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In-Store Only! Northrock XC27 Mountain Bike $320

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I've seen this bike on sale at 2 different Costco locations in NJ (Teterboro and Flemington). It's selling for $480 online. I bought this for my son earlier this year and it's a really great bike. This is in-store only so YMMV.

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In 2022, this is a very good deal. I have Shimano Altus on my old Marlin bike and they work great. I also believe these 3x7 Shimano rapid shifters are on my Nishiki Manitoba hybrid and they work great as well. I don't have these specific tektro brakes but my road bike came with tektro brakes and I have been pleasantly surprised how well they work. I didn't feel like I skimped out with far lesser quality brakes. The bike parts on this bike seem to be quite good. I can't speak for the suntour 80mm fork as I never tried it.
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still waiting on that norkrock xcf to be sold here in the USA.
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Picked one up yesterday. Simple assembly.
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I looked at this bike before, the derailleur is an Altus and on the same level as the Axum's Axe derailleur (I have an Altus on another bike) but it has 3x9 gearing with a straight head tube (limits fork upgradeability without special adapters and less strong than the modern tapered headtube of the Axum) and the geometry is old and overall less modern than the Axum. The Axum has boost spacing and can fit 29x2.8 tires up front and 29x2.6 rear and has a 100 mm fork while the XC27 has 80 mm. The Axum brakes are the clones of the Tektro brakes also so they're on the same level in that regard also.

The Axum is better in every category except name branding of the parts on the XC rock but I have the equivalent Shimano and Tektros they copy and they perform the same. The XC rock is a really good value also but its not on the same level as the Axum value and performance wise.
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remember clearance at costco is super YMMV
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Been this price for at least 3 weeks. Bought one for DD in ~ June for ~ $400, when I saw it at $320 I bought one and returned it to save ~ $85 ($80+tx). Decent bike for tooling around. Might buy one for DW as well.
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Quote from KevinO2208 :
I looked at this bike before, the derailleur is an Altus and on the same level as the Axum's Axe derailleur (I have an Altus on another bike) but it has 3x9 gearing with a straight head tube (limits fork upgradeability without special adapters and less strong than the modern tapered headtube of the Axum) and the geometry is old and overall less modern than the Axum. The Axum has boost spacing and can fit 29x2.8 tires up front and 29x2.6 rear and has a 100 mm fork while the XC27 has 80 mm. The Axum brakes are the clones of the Tektro brakes also so they're on the same level in that regard also.

The Axum is better in every category except name branding of the parts on the XC rock but I have the equivalent Shimano and Tektros they copy and they perform the same. The XC rock is a really good value also but its not on the same level as the Axum value and performance wise.
I could argue with some of those points, but none of it matters if the bike doesn't fit and the Axum is much larger than this bike.
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I could argue with some of those points, but none of it matters if the bike doesn't fit and the Axum is much larger than this bike.
True the Axum deal for $228 will be too big for most people. But the XC27 geometry really is outdated if this planned for mtbing - for XC or road yeah it may be fine but the Axum is way better off road (I had a hardtail with nearly identical geometry to this and the difference is night and day for both climbing and downhill performance).
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Alloy rims are heavy garbage
7-speed means freewheel, not freehub, so no cassette upgrades possible without new wheelset (but you don't want the wheels, either)
Tektro mechanicals are the lowest of entry level disc brakes
Suntour XCE fork is almost as low, but not quite

The Maxxis tires are the highest quality feature of this bike.
The absurd inflation of the lockdown has lowered our expectations of quality and a "bargain" bike.

Buy a used bike from your LBS before this.
If you insist on a big box "bargain" bike to have something new, go with the Axum.
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Quote from KevinO2208 :
True the Axum deal for $228 will be too big for most people. But the XC27 geometry really is outdated if this planned for mtbing - for XC or road yeah it may be fine but the Axum is way better off road (I had a hardtail with nearly identical geometry to this and the difference is night and day for both climbing and downhill performance).
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If you insist on a big box "bargain" bike to have something new, go with the Axum.
The Axum is too big of a bike for those that would fit on the Northrock.

Components, geometry, price, upgradeability, etc. are all irrelevant if the bike doesn't fit.

Would you buy a nice pair of hiking boots at a great price even if they didn't fit your feet?
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still waiting on that norkrock xcf to be sold here in the USA.
I actually send product suggestion on the Costco website asking my local warehouse to carry XCF. They respond to me quicly and send my request to headquarter for next year consideration. You might want to do the same to increase the chance that they will carry it next year!
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Quote from KevinO2208 :
True the Axum deal for $228 will be too big for most people.
does anyone have a link to that deal? i must have missed it, thx
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