Our friends at the Australian publication Flow Mountain Bike had the chance to hop on a new 2020 Norco Sight A1. Keep reading to see what they had to say about the aluminum version of Norco’s new Sight lineup.
The 3rd generation Sight is all-new for 2020. This ain’t no refresh though – this bike has been totally recalibrated.
In this third decade of the 21st century, bike designers are presented with an abundance of readily available technologies for constructing a contemporary long travel mountain bike. But when Norco decided to relaunch the Sight for 2020, the designers didn’t just cherry-pick from the list though. Nope, those greedy Canucks grabbed the whole damn lot. Long-stroke dropper post? Check. Reduced-offset fork? You bet. Huge reach? Yup. Slack head angle? Oh, it’s slack. Steep seat angle? Quite. DH-spec damping control? Uh-huh. Both ends too.
Now entering its third generation for 2020, the Sight steps up as the newest model to be smashed with Norco’s Mighty Hammer of Progression.
The Sight is willing to use all of its travel when you need it, but it’s possible to boost progression further by reducing air volume in the rear shock.
The A1’s spec is totally on-trend for the most chic hard-hitting riders, with Norco electing for a Lyrik over the Pike, more powerful Code brakes over G2s, and heavier EXO+ tyre casings rather than the standard EXO models. There’s also an e*thirteen chainguide, and thanks to a very short and fat seat tube, long-stroke dropper posts come stock on every model, as do 800mm wide bars, a 40mm stem and big brake rotors. Ooph!
Once I received the A1 for testing though, I discovered the Ride Aligned setup page on the Norco website, which is also available as a mobile app. This is basically Norco’s setup assistant for its newly released models, including the Sight. After selecting your specific model, you input your height, riding weight and gender. What comes next is perhaps the most comprehensive setup guides I have ever come across.
Traction and stability in spades from the supple RockShox suspension package and grippy Minion tyres.
Once I adapted to the Sight’s preferred riding position, I was rewarded with a monstrous amount of stability. This bike is seriously planted on the descents, with near DH-like tracking provided by its supple suspension package and sure-footed geometry. And the steeper the terrain, the more of your weight ends up on the front wheel, and the better it gets. With the 170mm dropper post slammed down all the way, the riding position feels safe and secure, with your bodyweight positioned low down behind the Lyrik and in between those chunky Maxxis tyres.
If you can deliver the terrain the Sight is designed to thrive on though, and you’re after a highly capable big travel bruiser for pushing your limits on, then it’d be hard to find anything else that’s as up for it or as well-spec’d as this for the money.
Good luck finding a bike that’s as solid and as well-thought-out as this for the money. The Sight A1 is a cracking package from tip to tail.
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