Dawes XC 1.0 Hybrid bike.  49% off + free delivery @ CRC for £111.99
498°Expired

Dawes XC 1.0 Hybrid bike. 49% off + free delivery @ CRC for £111.99

78
Found 25th Jul 2012
Not sure what Dawes are like these days (they used to be good) but this seems like a good deal for a hybrid with a light alloy frame.


Blurb as follows:

Are you just getting started and want a bit of an all-rounder? Then the XC10 is perfect for you. A lightweight alloy frame, Shimano gears and strong alloy wheels give you the perfect introduction to light trail riding. Hone your skills on this bike with the confidence that it won’t let you down.
Features:

Frame: Dawes Alloy 6061
Fork: Hi-Tensile steel unicrown
Headset: Alloy 1 1/8 threaded
Stem: Steel quill
Speed: 18
Front Mech: Shimano triple
Rear Mech: Shimano
Chainset: Alloy 42/34/24
Bottom Bracket: Sealed semi-cartridge
Cassette: Shimano
Chain: KMC Z-51
Front Brake: Alloy linear pull V-brakes
Rear Brake: Alloy linear pull V-brakes
Rims: Alloy with CNC sidewall
Front Hub: Alloy 32H QR
Rear Hub: Alloy 32H QR
Tyres: Kenda 26x2.1 Front Kenda 26x2.1 Rear

They've upped the price of the 20 and 22 inch frames to 139 now - seems they've noticed a few go... 18 inch still 111.

78 Comments

might get one

It says trail riding, but would this be ok for road use too? I am thinking of getting OH a new bike for road and cycle track riding. I think he actually has a Dawes touring bike in the garage from about 30 years ago, though I'm not sure if they are the quality brand they were. Lots of bikes around at various prices, but confusing which to go for.

He would mainly use the bike for cycle rides with our kids so probably no more than 10 miles a trip. Is the XC 1.0 any good for that kind of use?

Dawes still do decent frames, the spec on this model is very, very entry level though. That being said, it's better than some other bikes at the same price.
Edited by: "Mik3yB" 25th Jul 2012

I think from reading the forums you need to get a carbon fibre bike and spend thousands to get a "real" bike.

Better of getting a B'Twin Rockrider from Decathlon.

Bargain of the century for recreational use / locking up outside Lidl and it still being there when you get back...

There is nothing wrong with lighter steel alloys.
Normally you get what you pay for, thats why s/h is often the best bet.

I'm thinking of getting one for mostly short-distance road journeys to work and the occasional longer-distance track riding, but really just want something that's relatively durable and not too hefty. Anyone know whether this would fit the bill? Cheers.

nice looking hybrid. although - would change the tires to something a bit more slicker. small framed hybrids are fun !!! - in cities.
if you really, really want to have some hardcore fun in the woods - 700+ for an used one, anything less would need to be upgraded soon.

Banned

Signed in just to comment on this - has to be a bargain price for a DAWES and infinitely better than the supermarket pieces of crap and from experience with CRC will be set up right.

Word of warning though, this ain't really a hybrid as it has 26" wheels.

Personally if that was my budget I'd search Gumtree and Ebay but I know what I'm looking for.

Can't complain at a new OK bike from an excellent company delivered.

HOT!!

hollymia

Signed in just to comment on this - has to be a bargain price for a DAWES … Signed in just to comment on this - has to be a bargain price for a DAWES and infinitely better than the supermarket pieces of crap and from experience with CRC will be set up right.Word of warning though, this ain't really a hybrid as it has 26" wheels.Personally if that was my budget I'd search Gumtree and Ebay but I know what I'm looking for.Can't complain at a new OK bike from an excellent company delivered.HOT!!



26" - why not !?

It definitely is a riding/style preference. personally I like only 26" and don't see any problems for someone using 29" which would probably suit their style better. this bike does look like MTB from 90'ies but is still a very usable hybrid, rather than a lot of people buying 450+ worth of crosscountry type bikes on fat tires and leaving the suspension open.

holymia ive posted in misc about the halfords carrera valour mountain bike for £270 can you tell me if this is worth buying as i,m about to order but i,m clueless on mountain bikes?

cdeeclaire

holymia ive posted in misc about the halfords carrera valour mountain … holymia ive posted in misc about the halfords carrera valour mountain bike for £270 can you tell me if this is worth buying as i,m about to order but i,m clueless on mountain bikes?



where are you going to use it ?

the bike is VERY VERY basic and buyers would be better off getting the same sort of bike (the apollo brand) from halfords at the same sort of price AND they (halfords) would build it for you. note: I do not work for or have shares with halfords

hi distarastins it will mostly be on roads and canals maybe a few light trails thanks

