Dawes Vantage - entry level rugged tourer

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Re: Dawes Vantage - entry level rugged tourer

Postby pioneer » 1 Feb 2010, 9:03am

While it's true that the Royal' is only approx £50.00 more, the finish is rubbish. (at least mine was!). The paint chipped VERY EASILY, actually during the first week, right down to bare metal. The replacement bike was so badly assembled that I kept it for all of one day then gave it back and got a full refund. A great shame really as the frame (paint finish aside) seemed like quality and gave a very good ride. "If" Raleigh can sort out these quality control issues, then yes, the Royal' will be excellent VFM.

And if Spa' can do the new Vantage for £370.00, if I could afford one now, I'd buy one.

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Re: Dawes Vantage - entry level rugged tourer

Postby pioneer » 1 Feb 2010, 9:36am

I've just checked out the current Dawes Horizon at Spa'.Apart from the Royal' being a 4130 chromo' frame and the Horizon a Reynolds 520,they look identical. Funny old thing eh?

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Re: Dawes Vantage - entry level rugged tourer

Postby revellinho » 28 Apr 2011, 10:59pm

Just in case anyone finds this rather old thread - I have owned a Dawes Vantage for about a year now, having bought it as an entry level tourer for days out in The Lakes and Dales plus a few overnight hostel trips, using either a saddle bag or rear panniers (so not too much weight). As a relative novice I found the gearing OK - I get up the Kirkstone OK on it and have even taken it over all the main passes incuding the Honister and HardKnott without having to get off - though I have had to stop and rest due to the bike's poor engine. I don't have any experience of other more expensive tourers, but if you are looking to ride between 50 and 100 miles a day at a fairly gentle pace, then this bike will do the job if you are on a budget. I find it a comfortable ride, and as long as you get your set up right, you should appreciate the advantages of its relatively upright position. The saddle as supplied seems very comfortable to me. I bought some touring shoes and cleats to use with the bike and this has been the limiting factor - on long rides I get problems with pressure to the ball of my foot, but I put up with that because I don't like the pedalling action with the pedals/straps as supplied. I need to have a look at a cleat/shoe set up that will ease the pressure, but the solution will probably cost about 30% of the actual bike cost, which is why I have not done it already. I get a bit frustrated that this bike is a fair bit slower than a standard road bike, but you pays your money and makes your choice - you can't have the comfort,low gearing and load carrying facilities that this bike offers if you go for a more 'racy' sort of bike. My other road bike is a bit of a vintage model - a Dawes Lightning (I am not a young man!) - I agree that the steel frame gives a bit more power, but feel that at the price, the Vantage is a good all round entry level tourer and having thrashed it for a year now have not got any serious misgivings.

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Re: Dawes Vantage - entry level rugged tourer

Postby horizon » 3 May 2011, 9:54pm

That's really useful feedback, revel.
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Re: Dawes Vantage - entry level rugged tourer

Postby Gaz1961 » 15 Apr 2012, 7:27pm

Thank you everybody. I realise this thread is a couple of years old but I've been looking to get hold of a Vantage, and what I've read here has made my mind up for me. Cheers! Gaz.

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Re: Dawes Vantage - entry level rugged tourer

Postby reohn2 » 16 Apr 2012, 9:25am

revellinho wrote:- I agree that the steel frame gives a bit more power, but feel that at the price........

Could you explain what you mean by the above statement,as I find its Alu thats stiffer and therefore power transfer is better,particular when climbing and particular around the BB area which is where I can detect flex in some steel frames

BTW Glad you're enjoying your Vantage. :D
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Re: Dawes Vantage - entry level rugged tourer

Postby horizon » 16 Apr 2012, 12:06pm

I think that revellinho is over the hills and far away on his Vantage and long gone! Shows what a good bike it is.
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Re: Dawes Vantage - entry level rugged tourer

Postby reohn2 » 16 Apr 2012, 7:08pm

horizon wrote:I think that revellinho is over the hills and far away on his Vantage and long gone! Shows what a good bike it is.


Checked it was April,just didn't check the year :?
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My heart starts to press on my bulletproof vest,
and my highs turn out to be lows,
GImme my guitar,I'm gonna go far,
I'm playin' in a Rock n Roll band......

JJ Cale


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