Touring - Novara Randonee - good tourer?
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07-13-07, 03:44 PM
Has anyone had any experience with these bikes? I haven't bought a touring bike yet but plan to do so. I'm looking at this one, a C'Dale T800, Trek 520 and maybe a Jamis Aurora. Who is really making the Novara frame? Any other thoughts appreciated.
07-13-07, 08:35 PM
I have a Randonee, and like it well enough. I've got about 1600 miles on it. Not even a flat tire. I would have loved to get a 520 from my LBS instead, but a 20% off coupon and my REI dividend made the Randonee about $600, which was too good of a deal to pass up.
Only issues are toe-fender strike, a little bit shortish chainstay for a tourer, and that no bottle will fit in the third cage (especially with fenders). So I watch my sharp turns, slide my panniers back, and go with two waters. Ta-da!
I ordered a Surly Long Haul Trucker and am in the process of building it up. Looks to be a pretty good tourer and came fairly highly recommended on various sites. Hopefully I'll be done with it next week.
no bottle will fit in the third cage (especially with fenders).
Yeah, the Safari has the same problem. I got the adapter from Nashbar to attach water bottle cages from the saddle rails. That added two more.
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