Dawes Century SE review

Dawes Century, sportive bikes
Cycling Weekly Verdict

Dawes has really upped its game in the last couple of years. The Century SE might be the heaviest bike on test, and it might have the least-impressive groupset, but something about the magic of steel, and a sensible focus on practicality, reliability, and a little bit of British style, has produced a machine that seems far more than the sum of its parts.

Reasons to buy
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    Traditionally handsome looks

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    Comes with mudguards

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    Comfortable ride quality

Reasons to avoid
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    Heavier than rivals

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Conventional cycling wisdom would suggest, in terms of long days in the saddle, only steel is real. Nobody in Britain knows better than Dawes how to market great, mass-produced, ferrous-derived frames.

The Birmingham company is famed for its Reynolds-tubed touring bikes and, although the Century SE is classed in Dawes's Audax section, in reality it's not a million miles away from an old-school Galaxy tourer.

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.