While the Sight and Bigfoot VLT led the way for Norco’s e-MTB range, the new Fluid VLT is filling an important void in the line up. Full suspension mountain bikes may get a lot of the love, but hardtails are just as important as they typically offer great rides for the value.

Norco Fluid VLT e-MTB combines big batteries, tires, & aluminum frame in performance hardtail

That seems to be the case with the new Fluid VLT. It may be just a hardtail, but it combines a well equipped drive system, competent component spec, and a modern geometry to create a very attractive bike at a more approachable price tag.

Like many of the current e-MTBs, the Fluid utilizes the Shimano STEPS drive system. The entry level Fluid VLT 2 uses the STEPS E7000 system with a 500wh battery housed in the downtube. The higher end Fluid VLT 1 upgrades to the E8000 STEPS system with a massive 630wh battery also hidden in the downtube.

Norco Fluid VLT e-MTB combines big batteries, tires, & aluminum frame in performance hardtail Norco Fluid VLT e-MTB combines big batteries, tires, & aluminum frame in performance hardtail

The drive system and battery size is the main difference in spec, but the VLT 2 also uses a 100mm travel suspension fork while the VLT 1 sees a longer 120mm fork. There’s also the difference of drivetrains – the 2 uses a 1×10 speed Shimano system whereas the 1 uses a SRAM NX Eagle 1×12. Both bikes roll on 27.5 x 2.6″ tires on e-bike rated tubeless wheels.

Norco Fluid VLT e-MTB combines big batteries, tires, & aluminum frame in performance hardtail

Offered in four sizes, both bikes are listed as having a 67° head tube angle and 75° bottom bracket angle – though if the frames, wheels, and tires, are all the same, then the change in suspension fork length should have a slight effect on those numbers for the VLT 2.

Pricing is listed at $3,399 for the VLT 2 and $4,499 for the VLT 1. Available now.

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