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Old 03-23-09, 09:19 AM   #1
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Novara Saffari Question

Hi Everyone,

I've got this REI 20% off coupon burning a hole in my pocket.

I am warming up to Novara Bikes.

Opinions please.

2008 Saffari 26" wheels $559.00. Can't use coupon...clearence item

2009 Safarri 29" wheels $849.00 minus 20% = $680.00

OR?


2008 Transfer 26" wheels $399.00 Can't use coupon...clearence item

2009 Transfer 26" wheels 659.00 minus 20% = $528.00



As usual, I always like the most expensive one.

Your opinions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Paul

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Old 03-23-09, 09:31 AM   #2
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Definitely don't get the 2008 $559 bike, because you can get the 2009 bike for less money with the discount. Other than that, I say spend all the money you think you can afford and save the rest for tires, helmet, etc. If you're not going to ride off road, definitely get some smooth tires and pump them up hard. You will be glad you did.
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The Safari is a pretty capable bike - commuting, loaded touring, dirt and gravel roads, bike paths. You could load it up and ride cross-country.

IMHO it's a lot more bike than the Transfer.

Another nice bike, if you want something lighter but still very suitable for loaded commuting and touring on pavement, is the Novara Randonee, also on sale now...

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I like the 29er version.
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Thanks for the opinions.

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The Safari is a pretty capable bike - commuting, loaded touring, dirt and gravel roads, bike paths. You could load it up and ride cross-country.

IMHO it's a lot more bike than the Transfer.


Another nice bike, if you want something lighter but still very suitable for loaded commuting and touring on pavement, is the Novara Randonee, also on sale now...
+1 I would go this route vs. the Transfer.
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Did you get your bike yet? I'm not familiar with the Transfer, but I have and ride regularly, a 2006 Safari (26" wheels). I love it! It is kind of heavy but you can take it anywhere. I love the trekking bars, lots of ways to change up hand holds and the disc brakes are awesome.
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Hey Kazzy,

I am pretty big so I may just get the clearance 2008 model with the 26" wheels.

Then, to screw up my mind even more, I met a guy in his 60's riding a RANS recumbent. He LOVES it. I might ride a recumbent or 2 before making the purchase.

Thanks for the opinions,

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I noticed that Safari while at REI this weekend and I can say that is one good looking bike.
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Hey Kazzy,

I am pretty big so I may just get the clearance 2008 model with the 26" wheels.
Wouldn't your size make the 29" version more appropriate?
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I think the choice between 26" and 29" wheels depends on where you intend to ride. If you're touring in places that don't have bike stores every dozen or so miles, tubes and tires for 29"s can be hard to find. They're not stocked at every WalMart and Target
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The tubes for the 26" ones aren't always that easy to find in that size either. They use presta, not schrader valves.
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The tubes for the 26" ones aren't always that easy to find in that size either. They use presta, not schrader valves.
Very true. My Surly LHT came with 26" wheels and Presta valve holes. I had the holes drilled out to hold Schrader valves for just that reason. They make little rubber "O" rings for the holes should an emergency switch back to Presta be necessary.

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Huh, good to know. I wondered if it would be possible to make those holes bigger without ruining the wheels. I may have to think on that. I can't find heavy duty tubes for that bike. We are coming up on thorn season again and I'd like to be able to use some better tubes.
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Huh, good to know. I wondered if it would be possible to make those holes bigger without ruining the wheels. I may have to think on that. I can't find heavy duty tubes for that bike. We are coming up on thorn season again and I'd like to be able to use some better tubes.
The LHT came with 26" Alex Adventurer wheels, which can be ordered for either Presta or Schrader valves. I figured enlarging the holes under those conditions couldn't hurt all that much. But it probably would have been safer to check with the wheel manufacturer first.
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