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CARRERA CROSSFIRE 1 HYBRID BIKE

Featuring the ability to have a great performance on any surface, the Carrera Crossfire 1 Hybrid Bike ensures a fast and easy ride. With a 21-speed Shimano gearing system and mid-range Kenda tyres, this hybrid bike works wonders on both tarmac and light trails. Hybrid bikes are most suited to all round riding and a great way to get from A to B.

Lightweight alloy frame.
21-speed Shimano gearing.
Suntour suspension fork for comfort.
Tektro alloy V-brakes for reliable braking.
Alloy double wall rims with Kenda 700c x 45c multi-surface tyres.

Carrera have combined the best qualities of both their on and off-road bikes and created the perfect hybrid in the Crossfire 1.
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#1
Misleading advert in my opinion. I saw this bike in my local halfrauds yesterday at £229.

The crossfire 2 is only £269 and a much better spec with bigger tyres, disc brakes etc.

Its a good bike for £199, don't get why halfords have to make up discounts.
#2
I've got this bike..... its nothing special spec wise, but its been totally fault free and really comfortable to ride.
#3
Halfords sales are total BS. They put prices up in a few stores for one month and then advertise it as half price, when in fact it's the usual price.
#4
checkley73
Misleading advert in my opinion. I saw this bike in my local halfrauds yesterday at £229.

The crossfire 2 is only £269 and a much better spec with bigger tyres, disc brakes etc.

Its a good bike for £199, don't get why halfords have to make up discounts.

Is the difference in spec really worth the £70 extra ? I was looking at this and the Subway the other week - was about to purchase but the sales person was serving someone - told me to wait (not a problem) then served some one else, then started a service on a further bike - at which point I gave up and left the store !

I have heard differing reports about all aspects of the bike ....mine would be leisure rides along a generally made tow path along the canal (say at best 20 mile a week?)? Do I need suspension / do I need disk brakes / is the difference in spec worth £70 (as generally the codes for the various items are very similar might just be a minor "upgrade" if anything ??.....The tyres appear to be same size at 700 c ?
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jch6241
checkley73
Misleading advert in my opinion. I saw this bike in my local halfrauds yesterday at £229.

The crossfire 2 is only £269 and a much better spec with bigger tyres, disc brakes etc.

Its a good bike for £199, don't get why halfords have to make up discounts.

Is the difference in spec really worth the £70 extra ? I was looking at this and the Subway the other week - was about to purchase but the sales person was serving someone - told me to wait (not a problem) then served some one else, then started a service on a further bike - at which point I gave up and left the store !

I have heard differing reports about all aspects of the bike ....mine would be leisure rides along a generally made tow path along the canal (say at best 20 mile a week?)? Do I need suspension / do I need disk brakes / is the difference in spec worth £70 (as generally the codes for the various items are very similar might just be a minor "upgrade" if anything ??.....The tyres appear to be same size at 700 c ?
personally in this price bracket I'd stick with v brakes over cable disks
4 Likes #6
Cheers for the help !.... it's nigh on 28yrs since I bought a new bike !...(I'm only 44 btw !)...now they seem to be called "Road Bikes".... back in my day :-) they were racers and the gears we're on the crossbar not the handles !..:-)

ah - back in the day :-)
2 Likes #7
clownferret
Halfords sales are total BS. They put prices up in a few stores for one month and then advertise it as half price, when in fact it's the usual price.


Show me a business that doesn't!
#8
Never seen the point in suspension on a hybrid - definitely not on a £200 one (and let's not pretend it's worth more than that).
If you're getting to the point of suspension, I'd say you want to go for a proper mountain bike. Of course, whether this is any different to a cheap 29er mountain bike is another matter.

Oh and I paid £330 for my charge scourer hybrid which is a much better bike for the road than this - and ok off road too, as it goes.
1 Like #9
Just come back from a 20 mile climb on mine. It handles some pretty testing trails very well & is quick across the road as well. Can't go wrong with this one in this price bracket
banned 2 Likes #10
As HUKD's resident cycling expert I would recommend this racing bike. Why pay more when you have it all here. It's got 2 wheels and 2 pedals, a lot of kit for your money.
banned 1 Like #11
jch6241
Do I need suspension / do I need disk brakes
Suspension is for keeping your bike planted firmly to the ground where needed off-road (despite widespread opinion, cycle suspension is not for making your ride comfy), and disc brakes are utilised off-road to move the braking area away from a muddy rim, and also mean that you can still ride without issue should you manage to buckle the wheel.