Don't really know anything about bikes but want to get one for general road and cycle path/canal cycling. I'm about 5ft 10. Would the 18 inch be suitable?
Thx

3% Quidco as well btw

drtesseract

Don't really know anything about bikes but want to get one for general … Don't really know anything about bikes but want to get one for general road and cycle path/canal cycling. I'm about 5ft 10. Would the 18 inch be suitable?Thx



i want to know the exact same thing. my budget is £150 so if anyone has any suggestions, please let me know. thanks

Banned

drtesseract

3% Quidco as well btw



Sod that - use TCB

drtesseract

Don't really know anything about bikes but want to get one for general … Don't really know anything about bikes but want to get one for general road and cycle path/canal cycling. I'm about 5ft 10. Would the 18 inch be suitable?Thx



Depends on your inside leg measurement. If you are a regular fit then that size should be fine (same height and have a 17 inch MTB & 54cm road bike)

Banned

hollymia

Signed in just to comment on this - has to be a bargain price for a … Signed in just to comment on this - has to be a bargain price for a DAWES and infinitely better than the supermarket pieces of crap and from experience with CRC will be set up right.Word of warning though, this ain't really a hybrid as it has 26" wheels.Personally if that was my budget I'd search Gumtree and Ebay but I know what I'm looking for.Can't complain at a new OK bike from an excellent company delivered.HOT!!

crystalclear

the bike is VERY VERY basic and buyers would be better off getting the … the bike is VERY VERY basic and buyers would be better off getting the same sort of bike (the apollo brand) from halfords at the same sort of price AND they (halfords) would build it for you. note: I do not work for or have shares with halfords



Why not? - Cos 26" wheels and tyres do not a hybrid make. Usually the name "hybrid" gives it away.




IMO this is utter BS. I can't see any bike similar spec delivered for the same price at Halfords.

CRC is just a bike shop. Unlike Halfords and supermarkets.

This is a very good price for a basic bike that will get you from A-B and will last over a year.

Whether it is going to get you there in comfort, style or with ease is another matter.

For a start, a hybrid has 700c rims and tyres.

IMO mountain bikes are a waste of money and effort unless you actually intend going off road seriously. Best thing I ever did was to stop kidding myself that I had to have a mountain bike and get real!

Banned

drtesseract

Don't really know anything about bikes but want to get one for general … Don't really know anything about bikes but want to get one for general road and cycle path/canal cycling. I'm about 5ft 10. Would the 18 inch be suitable?Thx



Yes.

If this is your budget then you can't go far wrong for a new bike. Depends how old / fit you are and what you want to cycle for.

Cycle to Work schemes get you a big discount off bikes offset on your pay.

20" or at the very least an 18" frame size is needed for someone about 5 10

SpamJavelin

Depends on your inside leg measurement. If you are a regular fit then … Depends on your inside leg measurement. If you are a regular fit then that size should be fine (same height and have a 17 inch MTB & 54cm road bike)



Yeah i'm regular fit, thanks - think i'll go for it!

hollymia

Yes.If this is your budget then you can't go far wrong for a new bike. … Yes.If this is your budget then you can't go far wrong for a new bike. Depends how old / fit you are and what you want to cycle for.Cycle to Work schemes get you a big discount off bikes offset on your pay.



Don't want to spend more than £150, and work doesn't have a cycle to work scheme..
Thanks

Banned

crystalclear

20" or at the very least an 18" frame size is needed for someone about 5 … 20" or at the very least an 18" frame size is needed for someone about 5 10



Please don't listen to this guy - he is talking utter Halfords crap!

20" in 99% of makes would be too big for someone of your size.

20"+ are for riders 6' plus

Looking for a cheap bike as well to ride with the kids maybe along tow paths I don't expect to do too much mileage.how does this compeer with the cheap (b,twin) bike for about £100 pounds from decathlon.

Banned

My advice is spend the extra £20 here XC1.1 suspension

Most of the stuff is pointless but you get suspension forks but more importantly you get "trigger shifters" to change gears.

My better value IMO

cdeeclaire

holymia ive posted in misc about the halfords carrera valour mountain … holymia ive posted in misc about the halfords carrera valour mountain bike for £270 can you tell me if this is worth buying as i,m about to order but i,m clueless on mountain bikes?



