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    Novara Randonee Bike - 2014

    Built for long miles on the pavement the Novara Randonee® has a smooth-riding chromoly steel frame, 30-speed drivetrain and steady wheelbase for smooth-riding journeys across town or continent. See details

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    Built for long miles on the pavement the Novara Randonee® has a smooth-riding chromoly steel frame, 30-speed drivetrain and steady wheelbase for smooth-riding journeys across town or continent.

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    Built for long miles on the pavement the Novara Randonee® has a smooth-riding chromoly steel frame, 30-speed drivetrain and steady wheelbase for smooth-riding journeys across town or continent.

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    Built for long miles on the pavement the Novara Randonee® has a smooth-riding chromoly steel frame, 30-speed drivetrain and steady wheelbase for smooth-riding journeys across town or continent.

    • Classic touring frame accommodates fore and aft racks and fenders—rear rack provided (front rack and fenders sold separately)
    • Reynolds 520 chromoly frame offers great stability and strength under heavy loads, and you get the reliably smooth ride quality that steel is known for
    • Dependable Shimano Deore LX crankset and front derailleur, along with the super-reliable SRAM bar end shifters and X7 rear derailleur, make up the 30-speed drivetrain
    • The SRAM X7 rear derailleur accommodates up to a 36t rear cog for an ultra-low gear option for sweet relief when tackling mountain passes with a full load
    • Tektro linear-pull brakes provide reliable stopping power; wide brake arm spacing allows ample room for fenders front and back
    • Robust Mavic A319S 36-hole rims and puncture-resistant Continental Touring Plus Reflex tires have the durability needed to log long miles; tires also have reflective sidewalls
    • Riveted leather saddle is contoured and padded for support and comfort during long days on the road; leather handlebar tape offers matching style and excellent longevity
    • Randonee's fork features a cable guide braze-on for easy upgrading to a dynamo front hub; also includes spoke holders on the drive-side chainstay
    • Pedals sold separately
    • Specs on the Novara Randonee touring bike are subject to change

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    Novara Randonee Bike - 2014 Specs
    Best use
    Bike commuting & touring
    Touring bike
    Reynolds 520 Chromoly
    Shimano Deore LX, 44/32/22
    SRAM TT500 bar end
    Shimano Deore LX
    SRAM X7
    SRAM PG-1050, 11-32, 10-speed
    30 gear(s)
    Rim brake
    Tektro RX6
    Tektro RL520
    Mavic A319S
    Shimano Deore LX, 36h
    Shimano Deore LX, 36h
    Continental Touring Plus Reflex, 700 x 32
    Drop bar
    FSA Wing Compact
    Velo VL-1221
    Sold separately
    FSA Orbit
    SRAM PC 1031
    28.1 pounds
    How we measure bike weight
    No suspension
    Bike style
    Bike frame material
    Bottom bracket
    Front derailleur
    Rear derailleur
    Rear cogs
    Number of gears
    Brake type
    Brake levers
    Front hub
    Rear hub
    Wheel size
    Handlebar shape
    Seat post
    Bike weight
    Bike suspension

