I had a 1995 model with flat bars, Sram Grip shifters, Shimano Alivio components all around. when I first got it, my intentions were to put the Shimano 7 speed brake/shifter combo on it. But the reality was, the grip shifters worked so well that I never did. That is one of the two most pleasurable bikes I've ever owned to ride. (My 95 GT Arrette wins first place).
It works well with panniers on a rear rack (I used the big Axioms) and Blackburn makes a front rack set up that will work with it. It's stable and fairly strong. I wouldn't try to pack the house on it, but it would do well for "Reasonable" extended touring. It pulls trailers well, also. And my granddaughter has quite a few miles on her Trek Mountain Train behind it.
I gave the Innova to a good friend that recently moved back to the area. When I saw him a week later, He had the biggest smile and I know that was one of the most appreciated gifts I have ever given. And now I don't have to do the "Eeny-meany-miney-moe" thing when I get ready to ride any more.
I KNOW that you are going to enjoy this one.
Last edited by hkhailey; 09-09-14 at 06:06 AM.