2023 · NorcoOptic C3

A 29″ carbon frame full suspension trail bike with upper mid-range components. Compare the full range

2023 Norco Optic C3
Travel125mm rear, 140mm front
ForkRockShox Pike Select
Wheels29″ Aluminum
Drivetrain1 × 12
GroupsetXT, SLX
BrakesHydraulic Disc
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1 × 12 — 12 speed

Optic C3

28 mph

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26 mph

The Optic C3 is geared about the same as similar bikes for riding up hills.

Similar bikes won‘t keep up with the Optic C3 while riding downhill or sprinting.

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2021 Norco Optic C3 review

Jun 2022

The Norco Optic C3 is an aggressively shaped short travel 29er that looks to be a solid all-rounder. Although its progressive geometry is right on the money, the bike’s overall capability and potential to inspire confidence are let down due to lackluster suspension.

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Jeff Kendall-Weed
I rode the Norco Optic!!!

Apr 2021

RIding the Norco Optic in Portland, Oregon's Rocky Point trails was a great way to compare it to the Ibis Ripley.

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Norco Optic C2 SRAM

Jeremy BensonJan 2021

Redesigned for the 2020 model year, the Norco Optic joined a growing list of bikes in the aggressive short-travel category. Despite a modest 125mm of...

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Bike Review | 2020 Norco Optic C2 29

Spencer JohnsonAug 2020

The 2020 Norco Optic sits squarely in my favorite category of bikes: Those mid-travel trail rigs that blur the lines between a traditional trail bike and an all-mountain brawler. Needless to say, my time on the new Norco Optic C2 felt like a summer fling that was all too short. My heart was broken when it went back in a box and left the Freehub office. With 140 millimeters of front suspension and 125 millimeters in the rear, the Optic has just enough travel to keep you hanging on to the handlebars through rough terrain, but not so much that you feel numb to the trail beneath you. The frame itself is stable and balanced, with an ample 480 millimeters of reach on my size large, making it one of the longest bikes I’ve ridden. What’s more, Norco adapts the length of the chainstay according to the frame size, which ensures that each rider will have a similar weight distribution across all frame sizes. This can’t be the cheapest way to manufacture a bike, but it pays healthy dividends on the trail. My size large had a 435-millimeter chainstay that added stability when my speeds increased through fast sections of singletrack. The components on our C2 version cater to aggressive riders, with a RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate DH rear shock allowing you to push the suspension hard, without fear of overheating or inconsistent damping. The RockShox Pike Select Plus fork delivers excellent traction in a lightweight chassis, while giving some welcome compliance through rough sections of trail. A SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain affords dependable shifting for hundreds if not thousands of hard, off-road miles. Furthermore, the stopping power of the Shimano BR-MT520 hydraulic brakes was sufficient for a 200-plus-pound rider like me, but the resin pads do raise some concerns for wet, Pacific Northwest rides—and the long, brake-burning descents that the Optic demands. But the stars of the spec show were the low-volume, 2.35 Schwalbe tires: With a Magic Mary tread up front, you have cornering grip in steady supply for almost any dirt conditions. Climbing on the Optic was a joy. The seat-tube angle of 76 degrees was a perfect choice for a trail bike that can be pedaled comfortably up low-angle cross-country trails and still keep the front wheel on the ground during some of our heinous, 18-percent-plus Pacific Northwest trail gradients. The Optic’s rear suspension remains relatively unaffected by pedaling forces and prevents most pedal-induced diving, both while pedaling in and out of the saddle. The long top tube stretched me out nicely over the bike and kept me in an efficient pedaling position that allowed me to put down some nice wattage.

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Mountain Bike Action Bike Test: Norco Optic C2 Trail Bike

McCoyJun 2020

Party up front, business in back

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Norco Optic Carbon C2: first ride review - MBR

Mick KirkmanJun 2020

With the new Norco Optic the Canadian company sets out to garner big grins from short travel. Will the Optic Carbon fit the bill?

  • Norco’s Ride Aligned design perfectly balances geometry and suspension

  • Not the lightest short-travel ripper, but at least it's robust

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Norco Optic C3 review

Tom MarvinApr 2020

On-trend geometry gives buckets of potential, but suspension upgrades are needed to truly benefit

  • The shape is long, low and slack, while the wheel and tyre combo is spot on

  • Over-damped shock leads to a skippy ride, while the fork doesn’t feel smooth either

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Loam Wolf
Review: Norco Optic C2 – The Best Trail Mountain Bike Yet

Apr 2020

The Norco Optic has thoroughly impressed all of our testers over the last several months of testing. Norco has done an incredible job creating a well-rounded and fun mountain bike that is ready to handle the rough stuff while still offering pedaling efficiency.

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5'0" – 5'6"


5'4" – 5'9"


5'7" – 6'1"


5'11" – 6'4"


Carbon Front Triangle, Aluminum Rear, 125mm Travel, Ride Aligned™

BB StandardBB86/BB92, Press Fit

ColorsPurple / Black; Black / Grey


RockShox Pike Select RC, DebonAir, 140mm Travel, 42mm Offset

Rear Shock

RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate DH Custom RC, 190x45mm

Bottom Bracket

Praxis M30 PF92


FSA Internal Sealed Bearing


6061 Alloy, 45mm Length, 35mm Clamp


Butted 6061 Alloy, 780mm, 20mm Rise


Fizik Alpaca Terra, Wingflex


X-Fusion Manic Dropper, 31.6mm, 125mm (S), 150mm (M,L), 170mm (XL)


DMR Deathgrip

Rear Derailleur

Shimano XT RD-M8100


Praxis Cadet M30, 32T, 170mm


Shimano SLX SL-M7100-IR I-Spec EV


Shimano SLX, 10-51T, 12 Speed


Shimano Deore

Chain Tensioner

GW 1x Flip Guide


TRP Slate EVO 203mm

Brake Levers



Stan's Flow S1 29", 32H

Front Hub

Bear Pawls Sealed Bearing, 15x110mm Boost, 6 Bolt

Rear Hub

Bear Pawls Sealed Bearing, 12x148mm Boost, Micro Spline, 6 Bolt


Vittoria Mazza 2.4" Trail G2.0

Disk Rotors

TRP TR180-29 180mm

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