2012 Mondraker Zenith XR vs 2012 Norco Aurum 1

The Mondraker Zenith XR is a Trail bike, while the Norco Aurum 1 is a Downhill bike. The Mondraker Zenith XR's frame is Aluminium / Alloy. The Mondraker Zenith XR has wheels, while the Norco Aurum 1 has 26" wheels. The Mondraker Zenith XR has Fox forks. The Norco Aurum 1 retails for $5,350 CAD. The Mondraker Zenith XR comes in XL, L, M, while the Norco Aurum 1 comes in S,M,L.

  • Frameset
  • Frame Material
  • Frame
  • Fork
  • Shock
  • Motor
  • Battery
  • Wheels
  • Hubs
  • Wheels
  • Wheel Size
  • Spokes
  • Tires
  • Drivetrain
  • Chain
  • Crank
  • Bottom Bracket
  • Front Derailleur
  • Rear Derailleur
  • Shifters
  • Cassette
  • Pedals
  • Components
  • Brakeset
  • Brakeset Brand
  • Handlebar
  • Saddle
  • Seatpost
  • Stem
  • Grips
  • Headset
  • Zenith Stealth alloy Zero Suspension System 170mm
  • Fox 36 Float RC2 FIT Kashima, 170mm
  • Fox DHX Air 5.0 Kashima 215X63.5
  • Onoff Disc DH
  • Onoff Eject wheelset
  • CN Stainless
  • WTB Weirwolf 2.30 Comp
  • 440, , 39x26T, Sram PC-1031 10s
  • Sram X9
  • 5, Sram GXP
  • Shimano XT FD M-786-10D Direct mount
  • Sram X0 Medium cage 10s
  • Sram Trigger X-9
  • Formula RX, Formula RX
  • Mondraker Zenith XR custom design 31.8mm 740mm
  • M-Decline Zenith XR custom design
  • Rock Shox Reverb remote 31.6mm, , ,
  • M-Decline AM 31.8mm 60mm
  • Onoff Diamond lock-on
  • FSA IS-2 1-1/8
  • Aurum DH race frame , 200 mm travel , hydroformed 6061 aluminum
  • Rockshox Vivid Coil R2C
  • [F] Sun Jumping Flea , 20 mm [R] Sun Jumping Flea 157 x 12 , Syntace axle
  • Sun Inferno 29 welded rim
  • 26"
  • Maxxis Minion DHF 26 x 2.50
  • Sram PC 1051 10 speed chain
  • Truvativ Decendant DH single 36T 83 mm shell
  • Comes with crank
  • SRAM XO DH short cage
  • [F] N/A [R] Sram X 9 rear 10 speed shifter
  • Sram PG-1070 Cassette 10 speed 11-28T
  • Black Spire low profile flat pedal
  • [F] Avid Elixer 9 disc brake with 200 mm rotor [R] Avid Elixer 9 disc brake with 200 mm rotor
  • Easton Havoc DH bar 760 mm
  • WTB Silverado Race SL
  • Norco Lite two bolt seattpost
  • Easton Havoc bolt on direct mount
  • FSA #57E-1 1.5" to 1-1/8"" w / 1-1/8"" crown race and low 5.3 mm top cover"

Why it pays to compare

Mountain Bikes are complicated machines.

They have parts from hundreds of different manufacturers, come in all shapes and sizes (and colours) and are all suited for different purposes. Choosing the right new (or used) Mountain Bike is a complicated, confusing and highly emotional (think buying a new car- the shiny red one is the best choice right?).

Comparing mountain bikes helps bring a bit of logic and reason into the decision process. Not only will comparing mountain bikes save you money, but you'll also find the bike most suitable to you, your riding style and your budget. Plus, when you do hit the Buy Now button, you'll have the confidence you're choosing the perfect bike for you.

It's easy to get carried away by the most rad looking frame, with the coolest paint job and the most aggressive new geometry, but the components are one of the most important things to consider.

A wise Mountain biker

What to compare


It's essential to know which components make up a bike. From there you can compare the differences, such as build quality, performance, features, weight and price. This takes some of the guesswork out of buying a mountain bike.

Here are the components that have the biggest impact on your ride. You should be paying particular attention to these:

  • Fork
  • Shock
  • Drivetrain (Derailleur, shifter, cranks, chain etc.)
  • Brakeset
  • Wheels

Ultimately, for most of us, price is the deciding factor and you want to get the most bang for your buck. Comparing the price of mountain bikes, along with which components you're getting, helps you determine what you're actually paying for. Are you spending your hard-earned dollars on a quality bike frame, with quality components and a solid warranty? Or are you simply paying for a brand name?


Nothing is more helpful than what real people think about a bike. It's the next best thing to riding one yourself. Reviews give you a real insight into how a bike actually rides, instead of just what the numbers seem to say about it.


Different bike companies have different warranties. It's important to compare the length of these warranties, what they'll cover and who's covered.

How to compare

  1. Search for mountain bikes that you'd like to compare.
  2. Tap Compare. You're done. No really, you are.
  3. A huge comparison table comes up, allowing you to compare components and specs for each bike.
  4. Want to delve into a bike a bit more? Click on the bike's name to view in-depth info, reviews, prices, specifications, images and more.