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    Novara Matador 29er Bike - 2014

    Our Novara Matador 29er hardtail mountain bike is a big-wheeled 29er fun machine. Responsive and nimble, it's outfitted with hydraulic disc brakes and a plush 80mm fork. See details

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    Our Novara Matador 29er hardtail mountain bike is a big-wheeled 29er fun machine. Responsive and nimble, it's outfitted with hydraulic disc brakes and a plush 80mm fork.

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    Our Novara Matador 29er hardtail mountain bike is a big-wheeled 29er fun machine. Responsive and nimble, it's outfitted with hydraulic disc brakes and a plush 80mm fork.

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    Our Novara Matador 29er hardtail mountain bike is a big-wheeled 29er fun machine. Responsive and nimble, it's outfitted with hydraulic disc brakes and a plush 80mm fork.

    • Butted 6061 aluminum frame features an S-bend down tube and bent seat tube for enhanced handling and performance
    • SR Suntour XCR MLO 29 suspension fork offers 80mm of travel, preload adjustment and lockout; magnesium lowers, alloy steer tube and crown offer weight savings
    • 27-speed drivetrain makes for easy spinning on varying terrain; SRAM X5 shifters guide the X5 rear derailleur and Microshift front derailleur for snappy shifts
    • Tektro Gemini hydraulic disc brakes maintain consistent performance in all conditions
    • Weinmann rims use double-wall construction for strength and are decked out with WTB Nano Comp tires for excellent traction
    • Specs on the our Novara Matador 29er hardtail mountain bike are subject to change

