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Offline MiraVelo

2006 Novara Safari
« on: July 25, 2006, 11:37:01 pm »

 I am interested in riding the Great Divide route in the future.  Would the 2006 Novara Safari be a good choice for this type of tour?  Does anyone have any experience with this bike?  How are the wheels with Alex rims?  Any weaknesses with this bike?  Strengths?  When it becomes available again at REI I am seriously considering purchasing it.

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2006 Novara Safari
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2006, 10:42:08 am »
I very seriously considered the Safari, and if they had been available, may well have bought one instead of my Bianchi Volpe. The primary reason I was thinking about the Novara was Schubert's review of the bike in the 9-10/03 issue of Adventure Cyclist. You can find it on the REI website at:  In the review, REI says they had the GDR in mind when they designed the Safari.

So why did I buy the Volpe? Well, I wanted a touring bike NOW, not in September. I have two good hardtail mountain bikes and a BoB trailer if I ever get the chance to ride the Divide, and the 35mm WTB tires on the Bianchi can handle most of the roads (paved or dirt) that I ride on. In retrospect, I think the Safari would have been more of "another" mountain bike in my garage, and less of a touring bike. I like all of my bikes, but I have to say the Volpe is the most comfortable bike I have ever owned.

Ride safe,

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This message was edited by Trailpatrol on 7-26-06 @ 6:43 AM
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