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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by Badger31164fromLots of competitionFor me, this bike has plenty of positive features and few negative ones. Because I'm old and inflexible, I don't much like drop bars or bar end shifters, but those are only personal prejudices on my part.
My main concern is that this bike lives in a pretty rich neighborhood and there are many other bikes out there with equal or better spec that I think are a better value.
Date published: 2011-06-18
Rated 4out of5
by TinManInTheRainfromGreat Touring & Commuting BikeGreat bike, layout is very comfortable. I wanted to choose an all-purpose bike and this is it. It's perfectly geared for the weekend tours and strong enough to endure some light biking trails. The rear derailleur has me a bit worried as it's a SRAM X7, it's main body and gear mounting points are plastic, it doesn't appear durable enough to withstand heavy duty wear and tear. I'll just have to wait and see as I just purchased this bike last week and only have ridden it 25 miles do far; I will probably change out the rear derailleur for precautionary measure anyway. The long chain stay is perfect for hauling panniers. Over all this is a great multipurpose mike, pricing was a little high as the Safari is about 300 dollars cheaper; the only real difference are the handle bars and shifters.Great alternative to the Surly LHT.
Date published: 2012-02-27
Rated 4out of5
by WoodenfromHurt my handsI loved the bike - fast, responsive, looked good. But it killed my hands (I'm 55) - they went numb within 10 minutes. The local REI shop listened, and tried a few things, but they were young guys, and couldn't relate. I returned the bike. Turns out, it was the handlebars, and probably the brake lever location and shifters - the set up was just wrong for my hands. I bought a bike with staight bars and thumb shifters and no more hand problems. The Randonee could have been changed to straight bars -- I wish I knew that, but I like my new bike, so I guess it worked out.
Date published: 2012-03-22
Rated 4out of5
by West Sac StevefromNice touring bikeI've got about 200 miles on my new 2012 Randonee. I'm impressed. This bike is well thought-out for touring, and it's a worthy competitor to the Surly Long Haul Trucker, Trek 520 and other touring bikes in this price range.
It's sold without pedals, but for a lot of people, that's all that's needed before loading the bike up with panniers & water bottles and heading cross-country.
The steel frame and big tires (mine came with 32mm Kenda Kwick Bitumen tires) offer up a smooth, quiet, sure-footed ride. It's hard to rattle this bike, either literally or figuratively.
The bike handles bumps and even a bit of dirt-riding without complaint.
I learned immediately that the stock saddle was wrong for me -- I replaced it with a Brooks honey-colored saddle, which looks good with the faux-suede handlebar tape. You may find the stock saddle perfectly fine.
I chose combination pedals, suitable for clipless riding on one side and street shoes on the other.
The bike is at home on my 25 mile round-trip commute as well as for leisure riding, utility riding around town, and (I hope) for a big tour someday.
And don't worry about the standard-issue rack, it's made of 10 mm aluminum and it's just fine for all but the heaviest loads. You'll only want to replace it if you need a no-fail rack for unusually heavy loads or third world riding or something.
The Randonee is in the same weight range as similar touring bikes, at around 28 pounds, so it is not a speed racer. But it's good at plenty of other things.
I bought this bike after a bunch of research on all those touring bikes in this price range. The take-away lesson for me was that there was no "best" choice in this range for everyone. Choose based on establishing a relationship with a bike shop, or specific bike features you want (types of brakes or shifters, gearing), or available discounts -- like the annual 20% REI member sale. Use your coupon, and this bike is a steal.
Date published: 2012-05-16
Rated 4out of5
by TaddeusfromTrusty Steed is a gamechangerAye, decided on committin' to a nice bicycle to do work for the spring/summer/fall season. Without access to a vehicle, the good ol' cruiser wasn't gonna cut it.
I decided on a touring bicycle & being 6'1" the LARGE was the size I chose. The sizing is personal so be patient for your right fit! Granted this is coming from a guy with "you fit the bike not the bike fits you" mentality.
