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We review the latest version of the Dawes Galaxy AL to see if it still cuts it as a modern tourer 40 years on

dawes galaxy al
Overall Score
An efficient Shimano drivetrain and excellent touring geometry
Cantilever brakes are a bit underpowered when loaded up

The Dawes Galaxy has been a stalwart of the touring community for forty odd years, proving to be a reliable and efficient companion on many touring trips for generations.

The Galaxy AL is, as you might guess, the 6061 aluminium framed version of this classic machine with a lighter and stiffer ride than its steel brethren. The components are budget models as you would expect at this price mark, but the 24 speed drivetrain is sensibly chosen from the Shimano brand with STI levers pushing the chain around nicely.

It comes fitted with an alloy rack, ready for adventure, and the 32C Schwalbe Marathon tyres cut a nice balance between speed, comfort and durability.

The ride, of course, is pure touring perfection; comfortable, efficient and eager to be loaded up with kit for your next country spanning adventure.

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