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Bicycle Times Rides the Gotham, Praises its Technology and Value

  May 18, 2012

The Gotham, from REI’s bike brand Novara, is one of the more technologically advanced commuter bikes to hit the market this year. It features both the Gates Carbon Drive and the NuVinci N360 continuously variable planetary hub. Bicycle Times Magazine has been riding a Gotham through the winter and spring on the gritty streets of Pittsburgh, and the magazine has published a review in the June issue now on newsstands. “There’s a lot of utility here for the asking price,” says writer Justin Steiner of the bike, which retails for $1,299.

The bike features a solid steel frame, a relaxed riding position, rack and fenders, a hub-powered headlight and disc brakes for stopping power. Steiner calls the ride “smooth and stable.”

“Much of the smoothness comes from the tag-team combo of the Gates Carbon Drive belt and the N360 hub,” the review continues. “Both of these items are very quiet and fluid… . I’ve ridden quite a few commuting bikes with the Gates belt, and have been stoked with the cleanliness and hassle-free nature.”

The Gotham has been getting lots of media attention lately. It was a runner-up in Bicycling Magazine’s Editors’ Choice Awards in the commuter bike category. Check out the Gotham online at and find a store near you. Read Steiner’s extended review of the Gotham at