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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Norco Optic. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
16 reasons to buy
- The Norco Optic is equipped with progressive “downcountry” geometry, using 125mm of travel in the rear and 140mm in the fork.
- Testers agree that the Super Deluxe Ultimate DH shock is largely responsible for the bike’s lively descending capabilities.
- Norco utilizes different chainstay lengths on each size of the Optic to provide consistency across all sizes.
- Experts were pleased to find that Norco specced the Optic with an X-Manic dropper post.
- Schwalbe’s Magic Mary and Hans Dampf tires were fast rolling and offered riders excellent traction.
- Experts found that 2.35” tires allowed them to handle the Optic with precision through lines.
- The Optic has clearance for tires up to 2.6”.
- A long reach and wide handlebars provide stability to riders on descents and through low-speed technical terrain.
- Experts agree that, with its progressive rear-end, the Norco Optic can easily launch off jumps.
- The bike has mounts underneath the top tube. Testers found that this was a great place to store an extra water bottle or tools when riding the Optic.
- One expert noted that the Ergon grips on the bike were pleasantly comfortable.
- The bike's chainstays and seatstays have molded protectors that prevent damage to the frame from rocks and trail debris.
- Test riders found the Fizik saddle on the Norco Optic provided comfort on longer trail rides
- The bike is composed when hitting bigger trail features.
- The bike’s fork has a 42mm offset. Experts agree that this provides riders with responsiveness and accuracy.
- Many testers found Norco’s “Ride Aligned” tool helpful in setting up the bike for a rider of their size and weight.
5 reasons not to buy
- Experts found they experienced pedal bob on climbs because the bike lacks a climbing mode on the shock.
- Experts agree that the shock’s adjustment is low in the bottom bracket, making it difficult to adjust.
- Testers found the Norco Optic to be heavy when compared to others in its category.
- The Schwalbe tires specced on the bike wear quickly, according to reviewers.
- The bike has a press-fit bottom bracket that is harder to maintain and noisier than a threaded bottom bracket.
Expert Reviews75/100 based on 2 rated expert reviews
Norco Optic C2 Review
The geometry and chassis dynamic is excellent, the component spec is superbly pitched to flatter feel and capability and the suspension is pretty much a perfect balance of ingredients to cook up a flat-out banquet on every trail. It’s practical, well priced and even the cheaper bike still packs all the play essentials into the package.
2020 Field Test: Norco Optic – Short on Travel, Not on Capability
In case you can’t tell, the new Optic impressed everyone who rode it during our two-week-long Field Test session. It’s also yet more proof that when your geometry is on-point, short on travel doesn’t have to mean short on capabilities.
2020 Norco Optic C2 29 Bike Review
The Norco Optic C2 is a massive leap forward for this category of a trail bike. Its rear suspension is so nicely delivered with the bike’s stable geometry that it can slay trails that were intended for downhill bikes just several years back. At the same time, this bike isn’t too squishy to enjoy a nice, high-speed blue trail.
Bible Review: Norco Optic C2
It does have a certain small-wheeled feel about it, perhaps because of the mismatched travel, or maybe just because of its capacity for hoodwinks. This much is for sure: If you’re after a fast, fun, playful, and capable short-travel bike that doesn’t have short-travel limits, the Optic is definitely one to check out.
2020 Norco Optic Ride Impressions
I think the hype is justified, because I can’t think of another bike in this travel bracket and this amount of capability and the price point is excellent as well. But that said, I don’ think this bike is for everyone. I wouldn’t recommend this bike to beginners because I think they would be better off on a bike with a bit more travel if riding how this bike can ride is their intention.
[Tested] Norco Optic C2
The Optic is a hard charging bike, and though its travel numbers are similar to many other short travel 29 ‘trail bikes’, the Optic falls into a class of its own. Visually intriguing, confidence inspiring, and keen for a long pedal, the Optic is certainly a top contender for a do-it-all trail weapon.
Norco Optic C2 Review: The All New Mountain?
While the Norco Optic may have been an XC pinner’s dream a few years ago, it’s now the bike aggressive, baggy short-wearing trail riders will be throwing knee pads on to ride. While that makes riders like us happy, it may alienate the die-hard lycra riders who are still looking to KOM climbs.
Norco Optic C1 on Test – the Most Progressive Trail Bike of the Year
The Norco Optic C1 is the best example that you should never jump to conclusions. Despite offering only 125 mm travel, it doesn’t have to shy away from the roughest trails. From the first turn of the cranks, it will put a smile on your face and makes an impressive case for the fact that less is often more!
Review: The Norco Optic C3 Is an Intuitive, Lean Shred Machine
On the whole, the 2020 Norco Optic offers an inspiring riding position, egging the rider on to go fast. Above all else, our tester felt the 2020 Norco Optic was an intuitive bike to ride, describing it fondly as “like riding with a mate who eggs you on a bit”.
Norco Optic Carbon C2: First Ride Review
Norco’s latest Optic is a short-travel trail bike that aims to let you extract maximum fun from minimal travel. So even though it only has 125mm of travel on the rear, it forgoes any XC racing ambitions. Something that’s instantly apparent from the 140mm fork.
Review: 2020 Norco Optic – The One Bike Answer?
The Optic is the bike for those that don’t shy away from the most technical terrain. They also don’t want to give up pedaling performance in favor of a big heavy and slower handling enduro bike. If you want one bike to ride any trail no matter how tame or rowdy the 2020 Norco Optic is setting the bar.