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Full Carbon Road Bike with Shimano Ultegra for £699.99 delivered @ Bikes 2U

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52cm frame only . Might be a couple of years old spec, and not a trendy shop to buy from. But I've seen Carbon bikes with Sora components on here at this price. If it's not up to scratch stuck on Gum…
kramer2088 Avatar7m, 1w agoFound 7 months, 1 week ago38 Comments
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Probably a silly question but I'm not particularly au faut with anything but fairly basic level bikes: do carbon fibre frames/forks damage easily?
My road bike with carbon fork and seat post, has done 1000s of miles of potholed roads in Manchester (and rather a lot of speed humps), not failed yet, it is attached to a titanium frame so that might soften the blows a bit.
Normal day to day use carbon, aluminium, steel or titanium all are pretty tough, just carbon can fail catastrophically, whereas aluminium will fail more gently, steel so long as well made, will probably survive all but the hardest incidents and titanium is so tough they don't even bother to paint the frames ;-) .
Unless you T a car crossing your path at high speed, none of these materials are going to let you down, I once did this on a steel bike, the forks bent, I had to jump on them to straighten them enough and carried on to my destination, you won't be able to do that with carbon.
I also don't get the obsession with 11 speed, I'm pretty sure someone in the Shimano factory must have watched Spinal Tap before a design meeting, the mind boggles how the old Tour de France riders managed.
mike
Titanium is not that 'tough' and will dent just like any other frame in a crash. There is no need to paint the frames because titanium is chemically unreactive at normal temperatures and so doesn't corrode.
A bike frame made of gold would be similarly unreactive but certainly not tough.

Titanium in bike frames, certainly the aerospace alloy you usually get is considered around twice the strength as an equivalent weight steel, both titanium and steel will dent, it's harder to dent titanium than steel, and considerably easier to dent aluminium, carbon fibre tends to shatter rather than dent. It's all down to the elongation, fatigue and tensile strengths, which in a severe crash those properties determine whether the bike will survive.

I think most people would agree that steel and titanium are the only materials that will have a chance of surviving a hard impact, if you watch early Tour de France footage, you'll see those riders on Reynolds steel or titanium frames often just picking themselves up and getting on with it, it takes a lot to break a frame of either of those materials. On the other hand modern carbon bikes will often simply snap and aluminium will buckle.

Of course in general it's all rather irrelevant if you're in the budget for a sub-£1000 bike, you're not going to be competing and so long as you don't have the misfortune to have a driver pull out in front, whilst descending fast, a frame of any material is going to be fine. Even though aluminium will eventually fail due to fatigue, even this will be unlikely unless you're racking up 1000s of miles for years.

This bike seems a reasonable prospect for most casual riders looking for a racey bike, the easy bits to upgrade are also the bits where it's let down, wheels stand out, but the saddle may not be the best. Old Ultegra is still fantastic at changing smoothly, especially compared with 105 of a couple of years ago. The later groupsets may be 'superior' but if all your gear changes are smooth and instant on the older Ultegra, there's little advantage on the newer groupsets, unless you happen to ride for the GB or Sky teams, the marginal gains for the expense may not be justified.

mike

Whilst I agree with some of what you say, it's not true that titanium (6al4v) has a greater strength to weight ratio than the top steels (953)...

This is a useful discussion materials in bike frames

I do agree that steel frames of equivalent strength (and similar weight) will tend to dent more easily since the wall thickness will be thinner and there's approx a square relationship between wall thickness and how easily it will dent (I.e. if you double the wall thickness it'll be 4 times harder to dent). The higher yield strength of steel is not sufficient to offset this effect.

Edited By: fubar888 on Apr 27, 2016 19:09: correction
Thanks very much all for the enlightening comments.
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Surprised nobody has mentioned anything related to the Road Tax so far
Thats because there is no such thing anymore.........!
No road tax disk but your still paying for it .
No... there is no such thing as road tax. There is however vehicle excise duty (VED) which is nothing to do with the state of the roads. Just another tax.
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hass123
Surprised nobody has mentioned anything related to the Road Tax so far
Thats because there is no such thing anymore.........!
No road tax disk but your still paying for it .

