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With a comfort saddle, upright positioning and front suspension, the Novara Portal is an inviting bike for recreational riders who want to wander off roads to explore.
Sturdy aluminum frame offers up a comfortable geometry for confident, upright riding; frame and fork feature disc brake tabs for an easy upgrade down the road
Suntour XCM V3 suspension fork supplies 100mm of travel to smooth out rough trails, paths and potholes
SRAM derailleurs offer smooth, reliable shifts, which are guided by the easy-to-use SRAM trigger shifters
Linear-pull brakes provide sure stopping power
Along with the frame and fork disc brake tabs, the hubs are disc-ready for a powerful, economical upgrade
Kenda combo tires handle transitions from trails to gravel roads with smooth-rolling performance and long wear
Comes equipped with platform pedals—no special shoes required
Specs on the Novara Portal mountain bike are subject to change
All bicycles sold at REI include a free warranty tune-up. New bikes go through a normal break-in period, after which readjustment is important for longevity and performance. Bring your new bike in to your local REI for its free tune-up within 20 hours of use or 6 months from purchase, whichever comes first. Contact your nearest REI bike shop to schedule this important service.
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Novara Portal Bike - 2014is rated3.3333out of5by6.
Rated4out of5byMrgamer678fromSweet rideI've been riding this bike for almost a month now. Been on minor off road trails but, mostly paved roads. Shifting for overpasses, trails, and stop/starts has been very fluid. It's relatively light weight, rugged construction makes this bike nimble. I changed the seat for a more comfortable padded one and will add a handle bar lift kit for my comfort. Otherwise, I couldn't do better for the price and type of bike!
I really like this bike!
Date published: 2013-11-23
Rated4out of5byDogbertfromGood basic bikeI use it for riding around a flat urban area for recreation. I looked at cruiser-style bikes, but they didn't feel right - I couldn't stretch out my legs when I peddled. They also seemed to have erratic steering. I chose this because I wanted a more traditionally proportioned bike, with derailleurs. I like it, but wish it came with street tires rather than knobby trail tires.
One thing I really like is the shifters. They're extremely easy to use, and I find myself shifting more frequently as a result. Shifting down when coming to a stop is particularly easy.
Date published: 2013-06-26
Rated1out of5byJoSchmoefromNovara Portal is a disappointmentI bought this bike for use on rail trails, gravel roads and and the occasional single track. I have yet to use it on single track for I fear for my safety. I use it mainly for commuting to work. I plan on returning it for a refund as soon as I replace it with a new bike. For the 3rd time since purchase, I have had to take it in for broken spokes. I have a tour bike with thousands of miles that has yet to break a spoke. Do NOT buy this bike. The wheels are cheap and it is dangerous to ride on single track for that reason. If you do buy, check spokes regularly/daily.
Date published: 2013-06-14
Rated4out of5byChris150fromFun beginners bikeIt's a good intro bike for mountain biking. After several months of biking, I haven't had a single problem with the bike, while friends riding the same trails on more expensive bikes have snapped their derailleurs, gotten flats, had their chains come off, etc. The only issue that I have noticed is that my third large gear wheel is bent. Fortunately, it's not a frequently used gear, so I have not had issues with that. The bike is a bit heavy, and the frame makes it more challenging than it should be to fit onto a bike rack, however the price makes these minor concerns.
Date published: 2013-06-05
Rated3out of5byTakeItOutsidefromfit me, but not my lifeI want to be able to take this bike to the bike park and mt bike trails with my husband and kids. We live 1,000 vertical feet above Boulder, and my kids and I aren't ready to ride all the way home, so I need to be able to take it down to town in order to ride.
The problem started when I wheeled the bike out to my truck- the small triangular frame would not fit on my bike rack. I've got a SwingDaddy 4- and the only way we could get the bike on was to shove it onto the very tips of the rack, where it shoved the tie-ons back out of the way, as well.
This did not feel safe to me. I went back into the store and got the short bike gal to come out and help, and she told me, "that's just the way it goes", that her bike is always out on the tips of her rack as well.
On my way back home, I stopped at a local bike shop where I had previously test-ridden a Rockhopper. I tried it on the rack, and it had about an inch more room than the REI bike.
Since the REI was not on sale at REI, the Rockhopper was about the same price, so I had to go with it and return the REI bike.
Bikes that fit you are good, but they also have to fit your racks, in order to take them biking!
Date published: 2012-09-26
Rated4out of5byTroy the BMW RiderfromBasic, but nice bang for the buck.It is a good bike, for the price. Seems to be more of a starter bike. The biggest issue I had was the saddle. I had to replace it, because it was making my man parts go numb....
Date published: 2012-09-12
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