Shimano Deore mechanical disc brakes use CenterLock design for enhanced performance and low profile
Flashy double-walled Weinmann rims are decked out with the lightweight, 60TPI WTB Nano Race tires for fast-rolling performance
WTB Pure V Race saddle features a leather cover for comfort and durability
Specs on the Novara Ponderosa 29er hardtail mountain bike are subject to change
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SR Suntour XCR RL 29, with lockout, 80mm of travel
Shimano FC-M521, 44/32/22
Shimano HG50 11-34, 9-speed
Shimano BR-M495 Disc
Weinmann Taurus 2000
Shimano M435 Disc, 32h
Shimano M435 Disc, 32h
WTB Nano, 29x2.1
WTB Pure V Race
FPD Alloy platform
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Novara Ponderosa 29er Bike - 2012
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Novara Ponderosa 29er Bike - 2012is rated4.5out of5by2.
Rated4out of5byIris stole my namefromMakes riding a lot more funI got this after realizing my 26 inch bike was too small. The 29'er definitely provides a smoother and faster ride. The brakes definitely saved me from some head on collisions. The shock lock-out on the handlebars is very convenient, but I do forget to unlock it at times. I personally would prefer nubbier tires, but the default ones are fine.
Date published: 2012-09-26
Rated5out of5byAnditofromGreat Bike at a Great PriceI just took this bike out for my first ride on a 27 mile ride including mostly single track and some dirt and paved roads. It handled like a dream. Although I'm aware that part of the thrill was the experience of my first ride on a 29er after fifteen years and thousands of miles on 26' hard tails, I could still tell this was a bargain for the money. The components are nicer than any bike I've ever owned, but I didn't pay a whole lot more than the previous bikes I've had. The bike was ready to roll out of the shop. The only adjustment I made was to the seat height : ) The bike handled beautifully on a trail I've ridden many times, in fact it was the best ride I've ever had on that trail--even better than when I demoed a high-end 26' full suspension. I continued to be surprised by how much more terrain I could effortlessly roll over. I was also thrilled with how smoothly it shifted and brakes. Although many reviewers commented on the bike being heavy, I found it to be noticeably lighter than my last bike--a Giant Yukon. I was skeptical of what seemed like under-gunned tread on the tires, but the salesman told me that 29ers do just fine without super-knobby tires. He turned out to be right. This thing tore through deep sand, handled fast maneuvering down steep, tight turns, and clung to burley roots while climbing. Obviously I'm still giddy about the quality of my new acquisition, but if my opinion changes at all, I'll be sure to update my review. If this is still being offered at a massive discount, I'd say get yours while they last!
Date published: 2012-09-03
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Novara Ponderosa 29er Bike - 2012 Customer Reviews