Novara Element vs. Cannondale T800/Fuji Touring
I'm in the market for a touring/commute bike, willing to spend between $900-$1200. Today we visited the local REI store and my eye fell upon the Novara Element ($899). What I like about this bike is that it comes standard with (Tektro) brake cross levers, something almost no other bike of this type seems to have standard. Years ago, back in .nl I used to own a Gazelle Tour de France touring bike which had the same feature and I loved it.
Now my questions:
- Is the Element any good? It appears to be decent value for money.
- I also saw the Cannondale T800 and Fuji Touring being mentioned favorably online. How do they compare? Is it possible to add this type of brake cross lever to other bikes like these?