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Old 03-14-11, 08:12 AM
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Hi I am still comparing bikes. A few of you have great knowledge on this subject. I looked at the Fuji, windsor, motorbacane all for around $700. The navara sufari list for $850.00 and is updated for this year. I am really considering this bike. i dont see many commenting on it though. If I add another $200 I could get into a LHT. I need equipment and upgrades so I don't want to get overmy head with cost. The safari only comes in small med.large is that an issue? Thanks Mike.
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Size certainly is an issue. The foremost issue. Fit is First.

One of the major manufacturers, I forget which one, has like 10 or 12 different size frames.

Your goal should be to chose a bicycle from amongst those mentioned, or others, that fits you best. Components come and go. The frame stays with you.

If one of the three Novara sizes fits you, than you're a lucky fellow. Go for it.
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test ride bikes so you know what is the range of top tubes and seat/handlebar reach is preferable.
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yea if they say how long the seat and top tubes are for each size,
and say what points they are measuring between,

and you have ridden enough bikes with a tape measure ,
and measured and compared, how they felt,
then the numbers will have meaning.
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SafariFrame SizeSmall (26" wheels)Medium (26" wheels)Large (700c wheels)X-Large(700c wheels)Height range5'3" - 5'6" 5'6" - 5'9" 5'9" - 6'0" 6'0" - 6'3" Seat Tube Center-Top 15171921Effective Top Tube23.224.225.226.2Standover293031.532.7Rear Center17.518.318.318.3Wheelbase 43.644.645.646.7Fork Offset (mm)50505050Head Tube Angle (degree)70717171Seat Tube Angle (degree)707073
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Hi Hard to read the spec sheet: I am 5' 9" maybe 10 . So looking at a medium. I have to measure the top tube see if that is too long for me. There are none in the local stores to test ride. I like the new 2011 bike. i would hate to order it and have to return it..
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Modifying my post about Fit being First with a 'but.'

In the ideal world, we'd all be riding custom fitted bicycles. In the real world, all we can do is get as close as possible, than make adjustments.

If you can clear the top tube with a mm to an inch to spare, you can adjust the effective tt length to a near custom fit by moving or changing components. Saddle position, seat post type, bar height/angle/type, stem length/angle. I know because I've done it. Depending, this can run the cost up a good bit. Thus, the closer the ideal fit(tt length mostly), the fewer mods needed.

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At 5'10" you will likely ride the large in a safari. They run a little smaller than expected. At 6'2" The XL felt perfect to me
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Originally Posted by twerney View Post
I like the new 2011 bike. i would hate to order it and have to return it..
They won't mind. That's why they have a very liberal return policy. And remember, REI has a spring sale every year. 20% off one full-rpiced item. That would mean $170 you could put into changes/upgrades/equipment.

And note that it comes in XL, too.
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