2021 Wethepeople Nova Review


The 2021 Wethepeople Nova is built as a bike to help new riders get comfortable in the sport. It has geometry like the pros with beginner level quality. This keeps it at a low price point so people can afford it. The color options are sick and the two toptube size choices help you get a perfect size.

Overview

Bringing WETHEPEOPLE quality to a lower price point for 2021 is our entry-level shredding machine that is available in five incredible colourways and two toptube options. The Nova features a super short 12.75” oval chainstay and responsive 26mm offset fork allowing it to not only feel just like the bikes our PRO team ride but also make it much easier to progress your riding even further.

from: wethepeople

I found the Nova in stock here

Review Video

Highlights

  • ⛔️ – Full Chromoly
  • ✅ – Under $500
  • ⛔️ – Double Wall Rims
  • ⛔️ – Pegs
  • ⛔️ – Fully Sealed Bearings
  • ✅ – 3 pc. Cranks
  • ⛔️ – Freecoaster – What is a freecoaster?
  • ✅ – Brakes
  • ✅ – Gyro tabs
  • ⛔️ – 4 pc bars

Key Features

Key Features
Aftermarket Salt Parts
26.29 lbs
12.75 Responsive Chain Stay

Specs

Price: $399

Colors

Specs

FRAME MATERIAL: 1020 hi-ten
WHEEL SIZE: 20″
TOP TUBE LENGTH: 20” or 20.5”
CHAIN STAY LENGTH: 12.75″
HEADTUBE ANGLE: 75°
SEAT TUBE ANGLE: 71.5°
FORKS: SALT “AM 20” fork, 1020 hi-ten , 4130 crmo steerer, 26mm offset
BARS: SALT “NOVA” bar, 1020 hi-ten
STEM: SALT “PRO” front loading stem, 50mm reach
HEADSET: SALT “PRO” int. headset, sealed bearing
BRAKE MOUNTS: Welded
BRAKES: SALTPLUS “GEO XL” alloy u-brake-rear
FRONT HUB: SALT ”NOVA” alloy hub, loose ball 3/8″s axle, 36h
FRONT RIM: SALT “BEAM” rim, single wall, 36h
REAR HUB: SALT “NOVA” cassette hub, semi sealed, 9t, 14mm axle, 36h
REAR RIM: SALT “BEAM” rim, single wall, 36h
TYRES: SALT “TRACER” tires 2.35″ front & rear
SPROCKET: SALT “GATEWAY” steel 25t sprocket
CRANKS: SALT “ROOKIE” tubular 3pc crank crmo 165mm, 8 Spline
BB: SALT “MID” 19mm, press fit, sealed bearing
PEDALS: ÉCLAT “Slash” nylon/fiberglass pedals
SEAT: WETHEPEOPLE “NOVA” mid padded combo seat
GEARING: 25/9
WEIGHT: 11.92kg / 26.29lbs

Frame Geometry

A: Top Tube Length:  20″ or 20.5″ – Learn what size is right for you here.

The 20″ is good for smaller riders who are just looking to make the jump from 18″ to 20″.

The 20.5″ is perfect for riders who are 5’3 to 6′

Getting a top tube that is taller than suggested will make the bike feel more controlled and less responsive

Getting a top tube size that is smaller than normal will make the bike feel a lot more snappy and responsive.

B: Chain Stay Length: 12.75″ – Learn About Chain Stays Here

This is a short chainstay.

A long chain stay will make the bike feel controlled.

A short chain stay makes the bike feel twitchy. Spins will be easy, but airing and jumping might feel hard to control.

A long chain stay will make the bike feel really controlled. Spins will feel sluggish, but manuals and air tricks will feel nice because it will be more stable.

C: Head Tube Angle: 75° – Learn About Head Tube Angles Here

Steep head tube angles make the bike “snappy” meaning more responsive to fast turns. 

A less steep head tube gives you more control.

D: Seat Tube Angle: 71.5°

E: Bottom Bracket Height: 11.75″

F: Stand over height: 8.38″

This is a medium standover. 

A medium standover will balance controlled and responsive feelings. Giving you the perfect amount of seat to pinch when trying barspins.

Bar Geometry – Learn more here

G: Rise: 8.85″

Riding a tall rise, will give you more leverage on the bike. Making it easier to pull back and lift the front wheel up.

H: Width: 29″

This is a medium width. 

Narrow bars make barspins easier.

Wide bars give you more control and stability when steering.

I: Backsweep: 11º

What does backsweep do?

As far as I know, there is a sweet spot for backsweep. Too much will make the bike feel weird, and too little will make the bike unstable. It seems like the sweet spot is around 11º to 12º. If you need something a little more aggressive and straight feeling, go for 10º, but only do this if 11º is uncomfortable.

J: Upsweep: 2º

This is a normal upsweep!

What does upsweep do?

There is a lot of discussion about 1º upsweep vs. 4º upsweep. Some people are running experiments and testing if the greater upsweep will make drops feel better. It seems like a lot of street riders run 4º to 5º upsweep. This helps for wrist pain and lessens the impact of big drops.

Price

This is a fair price for a bike of this quality. Some brands might be lower priced, but the Nova has some Salt parts which add to the quality.

Quality

The Wethepeople Nova has the same quality as most beginner level bikes. hi-tensile steel, single wall rims, and semi-sealed wheels are low priced and low quality. If you don’t plan to do many tricks or are just starting out, this will be ok.

Buy if you are learning:

  • bunny hops
  • 180
  • pull up bar spins
  • small jumps
  • small dirt riding

Don’t buy if you are learning:

  • Big drops
  • big spins
  • back flips
  • grinding hand rails
  • 360
  • tailwhip

Conclusion

I recommend this bike for riders who are just starting out. the geometry is great for helping you master bike control. But the quality will limit your ability to progress as a mid-level rider due to parts breaking.


Common Questions

  • Where can I buy this bike? At the time of writing this, the Nova was available on Danscomp. Check price and availability here.
  • Is this bike for park, dirt, or street? It is a well-rounded bike that will do good on all park, street, and dirt.
  • How much does it weigh? 26.29 lbs

 

Douglas Laird

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