Ironically never called road tax (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vehicle_Excise_Duty)

And further irony in the fact that many electric/low emission vehicles haven't had to pay it. Just likes bikes. Anyhow back to the subject of the bike...I personally would stick with a more well known brand when buying an entry level carbon bike.
patg2005
hass123
Surprised nobody has mentioned anything related to the Road Tax so far
Thats because there is no such thing anymore.........!
No road tax disk but your still paying for it .
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Viking Bayswater Hybrid Bike 18, 20 & 22" £169.99 @ Bikes 2u direct

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Plus £9.99 P&P I purchased one of these (from Parker of Bolton) for £194 in November (Parkers now selling this for £180). You get a great priced bike - it may not be the lightest but it does a gre…
squigglehead72 Avatar10m, 2w agoFound 10 months, 2 weeks agoAdd Comment
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24inch Viking girls bike (age 8-12) £136.98 from bikes2U

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I know it's not for the masses but I believe it's a deal. £126.99 plus £9.99 delivery. Bought this for my daughter a few weeks back at £10 more, building it now ready for her bday tomorrow. It i…
GAskham Avatar1y, 7m agoFound 1 year, 7 months ago3 Comments
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single speed, not for my daughter ;(


Whereas my daughter can't use gears (and has no need for them where she rides) so it's great for her needs. It is a beautiful bike- I need to find one for myself just like this :)
single speed, not for my daughter ;(
Bought a similar Viking bike a couple of months back. Really looks the part and daughter loves it too. Half the price of similar in Halfords
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Viking Apex Folding Bike £229.98 @ bikes2udirect

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Seems like a good deal on a fairly 'stylish' folding bike?! Price includes delivery...
MrAPandy Avatar1y, 9m agoFound 1 year, 9 months ago2 Comments
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Naturally it will! If you pay 20% of the price of a Brompton it is bound to be as good. Clown!
will this last as long as a brompton and keep its value?
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Claud Butler "Alpina" Hardtail Mountain Bike RRP 849.99 - £609.99 @ Bikes 2U Direct

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This is a limited edition bike, resurrecting a Claud Butler fan favourite from a few years ago with superior shocks, brakes, gears, chainset, lighter and better frame etc, etc. Frame Double Butted
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Saracen Mantra 2013 £299.00 delivered @ Bikes 2U Direct

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Cheapest MTB I can find including hydraulic disk brakes. Has decent reviews plus is still £499 in many bike shops!!!!! Currently have 19" and 21" frames in stock. -Lightweight 6061 alloy frame wit…
gavb123 Avatar2y, 11m agoFound 2 years, 11 months ago16 Comments
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This is very good price! There is no logic in this being cold...
I see where you are coming from on the frame and fork argument and for 299 your still going to struggle to find better even with V brakes.

On the Bikeradar rating comment .... it was reviewed at £450 this is £299 therefore at this price would score even higher would it not?
gavb123
RickT if you look above a few posts I have posted a review of this particular bike 4/5 stars.

Just having a read about and I half agree, but the tested bike was running Quad nanos rather than the HDC-300's.

Theres a few bikes at around this price, I think the best option is just to buy the bike with the best frame and forks, then upgrade when things bust.

One thing to remember is that the rating is based on the factor of the price of the bike only.... so compare this bike to another one say £100 more it could only rate 2 stars/ that..



