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What kind of Bike is this? Novara KR

Old 08-05-10, 10:59 AM
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What kind of Bike is this? Novara KR

Is this a mountain bike? A road bike? A touring bike?

It is a Novara KR, sold by REI. The frame is lugged steel, and it has a tange infinity tubing sticker on it. Some of the tubes are oversized. The shimano date codes from the components are from 86.

It has a sticker that says "designed by Scot Nicol ibis cycles". I googled Scot Nicol and he was apparently a mountain bike guy. The wheels are 26 inch. That makes me think it was a mountain bike.

OTOH, it has drop bars and bar end shifters. That made me think touring bike. I was not sure if they were original, but I found this link

https://firstflightbikes.blogspot.com...1_archive.html

with one showing the same bars. It also has three sets of bottle braze ons.

So what is it?

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Its a mountain bike. Drops and barcons may not be original. Stem and 26 inch wheels are typical of a MTB. A touring bike would have as a minimum rear rack braze ons, and preferrably, front fork rack braze ons and additional bottle braze ons as well.

Some early MTBs came with drops and barcons. For instance, the 1987 Bridgestone MB1 came that way. So maybe that is original as well.

And if you want to use it as a trail "tourer", those drops and barcons will be nice to have. I wouldn't mind setting my Trek 950 up like this bike. But since I just picked up a modern Trek 520 with drops and barcons, I think I'll skip that project.

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Originally Posted by wrk101
Its a mountain bike. Drops and barcons may not be original.
They are. Can't find any pics, but it (the XR, not KR) was more of a road-mtn crossover-hybrid that a full-on mtb, equipped with dirt-drop style bars and stem.

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A touring/ casual-mountain bike for a smaller rider,
some how I think the sticker on the top tube is added by someone, peeled off, the way the sticker looks to my eye it was peeled off another bike.
a source ironic Humor perhaps ?

handlebars can be changed too,if you wish ..
brakes, appear to need adjustment .. missing rubber hoods.

would be a decent bike when refurbished..

plenty of room for Mudguards..

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That is very insightful, please tell me more.
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A touring/ casual-mountain bike for a smaller rider,
some how I think the sticker on the top tube is added by someone, peeled off, the way the sticker looks to my eye it was peeled off another bike.
a source ironic Humor perhaps ?

handlebars can be changed too, may have been done by prior owner,
brakes missing rubber hoods.

would be a decent bike when refurbished..
If you look at the link I provided in the original post, it shows another Novara KR with drop bars, bar end shifters and the scot nicols sticker. So I would guess that those parts were original.
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Originally Posted by bobbycorno
They are. Can't find any pics, but it (the XR, not KR) was more of a road-mtn crossover-hybrid that a full-on mtb, equipped with dirt-drop style bars and stem.

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Oh, you are right-- that is a Novara XR, not a KR. That is probably why I did not find much about it when I googled it.

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Mine has the same bars and shifters. The bicycle has traveled from New York, NY, across Europe, Turkey, India, China, shipped to San Francisco and then pedaled to Las Vegas, NV. The original NY purchaser/rider has pasted away and the bicycle was gifted to me, after baking in Vegas garage storage. I have same blue and white color, but mine white tape on bars, and same bar ends. I had the wheels trued In the local Henderson R.E.I., and it was an interesting bicycle to them.

I have ridden the bicycle several hundred miles, all over the Vegas Valley when i am not stopping, as it is bicycle i do not want to leave locked and unattended. It is a wonderful bicycle, the longer wheelbase rides better than one would expect.

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Looks like a rough-road tourer. No typical MTB that I'm aware of with 3 bottle locations. Also, it does have rack mounts on the rear; the uppers are on the inside of the seatstays.
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You can double the value by calling it a "gravel grinder."

I think it's a pretty cool bike. Scot Nicol is a think-outside-the-mainstream kind of guy. He was way ahead of the curve on this one. Charlie Cunningham was another drop-bar dirt bike guy: In fact he still is. It's the kind of bike that would tempt you to own two sets of wheels; one with narrow slicks for the road, one with wider tires for days when there is some dirt on the agenda.

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Looks like an excellent candidate for rough road commuting, gravel roads, etc. Actually a pretty smart, useful design, imho.
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