I'm in the market, and I am pretty convinced I want to go new this time around. I've always taken advantage of a good used market in Vancouver, but the pandemic has messed with everything. So looking new, the pandemic has messed with that market too!
Anyway, heres my profile: long time North Shore rider, currently riding a 2013 Norco Range (L), it was pretty well upgraded when I bought it used 4 yrs ago (1x GX drivetrain, wheels, XT brakes etc), it's been a blast and I don't think the bike holds me back. I ride mostly Fromme (7th, expresso, LOC, Pipeline), some Squamish (Rupert, Half Nelson etc), some Whistler and a couple days a year of Bike Park (think Angry Pirate. Blue Velvet, Crank-it up, not A-line). I like old school tech in general and can get my way down most blacks. For drops and air, the big Bobsled drop is comfortable to me, but not much bigger. I am pretty much lost on dirt jumps if there is a gap!
Without being able to demo bikes these days, let along parking lot test anything, I think a Norco Sight A3 29er is within my budget, and the right bike. As much as a bigger bike is drool worthy, I really don't think I am going to see the limitation of the Sight over something like a Rocky Slayer, or a Commencal Meta. I am 6'2" and I think I'm ready for a full 29er, makes sense to leave the small wheels behind. The good news is that Sights in XL seem to be popping up in stores so I might actually be able to buy one.
The other questions is on the parts spec. The A3 (https://www.norco.com/bikes/2021/mountain/all-mountain/sight/sight-a3/) at $4199 is about my limits budget wise. I've done the research on the Yari RC (seems good enough for me, I am a set it and forget it guy) and the drivetrain (Deore 12 spd gets surprisingly good reviews, just a smidge heavier than the SLX etc). I am concerned about the brakes, being 200lb and liking to do some bike park and higher speed stuff, it's a concern. I know that I can upgrade later if it's a problem. Cockpit, wheels, dropper all seem reasonable enough quality.
So no specific questions, just looking for some input from the experts! Thanks!!
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