My wife just had to have a navaro element when we saw it on sunday so there she has it. She test rode a few bikes and the issue is it just doesnt' seem to have alot of stopping power.
It has BB7s but I don't think they are road specific. It has Tiagra brifters.
To get the wheel to stop you either need to put the pads to they are rubbing or pull the levers all the way down. She also tried the navaro safari with discs and the thing stopped with a ton of power.
difference I see
The Safari uses Mountain Bike Levers.
The Element uses STI and interrupter levers (cross levers/cheaters??)
The tech blamed the interrupters. I dont' buy it because on my fuji touring xtracycle I have interrupters and the thing will lock up like nobodies business from the levers or the tiagras.
Is it the intterupters or are they mismatching brakes/levers? I'll check again but I'm almost certain it says nothing about being a road BB7 on the brakes is there any obvious difference? If she does have non road BB7s will one of those travel agent thingies work safely?