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    Novara Randonee: Has REI Dropped it?

    The Randonee touring bicycle isn't on the website now.

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    They are probably will just be selling Surly LHT and the Safari for their touring bike line.
    ' sad, because I like the Randonee too.
    "Cycling is for pleasure not penance"

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    I believe they are making way for the 2015 models. The safari is also on clearance. Makes wonder what will change for 2015 as the bike hasn't changed in a couple of years.

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    I looked at the website out of curiosity and it still shows the Randonee (plus 45 other Novara bikes). Other than Surly, their other offered tourer is the Raleigh Sojourn.

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    I was surprised also to see it missing. It is the only touring style bike that has gearing for climbing that is stock...not an extra. If they are indeed making a change, hopefully, they will keep that part as a standard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edthesped View Post
    Makes wonder what will change for 2015 as the bike hasn't changed in a couple of years.
    Disc brakes?
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    REI does regularly remove bikes from their website when out-of-stock and waiting on new models. Although I have no idea if that applies here or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DVC45 View Post
    Disc brakes?
    That's the only thing I wish my Randonee had. Was oogling one for my daughter when they had them on clearance a couple of weeks ago but they only had large and extra large. There are still a couple in our local REI marked down to $963.

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    I'll chime in since I work for the company, the Randonee is sold out from the "website warehouse" so you'll only find it in stores now. The website takes the listing down as soon as we have sold through the stock. Makes me happy that we have already sold them all because they really are fantastic bikes this year, glad people picked up on that. Have little doubt that they will be back for next year but haven't gotten any word about the 2015's yet.

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    Off shore manufacturing means it's gotta be put on the boat to get to the port, to get on the truck to be in the warehouse to order from..

    next seasons batch for 015 is likely on order with the contract manufacturer that they use.

    perhaps running out a month early will up the number ordered next year.
    Last edited by fietsbob; 08-14-14 at 01:30 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by musicman1586 View Post
    I'll chime in since I work for the company, the Randonee is sold out from the "website warehouse" so you'll only find it in stores now. The website takes the listing down as soon as we have sold through the stock. Makes me happy that we have already sold them all because they really are fantastic bikes this year, glad people picked up on that. Have little doubt that they will be back for next year but haven't gotten any word about the 2015's yet.
    Happens every year, maybe a few weeks earlier this year (2014) than the last few years. Run down to your local store now if you want on (on sale!), they might have one your size. Next year, the bikes will hit the catalog 2.3 weeks after you start to panic that you'll have to find a new model because REI doesn't have them any more. (At least that's been the trend...)

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    Yep, last I checked our local store had a few albeit in large and XL. It might be wise to buy one now and hold on to it until the newer models come out to see if there are any upgrades that will make it worth the additional cost. I've got a couple of years of heavy use on mine and like it more and more all of the time but I still find myself wanting something a little more sporty as a fun bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edthesped View Post
    I've got a couple of years of heavy use on mine and like it more and more all of the time but I still find myself wanting something a little more sporty as a fun bike.
    Might I suggest a couple of lighter tires? Take off the bricks that come on the Randonnee and put on something like 28 Gatorskins. You'll think the bike just lost 8 pounds. Save the OEM tires (Vittoria Randonneurs?) for rough roads and loaded touring.

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    I've been through a couple of sets, Kenda happy mediums, sucked for my purposes and now have WTB All terrain tires that roll very nicely, got a 2+ mph speed increase over the original Conti's and Kenda's. The bike is a definite keeper whether or not I get something peppier.

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