Novara Randonee Touring Bike

4.43/5 (7 Reviews)
MSRP : $950.00


Product Description

Entry level touring bike. Reynolds 520 frame.


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sonny Garcia a Commuter

Date Reviewed: June 15, 2011

Strengths:    In expensive
Smooth


Weaknesses:    I wish it had disc brakes

Bottom Line:   
First it is not a 2007 it is 2010. Drop down needs to be updated.
Everything is standard off the shelf that came with the bike. Added Jand front rack and Serfa Saddle. Ortlieb front panniers, and Office Pannier. 34 RT to work.

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Favorite Ride:   Commute to Work

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   REI



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rob a Commuter

Date Reviewed: July 23, 2010

Strengths:    Comfortable ride. Able to carry weight. Easy to attach fenders. Set up for 3 water bottle holders. Cheaper then comparable bikes.

Weaknesses:    Wish brakes had more grab. Uncomfortable seat. Heavy (but this expected). Lower end components (also expected).

Bottom Line:   
This is a great commuting and touring bike. I ride 45-46 miles RT 5 days a week and it does the job well. It has a comfortable riding position and provides a smooth ride. I can easily carry all of my clothes and lunch on this frame.

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Favorite Ride:   commute to work

Price Paid:    $849.00

Purchased At:   REI

Similar Products Used:   Trek. Old steel frame road bike.

Bike Setup:   Added / changed out to: SKS fenders, B-17 Saddle, Mavic a719 rims, Deore XT hubs, Carradice handlebar and saddlebag.


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Lee a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: June 5, 2010

Strengths:    I hit a curb straight on...it was an "oh s***". Not a trace of damage! I weigh 185. I still can't believe it.

Weaknesses:    The brakes could be better. Need more grab.

Bottom Line:   
I had a Novara Strada bike before this and it was just too much a race bike. I got the Randonee and love it. Heavy yes, and that's ok. This is a bike you feel at home on immediately. The steele frame and longer wheelbase make for a nice ride. More stable that the Strada.

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Favorite Ride:   Novara Randonee

Price Paid:    $899.00

Purchased At:   REI



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by cny-bikeman a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: June 15, 2009

Strengths:    Basic, no nonsence components, wide gear range, excellent tires and a very sturdy rack (actually a bit overbuilt).


Weaknesses:    The paint is very easily scratched and the color choice is an ugly brown (2008 model). I found the stem to be too long for a touring bike and the frame size (120mm on a 54 cm frame) and I ride more stretched out and lower than most tourists.

Bottom Line:   
The Randonee is a well thought out Touring bike that would also serve well for commuting. The paint is very easily scratched and the color choice is an ugly brown (2008 model). The stem is way too long for a touring bike and the frame size (120mm on a 54 cm frame, and I ride more stretched out and lower than most tourists.

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Price Paid:    $780.00

Purchased At:   REI mail order *sale

Similar Products Used:   Trek 520 (2005 purchased used and resold due to poor gearing range.

Bike Setup:   Stock so far except for stem change.


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bropp a Commuter

Date Reviewed: October 7, 2008

Strengths:    The frame is very solid and the compontens are good. The rack is high quality also. Inertia Designs panniers are the best.

Weaknesses:    The paint is awful. It comes right off.

Bottom Line:   
A great bike. I love it. I would buy another one.

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Favorite Ride:   North Tier

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   REI

Similar Products Used:   Specialized alley, but that is a road bike.

Bike Setup:   Inertia Designs rear panniers. Topeak XL waterbottle holder for Nalgele 48 oz Silo bottle. If you mount water bottle cages on the brazeons on the fork you can put rice and other heavy food in them, eliminating the need for front panniers.



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