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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on this bike. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
14 reasons to buy
- The Columbus Cromor tubing formed what one expert referred to as ‘a well-aligned’ frameset. It was tough and provided a supple ride. Scalloped chainstays provided for extra tire clearance.
- There are many mounting points for guards, racks and three water bottles.
- The tapered head tube is a rarity on steel frames and was appreciated by experts, as it allows for modern upgrades.
- The Audax is admired for its classic looks. The 650b model has been described as a pretty-looking bike, with its black / orange paintwork and tan-wall tyres.
- The attention to detail and quality in the finish is high, including the stem and seatpin. Handlebars feature a comfortable aero section and are wrapped in black tape with cork flecks.
- On the 650b model, the Adventure Sport wheelset was reported to have an easy tubeless set-up and stayed true over long distances on mixed surfaces. Experts said wheels were tough, light and impressive for the price.
- On the 650b model, the WTB Horizon tires made riding rough surfaces effortless.
- One expert felt that the Spyre C brakes delivered a sharp response on downhills.
- The Shimano 105 drivetrain delivered great shifting and operated without fuss on test rides.
- Componentry was described as reliable and considered..
- 12mm thru axles provided stiffness and allowance for modern upgrades.
- Test-riders found the Audax to be very comfortable on long rides, as well as handling well down fast, twisty descents.
- Aggressive geometry placed this bike between racing and endurance. The long wheelbase contributed to quick handling.
- One owner noted the versatility of their ride, in allowing both 700c and 650b tires and wheels.
6 reasons not to buy
- For some, the Audax is a heavier example of its class.
- One expert found the TRP Spyre-C Brakes disappointing and expected more for the price. Elsewhere, they were described as being soft in damp conditions.
- One expert described the Audax as not offering the best value for the price. Another attributed this price to the bike’s high quality.
- Mass-production tig-welding leaves welds that may not be as clean as that found on small-run production bikes.
- One expert would have liked to see lower gearing available in the form of a 32-tooth sprocket.
- Concern was voiced over the scarcity of roadplus 650b tire options, a problem which may have recently become redundant.
Expert Reviews73/100 based on 2 expert reviews
The Audax manages to be a jack of all trades without seeming to compromise anywhere. It’s fast enough that you’d be happy taking it for a quick blast, while still being a reliable steed for an all-dayer and beyond.
If you want to cover big miles in total comfort and serenity then the Audax will probably suit you down to the ground. It offers a decent package and a lovely ride – braking aside.
Bike Test: Bombtrack Audax
The Audax would be a great choice for anyone thinking about commuting or looking for a durable touring bike … the end result is a bike that we think will be as dependable as it is enjoyable to ride.