The Dawes lightening offers to you a complete package of speed, performance and comfort. It comes with the carefully hand crafted Dawes aluminium frame which makes the bike robust and light at the same time. Weighing only 30 pounds, this bike is extremely easy to handle. The ride quality offered by this bike is quite smooth and comfortable. All the components that have been used in this bike have a proven track record of reliability, performance and endurance. The Shimano 2200 shifters, for example, do a fine job and allow for smooth and efficient shifting. The seat can be easily adjusted so that the riders can position themselves appropriately for different riding styles. This bike can also be used as a city commuter. The bike is appropriate for coasting along the city streets with ease and grace. If you are looking for an affordable bike which can be used for commuting, exercising or racing, this one is your perfect choice.
The Dawes Lightning DT 2014 is equipped with Precision Dawes Altair 1 Compact Aluminium Frame (Handmade) with round down tubes; Dawes Steel Road Fork with 1.125 inches Steerer and custom oval/tapered section; LSCO Forged Aluminium Road Chainring (30/42/52T); Semi-cartridge Bearing ST Bottom Bracket; Pedals( with 9/16 inches Axle); Micro shift FD-R538 Front Derailleur (31.8 millimetre); Shimano RD-2200 Rear Derailleur; Sun Race Shifters; Sun Race Cassette (12-24T,8-SP); Sun Race Chain (1/2 inches x 3/32 inches Narrow); Formula Aluminium Alloy Road Front and Rear Hubs; 14g Stainless Steel Spokes; Alex RPD15 Rims (700C Silver Aluminium with CNC Side Wall); Kenda K-152 Tires (700 x 25 c) with Presta Valve Tubes; Dual Pivot Forged Road Brake Set; CST Road Brake Levers (Aluminium Alloy); Aluminium Alloy Road Handlebar ; Dawes Road Aluminium Stem with Adjustable Angle; Anatomical Saddle with Cromoly Rails; Dawes Comp Seat Post with Micro Adjust (27.2, Aluminium) and Ultralite Alloy Seatclamp.
Dawes Lightning DT is an entry level road bike which can be used for commuting, exercising or just for the fun of riding. The bike comes with a Dawes custom made frame which makes the bike quite light and easy to handle. The Shimano shifters do a good job and allows for smooth and efficient shifting. The Alex rims provide durability and the dual pivot forged road brakes function quite well and offers precision braking with control and stability.
Like most of the bikes in this category, some of the components are really cheap and low end e.g. the saddle and the pedals. Assembling the bike is straight forward if you have done something like this before. In case you face any difficulty, take it to your local bike shop.
Overall, the bike succeeds as an entry level bike and delivers on its promises. This bike is ideal for those who are looking to get started with biking. It also performs well as a city commuter and the price of the bike is reasonable.