Novara Gotham city bike with NuVinci N360 continuously variable transmission and Gates CenterTrack belt drive now available for purchase from REI.
NuVinci says the Gotham is the first urban bike to pair Fallbrook’s continuously variable NuVinci N360 transmission with the Gates Carbon Drive CenterTrack Belt Drive system. I’m a fan of the N360 hub with its 360% gear range and easy, no hassle shifting. Other city bike features of the Gotham include mechanical disc brakes; Basta headlight with front hub dynamo; a battery-powered taillight that is motion- and photo-sensitive with battery indicator; a rear rack; puncture-resistant Vittoria Randonneur tires; a Selle Royal saddle; mustache-style handlebars and ergonomic cork grips; polished fenders; and a kickstand.
Although the bike has been listed on REI’s website since last December, it becomes available for shipping as of this week. You can also see the bike at a handful of stores (listed below).
You can order the bike online at REI with shipping to an REI location near you. If you’d like to kick the tires, you can see the bike at REI stores in Seattle, Wash.; Redmond, Wash; Bloomington, MN; Concord, Calif.; Sacramento, Calif.; San Carlos, Calif.; San Francisco, Calif.; Mountain View, Calif.; Berkley, Calif.; Santa Monica, Calif.; Tustin, Calif.; Anchorage, Alaska; Salt Lake City, Utah; Spokane, Wash.; Denver, Colo.; Boulder, Colo.; Perimeter, Ga.; Rockville, Md.; Portland, Ore.; Bailey’s Crossroads, Va.; Dallas, Texas; Houston, Texas; Austin, Texas; and Soho, N.Y.
Too bad REI has gone to that god awful ugly frame for most of their commuter bikes.
Really? I kinda like it. Sort of a fake mixte, I guess. 🙂
I like that retro clunky look too.
Wow. A commuter bike with real features! Liking.