Casual riders continue to gravitate towards e-bikes for many reasons, whether for commuting or just getting outside. To meet the ever-growing demands of these occasional cyclists, Norco has taken their Scene line of hybrid bikes and redesigned a whole new VLT e-bike around the ideals of comfort & style. Today, Norco introduces the Scene VLT – an e-bike for casual riders looking to cruise around, commute to work, or just go for a spin.

Let’s look at the frame

Tech details

Norco Scene VLT Geometry
photo & video c. Norco

Even though most people who buy these things likely won’t worry much about the details, other than how to keep it charged and ,maybe that it can carry a water bottle, we tend to sweat the details.

This new e-hybrid has an aluminum frame and comes in sizes S, M & L. It gets stealth dropper seatposts and internal cable routing, disc brakes, an aluminum fork with a steel steerer, and a cage mount on the step-thru down tube. The frame and fork have enough room to fit sizable 27.5″ x 2.35″ tires. Its thru-axle dropouts are non-Boost, measuring 15x100mm in the front and 12x142mm in the rear. Color options include blue/white & black/silver.

What’s on the spec sheet

Norco Scene VLT blue and whiteThe Scene VLT is only available in one $3,300 model. Keeping the casual rider in mind, a JD TranzX dropper seat post (80mm size S/M, 100mm L) helps easily adjust the saddle height when rolling and at stops.

Norco Scene VLT black/silver

Its 1×9 drivetrain includes an Alivio SL-M4000 trigger shifter and a Shimano FC-E6100 crank with a 38T chainring. The VLT rolls on aluminum wheels with Kenda Kwick Seven5 27.5×2.2″ tires. And it stops with 160mm hydraulic Tektro HD-M275 disc brakes.

The helpful electronicsNorco Scene VLT

Norco plugged the Shimano STEPS system into the Scene VLT which includes the E6100 bottom bracket motor and a removable E8010 500Wh battery. Shimano’s bar-mounted computer lets users choose from 3 output levels including eco, normal, high. Of course, there’s the option to keep the motor turned off if you want to get a bit crazy & get in a serious workout at the end of the day.


    • I’m okay with it. Like ’em or hate ’em, e-bikes are becoming a huge part of the cycling market and businesses are responding accordingly.

    • The site seems all but dead. The last posts are from late may. I’m guessing there aren’t enough e-bike purists, and enough general tech info here, that doesn’t really justify keeping it up.

    • I would be. Why would mobility scooters be posted on here? They aren’t bikes. Anyone with an ounce of common sense would know that.

  1. I wonder how much of the ‘casual’ and ‘occasional’ demographic that has never been quite lured onto bicycles but is a target for e-bikes comes to this website.

  2. I read bike-related articles every day because I’m a cycling enthusiast. Who is going to read e-bike articles every day other than people in the e-bike industry?

      • The fact that this website keeps posting e-motorcycle articles on this website and not their dedicated e-motorcycle site tells me that there is not a growing number people buying these or even interested in them. The casual rider or a lazy person that does not ride are not the people going to spend $6000+ on an e-motorcycle

  3. It seems now a large number of comments are “moan moan e-bikes moan moan”

    Look it’s fine to have not ridden one and also fine to not understand them! The problem is when people haven’t touched one and don’t quite get them but act like they do and just hate for the sake of being negative that are the problem!

    If y’all truly cannot stand the idea of more bikes and more people riding bikes then maybe try another hobby. Bikes are awesome and the fact now many former riders can now ride again and newer riders can start and more people are ditching cars is an excellent thing.

    Look I get it Campy Nuevo Record is a fantastic product and I love my steel bikes but our beloved industry is constantly changing and some of this new tech is quite awesome! Sure it may not be for everyone’s tastes but if we can get more butts on bikes I am game!

    • Why are targeting people who are already into bicycles (with no motors)?? Btw, I have tried an ebike & really did not like it. Maybe when I’m in my 50s/60s, or if I am disabled in some way, or if I become lazy enough, I will try it again and see that ebikes are for me. Until then I hope to keep pedaling under my own will.

      • E.bikes are not just for older people, that should be quite clear by now. I’ve got a mate who can do 8 downhill runs in 2 hours on his yet can only do 4-5 in the same time with car shuttling. Nothing to do with fitness, its just more fun within his available time.

