Our Novara Gotham is a flagship of form and function, combining the smooth NuVinci® N360™ rear hub with a Gates® carbon belt drive, plus disc brakes, integrated lights and fenders.
The Gotham offers the ultimate in low-maintenance riding thanks to the internal hub and belt drive; as part of our Mainline collection, it's all about versatility and utility
NuVinci N360 continuously variable planetary (CVP) rear hub uses rotating, tilting balls inside of the hub to supply smooth, quiet shifts whenever you want, even when stopped
NuVinci CVP design also means there's no indexed "ker-chunk" between gears, just a continuous range that lets you find the amount of resistance that best suits your needs
Using the twist shifter is intuitively simple and offers super-smooth, seamless movement throughout the gearing range with a flick of the wrist
Gates CenterTrack Belt Drive uses a carbon-reinforced belt instead of a chain—this system is exceptionally long lasting, virtually maintenance free and nearly silent
CenterTrack belt uses a centering track to keep the belt properly aligned and working efficiently; belt doesn't require lubrication, so there's no greasy chain to deal with
Just in case, the full-length chainguard prevents clothing from getting caught in drive
Double-butted chromoly frame features an easy-mount, semi step-through design, not to mention the smooth ride quality and durability of steel
Shimano mechanical disc brakes supply all-weather braking power for confident deceleration, even in the rain
Basta headlight is powered by a generator in the front hub and remains on for 4 min. after stopping to ensure your path is lit, even when stopping for lights
Battery-powered taillight provides rear visibility and is motion- and photo-sensitive; battery indicator lets you know when it's time to replace the battery
Rear rack on the Gotham is ready for cargo, quickly accepting panniers or trunk bag (sold separately)—great for carrying groceries or work essentials
Puncture-resistant Vittoria Randonneur tires feature sure grip and a fast, smooth ride
Upright-riding cockpit has been designed for comfort, thanks to the Selle Royal saddle, mustache-style handlebar and ergonomic cork grips
Rounding out the package are polished fenders to keep road grime and water off of you and the bike; kickstand makes storage/parking easy
Just get on and ride, no fancy shoes required—platform pedals accommodate a variety of shoes
Specs on our Novara Gotham bike are subject to change
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Novara Gotham Bike - 2013is rated3.8571out of5by7.
Rated4out of5byInoyfromGreat urban bike.First time I've tried a NuVinci. The weight is comparable to a Shimano Alfine, but the NuVinci feels that it's made for urban streets, unlike the Alfine which can be used off-road. The good thing about it is that it's whisper-quiet and I love the stay-on headlights!
Date published: 2013-10-31
Rated4out of5byRick the tri guyfromGood commuterReviews say a lot about reviewers, so a little info is in order: I am a 50ish triathlete (not currently in training). I am fit, but about 10 lbs over my competition weight, with an FTP of about 200 watts for those who care about such things.
This spring, I spent a week in the Netherlands, touring that cyclist's paradise on a Dutch "city bike" (or omafiets, lol!). This wonderful experience renewed by interest in commuting to work (7 miles each way, moderately hilly route).
I wanted a bike that I could (1) Ride in my work clothes, (2) Ride in inclement weather without worrying about cleaning the bike immediately afterwards (and without getting myself/clothes filthy), and (3) Carry moderate loads to and from work, the grocers, etc. In other words, I wanted a great city bike!
So, I have had my Gotham for 5 weeks/250 miles now. What do I think?
I am in love! The upright riding position is very comfortable and allows for great sight lines in traffic. The steel frame feels very durable and absorbs road shock nicely. The disc brakes give great stopping power, even in the rain with a heavy load. I've ridden through several downpours: wear the right rain gear, and you will stay dry. The fenders keep the road grime off your clothes.
The NuVinci internal hub combined with the most recent Centertrak Gates carbon belt is a joy. Smooth, silent (gets even quieter as you "break it in"), and best of all, greaseless and nearly maintenance free! My wife loves this bike for this reason alone, and now wants her own. I have even hopped on the bike in my nice clothes and ridden it to church without any thought of clipping my pants or other accommodation. The freedom of biking in any clothing is fantastic!
