Touring - 2006 Novara Safari
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07-25-06, 05:55 PM
Recently I discovered a little info about self supported touring the Great Divide route. Is it possible to tour it with a road tour bike like a Randonee or is the route better ridden by a mountainbike? If a mountainbike is better suited for the route how about a 2006 Novara Safari? Does anyone have a 2006 Safari or have you checked it out? How are the wheels with the Alex rims? Any weak points for the bike? Strengths? This bike seems like a good buy and am seriously considering purchasing it.
07-25-06, 11:06 PM
It has been done on road style touring bikes but it will beat you and the bike up as there is a lot of washboard road sections (for miles). Better off on either a mtn bike with susp front fork or an older rigid steel mtn bike, with fat tires that will absorb some of the road vibration. The Safari is a fairly decent bike but the alum frame may be a bit stiff and the wheels are definitely spec'd to a price point. Other than that it is a fairly good design for trekking-style touring. Depends how much weight you will load on it. If you're using a trailer, no problem. If using panniers you may want to upgrade the wheels. The Continental tires on it are fine and quite heavy duty.
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