2019 Bigfoot VLT - Norco's Electric Fat Bike

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Norco has jumped squarely into the e-fatbike market with the introduction of its all new 2019 Bigfoot VLT.


In 2015 Norco tested the market with their Bigfoot-E. This was essentially a standard Bigfoot chassis with an aftermarket BionX electric retrofit. While they may not have flown off the floor at local bike shops, it did test the waters for a future electric beast.

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The 2019 Bigfoot VLT comes in two flavours (VLT 1 and VLT2) and is leaps and bounds ahead of the Bigfoot-E . . . aiming to take the e-fatbike market by storm.

THE CHASSIS

The chassis of the Bigfoot VLT was painstakingly designed from 6061-T6 aluminum to keep the weight centralized in the frame. It sports a generous stand over clearance and a rider optimized cockpit for fast, efficient climbing - thanks to its steep seat angle and long front-center. Internally routed cables keep the lines clean.

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With the fully integrated downtube-mounted battery and mid-drive motor, the VLT has a very balanced geometry for confident descending, stability and control

THE DRIVETRAIN


Norco chose Shimano STEPS as the electric motivation for the VLTs. This high-end pedal assist mid-drive system can be found in over 160 bicycle brands throughout the world.

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The entry level VLT 2 sports an E7000 (250w 60Nm) motor with a 500Wh battery. Weighing in at 2.8 kg the E7000 compact size provides a natural pedalling feeling, with the lithium-ion battery providing the juice with up to 1000 charge cycles.


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The VLT 1 carries the more robust E8000 (250w 70Nm) motor with a 630Wh battery. The E8000 also weighs in a 2.8 kg and can support speeds up to 25 km/h, with the battery supporting up to 100 km per charge.

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THE BIKES

The VLT 1 and VLT 2 share some common components such as KT hubs (12x197 rear and 15x150 front), dropper post, Samox crank and SRAM T 4-piston hydraulic brakes with huge 200mm rotors. They are even equipped with an integrated kickstand . . . yup a kickstand.

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The VLT 2 gets a 32 narrow/wide chainring with SRAM 11 speed drivetrain. Rims are 80mm alloy wrapped in Schwalbe Jumbo Jim 26x4.8 rubber. This fattie has a rigid alloy front fork and is painted a sweet off-white/gray.

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The higher end VLT 1 has a 32T SRAM Eagle chainring with a matching SRAM Eagle 12 speed drivetrain. MuleFut 80s and Maxxis Minion 26x4.8 tires keep the bike rolling, while a Manitou Mastodon Pro 100mm graces the front end. This beast is painted a charcoal gray. 

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FINAL THOUGHTS

It’s going to be really interesting how the fat bike world will take to these new e-fatties from Norco. While e-bikes are slowly infiltrating the marketplace, there are folks who do not like this segment of the industry . . . while others embrace it.


Stay tuned as Fatbike Republic tries to track down a Bigfoot VLT for some real world testing.


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