The "extras" are great: comfortable saddle (and stylish), great front light powered by a Shimano Alfine generator hub. The rear light is battery powered and just OK. I supplement it with a helmet mounted rear light.
Now the downsides: As mentioned by others, this bike is heavy. Don't expect the hills to be easy. At first, I wished that the gearing was lower (a smaller front chainring). This can be changed by changing the chainring and the Gates belt. But I have decided that I won't do it. Why? Because I love riding this bike so much that I ride it. A lot. And guess what? I am getting stronger. Those hills are less daunting, and I find I spend less time in the lowest gear ratios. Still, if you plan to ride a lot of hills, are not a strong rider, and don't want to get stronger ;) you might be happier with a lighter bike.
I have three other bikes. They are getting jealous, because my Gotham is getting all of my attention. What a great bike!
Date published: 2013-07-17
Rated2out of5byCrankSpinnerfromGreat components on a heavy frameGreat components put on a frame that is too heavy for Seattle hills.
Date published: 2013-07-09
Rated4out of5byPableaufromPerfect Commuter BikeThis is a great bike for commuting & shopping. The continously variable shifting is impressively refined engineering - it's so easy & smooth to adjust the gears on the fly, with no risk of the chain slipping off. There's no chain to slip off. The carbon-fiber belt is very quiet, and I love the no-maintenance enclosed gears.
The wide cork handlebar grips are very comfortable. If I had to criticize anything, it would be the weight, which only matters when I have to carry it up stairs.
Date published: 2013-05-01
Rated4out of5byrsatterfromA wonderful bikeThis is a great bike, hands down, as long as you know what you're looking for. I recently moved cross country and my primary bike (a hybrid Marin) died in the process. In looking to replace it, I found myself drawn into the seductive trap of trying to find a bike that could do it all.
Ultimately, I finally came to my senses and focused in on an ultimate daily commuter, recognizing that there is no perfect bike that can do everything. This thing is heavy and has an upright riding position. You're not going to want to take it to a local race, but you WILL love it commuting. Everything from the disk brakes to the belt to the CVP gearing to the dynamo hub to the standard rack make for a glorious package for commuting. Living in the pacific northwest, the belt drive was particularly appealing.
I've never used a NuVinci hub before, but I am adapting quickly and really like it so far. You can 'shift' at any time, including at rest, and the belt is nearly silent, which makes a surprisingly big difference. I ride 6 miles each way, and I am fortunate enough that my ride takes me along some nicely wooded pathways along the Willamette River here. It is beautiful to observe while I ride. What I hadn't noticed, though, was that it is also beautiful to listen to as I ride. Seriously, this bike makes zero noise and I've really found myself tuning into my environment as a result and enjoying each ride much more.
This is an expensive bike for a commuter. But I believe that REI has done an admirable job in including latest technology and crafting a great bike built to last. The biggest, unexpected bonus for me is the way that this bike helps me reconnect with the environment of my ride.
Date published: 2013-04-28
Rated4out of5byTitofromTwo flawsI test rode this bike the other day and it is fantastic. I might have bought it on the spot, except (these have been mentioned by others too):
1) They need to offer a smaller front ring. The gearing is too high for commuting around town. I don't care about going at high speed. I need to get moving quickly, climb hills and haul a load.
2) It is a shame the rear light is not connected to the front hub generator; eventually you will always find yourself out with dead batteries.
Hope REI is listening!
Date published: 2013-01-24
Rated5out of5bymnorfromBest bike I ever ownedBest feature of this bike is the nuvinci n360 drive. Changing the gearing is now only based on how your legs feel, which is done with a simple twist of the adjuster.
Other features that I really like are the Gates carbon belt, and the dyno hub. The only downside with this bike is that it came with nano 40 light. This model doesn't have the new usb feature (Nano 50 plus). It does have two external leads which I wired to an mirco-usb cable so I can charge my phone as I ride. One other change I had to make is to change out the seat with something a little bigger/softer for my hindside. The original seat/saddle was nice but my hindside rejected it.
Over all I look forward to riding this bike everyday, it's that much fun.
Date published: 2012-11-05
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