Hi cdeeclaire

See the links for some reviews of bikes in your price bracket. Personally I'd suggest (where possible) that you visit your local store and have a word with staff and hop on bike to get a feel for it before committing. Decathlon bikes are highly regarded as are Carrera in this price range. Also many companies offer Cycle To Work schemes where there are tax breaks (also means you can buy better quality as the payments are deducted from (gross) pay - in my case over 12 months - anxiously awaiting a Voodoo Hoodoo). Hope this helps.

bikeradar.com/mtb…51/
bikeradar.com/gea…709
m.bikeradar.com/gea…964
decathlon.co.uk/roc…tml


hollymia is an insulting a..se. I am 5 10, have a regular inside leg and and ride a 20"
see below


Inside Leg (inch / cm)

Height (use as guide only)

Frame Size



26" - 30" / 68cm - 76cm

5´ 1" - 5´ 3"

14" - 15"



30" - 33" / 76cm - 84cm

5´ 3" - 5´ 8"

16" - 17"



33" - 35" / 84cm - 90cm

5´ 8" - 6´

18" - 20"



35" - 36" / 90cm - 92cm

6´ - 6´ 3"

20+"



36" + / 92cm

6´ 3" +

22+"

Whammerhead

Hi cdeeclaireSee the links for some reviews of bikes in your price … Hi cdeeclaireSee the links for some reviews of bikes in your price bracket. Personally I'd suggest (where possible) that you visit your local store and have a word with staff and hop on bike to get a feel for it before committing. Decathlon bikes are highly regarded as are Carrera in this price range. Also many companies offer Cycle To Work schemes where there are tax breaks (also means you can buy better quality as the payments are deducted from (gross) pay - in my case over 12 months - anxiously awaiting a Voodoo Hoodoo). Hope this helps.http://www.bikeradar.com/mtb/gear/article/best-mountain-bikes-under-500-29451/http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/bikes/road/product/review-carrera-valour-07-16709http://m.bikeradar.com/gear/category/bikes/mountain/product/review-decathlon-rockrider-5-2-8964http://www.decathlon.co.uk/rockrider-52-id_8156187.html

thats great thanks for taking the time

great price

crystalclear

http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_800185_langId_-1_categoryId_165534like minded bike at halfords



Wrong. The Apollo has a steel frame not alloy and is nearly 2kg heavier. If this is all you are willing to spend on a bike then its a great deal.

To be perfectly honest, at this price, I'd go for the Decathlon:
decathlon.co.uk/roc…tml

Looks like a better chainset, has a 1.125" headset, and semi-slicks for the road. You also have the opportunity to try it out before you buy. It might be a little heavier, but cheap aluminium is often overbuilt.

Bikes always seem to bring out the snobs on here. I would classify myself as the same as most of the "beginner " people who have commented here - a fairweather cyclist and happy to admit it. My wife and my son both have Dawes XC1.2s and they are excellent and I want one because it 's better than the 2nd hand steel frame Trek that I've been riding happily for 11years.

The one thing you MUST get is trigger -shift gears (ez -fire) the other types are ok so long as you don't actually want to change gear. At all. It doesnt say in the spec what the shifters are and that is the only reason not to buy this bike.

Folks, I am a bit of a cyclist but no snob. If you want a bike to take the kids out a run or for a bit of recreational weekend cycling this is a good deal for the price. I would say second hand will get you better value for money, but I appreciate that some people who don't have much experience with bikes would find that daunting and worried about being conned. This is the best deal I've seen on a £100ish bike for a long time. Alloy frame, relatively light for the price at 13.3kg makes this much better offer than the usual Tesco/Argos/Halfords clunker you normally see at this price (Halfords do sell good bikes, but not at this price). I first did mountain biking about 20 years ago and at that time front suspension was a 'new thing' and most of us (even on £1K plus bikes) stuck with rigid forks (admittedly this was XC rather than DH). Now hardtails are the norm, but for touring along established paths rigid forks are fine and at this price front suspension would be a joke - it just adds weight. If you're sitting on the fence just go for it. If this is all you are willing to pay you won't see a better deal for a while - trust me.

Oh and the sizing confusion is probably due to the fact that the poster has forgotten this is not a mountain bike. Yes 20" frame would be about 6'+ for a mountain bike, but for a 'hybrid' its different. Go with the Dawes size guide Linky.

Dive in folks.

jadedweasel

To be perfectly honest, at this price, I'd go for the … To be perfectly honest, at this price, I'd go for the Decathlon:http://www.decathlon.co.uk/rockrider-50-mens-id_8202062.htmlLooks like a better chainset, has a 1.125" headset, and semi-slicks for the road. You also have the opportunity to try it out before you buy. It might be a little heavier, but cheap aluminium is often overbuilt.



I would recommend the Dawes due to the weight, but not a bad call. I agree better components probably, but I think a novice would appreciate less weight going up a hill.

A full spec is here.

It has grip shifts which TBH I don't mind (had them about 10 years ago for a while).

Banned

crystalclear

the bike is VERY VERY basic and buyers would be better off getting the … the bike is VERY VERY basic and buyers would be better off getting the same sort of bike (the apollo brand) from halfords


You're having a laugh.
Dawes is a respected brand, apollo and Halfords are not.
Post a comment
Avatar
@
    Text