2000 , the 316 spec seems very entry level…. Compared to these two anyway

    stumpy01
    Member

    Erm, I know everyone on here hates MBR, but they’ve done a couple of reviews of the Norco Sight and I seem to remember them saying that overall it’s a great bike but the rear end is a bit flexy.

    Obviously flexy isn’t the same thing as breaky, but if you are riding it hard it’s something to consider…

    Let me go & find the review to confirm I’m not talking out of me ‘arris……

    Yeah, they tested the Sight 2 last month (as well as the Zesty & and Five S).

    They reckon the Sight is bit flexier is you are heavier rider. It wins the test, but from the sounds of it only just compared to the Zesty.

    Normy
    Member

    There’s pretty much as many pros and cons for and against each it seems… Think I’m gonna just have to go into Evans and see which gives me the best deal and value for money and hope it’s the right bike.

    …. Still swaying towards the norco tho… Everyone’s got a zesty!!! 😉

    Normy
    Member

    Plus I only weigh 11 stone so flexi may not be an issue!!!

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    Norco still looks best… 🙂

    for that budget buy a s/h spec enduro evo

    At 5’9 you’ll be wanting a medium in both bikes. For certain. I’d rather have the Norco, all things being equal.

    Premier Icon Kryton57
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    I’d bet tempted to look at the El Guapo £1999 complete on on-ones web site.

    cazum
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    http://www.evanscycles.com/products/rocky-mountain/altitude-50-2012-mountain-bike-ec033383

    same price as the norco sight 3 SE as i had the same choice after xmas…. but i tried both the norco and the rocky at my local evans and i just felt the rocky was the better bike… but thats a personal opinion. 0% finance from evans too! sorry if i have confused things lol 🙂

    mrblobby
    Member

    Quite like the look of that Norco.

    The El Guapo with a CCDB looks a great deal. I spent my cash on a NP Mega, smashing bike.

    Normy
    Member

    Xdpwnhiller…. I know a second hand makes sense, I see them all the time bit HAVNT got the cash and it’d take me ages to save up…. Hence why I need finance

    Hmmm I did see the Rocky Mountain in Evans too. Might give it a whirl.

    I always feel the medium isaasive tho… I feel more in control on a small.. Easier to chuck round bends

    benzi
    Member

    I like the look of the Commencals they are super cheap too.
    I’m considering one , They dont have that one is small but the one up thers a small.http://www.commencal-store.co.uk/PBSCProduct.asp?ItmID=9422149

    i see mate didnt realise you needed hp je james at sheffeild have an ex-demo enduro in 1999 full bag o spec lyriks,elixir,x0 only a bit of shoe rub on the rear chain stay

    Normy
    Member

    UPDATE!!!

    After a lonnnnng think, and pissing my local Evans off even more by trying three bikes out…. I’ve bought the zesty.

    The norco did look good and feel very sturdy, but seriously I’m not gonna be jumping off anything that’s gonna brake the zesty and I just went with what felt the best. Gut instinct in the end. Always loved the lapierres. I know I’d regret not getting one so its done now! Comes next week

    Normy
    Member

    Cheers everyone for the help too!

    radoggair
    Member

    glad STW helped. But in good old STW form, here’s an overview of this thread.

    OP – stuck for choice, asks STW to choose
    STW chooses Norco
    OP goes for Lapierre
    Thread closed and erm, pointless!!!!

    Normy
    Member

    Lol not really pointless. I don’t have as much knowledge on the bikes as some others on here. As far as I could have known… The norco could have been rubbish and it would have helped that way! They literally are both brilliant bikes…. Was so hard to choose just one. So went with gut feeling in the end.

    radoggair
    Member

    i was using a little hint of sarcasm, main thing is you find your perfect bike for your budget that suits your riding style. Saying that, should of bought a spesh 🙂

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