Rei Corsa Donna Urban Step-thru
REI recently launched the new version of their house brand’s city getup, the 2016 Novara Corsa Women’s Bike. The Corsa is an overhaul of 2015’s model. It maintains the relaxed, upright city riding position, but now features a step-through frame and a snazzy new paint job, along with a few other bells and whistles.
The Corsa bridges the gap between a more athletic ride and a leisurely cruise, making it well-suited to city streets and the occasional gravel path. It has an aluminum frame, aluminum fork, low-rise mustache handlebars, and 7 gears to get you anywhere you need to go. It’s set up for fenders and a back rack, and comes with a kickstand.
Perhaps the most notable feature, is that it’s fitted with 1-lever SureStop brakes. Don’t know what those are? We didn’t either. We encountered this innovative braking system and we think it’s pretty cool.
SureStop integrates both the front and back brake function into on handle, so you can never pull one without the other. It’s a pretty simple system: The rider pulls the single brake lever to engage the rear brake against the rim, and as the rear brake engages, the patented Slidepad slides forward to pull the front brake cable which then engages simultaneously to stop your momentum. This process means that it becomes easier to react in an emergency, and prevents you from having Head-over-Handlebar incidents or skidding out.
For a bicycle designed with simplicity in mind, the SureStop is a great tech addition. The Corsa lets you cruise around with a coffee in one hand and the other on the brake without worrying about pitching your latte (or yourself) over the handlebars whenever a squirrel cuts you off.
The Novara allows the city rider to get where they need to go, while enjoying the ride on the way.
The Corsa will only be available from REI, and comes in two sizes: XS/S, and S/M. It is available in Pepper Red, for a very reasonable $499 USD. Now discounted 35% to $323.
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