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1999 Novara Ponderosa

Old 26er I converted into a touring bike. Not sure what size this is. Originally a mountain bike, but the suspension was collapsed. I stripped the bike completely & built it back up from the frame. It had pretty much everything I wanted for touring: butted CrMo frame, 1-1/8" steerer, eyelets (though no midblade fork eyelets), long wheelbase, clearance for wide tires, 26" wheel size.

1999 Novara Ponderosa, Tange MTB Cr-Mo butted

Dimension 26" / FSA 1-1/8" threadless

Crankset/Bottom Bracket:
Shimano Acera FC-MC371 / Shimano BB-UN55 square taper, 68 x 127.5 mm


Microshift 11-32 cassette, 10 speed / 42/32/22 chainrings / SRAM PC-1031, 10 speed

Deore II FD, (this group http://velobase.com/ViewGroup.aspx?GroupID=e11d1abc-2081-4950-b8b5-e026293c83d5) / Deore RD-M530, SGS / Microshift bar end shifters, 10 speed

Giant Connect (90 mm reach, 130 mm drop, 420 mm wide) / XLC, 75 mm (?), 35 deg (?)

Bontrager saddle

Tektro Oryx cantilever, black / Koolstop Thinline pads / Ultegra 6600 brifters, 3 x 10 (brake levers)

Front Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Sun Ringle Rhyno Lite / Shimano Deore M525A / Bontrager H2 2.0"

Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Sun Ringle Rhyno Lite / Shimano Deore M525A / Bontrager H2 2.0"

Axiom rear rack / Nashbar front rack / Blackburn fenders / GT front cable hanger / Massload (?) double-legged kickstand

More Info:
I needed a lot of steerer & a very short stem in order to make the bars comfortable. The top tube is much longer than all my other bikes, so I need to reduce the reach in other ways to try & replicate what the bike would be like with flat bars. Dimension 26" Mountain Fork 1" Threadless 260mm Black - axle to crown: 395 mm - steerer length: 260 mm - tire clearance: 2.4" - rake: 45 mm

Bike History

Click a link below to see past stages of this bike.

  1. Initial
  2. Final

Added by aiber. Last updated about 6 years ago.

As of about 6 years ago, aiber has indicated that they no longer own this bike.



ragesincemdxvi says:

This bike is rad man, good looking conversion too.

Posted over 6 years ago


aiber says:

Thanks. Putting it up for sale since my back didn't really appreciate the top tube being so long. It's just short of ideal. Should've kept all of the steerer. Someone else might appreciate it as a Long Haul Trucker-killer.

Posted over 6 years ago