« on: January 19, 2012, 11:32:01 pm »
One thing I will point out about the REI Randonee, check the Q factor, or in other words how far apart the crankarms are from each other. Most bikes have a Q of 140-160mm. The one we bought for a family friend, had a Q of 190, this for a 5ft 5inch woman. It didn't seem to bother her, and big Q doesn't bother everyone. But for some it can make long distance cycling uncomfortable.
This was 3 years ago, so perhaps REI has fixed that 'problem.' Without calipers you can get a qualitative idea of Q by observing the crank. If there is significant space between the inner chainring and the chainstay, and/or significant space between the crankarms and the chainstays, then the Q is big.