Brucey wrote:the Sardar has a different frame design, different wheelbase, different angles, different frame construction and is designed to accept dropped bars as well as flats. The countryman shares the wheel size and the ability to take a load with the Sardar, and not much else.
Sure, but the whole thing about road touring and loaded 26" capability is there - the concept. Without trawling through the catalogues, I can't think of any bike from Dawes other than the One-Down that combines touring with 26". I could be wrong but the Countryman just stood out in this respect. I'll have to think about it more, but it certainly struck me.