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Seems like a very good price for a decent Hybrid bike with a great brand name suitable for urban cycling and light trails. Also comes with disk brakes which for this price is pretty good!

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Features
Specialized A1 Premium Aluminium frame, fully manipulated, low centre of gravity and low standover
Specialized A1 Premium Aluminium fork
Shimano BR-M415 mechanical disc brakes
Specialized single speed disc hub
Nimbus Sport tyres, 26x1.5", 60TPI, wire bead

FRAME Specialized A1 Premium Aluminium, fully manipulated, low centre of gravity, low standover, integrated HS, forged 3D horizontal dropouts, disc only
REAR SHOCK N/A
FORK Specialized A1 Premium Aluminium steerer and lowers
HEADSET 1 1/8" threadless, integrated
STEM SBC 3D Forged, two bolt, 31.8mm
HANDLEBARS Specialized A1 Premium Aluminium, 600mm wide, double-butted 31.8mm, 15 degree sweep
GRIPS Body Geometry Mtn., Kraton, closed type 130mm
FRONT BRAKE Shimano BR-M415 mechanical disc
REAR BRAKE Shimano BR-M415 mechanical disc
BRAKE LEVERS Shimano mechanical disc
FRONT DERAILLEUR N/A
REAR DERAILLEUR N/A
SHIFT LEVERS N/A
CASSETTE N/A
CHAIN KMC single speed
CRANKSET Specialized single speed design 42T w/ CNC guard
CHAINRINGS 42T w/ alloy guard
BOTTOM BRACKET Shimano BB-UN-25, cartridge bearing, 68 x 113mm
PEDALS Globe anti-slip composite
RIMS Specialized/Alex RHD 26, double wall, for disc brakes
FRONT HUB Specialized Hi Lo disc, 28h, CNC flange and disc mount, polished races, alloy QR
REAR HUB Specialized single speed disc, 135mm sealed, 6-bolt
SPOKES 1.8mm (15g) stainless
FRONT TYRE Nimbus Sport, 26x1.5", 60TPI, wire bead
REAR TYRE Nimbus Sport, 26x1.5", 60TPI, wire bead
TUBES Specialized 26x1.5", schrader valve
SADDLE Specialized Body Geometry
SEAT POST Specialized alloy two bolt head, 27.2 x 350mm
SEAT BINDER Specialized forged alloy
NOTES Chain stay protector, chain catcher, derailleur hanger, clear coat, owners manual


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http://www.cyclestore.co.uk/images/products/Xtra/12260.jpg

Review

http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/bikes/urban/product/centrum-sport-08-28151
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#1
Good price for a good name.

But rigid forks and single speed would ruin the deal for me TBH. I can get a Giant Boulder for £209
#2
Single speed!
#3
[FONT="Comic Sans MS"][SIZE="4"]Rigid forks....great. More speed and stability. Beats the hell out of all those 'half price' Death Machines for £99.99 with full suspension. :thumbsup:[/SIZE][/FONT]
#4
if your staying on road - rigid forks are way better. I find that when heavy accelerating I bounce and if you really need to brake - the forks at the front go down - its a bit scary. this is on a decent claud butler cape wrath d27.

I leave my forks speed locked - unless I am off road.
#5
Yeah I prefer rigid forks for city commuting otherwise you'll be spending alot of your energy just bouncing along.

I think this is my 3rd bike post in the last month. I'm on a mission to get everyone cycling especially since it looks like we're in for a good summer!
#6
I've got a Ridgeback Hybrid with a rigid frame and find it great for urban use - admittedly, it can be a bit rough on some of the roads in Glasgow as not all of them are in mint condition. I wonder though what a single speed would be like in Glasgow? I wonder because my mate wants a hybrid bike, but is unsure about the single speed aspect of specialized bikes.
1 Like #7
voted cold on account of your hideous avatar




















Just kidding, have some rep.
#8
I have joined the club and bought a bike a month ago and its great fun :thumbsup:
#9
redjay1
voted cold on account of your hideous avatar

Just kidding, have some rep.


Haha! Always nice to meet a fellow fan! :thumbsup:
#10
Would this be a good bike for road usage?

By single speed - I am assuming it has limited gears?
1 Like #11
I enjoy cycling but, as with any activity, there is an attempt to make it an exclusive preserve by the use of techno jargon to obscure understanding putting normal people off from taking the plunge. A bike is a bike at the end of the day. Make sure the brakes work and you should be fine.
#12
Perhaps I'm just being dim, but I can't find a mention of the gear ratio. With 42 teeth up front, I'd assume it will have a 16 tooth freewheel, but just bear in mind that the ratio might be too high or low for where you are riding. Replacing the freewheel would probably cost around 10 to 15 pounds at a local bike shop including parts and is the only way to change the ratio.
1 Like #13
wearewolves
I enjoy cycling but, as with any activity, there is an attempt to make it an exclusive preserve by the use of techno jargon to obscure understanding putting normal people off from taking the plunge. A bike is a bike at the end of the day. Make sure the brakes work and you should be fine.


