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Today only deal on the Halfords site - just got the mailshot...

Carrera Subway Limited Edition Hybrid Bike - reduced from £449.99 to £199.99

The Carrera Subway Limited Edition Mens Hybrid Bike is suitable for most cycling fields. Ideal for leisure, commuting and light off-road riding the Limited Edition combines the strong looks and features of a mountain bike with the agility and speed of a road bike.
Features & Benefits of the Carrera Subway Ltd

* Full Shimano drivetrain and brakes
* Shimano Mechanical disc brakes for effective braking
* Lightweight but strong 6061 Alloy frame for a faster and easier ride
* Shimano 21 speed gearing for a more flexibility in all conditions
* Strong double wall alloy rims with puncture resistant tyres
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1 Like #1
Cunningly offered for sale at £449 for two days in September to enable the 'massive' discount !
#2
Con!
#3
spid
Cunningly offered for sale at £449 for two days in September to enable the 'massive' discount !

Well said. And £200 is maybe a little too much for this.
#4
This is cheaper than the old model second hand on ebay, the RRP is a bit of a joke but for £200 its very tempting
#5
199 is probably the right price for this bike. However, go to Halfords and compare it with the Carrera Vengeance, and you'll see that the vengeance is a far better bike (especially if you can get it for the 250-275 mark).
#6
Great deal. I was going to get this the other week for £280 with my cycle2work voucher but now will be able to afford lock and lights.
Thanks
#7
I think these are usually around the £250 mark so £200 is a good deal. Quite a well rated bike.
#8
Acera rear mech, EZfire shifters, and Shimano mech disc brakes

Not bad
banned#9
Let_it_snow
199 is probably the right price for this bike. However, go to Halfords and compare it with the Carrera Vengeance, and you'll see that the vengeance is a far better bike (especially if you can get it for the 250-275 mark).

I presume you are referring to the vengeance race and not the vengeance ultimate....Both Vengeance models are mountain bikes....the Subway offered here is a hybrid bike so not really comparable.

Edited By: slamdunkin on Dec 05, 2010 16:30
#10
probably a stupid question but are halfords negotiable with there prices?
#11
Just ordered as a spare for use in the summer. The Subways are OK bikes for the usual £280 asking price (I agree that the RRP is a joke though) but £199 isn't a bad price for these at all.
I've seen these in stoee and they're really a road bike and wouldn't survive commuting along canals or other rough tracks.
#12
@slamdunkin Carrera Vengeance Race Mountain Bike is £239.99 in both 18 and 20 inch frame sizes.
this has front suspension that the subway doesnt have.
#13
frame size?
banned#14
northerngeek
@slamdunkin Carrera Vengeance Race Mountain Bike is £239.99 in both 18 and 20 inch frame sizes.this has front suspension that the subway doesnt have.

I'm fully aware of that thanks....hence me saying this isn't comparable to the vengeance which is a mountain bike.
banned#15
Baldieman64
they're really a road bike and wouldn't survive commuting along canals or other rough tracks.

This bike will survive a canal path and other light tracks with ease
#16
I have purchased this from Kingston Park this morning - last one.

Well worth £200 notes imho. I'm going to use it for my first c2c ride next year.

No doubt some silly person will have a negative comment about that too.

Heat from me and thanks OP ;)

Edited By: texfitz on Dec 05, 2010 17:17
#17
probably a stupid question but are halfords negotiable with there prices?


I got the last one as ex display - literally unmarked, they wouldn't budge any more.

There was a queue for it.
banned#18
4% quidco cash back on this = another £8 saving
#19
4% quidco cash back on this = another £8 saving


Sorry, forgot to mention that - even for an R&C :)
#20
Think they would do a deal in store for 2 ?
#21
got a carrera subway 2 a few years ago and even halfords could not get me spare parts, i would stay well clear and but a gt or trek etc


Edited By: wavey-dave on Dec 05, 2010 17:26
#22
I have one of these and I can thoroughly recommend it. An inflated RRP perhaps, but well worth the discounted price.
banned#23
wavey-dave
got a carrera subway 2 a few years ago and even halfords could not get me spare parts, i would stay well clear and but a gt or trek etc

LOL and which spare parts would they be then????
#24
What a scam!!! It only previously on sale at the £450 price for 4 days!

