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
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
The 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.
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.
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.