Norco Fluid VLT C1 130 Review

  • 13999 €
  • Carbon
  • Bosch SX
  • 140 mm
  • 400 WH
  • 130 mm
  • 2024
  • 29 / 27,5 Mullet"
  • 18,1 kg
The Fluid VLT C1 130 is the most budget-friendly version of the Fluid VLT lineup and boasts slightly less travel than its pricier siblings.
Bosch is the major motor manufacturer in the EMTB world, alongside Shimano - and it's no surprise, as the SX shows. The developers at Bosch are entering the race with their first Light Motor, the Performance SX. With 55 Nm of torque, the unit sits squarely between Fazua's Ride 6 and TQ's HPR 5. However, it delivers similar power values to the popular Full-Power sibling, the Powermotor CX, with up to 6 watts of assistance. However, the Bosch SX only delivers this power at a very high cadence. To feel the full power, one must pedal at a sporty 1 revolutions per minute. The startup behavior remains harmonious. The entire motor control is very natural. While in operation, the Performance SX is quieter than the Powermotor CX, but still louder than the sometimes whisper-quiet competition from Fazua or TQ. When descending, Bosch has managed to reduce rattling compared to the CX model, although it remains noticeably audible with the SX. Fans of XXL tours are greatly restricted by the Fluid VLT C1 130 , because of its low range.

At a glance

The most importanten ratings of the Fluid VLT C1 130 in comparison to the competitor bikes of following categorie: (14000) .

A good chassis sits in rugged terrain and generates plenty of traction. That's exactly what the good Rock Shox chassis in the Fluid VLT C1 130 hits. In comparison, it's noticeable that the direct competition mounts better chassises, thus offering significantly more control. Especially for heavy riders, the Norco brakes could be a problem. With four pistons and small 18 brake rotors they only decelerate averagely. At the drivetrain components and the rest of the parts, Norco uses good equipment. When it comes to the geometry, Norco does not go completely crazy. The head tube angle and reach values were chosen with care. The result: A balanced riding behaviour with a good combination of playfulness and straight-line stability. Due to the short chainstays , when climbing steep sections, it requires active weight shifting to prevent the front wheel from lifting. With the weight of 18,1 kg, Norco puts the competition in a state of shock. Indeed, among Trailbikes, it is hard to find a lighter model. The riding pleasure is guaranteed.

Value for money

If you are keen on value for money, this is your chart. It shows you at a glance how much bike you get for 13999 €.

Conclusion


Expirience with the Norco Fluid VLT C1 130

Especially when gravity pulls man and machine downwards, the Fluid VLT C1 130 really comes alive. With a very good motor, a very good handling and a good chassis the Norco is a real trail rocket. Despite its many advantages, the Fluid VLT C1 130 also has a weak side. You have to live with a middle ground brake system on this EMTB. The sight of the price tag leaves one almost breathless: Norco charges a hefty 13999 € for this deluxe Bike. The guarantee promise of 5 years provides trust.
Ludwig Döhl - emtb-test.com
Norco Fluid VLT C1 130 Review
Ludwig Döhl
Bike enthusiast and founder of emtb-test.com

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technical Details

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SIZE XXS XS S M L XL XXL
Sizing of Manufacturer
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1
2
3
4
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Wheelsize
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29 / 27,5 Mullet
29 / 27,5 Mullet
29 / 27,5 Mullet
29 / 27,5 Mullet
29 / 27,5 Mullet
Stack
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607
616
625
634
643
Reach
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427
452
477
502
527
Top Tube Length
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568
592
617
641
665
Seat Tube Length
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385
395
415
445
475
Seat Tube Angle
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-
77
77,25
77,5
77,75
78
Head Tube Length
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-
100
110
120
130
140
Head Tube Angle
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-
65
65
65
65
65
Bottom Bracket Drop
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-
21,5
21,5
21,5
21,5
21,5
Bottom Bracket Height (absolut)
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-
346,5
346,6
346,7
346,8
346,9
Chainstay Length
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-
432
432
436
440
444
Wheelbase
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-
1177
1206
1239
1273
1306
Standover Height
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712
699
700
717
740
  • Motor Bosch SX
  • Battery 400
  • Frame Fluid VLT Carbon Front Triangle, Carbon SS and CS, 27.5" Wheel, 130mm Travel, UDH, Hangerless Interface Compatible, Ride Aligned™
  • Frame Material Carbon
  • Fork RockShox Pike Ultimate, 29", 140mm Travel, 44mm Offset, Fender Included
  • Spring Unit air
  • Remote-Lockout no
  • Damper RockShox Deluxe Ultimate, 185x50mm Trunnion
  • Gearrange 520%
  • Drivetrain 12
  • Gear Lever Sram AXS POD Controller
  • Rear Derailleur SRAM XX SL Eagle AXS T-Type
  • Crank Praxis Carbon Bosch, 165mm
  • Cassette SRAM XX Eagle T-Type 10-52T
  • Chain SRAM XX Eagle T-Type
  • Brake Set SRAM Level Ultimate Stealth 4-Piston
  • Brake Rotors 180/180
  • Wheel Set Crank Bros. Synthesis Carbon Enduro, 27.5" Rear, 29" Front
  • Rims Crank Bros. Synthesis Carbon Enduro, 27.5" Rear, 29" Front
  • Front Hub Industry Nine 101, 110x15mm Boost, 6-Bolt
  • Rear Hub Industry Nine 101, 148x12mm Boost, 6-Bolt, XD
  • Tires Front Continental Kryptotal 29" x 2.4" Trail
  • Tires Rear Continental Xynotal 27.5" x 2.4" Trail
  • Saddle Fizik Ridon
  • Seat Post One Up Travel Adjust Dropper, 31.6mm, 125mm (S1), 150mm (S2), 170mm (S3), 200mm (S4, S5)
  • Stem Norco SL 6061 Alloy 40mm Length, 35mm Clamp
  • Handle Bar One Up Carbon 800mm, 20mm Rise
  • Handle Bar Width 800
  • Head Set FSA No. 57 ZS, Carbon Top Cover
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