REI Novara Safari
Price: $899 from REI
Specs: Aluminium frame, steel fork, aluminium rack, Alex rims, disc brakes, Shimano brakes and derailleurs, Truvativ crankset and cassette. Comes in 26″ in smaller sizes and 700 cc in larger versions.
Who has used it: Alex Carr, Meandering Velonauts, Steve Keys
Upsides: A good value bike, with some uncommon extras like disc brakes and expedition handlebars for plenty of hand positions.
Downsides: You’ll need to upgrade the racks for fully loaded touring. The tires and the saddle may also need to be replaced.
For more information: REI Website
See also, a video review of the Novara Safari: