Specialized AWOL vs. Novara Buzz
I'm looking for a steel bike (I'm a big guy) with a long top tube. Was thinking about about the AWOL then I stumble upon the REI's Novara Buzz. Their geometry seem pretty similar.
I'm assume Specialized has better components. but at more than twice the price? Which bike would be a better buy?
Specialized Bicycle Components
Novara Buzz Bike - 2014 at REI.com
I'm planning on buying a new AWOL....
As soon as I get my tax refund back. I'm getting the base model with the triple crank and Sora components. I have read reviews of the new Sora 9-speed and they have all been very positive. The AWOL seems to be the perfect bike for me because I like drop bars but had a 4-disc fusion in my lower back and need my bars up higher than the seat due to my lack of flexibility in my low back. I think Specialized deserves a lot of credit for bringing out a model like this for riders like me. My only other choices were the Giant Anyroad and the Rivendell Atlantis. The Anyroad has 24 and 28 spoked wheels, which are not adequate for my 235# weight on the rough chip seal and gravel roads around here. The Atlantis is way out of my price range. Once I get my AWOL, I'll post a report.
Originally Posted by mstraus