    Novara Randonee Bike - 2014

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    Novara Randonee Bike - 2014 is rated 4.1765 out of 5 by 17.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Bike This is a follow up post of my review in 2011. As I stated we planned a bicycle tour in Europe for 2012. The tour went very well. We started Germany on the Rhine River and ended up in Northern Italy. I can say I'm as happy now with the bikes as I was in 2011 after completing our tour of the Natchez Trace. We had no mechanical issues at all. The bikes now have a few battle scars, airlines and trains are not friendly to bicycle. I have included a picture of the bikes on a train in Germany. We did use the trains a couple of times just to save time in getting to from one region to another. As you can see they were loaded pretty heavy . We are planning a two trip around the Adirondacks this coming June, can't wait.
    Date published: 2014-04-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceeded Expectations After lots of researching touring bicycles, I bought this bike on April 1, 2013, specifically for a planned ride around Lake Superior, a ride of 1496 miles from and returning to mey home, which I completed Sept 3-25, 2013. In short, the bike performed flawlessly, no mechanical issues at all, no flat tires, only chain and derailleur lube while on the tour. The bike was equipped with the stock rear carrier, stock Kenda and Continental Touring Plus tires, and I added: Planet Bike fenders, Tubus front pannier rack, bike comuter, bell, detachable front and rear lights, two water bottle cages, MTX Quick Track rear pannier combo, front panniers I made from army surplus packs, and a pump. I completed conditioning rides of 967 miles on the Randonee before the Lake Superior tour, and I also replaced the chain before taking off on the tour with 55 lbs of gear, including tent, sleeping bag, self-inflating air mattress, food, tools, a few spare parts, etc. The only thing I changed on the bike is replacing the saddle with a gel saddle from another bike of mine. I really like this bike, expecially the somewhat soft, relaxed ride it provides under load for 6+ hours in the saddle day after day. It handled smooth and rough road, cracked pavement, limited gravel, rain, and all road conditions without issue. I am an experienced highway bicycle rider, former USCF Category 1 road racer (from 40 years ago), able to handle narrow to no paved shoulders, and able to share the road with trucks and cars. The Randonee was a joy to ride under all conditions I met on my conditioning rides and the 1496 mile, 23 day bike trip around Lake Superior. I look forward to planning more long distance touring with the Randonee, and I intend to use it as my general purpose road bike because of the comfortable ride it provides.
    Date published: 2014-04-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great components for the price point I use this bike mainly for leisure. Good geometry. Good price point for the components it comes with. Steel frame is durable and generates very little road noise. I stuck a pair of Shimano PD-M324 SPD Dual Platform Pedals and they pair nicely with my riding style. I had two gripes about this bike: The saddle is so cheap and uncomfortable I wish they would've charged 5$ less and have the bike come without one. I popped a Brooks B17 saddle on and couldn't be happier. I had an issue with the rack hardwear. One of the horizontal arms that holds rack lost a mounting bracket and now I only have 1 bar as opposed to 2. This may just have been an assembly issue where the components weren't tensioned correctly but still an annoyance. Overall I would recommend this bike to anyone who is looking to do slow Sunday rides/ touring/ unpaved roads/ commuting.
    Date published: 2014-04-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from This IS a touring bike. I have owned this bike for 5 years and done many short, medium, and long (cross-country) trips, and I can tell you without equivocation that this is a great touring bike. zero mechanical issues in 5 years. Zero. When I say that, I don't mean adjustments or tightening screws. On any bike this needs to be done every so often. Never a popped spoke. Never a failed part. Never a bad shifter. Its long wheelbase makes it stable in any condition, but if you put a front and back load on this thing it's like riding a steamroller on top of a magic carpet smothered in butter. Ride-all-day comfort. I've had this thing going 45 mph, fully loaded, down a mountain, and no wobble. You pay a price for the stability. It's not a bike that is agile and fast, but if you're looking at this, you're looking for a station wagon, not a Ferrari. Let's talk about versatility. 3 bottle cage mounts, braze-ons for front and back racks, gearing to climb a mountain, and tire clearance that allows fat tires and fenders. If you can go without fenders, I've had 700x45 studded tires that fit fine for winter commuting. That's scraping 29er tire widths. But I want Brifters! Tough. Bar ends take time to get used to, but they are reliable and don't cost 250$ to replace. But I want disc brakes! I can understand that, but you won't find them at this price point, and good luck finding a brake pad in an hardware in rural America if it fails. Anyways, I did the comparisons like you are doing now. I have not regretted my decision for a minute. I have a trusty bike that has carried me over most of the states between Washington and Wisconsin and never let me down. If you want one bike to rule them all, look no further.
    Date published: 2014-04-11
