2021 Optic Vs Sight - real actual info?

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2021 Optic Vs Sight - real actual info?
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Posted: Jan 13, 2021 at 11:02 Quote
hey all, I'm looking seriously at the new Optic, and I like pretty much everything about it (including the fact that I can actually buy one here) but the rear travel has me waivering.

I am definitely looking for a more sprightly ride, but I do still like to barrel down hills, so my one concern is that the limited rear travel may not compensate for some of my poorer decisions! Should I go for a Sight to get the comfort of increased travel?

I have a 160/160 bike (a 2017 reign) that I can still lug out for the shuttle days, but for all day rides that go up as well as down, the Optic looks to be a pretty awesome option.

And I do wonder if a bike set up for maximising 125mm of travel is still better than my reign's 160mm that shrinks into something less anyway.

I don't even know if the 2021 Sight will be available to purchase in NZ yet as well, but the current stock of the Optic won't last long enough to be able to compare them in the flesh sadly.

So anybody have any opinions, thoughts or (please!) actual info on the ride of the new Optic out there?

Posted: Jan 14, 2021 at 6:30 Quote
The optic is quite a capable bike for its small amount of rear travel.

I have had mine for just over a year and have no hesitation taking it anywhere to ride. i use it for local XC type spins to fairly gnarly off piste stuff. I spent a week on it in Finale Ligure, doing some EWS tracks and various other riding. Whilst it was more physical than a bike with more travel, it handled it fine and made it more exciting.

A few people commented how they couldnt believe the stuff i was riding on it with such little travel and only 180mm rotors.

I rode NZ a few years back, Rude rock, Cordrona bike park, Rotorua etc and i wouldnt hesitate to ride an Optic there.

As you can probably tell, i am a big fan of this bike! I started looking at other options out there, but i cant find anything i rather own than an optic (well, a Raaw Modonna would be sweet, but far too much bike for me tastes).

i dont think you will be disappointed.

Posted: Jan 14, 2021 at 10:46 Quote
As someone who came off an old 2015 Fluid (120mm F+R, and nowhere near as aggressive Geo as the 'new-gen' bikes)

The Sight is a VERY forgiving bike. Its allowed me to take my riding beyond the next level and let me take lines that would've thrown me on the old rig.

With the exception of 1 or two significant drops to flat (that i never tried on the old bike) my old Fluid could do everything i asked it to and am still doing on the Sight.. it just wasn't as comfortable or forgiving if i messed it up.
Provided your suspension is set up properly, you should still be able to hit most things on the shorter travel bike... you'll just have to be more precise with it.

All reports say the Optic is super capable and even comparable to the Sight, in a different way.
If you want to bomb through things and keep your wheels on the deck- go for the Sight.
If you like more pop and play and want to be a little more nimble, go for the Optic.

(Thats not to say the Sight wouldnt be a playful bike in the right hands - i find my riding style i enjoy it more on the ground)

Posted: Jan 15, 2021 at 12:38 Quote
I have the 2020 C2 Optic, and it's a very capable bike. But if you're used to 160/160 it might be limiting ... I did read some criticism about the 125mm being a bit choppy, but those were in the minority. Most reviews were positive.

I think the Sight might be the better option.

Posted: 1 days ago Quote
thanks, really appreciate the context. I'm pretty much sold on the idea of the Optic now, just put a deposit down to hold it til i can see it in the flesh, at which point i'll probably fall in love!


v7fmp wrote:
The optic is quite a capable bike for its small amount of rear travel.

I have had mine for just over a year and have no hesitation taking it anywhere to ride. i use it for local XC type spins to fairly gnarly off piste stuff. I spent a week on it in Finale Ligure, doing some EWS tracks and various other riding. Whilst it was more physical than a bike with more travel, it handled it fine and made it more exciting.

A few people commented how they couldnt believe the stuff i was riding on it with such little travel and only 180mm rotors.

I rode NZ a few years back, Rude rock, Cordrona bike park, Rotorua etc and i wouldnt hesitate to ride an Optic there.

As you can probably tell, i am a big fan of this bike! I started looking at other options out there, but i cant find anything i rather own than an optic (well, a Raaw Modonna would be sweet, but far too much bike for me tastes).

i dont think you will be disappointed.

Posted: 1 days ago Quote
Thanks man, thinking the optic is the way to go. just had a couple of days on trails that are really amazing, but the mix of climbing, fast downhills, berms and pops, I feel like the poppy/playful style is what i'm after. I feel like the reign I have is perfect for shuttle days, but the Optic will be excellent for everything else I ride, when I'm pretty much 100% climbing for the downs.

Dwarfmarine wrote:
As someone who came off an old 2015 Fluid (120mm F+R, and nowhere near as aggressive Geo as the 'new-gen' bikes)

The Sight is a VERY forgiving bike. Its allowed me to take my riding beyond the next level and let me take lines that would've thrown me on the old rig.

With the exception of 1 or two significant drops to flat (that i never tried on the old bike) my old Fluid could do everything i asked it to and am still doing on the Sight.. it just wasn't as comfortable or forgiving if i messed it up.
Provided your suspension is set up properly, you should still be able to hit most things on the shorter travel bike... you'll just have to be more precise with it.

All reports say the Optic is super capable and even comparable to the Sight, in a different way.
If you want to bomb through things and keep your wheels on the deck- go for the Sight.
If you like more pop and play and want to be a little more nimble, go for the Optic.

(Thats not to say the Sight wouldnt be a playful bike in the right hands - i find my riding style i enjoy it more on the ground)

Posted: 1 days ago Quote
Yeah, i'm seeing so much positive press for the Optic, and i definitely expect it to be a tighter/firmer ride than the Reign, so i'm comfortable with what i'm getting myself into! Keen to know what kind of riding you do on your Optic?

njcbps wrote:
I have the 2020 C2 Optic, and it's a very capable bike. But if you're used to 160/160 it might be limiting ... I did read some criticism about the 125mm being a bit choppy, but those were in the minority. Most reviews were positive.

I think the Sight might be the better option.

Posted: 17 hours ago Quote
remote-local wrote:
Yeah, i'm seeing so much positive press for the Optic, and i definitely expect it to be a tighter/firmer ride than the Reign, so i'm comfortable with what i'm getting myself into! Keen to know what kind of riding you do on your Optic?

njcbps wrote:
I have the 2020 C2 Optic, and it's a very capable bike. But if you're used to 160/160 it might be limiting ... I did read some criticism about the 125mm being a bit choppy, but those were in the minority. Most reviews were positive.

I think the Sight might be the better option.

I ride mostly intermediate trails, and occasionally some black diamond on North shore of Vancouver. I've ridden my Optic about 150km so far. In terms of styles, I'm getting back into the sport after 20yrs and am on the safer side - IE I'm not doing jumps (only small drops).

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