Substance wise, you can get a similar grade of bike for less:
butted CrMo frame, generic components, 3sp hub, tektro brakes and the like. $759 USD retail
butted CrMo frame, generic components, 3sp hub, tektro brakes and the like. $479 CDN retail (i'm seeing them for $399 in US shops)
Novak: no fenders
Worldbike: ring guard instead of full chainguard
Novak: slightly nicer Vittoria tires, and a built in light. Finish seems to be slightly nicer, and you get a bottle opener.
Worldbike: Very comparable components, nearly half the price.
Just comparing what the bikes come with, the Novak does seem like it's not offering a lot more considering how much more it costs.
Obviously, the bikes have a different style to them, as the worldbike carries fat MTB wheel and tires. If you're not going to like that, then it won't be for you obviously.
If it were my choice, i'd buy the Worldbike and put some smaller, better tires on it. Or, some Big Apples. The bike being almost half the price makes adding what you want a whole lot cheaper and my leatherman, bike multi tool and my flip blade all have a bloody bottle opener on them, and I sure wouldn't need a 4th one.
@$399 USD, I could get the worldbike, and head to REI.
Then i'd pick up a PB superflash and a NiteRider Minewt mini, $125
An onguard pitbull and a Topeak rack, $80
Some continental sport contacts (or some other tire) $70 for 2
And the bike is still less than the Swobo Novak. Heck, you could buy a Tubus Cargo rack instead of a Topeak rack, or get yourself some new panniers, the cost is still less than the Swobo. I think that the price difference is just too much for me to really care that the Swobo is sleeker.
But I guess I wouldn't fault someone for wanting the sleeker, more refined Swobo either. You're going to fit in with a crowd of hipsters better on that bike, for sure
Funny, I had started writing this up when nobody else had posted, and after posting it, I see that no1mad suggested the exact same bike as a comparison. The Worldbike offers a lot of value for the money though, not surprising to see it come up multiple times in this comparison.