Not really so I disagree.

You'll find the cycling community to be VERY welcoming (try going to cyclechat or bikeradar forums) they also try and help with any answers you have and help with anything bike related you need. I only started cycling properly about 2 months ago and I have learnt so much from those guys.

These cyclist are just "normal people" like you and I. Its just that they are enthusiastic about something and have gained knowledge in a particular area hence they can afford to have more technical discussions with like minded people. This isnt done to "exclude" others. Infact you'll find cyclist are constantly doing the opposite! :)

Also to say "A bike is just a bike" is alittle ignorant. That's like saying " A car is just a car" but you can't exactly compare like for like between a Fiesta and a Ferrari now can you?
1 Like #14
Toybhoy
Not really so I disagree.

You'll find the cycling community to be VERY welcoming (try going to cyclechat or bikeradar forums) they also try and help with any answers you have and help with anything bike related you need. I only started cycling properly about 2 months ago and I have learnt so much from those guys.

These cyclist are just "normal people" like you and I. Its just that they are enthusiastic about something and have gained knowledge in a particular area hence they can afford to have more technical discussions with like minded people. This isnt done to "exclude" others. Infact you'll find cyclist are constantly doing the opposite! :)

Also to say "A bike is just a bike" is alittle ignorant. That's like saying " A car is just a car" but you can't exactly compare like for like between a Fiesta and a Ferrari now can you?


That's an interesting viewpoint. However, you are probably unaware that the kind of things you mention have the effect of putting off newcomers. The statement that a bike is a bike and check the brakes is intended to summarise all people need to know if they want to just enjoy cycling. Anything more can be satisfying for people depending on their particular personalities but hardly essential.

And, without wishing to sound too utilitarian, a fiesta and a ferrari are basically the same thing! You sit in them and drive from A to B.
#15
wearewolves
That's an interesting viewpoint. However, you are probably unaware that the kind of things you mention have the effect of putting off newcomers. The statement that a bike is a bike and check the brakes is intended to summarise all people need to know if they want to just enjoy cycling. Anything more can be satisfying for people depending on their particular personalities but hardly essential.

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I guess thats a good point. Don't get me wrong, I was at one stage where I thought a bike was just a bike and I just enjoyed the raw cycling part of it.

Anyways, I can see how my comments above *might" be seen as a deterent for newcomers but sometimes its hard to balance between Newcomer friendliness and Personal enthusiasm.

I still stand by that the last thing the cycling community want to do is discourage! Personally I thnk they should bin cars for short journeys and do more to encourage cycling.

Thanks for the constructive argument. Makes a nice change! Rep added :thumbsup:
#16
Well said the both of you.
#17
So, without sounding like an idiot, how easy is it to use a bike with no gears for general road use?
#18
davilown
So, without sounding like an idiot, how easy is it to use a bike with no gears for general road use?


Depends. How fit are you? How hilly is your area? I wouldnt use it in Glasgow because Glasgow is built on a hill so I would need mountain bike type gears.

However, if its reasonably flat where you are and you want to get fit and want a low maintence bike, then single speed is the way to go. My advice is to go to a local bike shop and try one out. :)
#19
Toybhoy
Depends. How fit are you? How hilly is your area? I wouldnt use it in Glasgow because Glasgow is built on a hill so I would need mountain bike type gears.

However, if its reasonably flat where you are and you want to get fit and want a low maintence bike, then single speed is the way to go. My advice is to go to a local bike shop and try one out. :)


Thanks - Fitness is ok, not brilliant but have to pass fitness tests at work on a regular basis.
Area will be Portsmouth so nearly flat as a pancake unless you go into the South Downs.
I will be traveling either 7miles or 3 miles each way, depending on availability of accomodation.

Tbh, the former is the best route, even though it's much longer as its along a major A road (A27) which is a perfect straight stretch for 6 miles.
#20
davilown
Thanks - Fitness is ok, not brilliant but have to pass fitness tests at work on a regular basis.
Area will be Portsmouth so nearly flat as a pancake unless you go into the South Downs.
I will be traveling either 7miles or 3 miles each way, depending on availability of accomodation.

Tbh, the former is the best route, even though it's much longer as its along a major A road (A27) which is a perfect straight stretch for 6 miles.


In that case a fixed gear would actually be quite good. Especially if you are sticking to mostly roads (i.e. no trails etc). To be honest, the gearing on a fixed gear isn't tough to ride, its just less flexible.

