We wanted the Sight VLT to not only ride like a Sight, but to look good too! As a principle in our design philosophy, we made sure that the rider and the ride quality of the Sight VLT were top of mind throughout the development process. The drive unit and battery are enveloped into the carbon frame creating a lightweight, stiff and low-profile e-mountain bike. This makes the Sight VLT one of the lightest e-mountain bikes on the market.
Evolving the proven geometry of our Sight platform, the Sight VLT features modern All-Mountain geometry with a longer wheelbase for increased stability at higher speed and a refined kinematic layout for exceptional traction and grip on a wide variety of terrain. A steeper seat tube angle and a more forward riding position makes the Sight VLT an outstanding climber allowing you to punch up steep and technical climbs effortlessly. Charge your favourite descents, and then climb back up and do it all again – the Sight VLT is the definition of “do it all”.
Designed to withstand the extreme demands of e-mountain biking, the best-in-class Shimano STEPS E8000 drive unit and 630Wh battery will extend the fun you have while out on the trails. A smooth, stable delivery of power gives you the natural feel of riding a conventional mountain bike over every section of trail. The charging port with protective cover on the seat tube allows for easy access and quick charging, so you can be back on your bike in no time.
The Shimano display is compact and low-profile yet allows you to easily read and access metrics like power modes, speed, battery range and additional ride information. Easily shift between Boost, Trail and Eco modes on the fly without being distracted by any clutter on your handlebars. If you are looking for a more custom power output that matches your riding style, you can individually customize the system’s Boost and Trail power-assist levels with your smartphone and Shimano’s trailside Bluetooth connection.
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 Sight VLT means even more fun out on the trail, and quite frankly, who wouldn’t want that?!
No, the Sight VLT doesn’t have a throttle. It’s a full-suspension all-mountain 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!
We feel it’s important to give an accurate estimate of battery range for the Sight VLT so you can put range anxiety on the back burner and enjoy your time out on the trail. How far you can go with your Sight VLT depends on the rider weight, riding style and what power mode you choose to ride in. We also found that elevation gain is a more consistent measure of battery range than distance given the intended use of the Sight VLT. After logging all of our rides during bike development, we found that on average an 82kg (181lbs) rider (including gear) achieved 1400m (4,593ft) of elevation gain from a single charge of the 630Wh battery ridden solely in Boost mode in steep mountainous terrain.
No, the Sight 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.