Edited By: RickT on Jan 04, 2014 13:39: added further text
RickT if you look above a few posts I have posted a review of this particular bike 4/5 stars.
RickT if you look above a few posts I have posted a review of this particular bike 4/5 stars.
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Special 75th Anniversary Edition Beano Chopper bike - £284.99 @ Bikes 2U Direct

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I REALLLLLLY want this bike. A special edition of the Raleigh Chopper to commemorate the 75th anniversary of another great British institution, The Beano. Raleigh and Beano are two British b…
Syzable Avatar3y, 2w agoFound 3 years, 2 weeks ago70 Comments
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I have nos mrk2 also mark 3 iff I had to use everyday the mrk 2 would be gone to heavy good in there time not anymore just a bike to look at over rated
Had mine delivered today! Really fast service from these guys! Bike looks reeeeeeeally cool!! Sadly looks like these have run out of their allocation now. If it helps anyone who wants one (and doesnt want to pay the increasing price on Ebay!) The next cheapest I could find (with stock in) is http://www.jejamescycles.co.uk/raleigh-75th-anniversary-20in-beano-chopper-id78981.html?gclid=CKKUqvzE9boCFaXnwgodEScAHg for £300. Other than that Y Frame have just 1 left on amazon for £349. *off to pop a wheelie

Edited By: T2uds on Nov 21, 2013 09:42: Extra bits
went out on my mrk 2 chopper sunday ,Tuesday out on my mrk 3 much better ride than mrk 2
Cant get 3 people on that seat like you could with the original.. :|

And one on the rack.
That is awesome bicycle i have one its very easy to drive ant its joy .....
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Reflex Unicycle 20 pink £34.99 + £9.99 delivery @ bikes2udirect.com

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20" wheel unicycle Grab handle built into saddle looks great for the kids or for learning with the 20"wheel not too high should have lots of fun just trying to sit on it without falling off
userbilly664 Avatar4y, 9m agoFound 4 years, 9 months ago4 Comments
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Always wanted to try one of these. Tempted
I'm trying to find a trailer for one of these. Any pointers?
this is for fun imagine trying to get on this after a couple of beers for a laugh X)
Can get a whole bike for less than this, not half of one! :p
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Reflex Unicycle 20 chrome £44.98 with shipping @bikes2u direct

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Miyata style saddle with front grab handle and rear bumper 36 spoke steel hub with sealed main cap bearings Chrome steel rim with 20 x 1.75" pneumatic unicycle tyre 300mm long seat post…
EXZAMS Avatar5y, 1m agoFound 5 years, 1 month ago13 Comments
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The wheel is connected to the pedals, no freewheeling, so when you pedal backwards you go backwards.... i.e braking is a combination of balancing /leaning and force on the pedals! Skill required.

(I think, please correct me if I am wrong)
by pedaling backwards ?
How do you brake??
Thanks mcintg....another consideration is the boss, for whom I have a healthy respect not fear mind you....."Why did you buy that?" Would my response be the people off HotUKdeals told me to or is that akin to blaming the voices in my head?
stripey65
I always wanted one as a kid but never got one, mean parents...don't think my kids would be too impressed with their 46 year old dad flying round the street & falling over (plus it sounds like a Modern Family storyline)

Don't let your kids hold you back from your dream, anyway as their dad it's your job to embarrass them.
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Claude Butler San Remo Road Bike £293.00 @ Bikes 2U Direct

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Seems like a good deal for a budget road bike / trainer. This bike (and others on the site) are 30 to 40% cheaper than Evans, who seem to delight in being the only choice in the Cycle2work scheme for
acarden Avatar5y, 3m agoFound 5 years, 3 months ago9 Comments
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nice
vietnam taiwan oh dear
Only 23" frame left which at 5'9" would be too big for me.
Claude Butler are part of Tandem Group as are Dawes and Falcon not sure if they produce any bicycles in the UK any more. Raleigh have moved most of their production to Asia too.
mel1408
Be advised these are NOT a UK made cycle, I bought a Claud Butler for my son and to my horror it is made in VIETNAM......


