Heard that a local chain cycle shop had a Dawes Ultra Galaxy in stock and on the shop floor. Decided to pop by and have a look. Was left blown away at the micturate poor quality of what is in essence a £1800 bike.
The Dawes badge on the front had started to peel away as the glue wasn't strong enough to hold it. The duct tape? near the stem holding the bar tape in place had started to unstick itself. On mentioning this to sales bloke he gave me a shrug and a dirty look saying "well its Dawes!" How utterly depressing!
I know very little about bike components but it seemed to me that unless the the frame was worth 70% of the cost the bike then you you were paying wads & wads of money for the Dawes name. I shall no longer lust or want after a Dawes touring bike