Norco Sight 3 SE 2013 - new pic 23/11/13

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bigpee
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Norco Sight 3 SE 2013 - new pic 23/11/13

Postby bigpee » Mon May 27, 2013 09:33 am

After the sad loss of my Commencal Meta 55 to the local tea leaves my insurance paid out (without any fuss and quite quickly which I was really pleased with). Against the wife's advice I have spent the entire payout on a Norco Sight 3 SE. It's pretty much stock - I've removed the reflectors, plastic thing by the cassette and added some Shimano 520s. It will get a reverb seatpost dropper - just waiting on that (Evans price matched JE James at £200 but the Evans one also includes the bleed kit which is a bonus). Future upgrades will be new brakes, possibly new bars and depending on how I get on with the forks a replacement. I'm hoping the seals just need bedding in as buttery is a word that I certainly can't apply to my forks at the moment. They're Fox 32 CTD Evolutions - and I'm not hearing particularly good things about their CTD stuff so will wait and see. All I can say at the moment is my Sektors were much much smoother. The bike will get it's first ride today so soon there will be some proper muddy pictures :D .

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Last edited by bigpee on Sat Nov 23, 2013 18:06 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Current bikes:
Norco Sight 3 SE (on order)
Specialized Allez 2010

Old bikes:
Commencal META 55 custom build (Stolen :( )
Boardman HT Comp 2010
GT Avalance 1.0 2006(ish)

Ben_morris
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Re: Norco Sight 3 SE 2013

Postby Ben_morris » Mon May 27, 2013 14:31 pm

Hi,

I have just been looking at this bike in a magazine. Looks very nice and i am interested to know what it is like on the trails.

Im coming from a 10year old hardtail so it will be a ferrari compared to mine anyway. Lol

Ben.

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Re: Norco Sight 3 SE 2013

Postby Kowalski675 » Mon May 27, 2013 15:14 pm

Looks good. I thought the Fox CTD stuff was supposed to be good kit though, am I mistaken? I must admit the forks on the Trance X2 I was looking at in my local shop did feel quite sticky, but I figured maybe they just needed bedding in.

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Re: Norco Sight 3 SE 2013

Postby bigpee » Mon May 27, 2013 15:17 pm

One of the reviews did mention the forks improved massively after bedding in - so I'm sure that'll happen here.

Just had the first shake down ride. First impressions are good. I don't think I'm skilled enough to notice small changes but the bike felt a lot more sure footed than my Meta (could be the extra stiffness from the 12mm rear axle and the tapered head tube). It also felt quicker - but I've not been out for over a month so maybe my brain was just slower! One thing - they are wide bars (760mm). My previous ones were 710mm and the extra was enough to catch a tree on the knuckles are slide off head first into a tree!
Current bikes:
Norco Sight 3 SE (on order)
Specialized Allez 2010

Old bikes:
Commencal META 55 custom build (Stolen :( )
Boardman HT Comp 2010
GT Avalance 1.0 2006(ish)

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Re: Norco Sight 3 SE 2013

Postby Plasma_man » Fri May 31, 2013 18:42 pm

Very nice Norco, I was in a Norco dealer today, getting some bits n bobs, lucky I just bought a new bike or I might have just spent double my budget on one of these, very smart bikes I must say :D
- 2013 Cube LTD, SL 29, grey / black.

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Re: Norco Sight 3 SE 2013

Postby Concorde » Wed Jun 05, 2013 13:43 pm

Could have gone with the Sight 3 not SE model if you wanted Sektor forks...

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Re: Norco Sight 3 SE 2013

Postby bigpee » Wed Jun 05, 2013 16:59 pm

True - although I'm not sure how well stocked the sight 3 was. Besides the double setup and thru rear axle that the se has is more important to me.
Current bikes:
Norco Sight 3 SE (on order)
Specialized Allez 2010

Old bikes:
Commencal META 55 custom build (Stolen :( )
Boardman HT Comp 2010
GT Avalance 1.0 2006(ish)

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Re: Norco Sight 3 SE 2013

Postby Kowalski675 » Sat Jun 15, 2013 03:06 am

How are you getting on with it, racked up any more miles on it to report on? Tried a Sight 2 SE briefly today, and it did feel good.

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Re: Norco Sight 3 SE 2013

Postby bigpee » Sat Jun 15, 2013 16:10 pm

Had a nice ride out round the Surrey hills yesterday and set some strava pbs which was good :-) . Before that I'd had some bad chain suck that knocked all the gears out. Not the bikes fault though. User error :-D . Otherwise getting on very well with it. For me it adds confidence and just feels very planted. Can't wait till my dropper post comes as I'd forgotten how much of a pain it is to do it manually!
Current bikes:
Norco Sight 3 SE (on order)
Specialized Allez 2010

Old bikes:
Commencal META 55 custom build (Stolen :( )
Boardman HT Comp 2010
GT Avalance 1.0 2006(ish)

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Re: Norco Sight 3 SE 2013 - new pics 23-11-13

Postby bigpee » Sat Nov 23, 2013 18:02 pm

There's been a few changes to my bike since the last pictures. Plus I think it's good to show it covered in mud:

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Handlebars - 710mm Easton Havens - the stock bars were just too wide for me. I kept clipping trees!
Stem - Funn 90mm - bike a touch too small for me so needed to extend my reach.
Seatpost - Reverb
Seatpost collar - Hope
Drivechain - gone to 1x10 with a 32T Hope chain ring. Combined with a SLX clutch mech it works well. No dropped chains yet.
Tyres - Minions up front, and Ground Controls at the rear.

Future plans - I think I'll go tubeless at some point so the wheels will get changed. Also the brakes might get replaced but to be honest none of it's urgent. A decent bottom bracket is though - put a cheap Deore one on there and it looks like it'll last less than a month.

Forks have also been serviced as part of the Fox recall - which was nice.
Current bikes:
Norco Sight 3 SE (on order)
Specialized Allez 2010

Old bikes:
Commencal META 55 custom build (Stolen :( )
Boardman HT Comp 2010
GT Avalance 1.0 2006(ish)



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