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The impressive spread that is Novara’s 2008 bike lineup

includes cyclocross rides, full-suspension mountain bikes for women and

men, a foldable travel model, a “safari” bike, and fender-equipped

urban commuters ready to go. All are available now at REI stores or

online at Here’s a quick peek at five specific models that caught my attention. . .



Novara Safari Bike—Dubbed the “ultimate

adventure-touring cycle,” the Safari was made for multiday tours, on

the pavement or off. The mountain-bike-like model has an aluminum

frame, a double-butted front fork for solid steering under heavy loads,

and an included rear rack. Fizik Rondine saddle and Post Moderne

suspension seatpost help keep your backside happy on the longest of

rides. Pricing: $849



Novara Fusion Bike—This ready-to-go commuter

includes touches like internal brakes and shifting, dual headlights, a

taillight, fenders, rear rack, bell and kickstand. No need to fool with

accessories for your urban commute. Buy it and go. Aluminum frame.

Shimano internal 8-speed rear hub cassette system. Dynamo hub powers a

dual-beam headlamp, no batteries required. 700c wheelset for a faster

ride. Pricing: $749



Novara Buzz Fly-By Foldable Bike—Novara has teamed

with Dahon, a folding bike manufacturer, to create the Fly-By, a

foldable bike built for urban commuting or taking along on a trip. It

folds into a small package and fits inside an included carrying bag.

Simply fold the handlebar in half, open the lever to split the frame

into two, and bend it back on itself. Bonus: When removed the seat post

doubles as an air pump. Pricing: $599



Novara Rivet Bike—Ride the bumps and deep mud with

speed on this cyclocross model. An aluminum frame with a carbon fork

makes for a fast and light ride. Grippy Geax Blade 700×33c tires to

handle mixed terrain, from mud to gravel roads to pavement. Avid Shorty

4 cantilever brakes for stopping power. Fizik Aliante Sport saddle can

be “likened to a fine tailor-made suit,” according to the company.

Pricing: $1,599



Novara Bliss 2.0 Women’s Mountain Bike—Female-centric

geometry with full-suspension shocks, disc brakes and a gender-specific

bike saddle make the Bliss 2.0 a literal good fit for women. To

reiterate, the Bliss was designed to fit women, not men: the frame

sizing accommodates short inseams, and frame geometry conforms to

shorter torso and reach lengths. RockShox suspension in the front and

rear helps soften landings. Avid BB7 mechanical disc brakes allow

controlled deceleration and good stopping power. Pricing: $1,199



Go here to see the full Novara line. . . 



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