Dawes Audax.....any good????

Discussion in 'Touring and recreational cycling' started by limpet, Feb 13, 2004.

  1. limpet

    limpet New Member

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    Hello all, a while ago I had a trip in France on an adapted road bike, with a rear rack held on with tie wraps etc, and although I enjoyed it the bike did suffer from instability on downhills. due in no small part to also having a bar bag attached on a bike with a shortish wheelbase.
    I am hoping to go back and I would like to do the job properly this time.
    To that end I was looking at buying a Dawes Galaxy, that was until I saw they do an Audax bike.
    The current model I think is tig welded 631, but I am looking at an older model which is made from 531c.
    So what I am really asking is what are the relevent merits of the Galaxy versus the Audax?
    The spec of the Audax appeals, ie STI, lowish weight, etc. but is the Galaxy a better bet ie more comfortable, stable, tougher.
    Anyway all I am asking for is some honest advice.
    Many thanks
     
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  2. davidstead

    davidstead New Member

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    I too would be interested in people's opinions of the Dawes Audax. I currently ride a 20-year-old custom built fast touring bike (531 frame with miniminal clearance for mudguards), mainly for commuting, but in the past I've done a few tours and many long day rides on it. It's a bit unstable when loaded up for touring but nice and responsive when unladen. The problem is things are wearing out now and modern hubs/gears aren't compatible with the frame. When the next big repair bill comes along I'll probably have to replace it. I thought the Dawes Audax looked good value given it's frame and quality components (Shimano 105). Has anyone got one? The other contender for me is a custom built bike from M. Steel (Gosforth), so I'd be interested in anyone's experience of these or other similar fast touring bikes I should consider.
     
  3. daveornee

    daveornee New Member

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    Galaxy looks more suitable for touring.
    I can't find many specifications on the frame dimensions, but the gearing, tire sizing, and braking on the Galaxy look OK for touring.
    I would want to know that the chain stays are at least 44 cm long, and longer if I have big feet..
    The Audax looks suitable for commuting and recreational riding, but I would NOT expect it to handle 40 pounds of unsprung weight for touring.

    <http://www.bgcycles.com/bruce.html>

    Bruce Gordon's inputs are worth a look.
     
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