Norco is one of those brands that doesn’t get a ton of attention here in the United States, but consistently produces intriguingly well-engineered frames.
The Canadian bike maker’s latest offering is the updated Sight, a revised version of a longtime favorite. Like the outgoing model, it’s available in both 27.5 and 29er. It’s designed with all-mountain versatility and features new geometry that is (of course) longer, lower, and slacker.
The 27.5 version comes equipped with an 150mm fork and 140mm of rear travel. Compared to the old model, the head angle has been slackened by a half-degree. The seat angle is marginally steeper, and reach has been given a small bump. The 29er received similar updates, but comes with an 140mm fork and 130mm of rear travel. Aside from wheel size, the other key difference between the two models is frame size availability. The 27.5 version runs XS to XL, while the 29er only goes from M to XL.
Both versions have been optimized to offer riders similar on-trail handling characteristics. To achieve that, Norco used every trick at their disposal. For example, you’ll notice small tweaks to spec between models in order to keep contact points similar. They’ve also made changes to things like travel and fork offset.
Other small details that shows Norco cares include their Gravity Tune. Basically, they fixed the front-center/rear-center ratio across all their frame sizes, so that larger models have proportionally longer front and rear ends. The tube profiles are also scaled by size, to help better calibrate frame stiffness with prospective rider weight. The idea is a smaller rider on an extra small frame will experience the same performance and comfort as a heavier rider on an XL bike. For more details about their design approach, check out the video above.
Each wheel size is available in three builds. Prices start at $3899 and top out at $6499. Frame only is $2599. All versions ship with a 1x drivetrains (but they are also 2x compatible), integrated frame protection, tubeless ready rims, wide bars, and short stems. Riders will also appreciate the meaty tread up front paired with faster rolling rubber in back.
Considering how much fun the previous version was, we’re excited to see how the new bike performs once test samples are available. We’ll keep you posted.
For more info visit www.norco.com.