Gear for Oct. 25

Laurel mountain bike

THE SITUATION: Among its new offerings for 2015, REI is introducing the Novara Laurel for women. The bike features 27.5-inch wheels and disc brakes.

THE DETAILS: The wheels on the Laurel offer the benefits of larger wheels while maintaining the nimbleness that comes with this size of wheel. The bike also features Tektro Aries disc brakes, as well as Suntour’s XCT suspension fork with 100mm of travel and triple crankset that gives riders 24 gears to work through while climbing and on descents. The aluminum-frame bike weighs 32.5 pounds. It comes in three sizes: extra small, small and medium. The color is seafoam green.

PRICE: $499.

AVAILABILITY: Go to rei.com.

Jeffrey P. Mayor, jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com