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    Novara Gotham Bike - 2014

    Our Novara Gotham is a revolutionary design for city riding with a Gates® carbon belt drive and a NuVinci® N360 rear hub. It's a quiet ride, fully outfitted with a rack, fenders and lights. See details

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    Our Novara Gotham is a revolutionary design for city riding with a Gates® carbon belt drive and a NuVinci® N360 rear hub. It's a quiet ride, fully outfitted with a rack, fenders and lights.

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    Our Novara Gotham is a revolutionary design for city riding with a Gates® carbon belt drive and a NuVinci® N360 rear hub. It's a quiet ride, fully outfitted with a rack, fenders and lights.

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    Our Novara Gotham is a revolutionary design for city riding with a Gates® carbon belt drive and a NuVinci® N360 rear hub. It's a quiet ride, fully outfitted with a rack, fenders and lights.

    • NuVinci N360 continuously variable planetary (CVP) rear hub uses rotating, tilting balls inside 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
    • Gates CenterTrack Belt Drive uses a carbon-reinforced belt instead of a chain for a quiet ride—belt doesn't require lubrication, so there's no greasy chain to deal with
    • Using the twist shifters is intuitively simple and offers super-smooth, seamless movement throughout the gearing range with a flick of the wrist
    • 6061 butted aluminum frame and fork are lightweight and strong
    • Tektro Gemini hydraulic disc brakes deliver superior stopping power
    • Head tube features Novara “N Dock” mounting braze-ons to attach a cargo-hauling Barrow basket (please note that the basket is sold separately)
    • Rear rack on the Gotham is ready for cargo, quickly accepting panniers or trunk bag (not included)—great for carrying groceries or work essentials
    • Lezyne 500-lumen rechargeable headlight brightly leads the way, and a built-in battery-powered rack-mounted tail light aids rear visibility
    • Upright-riding cockpit is designed for comfort, thanks to the Selle Royal saddle, mustache-style handlebar and ergonomic grips
    • Puncture-resistant Schwalbe Marathon tires feature sure grip and a fast, smooth ride
    • Rounding out the package are polished fenders to keep road grime and water off you and the bike; bell on handlebars signals passing; kickstand makes storage/parking easy
    • Specs on our Novara Gotham bike are subject to change

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    Novara Gotham Bike - 2014 Specs
    Specification
    Description
    Best use
    Urban cycling
    Hybrid bike
    Aluminum
    Aluminum
    No suspension
    Chromoly
    Gates belt drive, 50t
    Kinesis
    NuVinci twist
    Gates, 24t
    NuVinci
    Disc brake
    Tektro Gemini hydraulic disc
    Tektro Gemini
    Weinmann SEC-16
    Joytech, 36h
    NuVinci N360, 36h
    700c
    Schwalbe Marathon, 700x38c
    Moustache bar
    Novara alloy
    Novara alloy
    Novara alloy
    Selle Royal
    Aluminum platform
    FPD
    Gates belt
    34.20 pounds
    How we measure bike weight
    Unisex
    Bike style
    Bike frame material
    Frame
    Bike suspension
    Fork
    Crankset
    Bottom bracket
    Shifters
    Rear cogs
    Number of gears
    Brake type
    Brakes
    Brake levers
    Rims
    Front hub
    Rear hub
    Wheel size
    Tires
    Handlebar shape
    Handlebar
    Stem
    Seat post
    Saddle
    Pedals
    Headset
    Chain
    Weight
    Bike weight
    Gender

    Novara Gotham Bike - 2014

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    Novara Gotham Bike - 2014is rated3.6667out of5by3.
    Rated2out of5byfromFlimsy constructionMy wife ordered 'his and her' novara gotham bikes for my birthday and I was thrilled at the prospect of riding together on these feature-loaded bikes. I couldn't have been more disappointed to find that, right out of the box, the front forks were welded askew on my wife's bike. The front wheel could not even be attached. I don't live near an REI store, so customer service sent me a new bike. When I got the new bike I was pleased that the forks were straight (why hadn't the bike been preassembled to start with? should a $1500.00 bike leave the factory with grossly misaligned forks?), but I then noticed that the front wheel on my bike wasn't round! No problem, I just took the good front wheel from the replacement bike and sent the fumbled fork bike and the not round wheel back to REI. I then noticed that the disk brakes were not aligned properly on either bike and generated continuous rubbing on the front wheels. REI would not walk me through adjusting the brakes because they said it was a liability. Hmmm, wouldn't it be more a liability to have a customer riding a bike with binding brakes, a not round wheel, and a defective frame? Just sayin'. To make matters worse I found that the fenders where constructed of the flimsiest rolled metal you could imagine and the paint finish peeled off with only minor abrasive force. At that point I realized that these bikes were a bust, and I returned them both. BUYER BEWARE! You are not getting a 1500.00 bike. You can purchase a Raleigh version with the nuvinci transmission that is vastly superior in every way. The novara gotham feels like a cheap housebrand sold at a super premium price.
    Date published: 2014-04-06
    Rated5out of5byfromOther reviewer is rating 2013 not 2014The 2014 is much improved over an excellent 2013 model. The biggest plus is a 7 lb weight loss (aluminum frame). Saddle is improved, brakes are now hydraulic and the looks have improved significantly. The bike now also has mounting posts for the Barrow front basket.
    Date published: 2014-03-25
    Rated4out of5byfrom2014 model is a step backwardI purchased the 2013 model Gotham which is identical to the 2014 model except for the hub dynamo and light has been replaced with a USB rechargeable light. Otherwise highly recommended for city use. This feature loss in my opinion drops off the list as an almost perfect communting bike. at least 4.5 stars for my bike, barely 4 stars for the 2014 model due to this loss of a key feature. If any changes were to be made, REI should have wired the rear light to the dynamo, not removed the dynamo! The combination of the Nuvinci hub, belt drive, and disc brakes create the perfect commuting bike and well priced for the features. I have been riding my Gotham throughout the winter as the belt drive is perfect in New Englands snow/sand/salt road conditions.
    Date published: 2014-03-03

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