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Old 05-20-09, 12:54 PM   #1
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new 531 galaxy 03 v new 631 Galaxy 08

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This is a continuation of my other thread on a do evertything bike. I am now looking at buying a Dawes Galaxy and I have the chance of buying a brand new, old stock 531 lugged Dawes Galaxy 2003 model or a new 2008 631 butted model. Can anyone tell me, which would be the smoothest ride? You hear so much about traditional reynolds lugged bikes, dont know if it is just hype. There si a bit of urgency here as I said I would let the shop know tomorrow.
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Not certain what the difference is in the two materials- but 631 is supposed to be the modern 531. Think I would be more inclined to look at the specifications of the components on the two bikes- and there should be a very appreciable Price differential on the two bikes. All I am thinking is that a lot has changed on Components since 2003 and they have improved a bit.

Difference in ride should not be great- if any- between the two materials. So let the wallet and Component quality tell you what to get.

Link to the Supposed difference on the two materials.

http://www.dawescycles.com/c-47-abou...lds-steel.aspx
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All I am thinking is that a lot has changed on Components since 2003 and they have improved a bit.
Then again, few of my components are as recent as 2003 even and they work quite well.
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I think the original question was as much a lugged vs. butted frame as material. Yes, it claims that 631 is an improved 531 with 10% more strength.

If components are the same and price is similar, I'd go for the lugged frame just for the looks, but that's just the traditionalist in me. I make no claims as to the functional difference between the two, which may or may not be substantial.
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If they both have the same dimensions, and they should since they are the same model, and they both had the same tires I am not sure you could tell the difference in the ride. Both should ride very nicely with those long chain stays. The 631 should be a little lighter because it can be made thinner and it doesn't have the lugs but the 531 probably looks better. Me I would probably go with the newer one but then I would probably wish I had bought the one with the cool lugs later .
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Isn't Dawes a Bikes Direct brand? Was it in 2003?
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Isn't Dawes a Bikes Direct brand? Was it in 2003?
I think the OP lives in Scotland. Over there, I think "Dawes" is still "Dawes."

AFAIK BikesDirect only has rights to the Dawes name in the U.S. of A.
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I think the OP lives in Scotland. Over there, I think "Dawes" is still "Dawes."

AFAIK BikesDirect only has rights to the Dawes name in the U.S. of A.
I see. Things sure do get complicated.
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