2017 Norco Sight

Norco Launches New Sight

In 29 and 27.5 flavors

There’s a new Sight in sight. The Norco Sight Killer-B that launched in 2013 was in the vanguard of 27.5 all-mountain bikes, and four years later Norco is joining in on the melee of mid-travel 29ers while updating the Sight platform as a whole.

2017 Norco Sight
Jill Kintner aboard a non-stock-spec 2017 Sight.

Frame Details

The 2017 Norco Sight gets a carbon front triangle and seatstays with an aluminum rocker and chainstays, and can fit up to a 2.6-inch tire thanks to the addition of Boost spacing. Running plus tires is not recommended. The 27.5-wheeled version gets 140 millimeters of rear travel and a 150 millimeter fork, and both travel numbers are reduced by 10 millimeters on the 29er. The linkage is the same four-bar, Horst-link design used in previous generations, but a reduced anti-squat value and the use of bearings at both ends of the trunnion-mount shock are intended to increase suspension sensitivity compared to the previous generation frame.

2017 Norco Sight

As on the Optic, the Sight uses a three-piece rocker link, which Norco says is “proven to give more consistent quality during production than a welded assembly.” The downtube and drive-side chainstay and seatstay get armoring, and the frame is compatible with side-swing front derailleurs, although there aren’t any completes offered with a front mech. The Sight’s internal routing system uses adaptable ports for a variety of cabling options.

Geometry and Sizing

The 27.5 model has received all the modernizing geometry tweaks you’d expect: its headtube has been slackened, seat tube steepened, bottom bracket lowered and reach and wheelbase lengthened. The 29er sports identical rear-center, reach and stack numbers to the 27.5 model when headset spacer and stem dimensions are taken into account, a feature that Norco says keeps fit and handling as consistent as possible between wheel sizes.

Both platforms employ Norco’s Gravity Tune geometry, in which rear-center measurements scale up or down with front-center. The Sight 29 is limited to sizes medium through extra large, while its smaller-wheeled sibling gets a full run from extra small to extra large.

2017 Norco Sight 27.5 Geometry

2017 Norco Sight 29 Geometry

2017 Norco Sight

Spec and Pricing

Price tags on the 2017 Norco Sight range from $3,900 to $6,500, and the frame is available for $2,600. Sights are slated to be available in shops around the beginning of March. The aluminum 27.5 models have not received any updates, but will be available as carryovers starting at $2,550.

2017 Norco Sight
2017 Norco Sight
2017 Norco Sight
2017 Norco Sight
2017 Norco Sight
2017 Norco Sight
2017 Norco Sight

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