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    Novara Matador 29er Bike - 2014 Specs
    Best use
    Mountain biking
    Mountain bike
    6061 aluminum
    Front suspension
    SR Suntour XCR LO 29, 80mm of travel
    SRAM S600 3.0, 42/32/22
    Truvativ Power Spline
    SRAM X5
    SRAM X5
    SRAM PG-950 11-34, 9-speed
    27 gear(s)
    Disc brake
    Tektro Gemini Hydraulic disc
    Tektro Gemini
    Weinmann Taurus 2000
    Joytec, 32h
    Joytec, 32h
    29 inches
    WTB Nano, 29x2.1
    Riser bar
    WTB Pure V Sport
    FPD Alloy platform
    KMC Z99
    29.3 pounds
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    Novara Matador 29er Bike - 2014 is rated 4.4615 out of 5 by 13.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Bike for the Price! I use this bike three times a week on some agressive local trails. With nice jumps and plenty of technical drops and climbs. Handles well thru it all. After three months of hitting this trails I have no complaints. Good 29er for the price.
    Date published: 2014-04-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Bike! Absolutely love this bike. Went into the Round Rock REI (North Austin), and the staff set me up perfectly. I couldn't decide if I wanted a "Medium" or "Large" sized bike. They let me test out both sizes, set it up perfectly for me, and I went with the Large. Overall this bike is a STEAL! Great for trail riding (although stay away from anything excessively rocky) or even just taking it out for a cruise. Brakes are awesome, feels great and those 29" tires are just awesome. It's a slight bit heavy, but honestly I would rather get the Matador, save the $200+ and have it be a pound or two heavier than Ponderosa.
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rediscovering bike rides It's been 15+ years since I've owned a bike. The Novara Matador 29er Bike offered a great value and good starting point to biking. I've had the bike for almost a month and have traveled 130+ miles. I have the XL frame - makes such a difference (I'm 6'3"). The bike is great. Modern shifters make changing gears quick and easy. The disk breaks are exceptional - you can stop on a dime. The stock saddle on the bike is really hard. Yes, I'm new to biking but it was too hard. I replaced it and it made a huge difference.
    Date published: 2014-04-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's OK, even for senior citizens --- I am 75 years old & have no recent experience with cycling, but bought this bike after getting encouragement from my grown kids. To my pleasant surprise, it hasn't been difficult to re-learn. I've had the bike less than a month & have only ridden about 50 total miles so far, but my rides have been both on & off pavement & are getting longer. Shifting is easy & I've had no foul-ups so far. I did have a flat tire after only 4 hours riding, so installed better quality tubes & have had no more tire problems. I am 6'1" tall & tend to get a sore neck when riding, may need to raise the handlebars a bit so I can ride more upright. There does seem to be a bit of a conflict in the standard bike "fit" instructions when applying them to a "Twenty-Niner". This bike initially appeared too large for me, even though it is my correct size based on the printed standards. I'm now glad I didn't elect to go with a smaller size in response to the printed instructions.
    Date published: 2014-04-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Seriously worth every penny I have last year's model, and let me say this bike has been good to me. Since it looks like the only big thing that has changed is an upgrade to hydraulic brakes, I thought I would give my thoughts and update last year's review. The Matador is my first bike since childhood so I have made many beginner mistakes in maintenance and use, but it has handled it very well. As a heavy guy (started last year at 230 lb and down to 210 now) I have pushed this bike to its limits riding technical Texas rock gardens and winding single track with considerable drops, but the frame has held up just fine. The 29ers make all the difference on the technical trails. I honestly can't imagine hardtail life before them. Big rocks are still big rocks as you go up hill, but you CAN manage them with the big wheels. They also make fast downhill single track just plain fun. The 29ers also make my 4 mile commute a relative breeze and I have ridden up to 36 mile stretches with them. At this point, I have two complaints. The most annoying one is the drive train. It can be finicky. However, it does teach you to start simplifying your ride and picking the best line instead of shifting around all the time. The other bit is the 80 mm of travel. If you are looking at doing drops more than a foot or two, you will start bottoming out. That said, I have easily put 1000 miles on this bike between commuting and mtb and I am EXTREMELY pleased with it. I strongly suggest this bike to anyone looking to try mountain biking or updating to 29ers without breaking the bank.
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Getting back in the game. Three years after a catastrophic Achilles tendon tear, I have taken up mountain biking. I hadn't been on a bicycle in over 15 years, but the Matador is such a smooth, easy riding bike, it was easy to get back in the groove. I mainly ride the country roads arou.d the farm, and trails down by the creek. I plan on expanding my trail riding soon and don't have any doubts this bike can handle it. The only thing I have changed is the saddle, I needed something a little softer. I highly recommend this bike to anyone who wants to get back in the game!
    Date published: 2014-04-01
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Buy I usually ride in the morning before I go to work (swing shift) about ten to 16 miles depending on the time of year and weather. I am a bigger stature person and the hybrid bike I had bought last year from another store was always plagued with problems. The back wheel spokes kept breaking. I changed rims and the spokes stopped breaking. Then everytime I went for a ride the inner tube kept going flat. I had a bike from REI that served me for years and I decided to go back to REI for a new one. Because of the problems I was having I was looking for a sturdier bike. I came across the Navara Matador. Even though it's a mountain bike and I am not going to do much trail riding I figured it will stand up better with less down time. This is mountain bike and it comes equipped for trail riding. I upgraded the saddle the day I bought it, because I knew the one it comes wouldn't meet my needs. After riding for a week two things I noticed for my type of riding. The handle bars are set low. If you are going to ride for any distance being hunched over that far is very uncomfortable. Also the hand grips are spiky and uncomfortable to hold on to. I took the bike back to REI to have them put a riser stem on the handlebars and upgrade to the hand grips. It is like a totally different bike now. I can sit comfortably now and the grips feel good. The gear shifters are kind of different until you figure them out. The big paddle is easy to reach. The little paddle you have to take your thumb and reach under the hand grip. Kind of awkward when you first do it, but after a few times easy. This bike has great gears and comes with hydraulic disc brakes. The bike has been performing great. Because it is a mountain bike it takes a little more effort to peddle because of the beefier tires. But if it is not breaking down, I am on the road and that's what counts.
    Date published: 2014-03-30
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from GREAT bike for the money Great ride. Still trying to figure the gears out, but really fun. Excellent for rides with the family, a solo adventure, or even a trip to the store. Added a rear rack to the bike because it is a great grocery store ride.
    Date published: 2014-03-31

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