Dawes race bikes

OK for Trainee Triathlon God ?

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Kanga (M.)    pirate
22/09/2003 at 00:21

Gurus of the bike world .. how does this sound, brand new, for £400 ? RRP is £500 but it's end of season. Like the carbon forks and Campo bits, anything else in similar RRP/Sale price has Sora bits and alloy/other forks. I'm 6ft 1, and have a 60cm Giant hybrid commuter, so would I need a 55/58/61 cm in this with semi-compact geometry ?

I've done 4 tri's so far, intend doing as many as Mrs Kanga and the budget will allow next year, but £500 is top spend for a bike for the next few years. I'm not Lance, and not sponsored, so dont need his kit ;-)

Haven't heard much about Dawes racers, moreso their MTB's - are they any good ?

Cheers,

Kanga

FRAME NEW BUTTED 7005 T6 ALLOY, REPLACEABLE DROP OUT, SHAPED TUBE SECTIONS AMD INTEGRATED HEAD. SEMI COMPACT GEOMETRY
SIZES G52, 55, 58, 62
FORK CARBON FIBRE ROAD WITH DEEP BLADE FOR INTEGRATED
HEADSET INTEGRATED (INTERNAL) HEADSET
HUBS ALLOY WITH QR FRONT AND REAR.
CASSETTE, SEALED BEARINGS AND CAMPAGNOLO CASSETTE COMPATIBLE
RIMS DOUBLE WALL RIGIDA NOVA WITH BLACK FINISH AND CNC SIDEWALLS
SPOKES STAINLESS
TYRES VITTORIA RUBINO TWIN TREAD 700 X 23C
STEM ITM ROAD RACING
H/BAR ITM ALUMINIUM EUROPA ANATOMICAL
GRIPS/TAPE CORK BAR TAPE
BRAKE LEVERS CAMPAGNOLO ERGO POWER COMBINED SHIFT AND BRAKE LEVER 18 SPEED
GEAR LEVERS CAMPAGNOLO ERGO POWER COMBINED SHIFT AND BRAKE LEVER 18 SPEED
BRAKES ALLOY DOUBLE PIVOT WITH QUICK RELEASE
REAR MECH CAMPAGNOLO XENON 9 SPEED
FRONT MECH CAMPAGNOLO XENON 9 SPEED
CRANKSET CAMPAGNOLO XENON 52/39
BOTTOM BRACKET CAMPAGNOLO XENON
CASSETTE/F-WHEEL CAMPAGNOLO XENON 9 SPEED 12-23
CHAIN KMC Z9000
SADDLE SELLE ITALIA OKTAVIA LEATHER
SEAT POST ALLOY MICRO ADJUST SATIN BLACK
PEDALS RACE SPECIFIC ALUMINIUM WITH METAL CAGE AND TOECLIPS
22/09/2003 at 10:03
I have a Dawes Giro 400 - think the one you´re talking about must be the 500 as I saw that Dawes are putting Campag and not Shimano on the higher end of the range. Which is good - becuase I´d say the ´worst´parts of my bike are the Shimano components!

Anyway, I paid #400 for mine three years ago, so this sounds like a good deal!

I swapped the pedals on mine straight away for Look CA pedals - since then the bike has slowly been modified ... new seat post (exisiting one was v. heavy - don´t think yours is though), upgraded saddle, new handbuilt wheels (the wheels it came with were a bit soggy), new chainring, new headset ....I want to get new handlebars (slightly smaller) and replace Shimano components for next season, which I think will make a big difference.

Anyway, with modifications, the bike is lovely and twitchy - so much so that I won my first tri! I can feel the difference when I sit on my husband´s bike though (two or three grands worth of handbuilt frame and Campag components) but if you´re doing tris and not bike racing/TTs the one you´re looking at should be fine. Bit of a bargain really!

Only caveat I´d add is that if you´re planning on keeping the bike for a long time and crash/throw your bike around a lot, carbon fibre might not be the best material for the forks, but that´s a personal thing! Likewise, if you´re a ´big´ 6 foot 1, and an aggressive rider, is the frame going to be strong enough for you?

But, hey, #400 is a bargain! And I´ve been relly happy with my Dawes bike.



22/09/2003 at 10:04
Oh, and yes,it is the one in the picture!
Kanga (M.)    pirate
23/09/2003 at 00:05
Thanks Lizzy - 'tis the 400 with Campo gear now, the 500 has S. 105.
23/09/2003 at 09:48
S105 is quite good kit - what are they asking for that? Although personally I like Campag - I just think it lasts a bit better.
23/09/2003 at 13:41
go campag if you can kanga (didya get my mail?)
23/09/2003 at 18:03
Sounds good Kanga (says he - now the guru!!)

Where abouts was this - I might well go for it myself?
WildWill    pirate
23/09/2003 at 18:05
Campag - posers ;o)
23/09/2003 at 18:23
Campag lasts and lasts! Hubby has some 10 year old Campag stuff on his bike - survived years of racing and a 20 mile commute to work every day.

(or he did until he crashed his bike last month!) The mangled derailleur is now kept on the coffee table as a conversation piece!!
Kanga (M.)    pirate
24/09/2003 at 00:26
twas Grizdale Bike Rentals up Cumbria way on the weekend, but there's a coupla web sites nearer London doing it for £420.

FBF, got your email thx, been out every last coupla nights so no time or brain cells to respond ;-)
24/09/2003 at 09:01
web site addresses please!!
24/09/2003 at 09:36
ww- shimano for off-road, campag for road. no other choice really
24/09/2003 at 11:29
FbF...
I'm a bit of a fan of sram stuff too for off road...
IMp    pirate
24/09/2003 at 12:20
So, what bike would you recommend for someone just starting out, on a loooow budget, in the heady world of Tri?
IMp
24/09/2003 at 12:40
something cheap and or 2nd hand... not rusty but lite...

I'd not go too 'specific' just yet.. 9sp cassettes are abundant these days (better gear 'choice')

starters from say trek, Giant or Spesh are pretty functional and adequate, or the dawes as quoted at the start...

new say 400-500 upwards will get ya' a decent start....
IMp    pirate
24/09/2003 at 13:00
Ta.

BTW, is there such a thing as a Tri bike or are they just road bikes really?
IMp
24/09/2003 at 13:17
Are such beasts...
tri bikes have this fabled revised angles to position you more over the front of the bike to aid stability in aero tuck position and to 'ave' ya' quads for the run afterwards...

Just bought a Quintana Roo Te Quilo and well, it does make a difference... but maybe not something 'that' important when trying things out for the first time..

Are lots of 'normal' geometry bikes out there too that are regularily used in tri's by the top guys too...
IMp    pirate
24/09/2003 at 13:26
good! 'cos what I get to start with is going to have to serve me for quite a while.

Think you're right about ignoring the specifics at this stage; it's a 'cheap' bike I need and the 'sparkly' components are gonna 'ave to wait. Right now I'm interested in finishing a Tri... a year down the line, we'll see.
IMp
24/09/2003 at 13:35
Imp, Cycling plus did a test of bikes set up for time trials - they reckoned the Guess RB1 (£500) and available from somewhere in Nottingham (its an American make and they import them) was as good as some £1000 bikes. They set it up with tri bars - it comes with standard road bars. You could probably find who sells them if you search for Guess RB1 and nottingham.

Yes if you go 2nd hand I'd go for 9 speed (or 10 of course) - it's easier to find second hand bits like wheels for 9 speed than 7 or 8 now.
IMp    pirate
24/09/2003 at 14:15
cheers Popsider, found the bike on www.supercycles.co.uk. Studying details now
IMp
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