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A first impression review of the Dawes Super Galaxy and Dawes Ultra Galaxy
Specifications, geometry and more about these adventure touring bikes

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.

dawes ultra galaxy 2019 adventure travel bike

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.

Specifications:

Frame: Double Butted Reynolds 631
Fork: Dawes Chromoly, 1 1/8″ steerer, low-rider mounts
Front Derailleur: Shimano Sora FD-R3030 3spd
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore XT RD-M771 9spd
Shifters: Shimano Sora STI Levers ST-R3000 27spd
Number of Gears: 27
Chainset: Shimano Alivio FC-T4060 170mm Cranks / 48-36-26T Chainrings
Brakeset: Shimano BR-CX50 Cantilever Alloy
Rims: ALEX AT490 Double Wall Alloy CNC Sidewalls Tubeless Ready
Front and Rear Hubs: Shimano Claris HB-RS300 36H Quick Release Alloy
Tyres: 700x32C Schwalbe Marathon with GreenGuard
Accessories: Alloy Rack, SKS Chromoplastic Mudguards

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Dawes Super Galaxy 2019 – Touring Bike (+/- €1,200)

The disc version of the Ultra Galaxy mentioned above, it stays very similar in specs to its sibling. The Super Galaxy has been completely revamped for 2019. Featuring world renowned Reynolds 520 Chromoly frame tubing, chromoly fork, Shimano Alivio 27 speed gears, Shimano BR-R517 mechanical disc brakes, Shimano Deore hubs and Alex Draw 1.7P tubeless ready rims . The Super is designed to be strong, comfortable and the mile eating workhorse that everyone expects from a Dawes touring bike.

Every detail has been meticulously examined to ensure our Classic lives up to its name… right down to the leather toe clips, you’ll find no corners have been cut. Using a Shimano Alivio 27spd drivetrain, ALEX DRAW 1.7P Double Wall Alloy Tubeless Ready rims, and Schwalbe Road Cruiser tyres, Dawes have created another bike that will see generations come and go.

Specifications:

Frame: Reynolds 520 Double Butted Chromoly
Fork:Dawes Chromoly, 1 1/8″ steerer, low-rider mounts
Front Derailleur: Shimano Sora FD-R3030 3spd
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Alivio RD-T4000 9spd
Number of Gears: 27
Shifters: Shimano Sora STI Levers ST-R3000 27spd
Chainset: Shimano Alivio FC-T4060 170mm Cranks / 48-36-26T Chainrings
Cassette: Shimano 9spd CS-HG300-9 11-34T
Brakeset: Shimano Sora Mechanical Disc Brakes BR-R317 160mm rotors
Brake Levers: Dia-Compe Touring Levers with Gum hoods
Handlebars: Dia-Compe ENE Touring Drop Bars, 390mm (19″ Frame), 410mm (21″ and 23″ Frame)
Stem: Classic Quill Style, 80mm (19″ Frame) and 100mm reach (21″, 23″ Frame)
Headset: FSA Duron
Rims: ALEX DRAW 1.7P Double Wall Alloy Tubeless Ready
Hubs: Dia-Compe ENE Touring 36H Quick Release
Tyres: 700x32C Schwalbe Marathon with GreenGuard
Accessories: Ping Bell, Alloy powder-coated rack and chromo plastic mudguards
Weight: 15.4 kg

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