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Novara Strada Bike - 2013

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  • Butted aluminum frame features shaped seatstays and top tube for enhanced comfort and performance; tapered head tube improves strength and handling precision
  • Fork boasts a tapered alloy steerer with a machined, 1-piece alloy crown for strength and stiffness where it counts; carbon legs help damp road vibrations and reduce weight
  • Shimano 105 shifters and rear derailleur offer high-end shifting performance and dependability without the price hike
  • Compact crankset and wide-ranging 12-30 cassette delivers the gearing versatility of a triple crankset without the weight or finicky shifting
  • Shimano long-reach caliper brakes offer fender clearance and deliver dependable braking power
  • Sturdy Weinmann rims, dependable Shimano hubs and Clement Strada 120 TPI tires provide smooth-rolling performance
  • Eyelets for fenders let you outfit the Strada for wet-weather or commuting (fenders sold separately)
  • Replaceable rear derailleur hanger helps extend the usable life of the frame
  • Specs on our Novara Strada road bike are subject to change

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Novara Strada Bike - 2013 Specs
Best use
Road cycling
Road bike
6061 aluminum
Novara carbon
FSA Vero, 50/34
FSA PowerDrive
Shimano 105
Shimano Tiagra
Shimano 105
Shimano Tiagra, 12-30, 10-speed
Rim brake
Shimano BR-R650
Shimano 105
Weinmann DPX
Shimano Tiagra, 32h
Shimano Tiagra, 32h
Clement Strada LGG 700 x 25
Drop bar
FSA Wing Compact
Novara 3D forged aluminum
Novara Alloy
Velo VL-2071
Sold separately
Tapered 1 1/8 / 1 1/4 internal
Wipperman 10
21.47 pounds
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Novara Strada Bike - 2013

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Rated 4.6786/5 based on 28 reviews
Rated 4out of5
by fromLove this bike I've put about 100 miles on this bike now and I am not disappointed with my purchase. The women's specific bikes don't quite fit me (5'10" 170lb) but the large in this men's frame was a perfect match. I love how responsive the shifting is and how easily I can maneuver this bike on corners. Compared to the last bike I was on, the Strada is much more lightweight and much easier to climb hills with. Overall this is a great entry level road bike for the price.
Date published: 2013-05-10
Rated 4out of5
by fromExcellent recreational cycle I think this is a very good bike and a great value for the price. The 105 components work smoothly, handling is nice, and the gear range is wide enough to handle the frequent climbing needed here in the Virginia piedmont (lots of hills of up to 800 feet, lots of up and down). Bike is lightweight, but strong and solid with no discernable frame whip or front fork vibration. For a very tall person, the XL size (62cm seat tube) works ok for me, the seat post is long enough for my legs. My only concern is that the top tube length is about 8cm shorter than I'd like. I'm thinking of changing to a longer stem. Some reviewers complain about the seat, but I don't find it any less comfortable than other road bikes.
Date published: 2013-06-29
Rated 4out of5
by fromGreat Bike! Very hard to beat for the price, the Strada comes with Shimano 105 brakes, shifters, and rear derailleur. Front derailleur is Tiagra but works just fine. Also has a carbon fork. I hear that most of the aluminum frames at this price point are made in China by Giant or one of the other frame makers, so if you don't mind the name, you are basically getting a 105 equipped enthusiast bike for a great price. The aero wheels are nice too. A lot of my riding partners have Trek, Cannondale, and Specialized road bikes in this component range, and this bike easily holds its own (as long as the rider does his part of course). This bike is great for seeing if serious road riding/ beginner racing is for you, and will be perfectly adequate unless you decide to go custom / full carbon / whatever in the future.
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 4out of5
by fromGreat Bike! I'm a runner and I'm 5'6" (so it may vary if you're taller or shorter); I've competitively run almost every distance from the mile to marathons. I use it for primarily cross-training but would be interested in using the bike for a duathalon/cycling race or two if I can find one I like. I do wish I could've afforded a full carbon frame. But I do love that it handles well, I feel like it's responsive (but then again, I've not a competitive cyclist), I do love that this bike has the paddle shifters compared to the thumb shifters, the brakes are great and responsive (though the brake paddles are a little far from the drob bars), it comes with two water bottle cage slots, love the ease of the quick release wheels and brakes. If you're coming from an older bike (like I did) or using this as a starter/intermediate road bike, then I'd recommend it. Some cons: I do find that the highest/hardest gear tends to be easier than what I expected and wish it came with an extra higher/harder gear, slightly thinner tires, the shifters can be a little moody if you don't push them hard enough, and carbon fiber wheels
Date published: 2013-10-07
Rated 4out of5
by fromNice bike for the money Very nice bike for the investment. Very nice for a novice rider.
Date published: 2013-10-08
Rated 4out of5
by fromThe Bike is Fun I love it so far. One gotcha was the prada valves. Went to put air in before my ride and dont have a pump for prada. I bought the converters to regular shrader and it works fine.
Date published: 2013-10-09
Rated 4out of5
by fromPerfect for my first bike This is my first road bike was purchased for exercise, commuting, and to do group/charity rides. I was extremely lucky to get the last bike in the size I needed. This bike shifts effortlessly, handles with great agility, and has speed as if I've harnessed the bones of the wind itself. The only thing to switch up is the saddle. It was a little uncomfortable, but that's an easy fix. The customer service was amazing (and I'm not just saying that because I work for REI). The sales team in the cycling dept. was patient as they answered all my questions about fit, shoes, and pedals. Also, the guys in the shop were quick, thorough, and also very welcoming to my questions.
Date published: 2012-04-09
Rated 4out of5
by fromWell ... The seat is a killer. After only three rides I need an new seat desparatly. This is my second Novara. Same story. The bike over all is good and the REI spoils the whole thing whth few minor components. Shame
Date published: 2012-04-21

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