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Old 03-29-09, 10:48 AM   #1
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Novara Buzz FlyBy vs. FlyBy Shuttle?

I'm considering buying the Novara Buzz FlyBy while the REI 20% off promotion is on, and noticed that they also sell a similar-looking model called the FlyBy Shuttle. I've searched extensively and haven't been able to find out any information on this bike beyond what's on the REI page. REI customer service couldn't even tell me how much it weighs!

The product page link is http://www.rei.com/product/784058 .

Does anyone know anything about the FlyBy Shuttle or what the pros/cons of buying it vs. the Buzz FlyBy might be? My intended use is a ~7 mile commute in NYC.

Thanks for your help.


The specs from the website:

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Description
Frame Aluminum
Fork Chromoly straight blade
Crankset Cold forged 46T with chainguard
Bottom bracket Cartridge square taper
Shifters Shimano Nexus 7-speed
Rear cogs Shimano 16T
Number of gears 7
Brakes Dahon Kinetix linear pull
Brake levers Formula aluminum
Rims Dahon Kinetix aluminum double-wall
Front hub Formula aluminum
Rear hub Nexus 7-speed
Tires Schwalbe Marathon, 20x1.5
Handlebar Dahon aluminum flat
Stem Dahon Radius telescoping
Seat post Dahon BioLogic PostPump
Saddle Novara ergonomic dual-density
Pedals Folding
Headset Dahon integrated
Chain KMC Z-410

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Old 03-29-09, 10:53 AM   #2
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Shifters Shimano Nexus 7-speed
Rear hub Nexus 7-speed
I don't think this part exists.
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Old 03-29-09, 01:06 PM   #3
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It looks like the Flyby Shuttle is the Flyby with a 7 speed Nexus instead of an 8 speed Nexus and with no fenders, all for the same money. Get yourself the regular Flyby.
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Old 03-29-09, 02:59 PM   #4
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the Novara Buzz Flyby by Dahon is an 8 speed
i was just at REI yesterday buying some stuff as the 20% expires soon.

I loved the 8 speed Nexus hub on it i took it for a test drive in the parking lot just to try it out
it the whole bike wasnt heavy at all felt about the same weight as my 27lbs[12kg] 1968 Raleigh Twenty Shopper
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Old 03-29-09, 03:51 PM   #5
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The differences I noted in the descriptions of Shuttle vs. Buzz include Nexus hubs (7-speed vs. 8-speed ), the saddles (Novara ergonomic vs. Biologic AirFlo), the folded dimensions (34 x 28 x 14 in. vs. 12.6" x 25.2" x 29.5"), brake levers (Formula vs. Biologic), the mudguards (none vs. included), carry bag (none vs. included) and the frame color (gray vs. blue).

As noted the two models have the same price. One would think the Shuttle should reflect a lower price. I ride a Buzz and really enjoy the quality of ride and build (last year it $479 with the 20% discount). The Shuttle may be similar but I've not ridden it.

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Old 03-29-09, 04:16 PM   #6
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