First Impressions: Norco Vesta

The Norco Vesta is my latest whip. Made of a crowd pleasing 525 Reynolds Chromoly frame with custom belt compatible drop-outs and tensioning system. Yep, that’s right, belt drive. The Vesta converts even the most square pedaling to quiet motion using the Gates Carbon Drive. It’s lighter, quieter, cleaner and longer lasting than a conventional chain. It’s silky smooth and becoming more and more common on several different types of bikes.

The Vesta will set you back $950, but with a Gates belt, disc brakes, drop bars, rack and fender mounts – the only thing this city crushing machine is missing is gears. So far the bike has been a lot of fun to ride and with the equivalent of a  42t x 17t gear ratio – there’s not much you can’t tackle. Full review coming soon in Bicycle Times.


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