The Norco Sight may not be the bike getting crazy hype, but it appears to be my goldilocks bike. Geometry numbers of the Sight aren’t extreme but that gives a more rounded ride on the variety of terrain I enjoy. Some of the new long-travel bikes like the Ibis Ripmo ride amazing on a wide variety of trail but even it’s not as agile as many mid-travel trail bikes. I prefer a more agile bike I can pop over rough sections to a slack, long travel plow bike. Norco’s Sight 29 seems about perfect for what I am looking for in a bike.
This Sight will mostly see Pisgah riding of western North Carolina. The terain is rough and steep, but not wide open enough that I feel the need for a longer travel or slacker bike. I wanted a reasonably light build that can be fun on smoother XC trails as well as the gnarly. In Sedona where most initial riding took place, it seems near perfect. There’s plenty of hard terrain in Sedona, but an agile bike that can pedal well is important. The trails are super punchy and very twisty. Sedona riding requires constant accelerating up and over steep terrain and out of corners. If you’re not used to this type of riding it will zap you pretty damn quick especially if you’re fighting a big enduro bike.
From Pisgah’s Black Mountain Trail to Sedona and Phoenix’s South Mountain the Norco Sight has delivered! The bikes agility and ability to handle the gnar have impressed in the couple hundred miles I’ve put on it. Full review coming soon.
Chad has been riding since the early '90s while growing up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Through the years, he's managed bike shops and worked for companies like SRAM, ENVE, Scott, and Rocky Mountain. Bikes have taken him to many places around the globe and even helped introduce him to his wife.
Chad lives in Brevard, NC with wife and dog "Bob." He serves on the Pisgah Area SORBA board of directors and is an active trail crew leader and trail adopter of one of Pisgah's most popular trails.
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