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Optic C2 Shimano Mountain Bike

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Why We Like The Norco Optic C2 Shimano Mountain Bike

Despite what the 125mm of rear travel has us thinking, the Norco Optic isn't our Lycra-clad buddy's cross-country bike. The Optic is designed for taking on hard-charging descents, pedaling right back up to the top, and doing it all over again. The frame is a combination of a lightweight carbon front triangle and a durable aluminum rear triangle giving us the perfect balance of strength and responsiveness. The Horst Link rear suspension system gets paired with a custom-tuned Fox Performance Elite FLOAT DPX2 rear shock making the 125mm of travel seem endless on the descents. This gives us a consistent and intuitive ride feel all over the mountain without sacrificing traction on gnarly climbs. An aggressive geometry just further reinforces that the Optic is all about speed with a slack 65-degree headtube angle for stability at speed and a steep 76-degree seat tube angle to put us in a climbing position that's not only powerful but comfortable too. Plus, we get size-specific chainstays to deliver a consistent, playful ride feel across the entire size range, no matter how tall we are.

The Norco Optic C2 build utilizes smartly chosen components with speed at the forefront. The reliable Shimano XT 12-speed drivetrain shifts smoothly and has a wide-range cassette to get us up and down the mountain efficiently. We'll have plenty of stopping power and speed modulation to navigate techy sections thanks to a pair of 4-piston Shimano XT brakes, while a pair of 29-inch Stan's Flow S1 wheels give us the confidence to tackle just about any obstacle on the trail. A 140mm Fox Performance Elite 36 fork helps keep us locked in on our line thanks to its torsional stability, plus it has the highly tunable GRIP2 damper so that we can dial in our suspension to suit our riding style. For those of us looking to add a trail ripper to our quiver or one bike to do it all, the Norco Optic C2 Shimano Mountain Bike is short on travel, not on fun.

*Due to a high demand in the global supply chain and bike industry since the start of the pandemic, material weight and exact components are subject to change. We are working diligently to keep tech specs updated, and any adjustments will be of equal or better spec level. If you have any questions, reach out to a Gearhead by chatting online or calling 1-888-276-7130.


  • Short-travel shred sled built with rowdy descents in mind
  • Carbon and aluminum frame is light, durable, and responsive
  • Horst Link rear suspension is supple but still pedals efficiently
  • Shimano XT drivetrain delivers precise, reliable shifting
  • 140mm Fox Performance Elite 36 fork helps soak up big hits
  • Shimano XT brakes are fade resistant with a consistent bite point
  • Ride Aligned setup optimizes the bike for the rider
  • Clearance for up to 2.6in wide tires offers plenty of traction options
  • Item #NRO0008
Frame Material
[front triangle] carbon, [rear triangle] aluminum
Horst Link
Rear Shock
Fox Performance Elite FLOAT DPX2
Rear Travel
Fox Performance Elite FLOAT 36, GRIP2
Front Travel
FSA Internal Sealed Bearing
Shimano XT M8100, 12-speed
Rear Derailleur
Shimano XT M8100, 12-speed
Praxis Girder Carbon M30
Chainring Sizes
Crank Arm Length
Bottom Bracket
Praxis M30 BB92
Shimano XT M8100, 12-speed
Cassette Range
Shimano CN-M8100, 12-speed
Shimano XT BR-M8120
Brake Type
4-piston, hydraulic disc
Shimano SM-RT70 Ice Tech, [front] 203mm, [rear] 180mm
TranzX Butted 6061 Alloy
Handlebar Rise
Handlebar Width
DMR Deathgrip
Norco 6061 Alloy, 35mm
Stem Length
Fizik Alpaca Terra, Wingflex
X-Fusion Manic Dropper, 31.6mm
Seatpost Travel
[small] 125mm, [medium, large] 150mm, [x-large] 170mm
Stan's Flow S1, alloy, 29in
[front] Shimano XT HB-8110-B, [rear] Shimano XT FH-8110-B
Front Axle
15 x 110mm Boost
Rear Axle
12 x 148mm Boost
Tire Clearance
29 x 2.6in
[front] Vittoria Mazza Trail G2.0, [rear] Vittoria Martello Trail G2.0
Tire Size
[front] 29 x 2.4in, [rear] 29 x 2.35in
not included
Manufacturer Warranty
5 year limited

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