This is not an off-road bike, so neither are needed.
#12
Probably best bang for your buck bike out there at the minute.
1 Like #13
I've owned this bike for almost two years now. Cycled all over Holland three times and cycle to work and back every day. It's been totally reliable and comfortable. In fact I'm riding it on my profile photo! It's not the lightest bike around but it can certainly take some heavy use. I'd upgrade the pedals and maybe the brake pads but otherwise this is a cracking king bike for under £200. Buy with confidence.
#14
A good solid 'Meh' from me. Probably OK, certainly better than anything from Sports Direct. Agree with above advice on brakes. Avoid 'fashion' discs at this price, stick with good old rim brakes. These look like pressed steel on this bike, so won't be the best but no doubt up to the job. Always a controversial observation, because people have to spend what they have to spend, but an extra £50 would get so much more.
#15
Dan Gray
A good solid 'Meh' from me. Probably OK, certainly better than anything from Sports Direct. Agree with above advice on brakes. Avoid 'fashion' discs at this price, stick with good old rim brakes. These look like pressed steel on this bike, so won't be the best but no doubt up to the job. Always a controversial observation, because people have to spend what they have to spend, but an extra £50 would get so much more.

They aren't pressed steel, they're Tektro aluminium.
#16
Dan Gray
A good solid 'Meh' from me. Probably OK, certainly better than anything from Sports Direct. Agree with above advice on brakes. Avoid 'fashion' discs at this price, stick with good old rim brakes. These look like pressed steel on this bike, so won't be the best but no doubt up to the job. Always a controversial observation, because people have to spend what they have to spend, but an extra £50 would get so much more.

I'm interested in something like this but wouldn't mind spending £50 or so more, what would you recommend? Thanks

Edited By: 00lloyd on Jul 12, 2014 01:40
#18
Wife has this one and I have crossfire 2. Brakes are much better on this bike than my disc brakes. Wish I had bought this and saved money. If you work for NHS you can get discount by purchase gift vouchers at NHS discounts or search for 10%code on google.
#19
SanTokiMTB

This is not an off-road bike, so neither are needed.
Still possible to knacker rims on the road, which is one of the reasons I chose disc brakes on my hybrid.
Also, GENERALLY are a bit less hassle I'd say. But, was happy with the V brakes on a previous cheapish hybrid (Giant Globe, cost me £115 second hand but barely used.)
banned#20
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SanTokiMTB

This is not an off-road bike, so neither are needed.
Still possible to knacker rims on the road, which is one of the reasons I chose disc brakes on my hybrid.
Also, GENERALLY are a bit less hassle I'd say.
Indeed, especially when they are cheap ones (as they will be on this bike). V-brakes are a lot less hassle for your average joe though, bleeding disc brakes is not difficult but it's far more involved than good old fashioned V or U brakes.
banned 1 Like #21
digitaljunior
Wife has this one and I have crossfire 2. Brakes are much better on this bike than my disc brakes.
As a general rule normal V or U brakes are always going to be more powerful than disc brakes. People do tend to believe the opposite though, and there is variation of course (due to different types of brakes / rims / compounds / discs / cables / flexing cable outers / etc / etc ) but it's simple physics at the end of the day - the further away from the hub you are, the less effort you need and the more control you have.
#22
SanTokiMTB

Indeed, especially when they are cheap ones (as they will be on this bike). V-brakes are a lot less hassle for your average joe though, bleeding disc brakes is not difficult but it's far more involved than good old fashioned V or U brakes.
It'll be cable disc brakes for a good way up.

My Charge Scourer (paid £330, rrp £600 - way more than £130 better than a bike this I'd say) came with cable discs. I've since stuck a hydraulic front on, but partly because I needed new pads and with a deal on here it wasn't a massive amount more - I often have 20kg+ on the panniers, so some better brakes can't hurt :).

I'd suggest the physics aren't quite that simple.
Discs can have considerably stiffer materials, meaning more force can easily be applied to the smaller sections.
banned#23
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[I'd suggest the physics aren't quite that simple.
They're perfectly simple, stiffness of the rotor does not really enter into the equation.

As I understand it, one of the main arguments in favour of discs is that, because the physics of it means that they require so much extra effort compared to a rim brake (as in extra effort by the system, not by you), it makes them a lot less likely to lock up than a rim brake, so gives more perceived control.
#24
I'd quite agree. But not that it's 'perfectly simple', as you seem to have missed the bit where stiff is important - the caliper/fork legs.

It's a lot easier to apply a high pressure through a caliper than it is through each side of the forks.

Even with a bracket on hydraulic rim brakes, they're still lacking compared to a half decent disc brake in overall stopping power.

The reality is that decent disc brakes will require a lot less effort to lock up, or in the case of a decent front tyre, to flip you over the front. Most people choose disc brakes for power not control, I'd say.

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