I know flat-bar touring is a dying segment of a niche breed here in the states (RIP, Flat-bar Marrakesh, too), but is there any chance you're resurrecting some form of the recently-deceased Novara Safari in the future? Add thru-axles and hydros and I feel like there'd be a viable market for a reliable, butterfly bar touring tank.
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At this time we do not have plans to bring back a bike in the style of the Novara Safari. In 2016, when we launched Co-op Cycles, the Novara Safari became the Co-op Cycles ADV 2.1, which then became the current version of the Co-op Cycles ADV 2.1, which is much more of a gravel/light touring bike now. At one point, the Co-op Cycles ADV 4.2 was added into the mix as well, which was a true 'tank' with it's 3" tires!
The evolution of the Safari to the current model of the ADV 2.1 has taken it from a steel frame with butterfly handlebars to an aluminum frame with flared handlebars (although it does have thru axles now!). The Co-op Cycles ADV 2.3 adds in a dropper post and the hydraulic brakes you are looking for. You are correct that the industry has moved toward a more of a 'fast and light' approach to touring/bikepacking and the current ADV line reflects that shift. That Shimano now has specific gravel components (the GRX line) is indicative of that trend as well.
We appreciate you coming here to the community to ask about these bikes. We have passed along your interest to our Co-op Cycles team.
Have a great day!
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