Not a bad price for a budget bike - don't expect great quality components though - I've never seen discs on a £200 bike. Carerra is Halford own brand of bikes? The discs version of my GT hardtail took the price to over £600.
banned#25
Don't confuse Carrera with Appolo...Carrera are well respected bikes....Bike raidar review...

Carrera's Subway is designed as a slick tyred city bike - and it excels on tough urban streets - but we thought it would be more fun to swap to knobblies to see how it fared off-road.

The Subway feels fast and lively, flying along rough Tarmac and trails alike. The surprisingly subtle frame feel, cromo forks and suspension seat post make it remarkably smooth over rolling or medium rough off-road. It still needs careful piloting in rocky or steppy trail situations, but it's one of the smoothest rigid bikes we've ridden recently.

The low bottom bracket means it bashes pedals regularly and handling is quick too, which might scare novices. It's great for faster, more aggressive riding though, and there's plenty of stretch for easy breathing on hard climbs and long distances, too. A fully female-friendly version is also available.

Classy Chassis

Heat treated, multi-shaped tubes make for a remarkably light chassis. The cromo steel rigid forks are comfortable, and come with rack and mudguard mounts to match the ones at the back. We swapped the supplied slick tyres for Conti Vapor knobblies to increase off-road grip, but the lack of a granny ring restricts mountainous off-road use. The adjustable stem is reliably tight though, and the suspension seat post and reinforced saddle really help comfort.

The Subway is a really impressive, lightweight and surprisingly smooth ride. The double chainset is restrictive in steep slow terrain, but stick on knobblies and it's a really enthusiastic ride on more open, rolling trails as well as the road.

EDIT this model now has a triple chainset.



Edited By: slamdunkin on Dec 05, 2010 17:49
#26
ive got this bike ... bought it in teh summer in halfords for £300 .. it was discounted from £450 on release .... the bike is very good with disc braking ... great set of tyres ( abit woriied on how to get spares if meeded ) and the Shimano brakes and gears are top notch as well ... well pleased when i payed £300 notes .... batgain at £200
#27
WHAT SIZE WHEELS DOES THIS BIKE HAVE? DOESN'T SEEM TO SAY ON THE SPEC.
3 weeks, 5 days ago
by Anonymous

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A: It has 26" wheels


So not really a hybrid... it's a mountain bike and the Vengeance is a far better purchase (for the right price).
#28
Don't worry about spares. Many manufacturers make compatible components. Halfords or a local bike shop can easily replace broken components, upgrade etc.

If you like a challenge, Haynes do a bike maintenance book that shows you how to do it yourself. Components are readily available from Chainreaction etc over tinternet.
banned#29
snowball
So not really a hybrid... it's a mountain bike and the Vengeance is a far better purchase (for the right price).

It's not a mountain bike as it doesn't have suspension forks or off road tyres and has road bike derailleurs...but it has been designed as a hybrid so it can go off road as a secondary function.

The vengeance isn't built for commuting, as off road tyres have more resistance on tarmac, the suspension forks don't have lock out, so take away some off the energy you want to put down on the road and it's over a Kilo heavier.

Edited By: slamdunkin on Dec 05, 2010 19:00
#30
slamdunkin

It's not a mountain bike as it doesn't have suspension forks or off road tyres and has road bike derailleurs...but it has been designed as a hybrid so it can go off road as a secondary function.

The vengeance isn't built for commuting, as off road tyres have more resistance on tarmac, the suspension forks don't have lock out, so take away some off the energy you want to put down on the road and it's over a Kilo heavier.


That doesn't make any sense - tyres don't dictate bike type. This bike has 26" rims that can take treadless or knobbly tyres... if putting slicks on my Kona turns it into a hybrid then ok I take your point - but if I agree with you we'll both be wrong :)
#31
I reckon times change. When I first started mountain biking in the early 90s - this with off-road tyres would be regarded as perfectly good mountain bike. Nowadays - most would prefer at least front suspension.

I still go mountain biking with a rigid frame and forks (although the titanium frame does help soak up the bumps). If I was in the market for a new old school type mountain bike this would definitely be on the list.

Edited By: greencat on Dec 05, 2010 19:51
banned#32
snowball
slamdunkin
It's not a mountain bike as it doesn't have suspension forks or off road tyres and has road bike derailleurs...but it has been designed as a hybrid so it can go off road as a secondary function.The vengeance isn't built for commuting, as off road tyres have more resistance on tarmac, the suspension forks don't have lock out, so take away some off the energy you want to put down on the road and it's over a Kilo heavier.
That doesn't make any sense - tyres don't dictate bike type. This bike has 26" rims that can take treadless or knobbly tyres... if putting slicks on my Kona turns it into a hybrid then ok I take your point - but if I agree with you we'll both be wrong :)

selective reading of my post on your part.
#33
texfitz
I have purchased this from Kingston Park this morning - last one.

