Anyone know anything about Novara bikes? They are REI's Store Brand.
In searching for the next level of bike for me, I came across the Novara Ponderosa. I have also been looking at the Haro X1.
My current bike is a Trek 800 Sport, with an alivo rear dr, and low-quality components ( heavy, too: its steel ). In the $650 to $725 range, what bike would be best for me. I mostly do trail riding. I like performance, quality, and durability in a bike - and I know I won't be getting the best with a $700 bike. The only problem is that I'm 15 and thats what I have scraped together.
I'm ready to move on in mountain biking, and I need suggestions on what bike to get, not necessarly the ones mentioned. *BUT* the Novara Ponderosa has a great component set: XT Rear derailleur, with Deore everywhere else - I just don't know much about the brand. Any suspension fork from anyone except RST will suit me well, and I don't think I want rear suspension - with the hilly trails I ride, I need front, but can't have a performance disadvantage from bobbing in the back.
Help me out here folks!