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Novara Ponderosa 29er Bike - 2012

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Updated to bring the awesome, the Novara Ponderosa® 29er hardtail mountain bike features a remote lockout on the 80mm fork for easy adjustment on the fly.

  • Butted 6061 aluminum frame features an S-bend down tube and bent seat tube for enhanced handling and performance
  • Set to soak up rough terrain, the 80mm SR Suntour XCR fork features an alloy steerer, magnesium lowers, preload adjustment and remote, bar-top lockout
  • Sturdy Shimano Deore/SLX 27-speed drivetrain ensures reliable performance for tackling varying terrain
  • 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

After its initial break-in period you might notice your bicycle performing less responsively than the day you brought it home. Not to worry, this is typical of all new bicycles and simply reflects that cables have stretched or their housings have seated themselves into final position. To keep running at peak performance, all REI bicycles come with a FREE warranty tune-up, which should be accomplished between the first 100-200 miles of riding or after the first two months if you're accumulating miles less quickly. Contact your nearest REI bike shop for details and an appointment for this important service.


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Novara Ponderosa 29er Bike - 2012 Specs
Best use
Mountain biking
Mountain bike
6061 aluminum
Front suspension
SR Suntour XCR RL 29, with lockout, 80mm of travel
Shimano FC-M521, 44/32/22
Shimano Deore
Shimano Deore
Shimano SLX
Shimano HG50 11-34, 9-speed
Disc brake
Shimano BR-M495 Disc
Shimano Deore
Weinmann Taurus 2000
Shimano M435 Disc, 32h
Shimano M435 Disc, 32h
29 inches
WTB Nano, 29x2.1
Riser bar
WTB Pure V Race
FPD Alloy platform
30.1 pounds
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Novara Ponderosa 29er Bike - 2012

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Novara Ponderosa 29er Bike - 2012is rated4.5out of5by2.
Rated4out of5byfromMakes 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 of5byfromGreat 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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