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good value Last bike was a standard aluminum framed road bike without eyelets, handlebars a couple of inches below the saddle. Bought this bike because I wanted more comfort, to hit some easy dirt roads, and to be able to carry stuff more easily. I ended up with the right bike, love the way this bike rides. Very comfortable and stable. Smooths out rough roads that on my old bike rattled my teeth. Slightly more upright position lets you enjoy more of the scenery. A good selection of quality parts on the bike, no sora level components to be found. Like the tektro linear pull brakes, good stopping power and easy to set up. Comparable bikes often come with the infamous tektro orxyx cantilever brakes. Leather(real or synthetic?) bar tape is very comfortable. Crash protection aside, I'd feel fine riding this bike without gloves. Good quality tires that work well for pavement and easy dirt trails. Brake levers have good ergonomics and feature quick releases. Which was a new one to me found out when I tried to take off my wheel and couldn't release the brake noodle. Wasn't sure I'd like the bar end shifters. But with the stable ride of the bike it's easy to reposition your hand to shift. Sometimes my knee hits them when making a tight turn at slow speed or mounting/dismounting. Just need to get used to their position. Farthest ride has only been about 40 miles. But the stock saddle as been as comfortable as my brooks pro and selle anatomica titanico. Wish the saddle came with saddle loops in the back for a bag. Oddest thing about the bike is the seat post. you really have to crank down or the seat post will slip. Took the seat post out and discovered the entire backside was covered in scratches, looks in worse condition than bikes I've owned for decades. Checked for a burr on the binder or in the seat tube but none was found. I've only adjusted the seat a handful of times, guess it has to do with the slipping. Paint is not very durable. Picks up scratches easily. Breezer style rear dropouts are a pain. Makes it more difficult to put the bike in a trainer for fine tuning bike fit. I'd have to buy a new thinner cone cup for the trainer. Also you have to close the quick release with the lever pointing down because of the dropout design. Be careful to check over the bike for cosmetics outside in good lighting. I ended up not noticing some scratches on the crank and frame until I got home. Other randonees had other cosmetic issues.
    Date published: 2014-04-14
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Bike! The ride is smooth and I like the feel of the handle bars. I've ridden about 220 miles on it, with two 50 mile rides under my belt. The bike is sturdy and a real joy to ride. Definitely glad I chose this over the safari (whose butterfly handlebars I just couldn't get used to). I like the thinner tires on this guy and it really flies compared to mountain bikes I've owned. Style is great too and I appreciate the built-in rack which meets all of my needs thus far (put on a trunk and ordered a pannier). Some improvements: Provide some pedals with the bike - how about the stock pedals from the Safari? The stock seat did not work at all for me - very painful after 20 miles or so of riding. I switched it out to a seat with a channel in the middle and it's much, much better. I'm also not sold on the bar end shifters. I don't like having to move my hand away from steering and brakes to shift. I guess I would have preferred the shifters near the breaks like lots of other road bikes. Those improvements aside; I am VERY pleased with the bike and enjoy riding it a lot!
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Fit For My Body I tried about seven* different bicycles before choosing the 2012 Randonee, on which I now have 2100 miles. This was the only bicycle that fit my torso properly without major modification. I'm 5'10.5" with a short torso and long legs. Other bikes put me in a stretched out position with my upper body, very uncomfortable for touring. I got the medium ("M") frame and it's the perfect frame geometry for me. *Couldn't find a Surly LHT in my size to demo. I upgraded the saddle to a Brooks Imperial B-17 (Honey Brown) which looks really good with this green bike, and of course it's super comfortable. The stock tires are OK, but you'll want top of the line Schwalbe treads if you're going to do heavy touring.
    Date published: 2014-04-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Happy Camper I bought this bike in a store in Maryland. I arrived by taxi and biked away 2 hours later. The staff was helpful. I also knew fairly well what I wanted. I use this bike the way I use my car: going from A to B, putzing around town, and the occasional excursion. Some touring is planned. The geometry fits me. When I lean fully forward on the drop handlebar, I'm still comfortable to stay there for some time. When I sit up I can still touch the handlebar, although not the brakes. The gear ratios are nice. 90% of the time, I stay with the largest chainring, changing gears only on the cassette. When something special comes up, dropping down to the middle chainring is instant and accurate even though the left hand side shifter is not indexed. (the right hand side is indexed.) I haven't encountered a situation yet where I needed to use the smallest chainring, but I haven't gone up a mountain pass fully loaded up yet. I also have not yet driven in the highest gear; the spread of the cassette is that big. When I use the middle chainring and rear gear 1 or 2, and drop down on the handlebar, the weight distribution and power are such that I can handle obstacles extremely well, no spinning tire, etc. I use this on rougher trails which the designers probably didn't have in mind for this bike. Most importantly, it feels that the gear ratios I most commonly use give a perfect mix of torque and speed. This makes it a fun ride! And less tiring. The bar-end shifters took some getting used to. First I thought I'd replace them with integrated shifters, probably the same as the ones I have on my road bike, but when I realized the cost of doing so, I thought getting used to the bar end shifters was the right course of action. (It's funny when my hand slides back on my roadie to shift...) And, actually I like the bar-end shifters now. During most of my riding, I have some lightly-loaded panniers as cargo, so no real touring weight experience yet. I have transported family members on the rear rack at times - well above the stamped-on weight limit of the rack - and that went just fine. I imagine that a mere touring load will cause the bike to just plough on. I read some feedback comments about lost screws/components. One of the first things I did was to give every detachable component a once-over. And yes, many of the screws, e.g., unused braze-ons, were finger-tightened at best. I took all of them out, applied some grease and tightened them appropriately. I don't think, however, that either the manufacturer or the store staff are to blame for lost items. This bike is fun, a solid performer, and a challenge to use to its full potential.
    Date published: 2014-03-31

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