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[Costco] [Costco] Northrock XC00 Bike - 399.99

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This is the normal price, but Northrock bikes are still good value. These will be better than bikes you find at Walmart, Canadian Tire or most other big box stores.

Northrock seems to be their own independent company, though their frames are likely made by Giant Manufacturing Company (who makes/made frames for many other bike brands including Trek, Schwinn, Cannondale, Scott and Specialzed at one time or another; In addition to their own Giant bikes of course).

There isn't a 'Giant equivalent' frame of the Northrock models. They aren't 're-branded' Giant bikes.

Most of the components are decent, but still entry level.

As the Costco staff aren't bike techs, make sure to check everything was put together correctly - bolts are all tightened and everything is aligned correctly

You may also probably need to tune/adjust the bike's shifting and braking.

and wear helmet anytime you are riding!
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None in heartland and brampton.
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MrFrugal1 wrote: You would be better to reframe your question in a more specific way. Are you wanting a fat bike to commute, or ride on trails? Dry powder on a trail is different than slushy road crap.

Obviously leisure. I wouldn't ride in the city with a fat bike. I'd take my Pinarello Dogma or Grevil for road and city/gravel, but they would never be left locked up anywhere except for inside my home.

I'm looking for inexpensive fat bikes to take to Hardwood Hills where they groom their trails beautifully in the winter!
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TYG3R wrote: This is the normal price, but Northrock bikes are still good value. These will be better than bikes you find at Walmart, Canadian Tire or most other big box stores.

Northrock seems to be their own independent company, though their frames are likely made by Giant Manufacturing Company (who makes/made frames for many other bike brands including Trek, Schwinn, Cannondale, Scott and Specialzed at one time or another; In addition to their own Giant bikes of course).

There isn't a 'Giant equivalent' frame of the Northrock models. They aren't 're-branded' Giant bikes.

Most of the components are decent, but still entry level.

As the Costco staff aren't bike techs, make sure to check everything was put together correctly - bolts are all tightened and everything is aligned correctly

You may also probably need to tune/adjust the bike's shifting and braking.

and wear helmet anytime you are riding!

There's no way Giant makes Scott's higher end Carbon Frames... While they're a great brand of bicycles, they're no Scott.

Great post nonetheless
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GT!! wrote: There are currently 3 downvotes and you feel it is necessary to call them out and explain themselves?? I don't understand the obsession with downvotes that seems to happen in so many RFD threads these days ...
Call out? You are equating a request for information with criticism. As I said, I am ready to purchase. The comments here are very positive, but I would like to hear the cons as well as the pros and the ratio of downvotes to upvotes was smaller when I made the post.
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N8Magic wrote: The Northrock frames are manufactured by Giant, who make a lot of private label frames for many companies.

Has it ever been confirmed that Giant actually owns Northrock? Not so sure about that.
You may be right, maybe Giant doesn't own them, however:
A "Giant" bike is a Giant made frame + Shimano (mostly) components assembled into a complete bike.
A "Northrock" bike is a Giant made frame + Shimano (mostly) components assembled into a complete bike.
Who actually assembled it doesn't really matter, it's basically a Giant bike at a discount, with a private label for Costco.
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shabby wrote: None in heartland and brampton.
They had at least 6 at Heartland last week. They must have sold out.
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As an avid cyclist and a fat bike owner, this bike is decent for what it is at the price point.

If you are using it to tool around in the slush, snow and sand, then fine, but please don't buy one of these to see if you like actual fatbiking.

It's very heavy, with bad gearing and while it can be "upgraded", it isn't cheap or easy to do so due to a lot of non-standard sizing.

It also only comes in 1 size, which is about an 18 inch frame, so it won't fit everyone.

If you are interested in fat biking, rent a proper one from a shop or borrow one from a friend to try. It's truly awesome when you get it right.

This guy in Ottawa (Deeeight) bought one a few years ago and upgraded basically every part on it:

https://forums.mtbr.com/fat-bikes/new-l ... 42920.html
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Swerny wrote: It also only comes in 1 size, which is about an 18 inch frame, so it won't fit everyone.
What size of person fits this size of bike?
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umopapisdnwei wrote: They had at least 6 at Heartland last week. They must have sold out.
Doh must of missed them, were they black or the same color as the op's?
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shabby wrote: Doh must of missed them, were they black or the same color as the op's?
IIRC, they were black.
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TYG3R wrote: This is the normal price, but Northrock bikes are still good value. These will be better than bikes you find at Walmart, Canadian Tire or most other big box stores.

Northrock seems to be their own independent company, though their frames are likely made by Giant Manufacturing Company (who makes/made frames for many other bike brands including Trek, Schwinn, Cannondale, Scott and Specialzed at one time or another; In addition to their own Giant bikes of course).

There isn't a 'Giant equivalent' frame of the Northrock models. They aren't 're-branded' Giant bikes.

Most of the components are decent, but still entry level.

As the Costco staff aren't bike techs, make sure to check everything was put together correctly - bolts are all tightened and everything is aligned correctly

You may also probably need to tune/adjust the bike's shifting and braking.

and wear helmet anytime you are riding!
If you look at the Northrock XWS womens hybrid, the frame is the same as the frame on a Giant Roam. Yes the components are a down grade, but frame appears identical to be. Obviously after sale service from Costo will not compare to a bike shop for tweaking, but with Costco you can just return.
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Swerny wrote: As an avid cyclist and a fat bike owner, this bike is decent for what it is at the price point.

If you are using it to tool around in the slush, snow and sand, then fine, but please don't buy one of these to see if you like actual fatbiking.
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Can't be any worse than the $2500 mountain bikes collecting dust in garages on my street.
I know what you are getting at though. However, getting people into the idea that yes, you can actually cycle in winter (I love when people ask why you don't freeze,) outweighs the risk that they will disappointed with the ride on a $400 fat bike.

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