Video: Jason Lucas' 2021 Norco Sight - Bike Check

Oct 21, 2020
by Pinkbike Originals  


Our Video Production Supervisor, Host of Pinkbike Academy, and "Huck To Flat Enthusiast" Jason Lucas has a new ride for 2021. Check out all the details on his Norco Sight that he will be using to bring you more content in the coming months.








123 Comments

  • 73 0
 I watched that whole video waiting for him to say “is that a 29er?..eghh” and he didn’t even do it. Shame.
  • 54 14
 Why do a bike check on a stock bike? Just post a link to Norco's website next time. Is the only thing custom on this bike the handlebar? The Norco website says it comes with a Deity.
  • 26 3
 Because this was an ad for Norco. How else are they going to explain the website and how you can customize your bike however you want just to get SRAM all over exactly like a stock bike?
  • 2 0
 Yeah I don't know whats going on with that. I just got my Sight a week ago through the build your ride. It was also supposed to come with the deity ridgeline bars but came with the same e*thirteen bars that Jason's came with.
  • 2 1
 Cuz he can
  • 9 2
 just cuz it's stock don't mean i don't like ogling it
  • 3 1
 New to him and a cool bike nonetheless. We're spoiled now....all bikes are sooo good!!
  • 46 17
 His new Norco, or Norco's new Norco lent to him for commercial reasons?
  • 18 2
 I don't think they're expecting that bike back even if he didn't pay for it. You're talking about a "huck to flat" enthusiast in Jason. Also what's wrong with them giving him a bike for some exposure?
  • 15 0
 Well, he was a Trek amassador before, so he probably is a Norco ambassador now. Which means, he probably paid for his bike at a considerable discount, which means he can break even when he sells it by next product cycle. This means he can do wathever changes he wishes to do to it. Which is a quite common thing to do. In other words: It´s probably his for all intends and purposes.
  • 6 0
 Doesn’t matter. And frankly most likely it’s his own bike.Im saying this as Mike Kaz has one plus Jason wasn’t ever a fan of spending your life’s savings on a bike. He has a Rocky Mountain before this and it wasn’t the top of the line either. Just a budget well thought up smart build like this one
  • 8 0
 The Norco Sight is just a generally very well reviewed bike. I can imagine him having chosen it himself. Also its PB. So if sponsored, it would probably be a Trek.
  • 7 1
 I guess I hang out here too much ... read that as "for commencal reasons?" lol
  • 7 0
 @megatryn: at least you didn't say intensive purposes
  • 1 0
 @grntnckl: Ohh. Dropped the ball on that one. Sorry.
  • 38 23
 Would you HATERS please quit whining about this free AWESOME content, go pay for something & complain, otherwise just go cry in the corner ya babies. Jeez
  • 21 13
 So you are willing to eat shit just because it is free?
  • 13 3
 It’s not ‘free’. They sell your info and that pays for it.
  • 4 4
 I got downvoted when I complained about all the latest stumpjumper advertising. Seems to be acceptable to complain about Norco though...
  • 4 7
 @fred-frod:
> quit whining about this free AWESOME content
if eating shit is awesome to you then go ahead bro we don't mind
  • 10 2
 @fred-frod: I EAT PIECES OF SHIT LIKE YOU FOR BREAKFAST!