Well worth £200 notes imho. I'm going to use it for my first c2c ride next year.

No doubt some silly person will have a negative comment about that too.

Heat from me and thanks OP ;)

Not at all. I did the C2C on a bargain basement £120 bike in august, by the time it reached the sea the breaks and gears had given up, thanks mainly to the monsoon weather and resulting abundance of mud. Would have loved to have had this bike for that trip.

Little tip, make sure you do it the correct way round. I did it from Sunderland to Whitehaven, against the wind!
#34
slamdunkin
selective reading of my post on your part.


My apologies - the part about suspension was nonsense too.. I thought the dude that replied after me covered that so I didn't bother editing my post to cover it.

EDIT : Shimano Black Acera Rear Derailleur RD-M360 Acera is a 8 / 7-speed MTB-style component group for city-sport and mountain bikes. In addition to an excellent cost-performance value Acera provides a feeling of "easy control" that inspires confidence, especially among novice cyclists and younger riders.


It's a generic derailleur selected for price

Edited By: snowball on Dec 05, 2010 21:30: Oops forgot derailleur
banned#35
snowball
slamdunkin
selective reading of my post on your part.
My apologies - the part about suspension was nonsense too.. I thought the dude that replied after me covered that so I didn't bother editing my post to cover it.EDIT : Shimano Black Acera Rear Derailleur RD-M360 Acera is a 8 / 7-speed MTB-style component group for city-sport and mountain bikes. In addition to an excellent cost-performance value Acera provides a feeling of "easy control" that inspires confidence, especially among novice cyclists and younger riders.It's a generic derailleur selected for price

"For city sport and mountain bikes"....It's not a mountain bike specific gear set which is why it's on a hybrid bike. My comments on this have been to help people decide which is a better commuter bike....this Subway or the vengeance mentioned earlier.

It Honesty is my belief and others on Bikeradar forums that this is the better choice if your primary use is commuting and road use...where as the vengeance is better if you do more demanding off roading than on.

Edited By: slamdunkin on Dec 05, 2010 21:45
#36
slamdunkin
snowball
slamdunkin
selective reading of my post on your part.
My apologies - the part about suspension was nonsense too.. I thought the dude that replied after me covered that so I didn't bother editing my post to cover it.EDIT : Shimano Black Acera Rear Derailleur RD-M360 Acera is a 8 / 7-speed MTB-style component group for city-sport and mountain bikes. In addition to an excellent cost-performance value Acera provides a feeling of "easy control" that inspires confidence, especially among novice cyclists and younger riders.It's a generic derailleur selected for price


"For city sport and mountain bikes"....It's not a mountain bike specific gear set which is why it's on a hybrid bike. My comments on this have been to help people decide which is a better commuter bike....this Subway or the vengeance mentioned earlier.

It Honesty is my belief and others on Bikeradar forums that this is the better choice if your primary use is commuting and road use...where as the vengeance is better if you do more off roading than on.


I don't doubt your honesty :) I do, however, doubt your correctness. The Vengeance for a similar price has far better components and is just as well equipped for commuting. No lockout on the front suspension is not an effective factor in terms of energy conversion from pedal to tarmac. Regardless, this is still a good bike for the money. But, I wouldn't buy it :)
#37
slamdunkin
The subway will be much faster on the road than a vengeance. narrower tyres without knobblies and no crapy Dart one fork zapping energy.


Heh, I thought we'd been over this!? It's no wonder Sue Ellen shot you! ;)
banned#38
I removed the post, because I was being a bit unfair calling the Dart ones crappy....But seriously this is a better commuter bike and if anyone really wants to research this issue then go to a bike forum and see what they have to say there
#39
anyone had any dealings with these bikes? It's called the b'twin rockrider 5.0, it's only £99 and doesn't seem to bad but i've never heard of b'twin. Has anyone else?

http://www.decathlon.co.uk/EN/rockrider-5-0-men-s-2010-138413764/#TAILLE
banned#40
It's decathlon own brand and they are quite good value at their price points. five year frame warranty and 2 years on parts is a good reassurance.

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