Words by Norco Bicycles, Flow | Images by Norco Bicycles

Introduced today, the 2017 Norco Sight Carbon features a new frame, redesigned around both 650b and 29” wheels, with updated modern  geometry and improved suspension kinematics. Booyah! 

The Sight C7.1 (pictured_ and 9.1 are the flagship models in the range in their respective wheelsizes.

The Sight C7.1 (pictured) and Sight 9.1 are the flagship models in the range.


Finally! There’s been news on the grapevine for some time about Norco having some big release news early in 2017, and here it is!

Norco Athlete Jill Kintner aboard the new Sight.

Norco Athlete Jill Kintner aboard the new Sight.

The new Norco Sight follows in the footsteps of the Optic trail bike by offering both 27.5″ and 29″ wheelsizes, with an all new carbon frame. Norco’s engineering team have a pretty interesting take on giving consumers 27.5″ and 29″ wheel options for their models without compromising the overall ride qualities of the bike, which we discussed with Norco engineer Owen Pemberton last year. We’ve also reviewed how Norco’s approach to bike fit at length in our Norco Optic review.


We’ve reviewed many versions of the Norco Sight previously. Take a read to see how the bike has evolved.

2016 Norco Sight C7.2 review

2015 Norco Sight C7.1 review

2014 Norco Sight Killer B


Norco’s decision to offer riders two different wheel sizes in the new Sight is an interesting one, especially given the undeniable swing back towards popularity currently being enjoyed by longer travel 29ers (bikes such as the Yeti SB5.5 and YT Jeffsy that we’re reviewing at the moment). We’ll be interested to see which option proves most popular as the bikes arrive.

As with the Optic, the 29er version of the Sight has slightly less travel – 130mm rear, 140mm front – versus the 27.5″ version, which runs 140/150mm.

The 29" Sight models feature 130mm of rear travel and 140mm up front.

The 29″ Sight models feature 130mm of rear travel and 140mm up front.

With the launch of the new Sight, Norco have also released a round table discussion between Senior Design Engineer Owen Pemberton, Norco Product Manager Jim Jamieson, and Engineering Manager P.J. Hunton outlining why they’ve made the changes that they have to the geometry and suspension, and also some interesting discussion around how the bikes are specced.

The 27.5" Sight features 140mm of rear wheel travel paired with 150mm up front.

The 27.5″ Sight features 140mm of rear wheel travel paired with 150mm up front.

We think it’s worth a watch, as Owen Pemberton really simplifies Norco’s philosophy with regards to the Sight’s handling, suspension and fit, and Jim Jamieson does an excellent job explaining why certain components were decided upon with regards to spec.

We think Norco have done a great job in speccing the Sight across the range.

We think Norco have done a great job in speccing the Sight across the range.

We’re hoping to have a Sight C9.2 in our hands next week, when we’ll bring you more thoughts once we’ve had time to scratch and sniff it. Now let’s jump back into the official word from Norco.


Building on the best qualities of the previous generation Sight, our engineers applied their evolved geometry philosophy to redesign the frame from the ground up, and to introduce a 29er with the same fit and nearly identical handling characteristics as the Killer B. The result is a versatile trail killer with longer, lower, and slacker geometry to suit modern All-Mountain riding styles, and a new A.R.T. Suspension system for improved suspension performance.

To achieve the renowned fit and handling of the Killer B in a 29er platform, the 29er is designed around the same rear center lengths, with a longer front centre, steeper head tube angle, shorter stem, and 10mm less travel front and rear to offset the characteristics of the larger wheels. Although the stack and reach measurements of a Sight 650b and 29er will differ, when stem length is incorporated (a measurement Norco engineers call Reach Plus and Stack Plus), the fit between the two platforms is identical. 

The Sight Carbon 29er is available in the widest possible size range without compromising the geometry, fit, and handling. Whether you prefer the quick acceleration and playfulness of 650b wheels or the improved rollover and momentum of a 29er – the Sight Carbon offers riders choice without compromise.

Norco Sight Launch JK--4

Balanced climbing and descending capability combined with grin-inducing playfulness and nimble handling make the Sight the ideal accomplice on any aggressive All-Mountain ride. The dialed spec includes metric rear shocks, 1x drivetrains, integrated frame protection, wide tubeless-ready rims, stealth dropper posts, and other thoughtful details that make the Sight Carbon feel like a custom build, straight out of the box.

Norco Sight Launch JK--6

For more details, visit norco.com/sight


We’re very excited to be taking delivery of a Sight C9.2 model in the very near future, as we think the new Sight suits the type of riding we do alot of here at Flow. Keep your eyes peeled for a First Bite soon!

We're excited to get our hands on a Sight C9.2 for testing!

We’re excited to get our hands on a Sight C9.2 for testing!

Advance Traders will be bringing all three models in the Sight range into Australia in both 27.5″ and 29″ sizes, and prices range between $4999 and $8199.

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