I bought the Novara Randonee at the beginning of April and have acquired near 3000 miles on the thing (oops!). I had to swap the seat for a saddle but everything else stock was fantastic. I also swapped to another tire around 2000 miles (stock tires are now backups).
For the most part, I have ridden in rolling foothills of paved road, but have most certainly hopped on the beaten gravel path (by the creek), & even cruised at 12-14mph down gravels paths (next to the river) feeling safe & in control. the WEIGHT of the bicycle is fantastic for you can go extremely fast & still feel rock solid. I've had the fortune to "cruise" at near 40mph. The bicycle handled very well (my adrenaline didnt!).
I am in the process for gearing up this bicycle for a lengthly bicycle tour. I have very little complaints other than particulars on the stock items. Other than those miniscule idiosynchrisies, I couldnt consider having another bicycle for the things I am using it for (H*LLA BIKING~).
Date published: 2012-08-26
Rated 4out of5
by arniebfromA solid touring bike, with some issuesI bought the Randonee two weeks ago to replace my beloved Schwinn Voyageur SP with 85,000 miles on it. The Schwinn was my daily driver since the mid-eighties, as well as my touring bike for many trips. Alas, age and rust had set in.
The Randonee seemed to fit the bill as a replacement, and it was on sale! The frame was the correct size for me ( 5' 8" ) and it felt good on a test ride. I also really like the SRAM bar-end shifters because my Schwinn has bar-end shifters as well.
I got the bike home and noticed that the Novara badge on the steering tube was missing. Back to REI and they replaced it with another one. The second one had a defect in the way the handle bar was taped, so they gave me a different one.
I started commuting and found that my knees were banging into the shift levers. Back to REI.
Now, here's my criticism: REI notes how they use fine tune their bikes to the size of the rider, but I question how this bike was sized properly for a 5' 8" male rider like me. Fortunately, REI's legendary customer service worked with me until the bike fit well.
First, they swapped out the seat post for a seat post with about an inch of set-back. That moved me back and also positioned my legs better on the pedals. Next, they swapped out the existing 70 mm stem for a 90 mm stem. That bought another inch of space. However, what was really odd was the handlebars. The dropped portion of the handlebars extended back over an inch further than the handle bars on my Schwinn. Also, I swapped out the seat that came with the bike for the seat from my Schwinn, which I found to be quite comfortable over the years.
So, the last thing I'm going to do is to cut about 3/4" off the end of the bars. This will move the shifters forward some more and that will finally place the shifters around 4" away from my knees.
OK, here's the good stuff: The running gear is very nice. I like the 10 speed rear cassette. The SRAM shifters shift smoothly and the 700Cx32 tires seem pretty rugged. The rear rack is well positioned for my briefcase and my pannier and one really cool feature is an accessory spoke holder on the right chain stay with two spokes. Its comfortable to ride and seems like it will hold up well in daily use and on tour.
In summary, if you are willing to do some post-purchase fiddling around to get the fit you need and you inspect the bike carefully for defects, I think it is a good bike for touring and commuting.
Date published: 2014-06-24
Rated 5out of5
by Ben.ZeffromRandoneeI purchased this bike twice now. This time I set the bike up for touring . The seat immediately changed to the Brooks Imperial Saddle, the pedals installed were the SPD324 from Shimano which is best for my use.
I purchased the standard front rack on line from Jannd and then added various and sundry auxiliary components.
The experience has been an interesting one. While I consider the bike to be a very good product out of Novara, the brand support for accessories is non existent.
Expect to do some foot work setting this bike up. But also expect the end result to be very satisfactory.
It's a beauty now, but getting there was work. REI was great!! Immense help on their part!!
Date published: 2014-05-16
Rated 5out of5
by CO loverfromBIG SupriseYou need to think about what you want from this bike. The sizing is very personal. know your measurements when making your decision. other that that, this bike has the response of high end Cadillac. it is not a "road bike" but the handling is spot on. the frame eats up road chatter like only steel can. great for commutes, i can only wait to tour with it...
Date published: 2011-05-20
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