Sturdy aluminum frame offers up a comfortable geometry for confident, upright riding; frame and fork feature disc brake tabs for an easy upgrade down the road
Suntour XCM V3 suspension fork supplies 100mm of travel to smooth out rough trails, paths and potholes
SRAM derailleurs offer smooth, reliable shifts, which are guided by the easy-to-use SRAM trigger shifters
Linear-pull brakes provide sure stopping power
Along with the frame and fork disc brake tabs, the hubs are disc-ready for a powerful, economical upgrade
Kenda combo tires handle transitions from trails to gravel roads with smooth-rolling performance and long wear
Comes equipped with platform pedals—no special shoes required
Specs on the Novara Portal mountain bike are subject to change
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by Jim's Bikefromnot bad for the priceI used the bike for weekend riding along the lake and some off roading. Bike handles well on hard surfaces, and mid level trails. Took the bike on a steep climbs and semi permissive beach/sand trail and it did ok. The mid level hill climb became a bit difficult as portions of the trail were on some rock. One main issue/concern is the bike seat. Although clamped firmly in place, it still moves left or right depending on trail surface (problem) and body positioning.
Date published: 2012-07-13
Rated 5out of5
by CCfromBendfromGreat purchaseThis bike is the best purchase I've made in a long time. I haven't ridden since I was a kid, so I just wanted an all-around good bike to ride some easy trails and cruise around the neighborhood. I have since purchased a Weehoo from REI to pull my son around as well, and the Portal handles it no problem. Highly recommend both!
Date published: 2012-05-17
Rated 5out of5
by orhto47fromExcellent buy for the moneyI got this bike for my 11y.o. son. He loves riding it. I like that for the price I saved about a hundred dollars comparing to similar models from Big Brands. Very solid ride, quality components. Great colors too. I expect my son will be able to use it for the next 4-5 years. The only downside that it's heavy. However, within this price range that was expected.
Date published: 2012-06-21
Rated 4out of5
by pie ladyfromNice bikeI purchased this bike for my daughter who was moving up to a gear bike. I was a bit worried about spending so much on a bike for a child that would be growing out of it, but I know that she will get lots of use out of it. We have gone for many rides and she absolutely loves the bike! Once she got used to shifting gears, she loves the fact that she can ride up hills much easier than she could on her old bike. The gears shift easily too. THe only downside of this bike is that it is quite heavy, compared to my more expensive cyclocross bike, but I guess that is to be expected for the price. Over all, a great bike!
Date published: 2012-08-22
Rated 3out of5
by TakeItOutsidefromfit me, but not my lifeI want to be able to take this bike to the bike park and mt bike trails with my husband and kids. We live 1,000 vertical feet above Boulder, and my kids and I aren't ready to ride all the way home, so I need to be able to take it down to town in order to ride.
The problem started when I wheeled the bike out to my truck- the small triangular frame would not fit on my bike rack. I've got a SwingDaddy 4- and the only way we could get the bike on was to shove it onto the very tips of the rack, where it shoved the tie-ons back out of the way, as well.
This did not feel safe to me. I went back into the store and got the short bike gal to come out and help, and she told me, "that's just the way it goes", that her bike is always out on the tips of her rack as well.
On my way back home, I stopped at a local bike shop where I had previously test-ridden a Rockhopper. I tried it on the rack, and it had about an inch more room than the REI bike.
Since the REI was not on sale at REI, the Rockhopper was about the same price, so I had to go with it and return the REI bike.
Bikes that fit you are good, but they also have to fit your racks, in order to take them biking!
Date published: 2012-09-26
Rated 4out of5
by DogbertfromGood basic bikeI use it for riding around a flat urban area for recreation. I looked at cruiser-style bikes, but they didn't feel right - I couldn't stretch out my legs when I peddled. They also seemed to have erratic steering. I chose this because I wanted a more traditionally proportioned bike, with derailleurs. I like it, but wish it came with street tires rather than knobby trail tires.
One thing I really like is the shifters. They're extremely easy to use, and I find myself shifting more frequently as a result. Shifting down when coming to a stop is particularly easy.
Date published: 2013-06-26
Rated 1out of5
by JoSchmoefromNovara Portal is a disappointmentI bought this bike for use on rail trails, gravel roads and and the occasional single track. I have yet to use it on single track for I fear for my safety. I use it mainly for commuting to work. I plan on returning it for a refund as soon as I replace it with a new bike. For the 3rd time since purchase, I have had to take it in for broken spokes. I have a tour bike with thousands of miles that has yet to break a spoke. Do NOT buy this bike. The wheels are cheap and it is dangerous to ride on single track for that reason. If you do buy, check spokes regularly/daily.
Date published: 2013-06-14
Rated 4out of5
by Troy the BMW RiderfromBasic, but nice bang for the buck.It is a good bike, for the price. Seems to be more of a starter bike. The biggest issue I had was the saddle. I had to replace it, because it was making my man parts go numb....
Date published: 2012-09-12
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