I do recommend trying a few bikes though because everyones different and the right bike does make a huge difference in your enjoyment.

Let me know if you need any help with choosing though. or go to Bikeradar or Cyclechat, those guys are great! :thumbsup:
#21
Rigid forks, single speed and disk brakes are a great idea for a commuting bike. Very little to maintain and more of your pedal power is converted into going forward rather than bouncing up and down (or seizing up as that is what most sub £250 suspension forks do!)
#22
richlyraumi
Rigid forks, single speed and disk brakes are a great idea for a commuting bike. Very little to maintain and more of your pedal power is converted into going forward rather than bouncing up and down (or seizing up as that is what most sub £250 suspension forks do!)


Defo recommend rigid forks or even lockable front suspension if you are commuting in areas with bad roads (Glasgow!!!)
#23
Toybhoy,

I live in Whitley Bay (coastal area near Newcastle upon Tyne). We have a few hills. It's downhill to the beach but obviously uphill back. Anyway, I have a mountain bike (cheap one I bought years ago). It doesn't have suspension and I have been 'trying' to get into cycling recently but I find it's not comfortable. I 'think' the bike is ok but the seat isn't. What I'd like to know is, do you think a 'suspension bike' would NOT prove any more comfortable? If so, can you recommend what I can do about the seat? If you think say, 'Front Fork Suspension' would improve comfort, can you recommend as reasonably priced bike either new or second hand, I don't mind which.

Thank you in advance.

EDIT: If you recommend a rigid frame, is there a bike you'd recommend?

I don't think we would go 'off road' very often but it could come if/when I become more proficient so perhaps I should consider something with 'lockable' forks?.... Too much choice!!!

Thanks again in advance.
#24
Blasphemous
Toybhoy,

I live in Whitley Bay (coastal area near Newcastle upon Tyne). We have a few hills. It's downhill to the beach but obviously uphill back. Anyway, I have a mountain bike (cheap one I bought years ago). It doesn't have suspension and I have been 'trying' to get into cycling recently but I find it's not comfortable. I 'think' the bike is ok but the seat isn't. What I'd like to know is, do you think a 'suspension bike' would NOT prove any more comfortable? If so, can you recommend what I can do about the seat? If you think say, 'Front Fork Suspension' would improve comfort, can you recommend as reasonably priced bike either new or second hand, I don't mind which.

Thank you in advance.


You could always get a suspension seat post and a gel seat.
#25
Blasphemous
Toybhoy,

I live in Whitley Bay (coastal area near Newcastle upon Tyne). We have a few hills. It's downhill to the beach but obviously uphill back. Anyway, I have a mountain bike (cheap one I bought years ago). It doesn't have suspension and I have been 'trying' to get into cycling recently but I find it's not comfortable. I 'think' the bike is ok but the seat isn't. What I'd like to know is, do you think a 'suspension bike' would NOT prove any more comfortable? If so, can you recommend what I can do about the seat? If you think say, 'Front Fork Suspension' would improve comfort, can you recommend as reasonably priced bike either new or second hand, I don't mind which.

Thank you in advance.


Yeah if I was you, I wouldnt have any suspension on your bike. Mostly because cycling uphill is a struggle at the best of time but with suspension, alot of your effort will actually be wasted just bobbing up and down. That is a real killer! A rigid bike will mean most of your effort will be spent on forward motion which is what you want.

You can however get really comfortable suspension seat post for not alot of money but adds alot of comfort. Specialized actually do alot of comfort saddles

Like this

http://www.rutlandcycling.com/9907/Specialized-Expedition-Saddle.html?referrer=froogle1&utm_source=google&utm_medium=froogle&utm_campaign=pid9907

I wouldnt bother with front fork suspension but I do recommend that you get some advice on how to properly adjust your bike so that you are in a comfortable position. A more upright bike would add to that too.
#26
Ok



If you want a bike for cycling on roads, canal towpaths etc buy a rigid bike such as this

As for singlespeed, I have a singlespeed commuting bike and it is fine BUT if it is windy it is a nightmare, if it is too hilly it is hard work on the knees .Also it is too slow for long flat journeys for me.

I would only recommend a singlespeed if you are reasonably experienced or fit ,unless you live in a flat wind free area it may be too much for you without changing the gear ratios,(i.e rear cog)

However this seems a good deal to me voted hot.

PS I am an experienced mountain biker and road biker. I would not recommend a full suspension bike to anyone unless they were spending a minimum of £800+ and using it seriously offroad.

