1980s Dawes Discovery tubing query

400ixl

Active Member
Location
Norwich, Norfolk
Looking at the 1986 catalogue it was the Dawes own tubing they called the "Supertube" rather than the likes of Reynolds tubing of the time.

Catalogue is at https://dawescycles.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/1984-dawes-cat-vcc-library.pdf
 

SkipdiverJohn

Deplorable Brexiteer
Location
London
Who knows, it could have even have been unbranded Reynolds without the frame stickers being applied?. The big cost increment in bicycle frames is not between gas pipe and cro-moly, but between plain gauge tubing and butted tubing - because of the amount of butting reworking involved of the raw tubes that start out as plain gauge.
All manufacturers like to maintain a clear price and quality hierarchy both in frames and mechanical bits. The thinking is small incremental spec differences help them upsell a bike to a customer that is one notch higher up the ladder than the customer originally intended to buy.
 
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