You eat pieces of shit for breakfast?
  • 1 0
 @rickybobby18:
“Huh? Y'all eat pieces of shit? What's the basis?
We ain't going nowhere but got suits and cases” -Kanye West
Before he was officially crazy
  • 4 0
 As a fellow 185lb-ish guy who rides fast and technical and smashy in rocky terrain, do you find EXO+ to keep you flat-free for the most part? I've run DD thus far to ward off rear flats but would love to have EXO+ as an option. Regular EXO's puncture and pinch far too easily for me.
  • 2 0
 155lb, Minion DHR2 exo+ @26psi, 1/2" cut in sidewall 1/3 of the way into my first descent. Conti protection apex held up to the same exact ride multiple times without much of a weight penalty. I'm riding a DD aggressor now.
  • 2 0
 Assegai now comes in exo+ maxx grip.
Exo+ front DD rear then its time to shake and bake.
  • 6 1
 In my experience EXO+ offers almost no extra protection for fast smashy rocks. Its a great option for PNW style trails where the ground isn't super hard but you want a bit more protection from the occasional rock or stick punching through the tire. In rocky places like phoenix or bootleg with a lot of hard sharp rock I would still run DD for the slash protection. If you want more sidewall support DD is the only option.
  • 1 0
 @RoboDuck: sharp rocks the only tire Maxxis makes that will survive an aggressive rider is dh casing. Piercing through the tread area of a dd casing is too easy. Huge penalty in weight and rolling resistance though.
  • 1 0
 @jfrizzle: Wait it does now?? I was looking the other day hoping for a exo+ assegai maxx grip for the front and a DD dissector maxx tera for the rear and neither of those were listed on their site.
  • 2 0
 I'm 185 and an aggressive rider in Colorado and ran EXO+ for a while with no/very few flats. I'm on the specialized Butchers now with the grid trail casing, and again, no flats. I think it has more to do with your line choice and when you decide to push than it does your casing.
  • 13 0
 EXO+ on the front has been awesome but for the rear I generally run a DH casing just for peace of mind as I'm guaranteed to take at least one bad line per ride. That being said I haven't flatted with that Dissector yet!
  • 1 1
 Similar 185 lbs, dd on the rear, exo+ on the front and bad at chosing a good line for going down the hill.
  • 1 0
 @gibspaulding: it's listed on their site. Good luck finding one though
  • 1 0
 @jasonlucas: oh ok...I misinterpreted the video and thought you ran EXO+ on the rear too.
  • 1 0
 @gibspaulding: I just bought one of those directly from Maxxis, actually arrived on Monday! I'm trying that in the front with a DD Dissector with Maxxgrip in the rear. I also have a dissector in EXO+ Maxxterra and DH casing Maxxgrip. I was hoping for something a little lighter in the rear but great protection, we'll see if the DD was worth it. I haven't been able to find the weights for it (I haven't received that one yet) but I'm hoping it's lighter than the DH one.
  • 1 1
 @jasonlucas: hey bad lines are often fun lines. Also, going mach chicken through a wide and long rock garden is basically one long bad line no matter how you slice it. The tire's just gotta hold up its end of the deal in unavoidable sharp rock gardens, more or less.
  • 1 0
 @gibspaulding: it does Maxxis part# TB00202900 29er only for now.
If you look closely some bikes are getting specced with it now.
  • 1 0
 @jfrizzle: Ahh, there's my problem; I was looking for 27.5. Double down it is then!
  • 1 0
 190lb here. Regular EXO with cushcore for the last 3 years in the foothills and rockies. Excellent combo and no flats. Minion DHF front and back for DH, and HR2 up front with an Aggressor rear on trail bike. Cushcore front and back on both. Pressures anywhere from 22-28 (the gauge on my pump is shit so I just go by feel)
  • 3 0
 Alas... I haven't seen 185 lbs in years. I blew by that about 15 years ago. As much as I chuckle over his self-depreciating wit, I wish I was still that weight and that age. Alas (again), 62 years, health problems and life all sort of creep up on you. Still, being retired, I giggle when I get up each morning and try to decide if today is a mountain bike day, a paddling day or a sloth day. Life is pretty darned sweet for me.
  • 6 1
 Best all around bike ever!! I love mine.
  • 3 1
 as Brian would say : confirmation bias
  • 2 1
 @Molesdigmyjumps: I don't even care. When I hop on that bike I have more fun than anything else!
  • 2 1
 Norco site is a contender for replacement to current bike, good luck finding one in the UK, Evans seem to be the only or main seller, almost no stock at all. Oddly the sales guy told me the womens version are exactly the same size just different, often better colours. But no stock at all, pretty much like every other bike maker atm.
  • 1 0
 Dude, they are in stock and shipping right now- just go to the Build Your Ride site and order through that, it gets shipped to your shop.
  • 4 0
 Oh, sorry dude... no BYR in the UK. My bad.
  • 1 0
 Evans have had sole Norco distribution rights in UK for quite some time now.
  • 1 0
 I got my 2020 sight on Bike24.com delivered to my door from Germany to Ireland.
  • 3 0
 Nice bike, Jason! Must say I love my 2020 Optic to death and this, being basically a burlier version, is probably pretty great aswell
  • 1 0
 Awesome bike! I love my 2020 A1. I’ve added a Gnar Dog spacer to the rear shock to get as much progressiveness as I can get out of the Rockshox Super Deluxe. I’ve also replaced the crappie e13 rims to DT Swiss EX511 after I broke them
  • 1 0
 Picked up the 2020 Sight early this year and it's such a good bike! Pedals really well, better than my 2017 Trek Fuel EX! And it's a riot on the descends as one would expect! I am about the same height and weight as @jasonlucas but went with a size Large and 27.5" wheels. Running tire inserts, and swapped the 34t chainring for 30t which helps extremely with steep climbs. The 63.5 degree head angle can feel a bit lazy when you want to pop off of small roots but I guess I just have to get used to it. Wouldn't want to miss that stability and confidence on the downhills though so this one stays with me Wink
  • 1 0
 I find the design of the Norco Sight to be rather underwhelming compared to the designs of the Norco Aurum and Shore. It's like an early 2000's FSR bike with 2020 geometry and components. Perhaps @jasonlucas is reminiscing on simpler times with this purchase. To each his own.
  • 4 0
 2020 Sights are unreal! Enjoy the ride Jason
  • 6 1
 IFLT
  • 3 0
 Sick bike! I was about to order a new Norco Sight until the new Stumpjumper Evo came out. Now I can't decide.
  • 6 4
 Sight hands down. A bike should have some soul, you know?
  • 3 0
 In the same boat. Sight, Stumpy evo or Sentinel.
  • 4 2
 @dkidd: I hate to break it to you but they're all mass produced in Asia and share components from the same companies.
  • 1 0
 @rickybobby18: The soul is in the design for most companies, save for Guerrilla Gravity, Pole, and a few others. Regardless, I don't think one can go wrong between those two bikes.
  • 1 8
flag Ba1rog (Oct 22, 2020 at 0:44) (Below Threshold)
 Norco has a bad customer service, Specialized is trustworthy and reliable. I have the old Sight and the alloy frame can easily be cracked and good luck to deal with their customer service in the US. My friends in France and in Canada are still waiting for their warranty claims. TBH buy from the big S. It is gonna be easier to get parts. I can add the paint and weldings on their alloy are pretty dodgy. I don't even want to speak about their OEM component. I destroyed the OEM Alexrims after one week on a A7.1 I wouldn't buy Norco again even if it is a local brand, i saw too much Sight,Tuax and Range frame being destroyed lol.
  • 2 0
 @Ba1rog: The massive snack hole and water bladder in the Stumpjumper Evo is a huge selling point for me. I would never have to ride with a pack except on the longest and hottest rides.
  • 4 0
 @Ba1rog: You are literally the first person I have ever heard of that has had this much of a problem. Of course, every brand has some problems, even the big S. But I've never heard of any multiple issues from Norco and we see tons of them on the Shore. I'm on my second Sight and my first one (2014) is still riding great despite a dented frame around the bb from a badly cased landing. The service I've received from Norco has been exceptional.
  • 1 2
 @rrolly: Norco is popular in Vancouver but what are they doing with their quality check. One of my friend even cracked his Norco Rideau and he is 60 yo. How is that possible, that is not professional! Last week I was changing the OEM protection tape and it removed the paint. Now I have white spots on my green frame !
Did the same thing on my Scott Gambler and the paint is still there.
You can downvote me if you want to, but I have the pictures of everything I am saying lol.

