REI Novara Safari

Novara Safari

Price: $763.93 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
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

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See also, a video review of the Novara Safari:


  1. Jen Fleming
    14th April 2011 at 1:35 am #

    Thanks for the bike review. Looking to do a big trip and will look at you site. Thanks.

  2. Alexander Titus
    28th April 2014 at 7:04 pm #

    I am using a Safari for my bike trip form Alaska to Argentina, bought it a bit ago to start breaking in, and I love it. The bars are great, preset to upgrade to disc brakes is amazing, and the price cant be beat. Plus, REI support anywhere you can find a shop.

    Thanks for the review and the info. I whole-heartedly support the Safari.

  3. William M. Ferguson
    17th May 2014 at 1:35 am #

    I have a REI Novara Safari(2008),26 inch wheels, this is a GREAT!!bike, I love it, I use it mostly for commutting, but I will be touring on it soon I hope. This bike is fast,and strong and comfortable for that type of bike.

  4. Mark
    29th August 2014 at 1:16 am #

    the safari is made of steel now, no longer aluminum. 🙁

    • nc1
      2nd May 2015 at 12:18 am #

      That’s why I want this bike. Aluminum welds fail with the kind of loads I put on a bike (I’m 200lbs+) and it’s very hard to find a chromoly bike these days.
      I’m glad that REI offers one! I’m waiting for their next 20% off sale to get one.

  5. mike poe
    17th March 2015 at 8:09 pm #

    Novara Safari
    Last year rode this bike from Greece to the Atlantic in France. Stock, except for tires 2,500 miles.
    Much of the route off road. Good bike, I have over 25,000 miles and this is one of the best bikes for the money. I am now going to e bikes as I am 74. THe bike is for sale for $495.
    Mike Poe
    Take a hike guide books

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