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Novara Safari

Novara Safari profile

2003 Novara Safari

REI’s 2003 Novara Safari was my first touring bicycle and primary ride for several years until I got my Atlantis. When I got the Atlantis I’d added info pages to my old web based bicycling site and this is the data from that page. This setup reflect the Safari as of the time I got my Atlantis, several years of modification. Primary changes were replaced the original suspension seatpost with a Nitto post and using a sprung Brooks Saddle. But I’d also wrapped the handlebar foam in tape as I’d found the foam to have performed poorly after days of rain on tour. This was the first bicycle I’d had fenders put on and what a revelation that was. I won’t ever have a bicycle without them.  Ultimately I found that the Safari just didn’t fit me all that well – the frame was too small and longer rides were always uncomfortable. When I got my Atlantis dialed in it was amazing how doing the same length of rides would cause so much less discomfort. Anyway I still think the Safari is a decent entry touring bicycle, reasonably priced and a good choice to use if one wants to try touring. I still have my Safari and use it as my backup bicycle.

See all of my Safari pictures in my Safari Gallery.

2003 Novara Safari

Frame: 2003 Novara Safari Aluminium 19″
Handlebars: REI Trekker
Stem: Softride Suspension+ Stem riser
Shifters: SRAM Attack Grip Shifters
Brakes: Shimano Deore
Brake Levers: Shimano M420S Levers
Bottom Bracket: Shimano 113
Crank: Shimano Deore 46/36/24
Front Derailleur: Shimano Deore Triple
Pedals: Shimano M324 platform/SPD
Seatpost: Nitto Cystal Fellow
Saddle: Brooks b.67
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore LX
Rear Wheel: 26″ 36H Deore Hub / Mavic X-221 Rim
Cassette: Shimano Deore HG50 9spd 13-30
Front Wheel: 26″ 36H Deore Hub / Mavic X-221 Rim
Front Rack: Nitto/Rivendel Front 26″
Rear Rack: Novara
Tires: Continental Top Touring 2000 26×1.75
Handelbar Tape: Black Cloth over foam
Handlebar Bag: Rivendell Baggins CandyBar
Fenders: Zefal
Computer: CatEye Tomo XC

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