Getting a bike to go fast can be a whole lot easier than getting it to slow down – especially on challenging riding surfaces. To help control the extra momentum the Bigfoot VLT will give you, and take advantage of all the grip offered by the fat tires, slow it down with the incredible modulation and stopping power of the 4 piston hydraulic disc brakes and 200mm rotors.
We created the Bigfoot VLT to ride like a modern mountain bike – the rider cockpit is optimized for fast, efficient climbing thanks to its steep seat angle and long front-center. But why go up if the downhill is no fun, right? So, we gave the bike balanced geometry for confident descending, stability and control so every pedal stroke up is rewarded with a hoot or a holler on the way back down.
We've been making the Bigfoot for years, and have developed some unique features along the way that are central to the Bigfoot VLT's design. We’ve maintained a generous standover clearance and included thru axels for stiffness and improved handling. The aluminum frame has evolved to include a fully integrated downtube-mounted battery and internally routed cables provide a clean look, and we’ve also added two bottle mounts (M,L,XL). The Bigfoot VLT is built with features that are up to any adventure you are – and there's even an integrated kickstand – it's one of those things you might not think of – but you'll be glad it's there.
Talk to any rider who pedals in cold climates – a lot of bike components on the market work very differently when the temperatures drop. So, we've addressed the chief culprits with a cold-weather optimized Manitou fork, hydraulic disc brakes that use DOT fluid to maintain consistent performance over varying temperatures, and found a dropper post that works the best when the temps plummet. Not all riders ride fat bikes in the snow – but those who do will really appreciate these details.
Designed to withstand the extreme demands of e-mountain biking, the best-in-class Shimano STEPS E8000 and E7000 drive units will extend your ride and give you the push you need to get through the tough stuff. The protected seat tube charging port allows easy access and quick charging of the 500 to 630Wh batteries, which we've cold-weather tested and protected from the elements so you can ride year-round.
The Bigfoot VLT is equipped with 80mm wide rims and 4.8” tires – so there's more rubber on the ground. The footprints float over snow and sand, soften the blow from gnarly trail features, and provide immense amounts of traction in even the muddiest of conditions without tearing up the terrain.
Ask someone who likes fun if they want to have more fun. The answer is pretty much always yes. That’s why we built this bike. The Bigfoot VLT means even more fun out on the trail, and quite frankly, who wouldn’t want that?!
No, the Bigfoot VLT doesn’t have a throttle. It’s a fat bike with just a bit of extra boost. The Shimano E8000 drive unit assists you as you pedal, giving you the natural feel of riding a non-assist mountain bike. You can switch between three modes, Boost, Trail and Eco, offering different levels of pedal assist. When you stop pedalling, the motor assistance stops. It’s just that simple!
No, the Bigfoot VLT’s battery is only to be removed by a certified Norco dealer. There is no need to remove the battery from the frame as you can conveniently charge it through the charging port on the seat tube. We opted to integrate the battery into the frame as it allows us to design a much stronger, stiffer and lighter frame.