Dawes Galaxy and Dawes Super and Ultra Galaxy Touring Bikes: A Short Review
A first impression review of the Dawes Super Galaxy and Dawes Ultra Galaxy Specifications, geometry and more about these adventure touring bikes
Update: Unfortunately the Galaxy series has been discontinued by Dawes in 2020, bringing an end to a legendary bike.
Weight: 15.0 kg
Frame and Fork: Steel
Wheel Size: 700c
Max Tire Clearance: 45mm
Drivetrain: Shimano Sora
Brakes: Mechanical Disc
Dawes as bicycle brand started in 1906 when Charles Dawes went into business in a partnership known as Humphries & Dawes with the Humphries side of the business making motorcycles.
By 1926 Dawes Cycles Limited had been formed in its own right and the business hasn’t looked back since. The Dawes factory made bikes for the armed services during the war and has supported a whole host of British racing cyclists over the years both on and off-road.
Always operating from the Birmingham area, they offer a great blend of British cycle manufacturing heritage and reliable performance.
The Dawes Galaxy has been around since about a decade and has brought cycle tourers everywhere around the world. Let’s have a quick look at the 2019 models, the Dawes Ultra Galaxy and the Dawes Super Galaxy.
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Dawes Ultra Galaxy 2019 Touring Bike (+/- €1,500)
If you are looking for a workhorse to carry you from one end of the country to the other, then this is a rig you should consider.
Touring bikes are a Dawes specialty and the Galaxy is world-renowned for its quality and reliability.
Dawes have bought back the 631 framed Galaxy, the Reynolds 631 frame makes for a very comfortable ride whatever you use.
Coupled with a plethora of quality, branded components such as the SKS mudguards, Alex AT450 tubeless ready rims, puncture resistant Schwalbe Marathon tyres and Shimano Claris hubs, the Ultra is ready to take on whatever challenge you throw at it.
The Dawes Galaxy has a classic and proved geometry, with the raised stem giving a more upright riding position. Compared to the previous versions it features a sloped top tube, a great all-terrain touring bike.
The Galaxy is designed to open a whole new world of touring for those on a budget. With a 6061 alloy frame and chromoly fork you’ll experience a quality ride and still be able to carry your kit on board. The Galaxy AL is ready for anything with its Shimano 24 speed gears, Schwalbe tyres, luggage rack and mudguards. An ideal starter bike for long jaunts.
The Dawes Galaxy is great entry level touring bike for those who like drop bars.