    • The problem is that e-motorcycles are not being bought by the people you are referring to by and large. Let’s face it, new riders have a hard time with $800-1500 price tag of entry level bikes when they go to a bike shop. Do you really think that they are going to spen $6000 on an e-motorcycle. And I can hate on what ever I like and think what ever I like whether it aligns with your ideas or now.

      • As someone who works in the industry and sells bikes I do have people coming in to purchase e-bikes and some of them haven’t ridden much or haven’t ridden in enough years to make it relatively new for them again. Most of the e-bikes I sell are in the 2.5-4K range not 6k as you state and I would say that is probably pretty standard. I have sold a good number of bikes in that range and higher but generally not to newer riders though I actually have had some who have ridden a bike but barely do so but they have the money and the interest in getting the best so they are willing to spend for it!

        You can hate whatever you want but the blind hatred is the problem. I didn’t like the shifting on SRAM and not because I just dislike SRAM but because I test rode several bikes with double tap over several years and just wasn’t a fan. However claiming bikes are something different not because you have ridden one but because you have this made up belief is wrong. That was my point. People are simply hating because they don’t understand and don’t seem to want to understand.

        Go out and test ride one or two try something with a Brose motor and maybe a Bosch motor and tell me afterwards you didn’t have a little fun! You don’t have to buy one but try one with a decent motor.

        Also if you are interested in e-motorcycles I hear the Harley Davidson LiveWire is pretty neat! I had a co-worker at my last shop who was really into motorcycles and got to test ride one. However unlike a bicycle this one is not pedal powered at all and uses a throttle, like all the other motorcycles. A bike is powered by pedals

      • Hi Bob. Have you been to your local motorcycle shop lately? $6000 doesn’t go very far if you are wanting to buy an e.motorcycle. You can pick up a motorcross bike for around that price. Actually Motorcycle Weekly is on another part of the interweb. You know this is a bicycle website right? An has pedals, Bob, a motorcycle doesn’t. It’s been like that for over 100 years.

  4. So I ride but my wife doesn’t. This is very helpful info as it fits for me as a rider. An option so we both can ride together. Thank you bikerumor

  5. Commuter bikes are the number one best reason for e-bikes.

    “a JD TranzX dropper seat post (80mm size S/M, 100mm L) helps easily adjust the saddle height when rolling and at stops.”

    This is superfluous. Nobody needs this for a commuter bike. Who is adjusting their seat-height on the fly or every time they stop? Just added unnecessary cost and complexity. Great for rental fleets though, which is where I suspect you’ll see a number of these.

    • Ahh, you’re wrong Gilles. A dropper post on a commuter bike is a great selling feature very worthwhile for older people with limited mobility in their hips to touch the ground at traffic lights or for less confident riders or for shorter riders (bb height on bikes is not proportionate to rider height). Its a very well thought out component choice on a bike like this.

    • Yeah Fred that was the attitude of many people in about 2012. We are 2019, and we are over the whole cheating thing. When you drive your car are you cheating? Must be! You could just walk aye? Then it wouldn’t be cheating. The last time I looked up the road code it doesn’t mention anything about cheating. The casino is that way. Over here E.bikes are part of the gang.

  6. That would be me, interestingly enough. I was always very much an occasional cyclist (once every two months, if that – basically anytime a friend wanted to go). Because I’m short with a leg length differential and an issue with pelvic rotation, even as a casual rider I need to be careful what I buy, and look for quality reviews on anything I’m considering. My injuries make me a good target for e-bikes as if I started to struggle, a high assistance level would get me home if I needed it to, but they’ve traditionally been some combination of ugly, extremely expensive, and from brands I didn’t really know well enough to trust.

  7. Just an FYI to eBike haters- I am in my 50’s and want to get back into biking. A bit scared as I have back issues and unsure I will make my way back home on regular bike. I use to ride to islands and back but have lived on a hill for 30yrs so my biking has decreased to “0” and I miss it. Looking forward to the thrill of adventure an eBike will give me knowing I have something to rely on if needed. Yes I am 50 but for anyone with injuries we still wish to explore and see new things not on TV.

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