2018 Norco Sight Review – Being Canadian is Awesome

Norco Sight

Norco is a Canadian bike brand and being Canadian is awesome.  We have a reputation for being extremely polite and very apologetic.   We don’t like to brag or cause a fuss.  Sure, we are ridiculously patriotic but don’t feel the need to boast or gloat about how awesome our nation is.  Everyone just knows it.  It’s a FACT! The 2018 Norco Sight is just like that. Not to mention, it looks like a capable trail shredding machine with a quiet, understated presence.

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Norco Sight C2 Womens – A Capable Trail Bike at home in the rainforest of North Carolina, our testing grounds.

Getting to Know the Norco Sight: (MSRP $5149)

  • Carbon Frame with alloy chainstay’s
  • Women’s Sight C2 model in XS, SM and M
  • 27.5″ wheel size (29″ available in unisex version M, L and XL only)
  • 150 mm Rockshox Pike Fork
  • 140mm Rockshox Deluxe RT DEbonair Rear Shock
  • stock tires Maxxis Minion DHF and DHR 2.3″
  • 148mm Boost rear hub
  • Rockshox Reverb Stealth 125mm on M, 100mm on XS and SM
  • Women-specific touch points: Ergon GE slim lock on grips, SDG Women’s Allure Saddle
  • SRAM GX 12 Speed EAGLE drivetrain (32 T front and 10-50 rear cassette)
  • 170mm cranks on XS and S, 175 mm on M as tested
  • Race Face Stem (60 mm) and bar (800mm)
  • Race Face ARC 30 aluminium wheels with DT Swiss 350 hubs
  • SRAM Guide RS brakes
  • One Up Chain Guide
  • Modern trail geometry: 66.5 deg head tube angle, 74.5 deg seat tube angle, 430mm chainstay length (M sizing as tested)

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Norco Sight
The Norco Sight Women’s C2 has a clean, tight look. The charcoal/teal/silver scheme is feminine without being too girly. The internal cable routing and ports are well thought out, although we did have a little rattling in the downtube which was easily fixed with some zip ties.

Outta the Box:

I’m not gonna lie, the bike is a bit heavier than I am used to.  I did expect it to be as this offers a little more suspension than my current bike (Ibis Ripley LS.) Used to a 29er, I also expected the Norco Sight to be a little more playful due to the smaller wheel size.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s a fun bike to ride and it corners amazingly well, but I found it a little hard to pop off the ground and bounce off smaller rises.  It just took a little more energy, which could have been in part to my lack of experience on this wheel size.

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Norco Sight Womens C2
Fully SRAM’d out with GUIDE RS brakes.

Norco Sight womens c2

Norco offers protection not only with a downtube armor plate but also impact deflecting “Armourlite resin” used in the construction of the size scaled tubing. I was a little worried that the shifter cable was a little vulnerable looping out under the bottom bracket, but it survived testing in Pisgah.

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Norco Sight
The Ergon GE slim grips are a nice touch on the super wide 800mm bars. Norco did the ladies right, offering a wide bar – smart- seeing as you can always cut down a longer bar, but you can’t add length to a shorter one!

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Norco Sight Women's C2
One Up chain guide keeps you rolling. Enduro Max bearings and Rockshox Deluxe RT Debonair shock with great climbing efficiency and small bump compliance. Not quite using all of the travel here yet.

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Norco Sight Womens C2
SRAM EAGLE GX, as good as it gets without selling the whole farm.

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30mm internal wide Race Face AR 30 rims with a lotta knobs on the slower rolling Maxxis Minion DHR.

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Mostly carbon rear triangle, with alloy chainstays and a bolt-on rear brake cable router.

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Eagle 12 speed, the new standard? It is pretty baller and I can’t imagine riding without it!

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Hitting up my Ryan Leech Flat Pedal challenge (thank goodness for shin protection) on the Norco Women’s Sight. Notice the room for a small bottle in this medium frame?  If you need lots of water, you might have to put it on your back or get a side-pull cage for a larger bottle.

Who is this bike perfect for?

This is a super capable trail bike, well-built with plenty of well-thought-out features for all-day adventures.  UP, DOWN and SIDEWAYS this bike looks good shredding terrain that requires a maneuverable and stable platform. Laps in the bike park or big mountain adventures with a reliable friend are possible with the Norco Sight Women’s C2.

How would I make this bike perfect for me?

To make this bike my own I’d swap out for the 29er version (not available in the women’s currently) and add the new women’s Ergon Mountain Saddle and G3 grips.  I would add some lighter wheels, stem and bars on her and suit her up with some lighter and faster rolling tires (depending on the season.) A small Canadian Flag emblem would make me proud and happy, after all I AM CANADIAN too!

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  1. Scott James

    Hey Tricia, I am looking at this bike for my wife. We have been mostly XC riders racers but she wants to get a bit more rowdy with drops, small jumps, and technical riding. In your opinion, was it the frame that made it heavier than you expected, or the components (i.e wheel set, bars, stem). The 150/140 suspension I feel is a perfect match for more ALL Mountain riding. Did anything give you any issues? As an example, frame pivots loosening, or rattling? I do like the ability to have a water bottle. Any other color would be greatly appreciated!! Keep the SHRED ALIVE!!

    Scotty J.
    IG- shredntread
    YT: Shredn’Tread

    1. Chad Davis

      Hi Scotty, Sorry we missed your comment. Most of the weight we ended up finding was that they installed DH tubes in the tires. We should have checked this, but just assumed that now days, everyone sets their bikes up tubeless. When we found this it made a huge difference since the tubes weighed 300+ grams each. No issues with frame noises at all.

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