Novara 2001 Ponderosa FS 2002 Full Suspension

4/5 (5 Reviews)
MSRP : $799.99


Product Description

FS is the acronym for Full-Suspension but we think you'll be able to think of a few others; Free-Spirit, how about Freaking-Spectacular. Stay in control on bone-jarring trails and bottomless curbs with the super travel and compression of Judy RockShox. RS Deluxe rear shock smoothes out the bumps and keeps the wheel on the trail for solid traction. The Shimano component group keeps you in the saddle and on the trail with reliable, quick shifting and braking action. Durable lightweight Ritchey Comp/OCR rims are mounted with trail-gripping Ritchey Z-Max tires. The anatomically designed WTB Speed V Comp saddle provides all-day comfort. Ritchey Rizer Competition grade bars have the optimum bend, rise and sweep to reduce fatigue. Wellgo pedals come equipped with toe cages installed. Available in M(17"), L(19") and XL(21"). Each bike ordered online is shipped with a genuine Park Tool.


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by danielle a Weekend Warrior from lowell

Date Reviewed: May 23, 2006

Strengths:    Nice light frame, great value for the money, nice group for an entry level cross country bike. this review is for the 2005 novara ponderosa fsl.

Weaknesses:    i dont know how rei (novara is made by rei) measures their frames, but they seem to run bigger than most normal bikes. it would be nice if their small 15 inch bike had a top tube that dropped, similar to a cannondale or a specialized. i find this bike hard to fit anyone under 5'7 or so.

Bottom Line:   
the bottom line is that this is a great bike for the money. i owned it for three months, then bought a specialed enduro frame and took all of the parts off the ponderosa and put them on the new frame. so i am still using a lot of the bike haha. the real problem is that rei has this bike set up for much taller people. i am 5'5 and was sitting on the top tube practially. i owned the 15 inch version, but when i measured it from middle of the bb to the top of the seat collar i got 17.5 inches, so i think they meausre to the top of the seatube. the stem was 110mm and usally on a 15 inch bike they are 90mm. the crank arms were 175mm and usually on a 15' bike they are 170mm. for sure this was set up like a medium sized bike and not a small. this is the smallest size they offer unless you want to get a girls bike, which they dont have in a cross country style.

that being said i really did like the bike except that it was the wrong size. it was much lighter than my k2 was, and the shifting and braking was great, everything was so smooth. thats why i moved all the parts over to a new frame haha. if you are at least 5'7 then this bike is a great deal.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   500

Similar Products Used:   k2 attack 2.0, specialized enduro comp

Bike Setup:   stock...fox float front & rear suspension, wtb laser disc lite hubs, wtb laser disc xc wheels, wtb epic wolf race tires, shimano lx shifters, f. deraillueur, xt r derailleur, truvativ stylo cranks

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by curt larson a Cross Country Rider from memphis tn usa

Date Reviewed: April 14, 2005

Strengths:    it is well puttogether for the money

Weaknesses:    the shifting group is just ok

Bottom Line:   
well done for a guy who just worked at rei and now is making bikes.. for the money it is a sweet deal

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   rei

Similar Products Used:   trek, k2,jamis

Bike Setup:   stoke

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by MARK a Weekend Warrior from WESTERN MASS

Date Reviewed: August 4, 2003

Strengths:    SHARP LOOKING BIKE. DESCENT GROUP-O FOR THE PRICE. WTB COMPONETS BETTER THAN I EXPECTED. COMFORTABLE COCK-PIT. BIKE PERFORMED WELL IN TIGHT,SLOW,ROCKY,ROOTY AREA'S AS WELL AS THE DOWN HILL'S. I DID NOTICE IT TO BE A LOT SLOWER ON THE STEEP CLIMB'S THAN MY HARDTAIL.

Weaknesses:    NO QUICK RELEASE SEAT POST CLAMP. CRANKS, FRONT DERAIL., AND SHIFTERS SHOULD BE UPGRADED FROM NOVARA IF THEY ARE GOING TO LEAVE THE 1000.00 PRICE TAG ON IT. BUT AGAIN, FOR $650 IT WAS WORTH IT.

Bottom Line:   
HARD TO BEAT FOR THE MONEY, FULL SUSPENSION !!!!!!!!DONT EXPECT A SUPER PLUSH SUGAR 3 RIDE BUT THEN AGAIN IT'S NOT 2000.00 DOLLARS. NOT WORTH $1000.00 BUT DEF. WORTH IT IF YOU CAN FIND A DEAL.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $650.00

Purchased At:   REI

Similar Products Used:   GIANT WARP 2, TREK FUEL 80

Bike Setup:   STOCK. PROBABLY WILL UPGRADE THE CRANKS FIRST. SEAT STILL A QUESTION MARK

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brian a Cross Country Rider from Lafayette CO. U.S.A.

Date Reviewed: July 22, 2002

Strengths:    Good value for the money. Suspension remains active during climbs. I'm 5"11' tall but the 15' frame was still a good fit for me, smaller=lighter and more maneuverable. Noncomissioned salespeople at REI.

Weaknesses:    Some Bob when pedaling hard, although no more on the hills than the flats. This is not exactly a product weakness but the pre-delivery "tune up" was worthless, I had to adjust nearly everything on the first ride to get the bike to function properly. I suppose this is the risk you take when you buy from a store that sells more than just Bicycles.

Bottom Line:   
My first ride on this bike was the extremely rocky Sourdough trail. On my old rigid bike this trail would have caused everything from carpal tunnel syndrome to erectile dysfunction. On my new Ponderosa it was quite fun. Not as plush as the Sugar 3+ I tested but I don't feel deprived.
It's a good value but you do get what you pay for, low end drivetrain and suspension. However the bike works well and is light enough for the casual rider so does it really matter?
As Mountain bike technology seems to advance so rapidly I would personally prefer to spend less and upgrade more often than drop a huge wad of cash and feel like I have to hold onto the bike for a long time to get my moneys worth.

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Favorite Trail:   Still searching

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $895.00

Purchased At:   REI Boulder

Similar Products Used:   Fisher Sugar 3+


Bike Setup:   Shimano 515 pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Cory from Corvallis, OR

Date Reviewed: January 2, 2002

Strengths:    This bike was so inexpensive for what I got. F/S bike, weight same as bike wice as much, comfortable and performance DH oriented with upgrade.

Weaknesses:    REI had to sacrifce somewhere for the price. Comes with cheezey botteom bracket and crankset. I already went straight to xt derailures,and deore level up cranks. Just because

Bottom Line:   
can't beat the price, this bike can take a beating and with some component upgrades definately trail worthy. Would have liked to see a better front and rear shock, but for 500 bucks what the hell.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $530.00

Purchased At:   REI

Similar Products Used:   GT 4.0, GT nrs, GT lts

Bike Setup:   Aluminum frame, box tubing where it counts, oversize tubing and geometry is similar to many like K2 and fishers new sugar

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