Novara Ponderosa Mountain Bike Review

5.00 out of 5
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Q: How much does it cost -Guest

A: $1099

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Novara Ponderosa 27.5
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Novara 2014 Ponderosa 29er
Novara 2014 Ponderosa 29er

September 29, 2014
Pros: Can't get a better hardtail with this level of componentry for under a grand: SRAM x7 drivetrain, decent hydraulic disc brakes, and, in the 2014 models, a Suntour front fork that's at least adequate. It's REI's house brand, so you're not paying for a big name brand, which is fine in my book -- I don't care what decal is on the downtube as long as the bike is durable and rides the way I like.

Cons: Tires seem low-end, and rims are not tubeless ready -- but what do you expect at this price point?

Recommendation: I got the 29er, and it is a perfect beast for rolling over the rock gardens and roots of New England singletrack. This bike rides better than bikes I test rode that cost twice as much. Highly recommended, esp if you can get one at season's end. I paid $750, which to me is a steal for this level of bike.

June 1, 2014
Pros: The crankset and drive chain are comparable to more expensive bikes

Cons: It is a no name brand but not that important to me.

Recommendation: Great bike for the price. Durable components and a nice look. I'm am very well satisfied with the purchase. I don't think I could have done better for under a thousand dollars.

August 22, 2009
Pros: Great bike for the $.
Great SRAM components.

Cons: REI had some issues with the SRAM bottom bracket/crank arm combination they used on the Ponderosa. The crank arm would come off out of no where. It is a warranty issue and is covered by SRAM via your local REI.

Recommendation: I've owned two, so far. Even bought a used, newer model, at an REI Garage Sale. I installed the newer componentry onto my old frame, since the garage sale bike was WAY too big for me. It has worked out perfectly.

Novara Ponderosa 5.00 out of 5 based on 3 ratings. 3 user reviews.