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Offline TwoWheeledExplorer

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Novara Safari?
« on: March 21, 2006, 10:05:24 am »
I am considering a Novara Safari for my next touring bike, to take the place of my Trek 930SHX mountain bike (which is set up for off-pavement touring) I ride more on dirt roads and x-c ski trails than on pavement, and I also have a road bike for pavement and a heavy-duty mountain bike for singletrack riding. I have both panniers and a BoB trailer to use as the ride dictates. Anyone have much experience with the Safari that you could tell me about?

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Offline mtnroads

Novara Safari?
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2006, 11:30:31 pm »
I also have a Trek mtn bike converted to do some "all-terrain" touring - it is a rigid-fork 970 (1993) that I swapped tires on, as well as some mods to riding position and HD Jandd racks. It is rugged but not particularly comfortable so I looked at the Safari as a possible alternative. I was not impressed with the component level - the discs were fairly low end and the crankset, hubs, wheels, etc, were not to the level of my Trek, so I decided to stay with what I have.

~john


Offline roadrunner

Novara Safari?
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2006, 11:31:46 pm »
I have a 2005 Safari and have been very satisfied with it.  This "oldie" has V-brakes, which work well.  Most of the components are Deore LX, which have worked great, with no problems, on many tours with my 10-year old Bruce Gordon BLT.  I use a BoB trailer for tours. I'll be taking the Safari on a Chesapeake Bay to Mississippi River tour this summer, half of which is on rail or canal trails.  The only fault I found with the Safari is the handlebars are too low for comfortable touring.  I ended up putting two stem risers on it to put the bars in a comfortable position for me.