Fun fact I was queueing at the chairlift in Whistler and a random guy told me to check if I have any crack on my seat post. Apparently, it is a thing on the alloy version. I think no more A-line for the Sight even if it is a nice bike for it.
  • 1 0
 @WalrusRider: the best thing would be to test the bike but the storage and the integrated multi tool is cool !
  • 3 1
 @Ba1rog: One incident and one rumour is nothing more than one incident and a rumour. Sorry it happened to your bike but these things do happen.
  • 2 0
 @riklassen: ^ This. I had a Rocky ETSX and everyone told me about how their frames cracked. Never met anyone that had one that did, but I'm sure some have. As for the frame paint, I've had a bit of mine chip off my old Sight, and I wish they had replacement touch up paint, but this is far from terrible.

I also am sorry that you haven't been impressed. It sucks. I've been there with other things, but I don't think it's as widespread as you make it out to be.
  • 1 1
 In a similar situation...finally made the jump from 27.5 to 29 (both 160mm rigs) and grew my reach/wheelbase substantially. Unquestionably faster straightline and surprisingly carving turns but it still feels awkward to pump?
  • 4 0
 I think it's all about the timing. It took a few rides to get used to when to pop a jump and push in a corner but it feels about the same as 27.5" to me now!
  • 3 0
 Jacket, pants, no gloves. Explain yourself...


