Norco have backed up the popular Sight VLT eMTB with a 29" version in carbon and alloy options.
When Norco Bicycles released the Sight VLT eMTB in late 2018 we loved it, along with the rest of the world. The all-mountain eMTB was exactly what many were after, with few downsides. Norco have just released their next generation electric all-aountain full suspension bike - the 2020 Sight VLT 29.
“It’s been just over a year since we launched our first electric full suspension mountain bike, and there’s been a lot happening at Norco since then.” said Product Manager Jim Jamieson.
“Earlier this fall, we introduced Ride Aligned™, and we’ve also seen the emergence of some exciting new e-MTB technology, like the range extender battery. The benefit to the new design and tech is really big – and riders really want a 29er – so we had to go for it to keep this bike on top!”
The Sight VLT 29 features Norco’s exclusive Ride Aligned™ design system which debuted with the 2020 Norco Optic and 2020 Norco Sight. The bike and design system aim to deliver the same All-Mountain performance and handling as the 2020 Sight non-electric platform, with excellent climbing, descending, and high-speed confidence thanks to precise setup via the software.
Norco have designed the Sight VLT 29" eMTB around a Shimano STEPS e-MTB drive unit with in-tube battery. Norco have also incorporated the optional range extender battery (sold separately), you can add 50 to 70% more battery capacity. The highed spec models have 640Wh, the lower spec have 500Wh batteries in the frame. Best of all - you can fit a full size water bottle - if you don't run the range extender. This is something the previous Sight VLT didn't have, and we feel it really adds to the usability of the Sight VLT, especially for getting on the bike and cutting a few laps after work.
New geometry on the Sight VLT eMTB
The new Sight VLT 29 has an updated design and geometry. Norco have tweaked the numbers so the bike is super stable at high speed, corners with condifence and can send gaps and drops. There's a 64 degree head angle, long reach (485mm in large), reduced fork offset, 165mm cranks for better clearance, and crazy steep seat tube angles - 76.7 on a large!
The Sight VLT 29 is available in S, M, L and XL with 29” wheels in two carbon and two aluminum options in Australia and all integrate e-MTB-specific components – including robust, easy-rolling 29-inch wheels with Maxxis Double Down casing tyres, e-rated suspension forks and strong 4-piston brakes. There are limited numbers of the carbon bikes available right now, and aluminium models will be here in April.
Sight VLT C1 29 (Blue/Orange) RRP $9,799
Sight VLT C2 29 (Grey/Blue) RRP $8,799
Sight VLT A1 29 (Red/Black) RRP $6,999
Sight VLT A2 29 (Black/Black) RRP $6,199
The carbon frame is strong and stiff in all the right places, and built as light as possible. The aluminium has the same engineering principals to duplicate the performance and handling characteristics built into the carbon bike with minimal weight penalty. The only real changes with the carbon models are in standover height and seat post insertion, and head tube height (and therefore bar height) on the small size.
Need to know more? Head to the Norco Australia website.