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2015 Norco Sight Carbon

First Look

Words by Todd Hellinga. Photos by Todd Hellinga.
August 28th, 2014

If you’re a rider into the more aggressive side of trail riding, then the 2015 Norco Sight may be a bike you want to consider if you’re in the market for a new ride next year. The 140mm of travel may be easy to dismiss as less than you may need, but the parts hanging off the carbon fiber frame belie the fact that this bike is designed for a rider that’s willing to push the limits. Featuring a 1x drivetrain with a chain guide, Schwalbe Magic Mary and Hans Dampf tires, and  Rock Shox Reverb post, this bike screams enduro, within a trail oriented chassis.

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The 2015 Sight features a beefy carbon frame, 140mm of front and rear travel from the Cane Creek DB Inline shock and Rock Shox Pike, and a sporty 67.5 degree head angle. A SRAM XO1 drive train, and stealthy internal cable routing keeps thinks looking sleek and clean. The radically sloping top tube on this medium bike provides a copious amount of standover height. The top of the downtube water mount is admirable, however a small bottle barely fits do to the extreme sloping toptube on this medium frame.

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The Rock Shox Reverb handles uppy downy seatpost duties, with the dramatic top tube sweep providing more than enough standover clearance. The seatpost clamp is nicely fitted to the carbon frame, providing a sleek interface.

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11 speed gearing keeps you moving forward and the direct mount derailleur provides a stable interface between the frame and shifting. Wheels are DT Swiss hubs on Sun Helix rims. Given the industry shift towards wider rims, the narrowness of the Helix rims is questionable and has already proven irksome with pinch flats galore.

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The horst-link design features a beefy rear dropout for stiffness and a thru-axle for the rear wheel, which while a bit cumbersome for removals is more that stiff enough for the most aggressive rider.

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Nice, wide Race Face handlebars and stem combined with narrow grips provide a comfortable cockpit, and SRAM’s new Guide brakes are tasked with keeping things in check at speed.

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Rear suspension duties are handled by Cane Creek’s new DB Inline air shock, featuring high and low speed compression as well as high and low speed rebound adjustments.

So far the Sight has seen some hefty abuse at the Crankworx EWS, and some harsh rides in the Whistler valley. Currently it’s with me on a Kootenay road trip so we’ll see how the bike holds up over the coming weeks. Stay tuned for a full review coming soon.


Are you ready for a carbon Norco?

 

  • Drinky Crow

    Does it still bob?

  • Cranky Chez

    With a 1x these designs don’t bob. They did a disservice by making them 2x the first couple years. This bike is pure sexy! Might sell the Aluminum Range and get this now that it comes with a Pike.

  • Range or Sight?

    I’d be interested in hearing some thoughts on the new to the line-up Alu 7.0 Model… future review perhaps or thoughts based on the first glance at spec and geo? http://www.norco.com/bikes/mountain/all-mountain/sight-alu/sight-a-70/