(also what Jacket and pants are those?)
  • 2 0
 nf pants ftw
  • 1 0
 @wafflecakee: I'd be scared to leave the parking lot after spending that much $ on nf pants.
  • 3 0
 27.5 lifers gonna be throwing shade...
  • 5 0
 Is there such a thing as a 27.5 lifer?
  • 2 0
 @VtVolk: According to PB comments, apparently YES.
  • 6 0
 yes because 29. inch. wheels. aren't. for. everyone. but having an opinion won't rly matter once the bike companies start building only 29er bikes
  • 1 0
 was expecting a good huck to flat....nothing... As a way to apologize for it Jason will Huck the Toonie drop with his new steed
  • 2 0
 Was there a ever a thought about getting the optic? Literally pulling my hair out deciding between the two
  • 1 0
 Get both!
  • 1 0
 The decision becomes more difficult because their demo program isn't up and running again. I'd prefer the geometry and climbing ability of the Optic (at least on paper), but the more inexpensive alum Sight is appealing too. I don't want to spend extra money for carbon. Post back if you pull the trigger on one.
  • 2 0
 Maxxis tires, Rockshox susp, vanilla sram components, a very common and unremarkable machine.
  • 1 0
 @jasonlucas it looks like your running a great strap around the frame instead of using the additional bottle mount. What's the thinking there?
  • 1 0
 What cameras do you guys film on for the Pinkbike content? Please and thanks.
  • 3 1
 I don't like video bike check
  • 1 0
 I am predicting for 2021 that the bike industry announces 29er bikes are obsolete and mullets are the next thing.
  • 2 1
 I'd buy a Norco bike,if the sole distributor wasn't Evans cycles.Not very helpful once they've got your cash.
  • 1 0
 Brexit rules doesn't start until 2021. You can order your bike anywhere in EU as long as it's shipped before new year.
  • 1 0
 Got mine from Bike24.com. German site.
  • 2 1
 29ers are super cool, just kidding they are super..... Uhhh, acceptable now that it's 2020.
  • 1 0
 @texag +1 for the conti apex protection, excellent protection-to-weight ratio tyres.
  • 2 0
 Wish I lived in an area I needed that bike.
  • 2 3
 Forget all that. Ride what you want! I live in south Florida and ride a 180/160 knolly warden. Granted I fly up north to the loft assisted bike parks a few times a month. But still.
  • 1 4
 @jasonlucas why air over coil? I've always found that coil shocks are more supportive through the midstroke. I ride a bike with a smiliar suspension linkage (Knolly Warden) and have found that the monarch rct3 moves through it's travel and ramps up a lot at the end (That and the super deluxe have the same internals however with the super deluxe making it laterally stiffer with a slightly bigger aircan).

I'm no expert and I may be seeing this completely wrong but I know you've tested a gamut of bikes (trail through enduro to dh) and have that real world experience to draw from
  • 4 0
 I don't think it's a case of one over the other. They both have their place and I'm really digging the air shock on this bike. That being said... maybe one day I'll throw a coil on there and see what happens!
  • 1 0
 @jasonlucas: good to know thanks!
  • 2 0
 @jasonlucas: spoiler alert it will be boingy
  • 1 0
 Nice bike jason, the DT350 hubs are they 18T, 36T, or 54T ?
  • 1 0
 36T on this one.
  • 2 2
 Sorry I don't have a bike question but I'm wondering what your riding gear is in this video? Pants and Jacket?
  • 4 1
 Those NF pants are pretty slick. Not sure about the jacket.
  • 4 0
 The jacket is from 7Mesh.
  • 1 1
 Anyone knows if wich combo of suspension better suit the sigth? Rockshock or FOX
  • 1 1
 I just got my 2021 Sight a week ago. I did the Build Your Ride option with the Rockshox. I absolutely love it. Although, I don't know how it would compare to fox since I wasn't able to do any demos.
  • 1 1
 @hucklow: ok thanks
  • 1 3
 Ridden both. Fox wins hands down.
  • 3 0
 @Mnash023: Yeah? See I have heard different. They are both great shocks, but friends have said they can feel the adjustability with each click better on the rockshox. but honestly i really don't know and I am definitely not finicky about my suspension as long as it feels nice.
  • 1 0
 @hucklow: on the new sight you can feel each click. It actually has a very narrow optimum window to tune in. I added a HSC/LSC Climb Switch to my X2 and found a better tune than I could with the stock LSC on the 2020 C9.2. I have been on mine since late November last year. Weapon bike.
  • 1 0
 @PaulieAU: Good to know and for reals, I would probably be very happy with either shock brand.
  • 2 0
 @hucklow: Also check coil.

Norco factory race team all spec coil.

At the end of the day its all comes down to what you prefer.
  • 1 0
 not in stock till next year, currently in US it impossible to buy bike
  • 3 0
 Hey man! You can literally order one right now on the BYR site and have it shipped to your local shop for assembly. They're in stock and shipping right now.
  • 3 0
 @dkidd: Can Confirm. Bought one 3 weeks ago. 1 week to get to the shop, 5 days until it was ready pick up. been riding for a week. I believe you can also order through your local shop too if you don't want to do the BYR.
  • 2 0
 Hey @nickmalysh riders we currently have stock in our Build Your Ride builder! www.norco.com/build-your-ride
  • 1 0
 *gear strap
  • 5 6
 Woah....... Nice Bike. (no one will understand that)
  • 3 1
 some willWink
  • 1 2
 죄송합니다. 이해가 안 돼요
  • 1 0
 @bigtim: Mik ju ju say o!
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