MBR Takes a Swing at the Norco Sight Killer B 1.5
October 23, 2014
Words and Photo from mbr.co.uk
Norco was one of the first brands to recognise the potential of 650b wheels. Its original 650b bikes even carried a “Killer B” slogan, as Norco knew that the writing was on the wall (or in this case, the top tube) for 26in wheels.
But Norco didn’t simply squeeze slightly bigger wheels into its popular and multiple mbr test-winning Sight platform. No, it completely re-designed the bike from the ground up, transforming it into an altogether burlier machine.
The new Sight retained Norco’s signature ART suspension design and kept travel at 140mm front and back, but it’s a much more solid bike with low-profile Syntace X-12 rear dropouts and a one-piece hollow-formed upper suspension link to improve stiffness.
More recently, Norco introduced its Gravity Tune geometry to the Sight range. By clocking the BB assembly around the main pivot, it is able to increase the chainstay length with every jump in frame size, and maintain the same weight distribution across the entire size range. It’s a great feature that was first introduced on Norco’s World Cup DH bike as a cost-effective way to offer balanced handling on all sizes. In fact, we’re surprised that more brands haven’t followed Norco’s lead.
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