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Dawes Giro 500 2011

Specs

Sizes 48cm/53cm/58cm (Frame size guide)
Frame type Rigid
Frame material Aluminium Alloy
(The quick guide to aluminium alloy)
Gears 18 speed
Chainset type Compact 50-34
(What is a compact chainset?)
Brakeset Included in ST-4501 levers Tektro dual pivot alloy caliper
Chainset Shimano FC-3450 50-34T
Front Derailleur Shimano FD-3400
Rear Derailleur Shimano RD-4500
Shifters Shimano ST-4501 18 speed STI
Cassette Shimano HG50
Wheels Alex AT450 double wall alloy

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by Spiri  on 5 Aug 2017
Although my stock Giro 500 was an excellent starter bike, I found that I outgrew the 'bolt-on' bits (brakes, gears, wheels etc). The lightweight (sub 4kg) frame and carbon forms are still an outstandingly good base and over time I've built on it a bit at a time. First to change were the wheels and tires (only because I found a cheap set of Shimano RS30s). That showed up the brakes (upgraded to Shimano 105 calipers). Next I upgraded the crankset to an Ultra compact (some big hills around Bristol). Finally I fitted a 'bargain' Di2 set. The whole lot has taken my beloved 6 year-old bike and turned it into something that enables me to keep up with the rest of the club on the weekend sportives. Overall she comes in under 9kg and she looks a hell of a sight nicer than some of the new extreme Tour replicas I see from time to time. OK, so I'll never be a Frome, Mercx or Contactor, but I have a good-looking bike that keeps me in range of the skinny young racing snakes in the club and cost a fraction of what some of them paid for the latest toys. Long live Retro (and Dawes)

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