Honestly how ppl think they can buy something made of over 40 components for £99 and it not too be cr*p, made of pig iron and welded by a 9 yr old in china I have no idea

A hardtail i.e bike with only front suspension is more than adequate for offroad use and by this i mean 4 foot drops. So save the money if you want to get into cycling and go for quality
banned#27
Specialized Globe is better for city use - it's around the same price
#28
I would actually highly recommend this for coummuting

http://www.evanscycles.com/products/specialized/expedition-sport-2008-hybrid-bike-ec001477?utm_source=froogle&utm_medium=froogle&utm_campaign=froogle

I have the Elite version but can vouch for the quality and value for money
#29
S c 0 TT y
Would this be a good bike for road usage?

By single speed - I am assuming it has limited gears?


I hope that is half baked trolling rather than a serious question!

The is totally the kind of bike people should be buying for £200 rather than a ton of crap steel full suspension Argos hate.
#30
Toybhoy
I would actually highly recommend this for coummuting

http://www.evanscycles.com/products/specialized/expedition-sport-2008-hybrid-bike-ec001477?utm_source=froogle&utm_medium=froogle&utm_campaign=froogle

I have the Elite version but can vouch for the quality and value for money

I've just bought a bike from our local cycle shop. I'm hoping to get in to it. To be honest though I don't know if I've bought the right bike or not. I'm planning on using it to cycle on the promenade near where we live. Fairly flat. I also want to use it around the Yorkshire Dales near our caravan and also build up to do the coast to coast is September. Do you think I will struggle to do the latter on this bike?

http://www.nationalcycles.co.uk/raleigh-pioneer-urban-3-mens-2008.html

Thanks
#31
Toybhoy
I would actually highly recommend this for coummuting

http://www.evanscycles.com/products/specialized/expedition-sport-2008-hybrid-bike-ec001477?utm_source=froogle&utm_medium=froogle&utm_campaign=froogle

I have the Elite version but can vouch for the quality and value for money


I was checking this out and then noticed a £7,999.99 bike.
http://www.evanscycles.com/products/scott/addict-ltd-cd-2009-road-bike-ec016323
I'd love to try one to see the difference between it and my old bike.
I wonder how much time i'd save on my 10 mile (30 mins normally) trip to work using it?
5 mins?
#32
My missus is looking for a decent bike for use on roads and towpaths, steady riding - no racing - Sunday outings with the kids.

What would you recommend in a similar price range to this please?
#33
well,

this deal certainly beats the deal we have just had emailed round at work

as part of this government scheme to get everyone cycling

you rent a bike and pay a lump sum after 2 yrs

i suppose one good thing is you dont pay the tax on that but this is a good deal for a disc bike
brakes can cost up to £70+ quid

well done good find
#34
dinglebin
I've just bought a bike from our local cycle shop. I'm hoping to get in to it. To be honest though I don't know if I've bought the right bike or not. I'm planning on using it to cycle on the promenade near where we live. Fairly flat. I also want to use it around the Yorkshire Dales near our caravan and also build up to do the coast to coast is September. Do you think I will struggle to do the latter on this bike?

http://www.nationalcycles.co.uk/raleigh-pioneer-urban-3-mens-2008.html

Thanks


In my opinion, that bike should do the job for you. How far is the Coast to Coast?

You have slick 700c tyres (the skinnier tyre) which would be ideal on a Coast to Coast ride. It has decent components for the price so dont worry, its a good bike :)
#35
peachgod
I was checking this out and then noticed a £7,999.99 bike.
http://www.evanscycles.com/products/scott/addict-ltd-cd-2009-road-bike-ec016323
I'd love to try one to see the difference between it and my old bike.
I wonder how much time i'd save on my 10 mile (30 mins normally) trip to work using it?
5 mins?

You might get to work 5mins quicker but ur going have one seriously sore **** by the looks of that saddle..
#36
Here a close up picture of it

http://www.cyclestore.co.uk/images/products/Xtra/12260.jpg
#38
Toybhoy
I would actually highly recommend this for coummuting

http://www.evanscycles.com/products/specialized/expedition-sport-2008-hybrid-bike-ec001477?utm_source=froogle&utm_medium=froogle&utm_campaign=froogle

I have the Elite version but can vouch for the quality and value for money


i've been umming and aahing between this and the Kona Smoke 2-9 Deluxe 2008 Hybrid Bike for £30 more from evans for a few weeks. before i toss a coin, are there any strong opinions either way?

haven't sat on either, and i'm not allowed to spend much more than that (even though it's my first new bike in 35 years - unfair or what?)

cheers
#39
Nah - I can't see that this is an especially good deal - how can they call it a hybrid with one gear!!!
I don't live in Essex - I have hills to get up.
#40
wearewolves
I enjoy cycling but, as with any activity, there is an attempt to make it an exclusive preserve by the use of techno jargon to obscure understanding putting normal people off from taking the plunge. A bike is a bike at the end of the day. Make sure the brakes work and you should be fine.


Persecution complex much?

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