Aren't pretty much all frames made in Tawain and China nowadays - even the top brands.
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Kids Claud Butler Razor 20" wheel hard tail MTB £132.99 + £10 delivery @ Bikes 2U Direct

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Just bought 2 of these for my 8yr twins. Only £5 more on their site than what looks like an inferior Dawes Redtail. Just built the second one (handlebars, front wheel, pedals, reflectors) in 30 minu…
philby27 Avatar6y, 5m agoFound 6 years, 5 months ago2 Comments
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great quality name in bikes, love mine, hot
http://www.bikes2udirect.com/bikes_html/images/items/B2477.jpg
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Claud Butler Urban 400 gents 09 Reduced to £359. @ Bikes 2U Direct £359.98

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Claud Butler Urban 400 gents 09 Special offer reduced from £550 to £349 its £359.98 with delivery. You will not find this bike for under £495. Very high spec for the money. Only available in 18" fr…
Motion Avatar6y, 5m agoFound 6 years, 5 months ago13 Comments
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True, but could you point me in the direction of a £300 bike that is UK built?


There's a few that live on my street. But their out on the p!ss!

Oh, just realised. I thought you said £30 bike :-D:p
mel1408;8848629
Sadly NOT UK built, imported from Vietnam...


True, but could you point me in the direction of a £300 bike that is UK built?
tremtastic;8848434
Have some cold for whinging.


LOL!!! :p
COLD COLD COLD...

Sadly NOT UK built, imported from Vietnam...
Have some cold for whinging.

And an 18" frame? Is this bike for hobbits?
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Claud Butler Explorer 200 Hybrid Bike £212.98 @ Bikes2UDirect

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Claud Butler Explorer 200 gents Key features include: # Lightweight aluminium sports commuter frame # RST Sofi suspension forks with preload adjust & 50mm travel # Shimano Acera 21 speed gear
wlf Avatar6y, 7m agoFound 6 years, 7 months ago24 Comments
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Sorry to jump in on this but wonder if anyone can offer more advice on this.
I'd need an 18" hybrid that I'd like to purchase on the cyclescheme.
http://www.cyclescheme.co.uk/

Right now I am considering an 09 courier for approx 225GBP, but no cyclescheme being offered. Can anyone think of a better hybrid bike to be had? I am thinking of a hybrid more for road and paths rather than any serious off road. I'd probably be putting on a child seat as well.

TIA

For example I am thinking that a bike on the 450 mark, eg a Giant seek 0 with no discount, would come to approx 250 through the cyclescheme.
pud77;8798223
I can highly recommend the Carrera Subway from Halfords. Commute to work every day all weathers on mine and it's hard to fault at the price. There is often special offers on them too, mine cost £200 just before xmas :)


Thanks, it does seem an ideal bike to buy for me and my wife, we can get the same bike but its currently £259. No doubt as soon as I purchase it Halfords will reduce to £199 haha... I guess with halfords I can get a bit less through quidco also. Might be worth me calling the local halfords see if the manager willing to do a deal if I buy the male and female carera subway 1 bikes they have at £259
sydney2002;8795430
Is this a good bike and price ?
http://www.evanscycles.com/products/gt/transeo-40-2009-hybrid-bike-ec016396

Or would this be better than the above:
http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_518255_langId_-1_categoryId_165499

I am looking for a bike ( 19" or 20" hybrid ) Dont really want to to spending more than £300 - £350 to be honest.
I can highly recommend the Carrera Subway from Halfords. Commute to work every day all weathers on mine and it's hard to fault at the price. There is often special offers on them too, mine cost £200 just before xmas :)
Is this a good bike and price ?
http://www.evanscycles.com/products/gt/transeo-40-2009-hybrid-bike-ec016396

Or would this be better than the above:
http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_518255_langId_-1_categoryId_165499

I am looking for a bike ( 19" or 20" hybrid ) Dont really want to to spending more than £300 - £350 to be honest.
BargainHunter333;8548767
What's the best hybrid on the market?


Off the peg from a dealer? Probably a Specialized Sirrus Pro or a Trek 7.9FX, both £1800 bikes and both fabulous machines.

Chat to your dealer and you can custom spec to your heart's content...

A more appropriate question, as another poster has suggested, would be what's the best hybrid on the market within your budget.

The answer, as always, is the one that fits you.
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