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Old 08-15-10, 08:40 AM   #1
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Opinions on the Novara Express?

REI-Outlet currently has the Novara Express 2010 available via a 20% coupon which expires on 8/19 for $480 + tax shipped to your local REI store.

Does anyone here have this bike? I've read the reviews on the 2009 and 2008 bike and they've been generally positive. It's an aluminum framed bike with a carbon fork and appears to have a eyelets front and back to accomodate full fenders and a rack.

The shifters are SRAM X5 with X7 derailleurs. The wheelset appears to be relatively cheap and have received the most criticism in years past. This year they're using Alex DA22 wheels which have equivocal reviews on roadbikereview.
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Old 08-15-10, 12:49 PM   #2
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Looks like a great bike for commuting. I would bring the bike to an LBS and get the spokes re-tensioned and the wheels trued after 50-100 miles. I personally wouldn't be looking for a carbon fork, but I guess it would help make a very light-weight commuter.
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Old 08-15-10, 03:50 PM   #3
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My wife bought the Novara Express women's model yesterday at our local REI. She wanted to test ride before ordering and they happened to have a few in stock and honored the outlet's 20% discount. From what I can tell it's an excellent bike for that price and does have rack mounts all around.

Hope this helps.
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That's not a bad bike at all. I say do it.
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Old 08-15-10, 06:29 PM   #5
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Thanks for the input. I took a (small) chance and ordered the medium without test-riding it. With REI's amazing return policy I'm not concerned in the event it doesn't fit. I plan to use this as a replacement for my daily beater since I spend the majority of my saddle time on that bike right now. The existing beater is going to be the rain/studded tire bike. With the 20% coupon plus 3% at Fatwallet the slew of accessories to outfit the bike won't push things too far over the original non-discounted price at least.
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