Carrera Axle hybrid bike. £180 (was £330, was £198, now save £150).  Men's and women's available in a range of sizes at Halfords.
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Carrera Axle hybrid bike. £180 (was £330, was £198, now save £150). Men's and women's available in a range of sizes at Halfords.

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Found 10th FebEdited by:"Besford"
Update: appears to be 20" only now (though there could some 18" in stores).

I previously posted this at £198 and it seems to have been reduced further now.

Further discounts may be available (eg 10% via British Cycling would make it £162?).

I'm sceptical about Halfords RRP pricing and the shop itself has a mixed reputation, but if you're looking for a simple, well made bike at a decent price for commuting or leisure riding without breaking the bank this would be a pretty good bet while it's at this price. The Carrera brand is respected in the mid price market and at this price the bike represents very good value.

Available in 16", 18" and 20" frame sizes so will suit most from early teens to over 6ft (see size guide in the link). Men's in grey or red.

Women's in purple here:
halfords.com/cyc…mes

Some decent budget components on there.

Free delivery or assembled free for collection from store.
If you get it built from the store they'll do a free check after 6 weeks too.
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cheaper at cycle republic for £165 delivered using code FEB15. red colour only.

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djolltax5 h, 36 m ago

There's a good number of replies to his question that are useful. Yours … There's a good number of replies to his question that are useful. Yours isn't.If you're not going to provide anything useful when you comment then don't bother.


To be factually correct, there are actually two answers to that question, as it was a closed one: yes or no. I was merely suggesting to the poster that to get a relevant answer more information was required. Whether you found it useful isn’t relevant as you didn’t ask the question.
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cheaper at cycle republic for £165 delivered using code FEB15. red colour only.

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Hot, just nudged it over 100 degrees
@ halfords BRITISH CYCLING = -10% = £180 - £18 = £162
Is this a good bike?
naz923633 m ago

Is this a good bike?


You need to be a bit more specific if you want a decent answer. Whether a bike is good depends on many things including what it will be used for and what your budget is.
naz923633 m ago

Is this a good bike?


Compared to other brand new £180 bikes, yeah it's decent.
Arj281 h, 24 m ago

cheaper at cycle republic for £165 delivered using code FEB15. red colour …cheaper at cycle republic for £165 delivered using code FEB15. red colour only.[Image]


Thanks.
Wouldn't touch Halfords with a 16", 18" or 20" bargepole!!
naz923652 m ago

Is this a good bike?


For what it's worth I got one of these when they were at £198, I bought it for short local trips so I wasn't in the market for a carbon fibre featherlight £1000 machine. So far I have to say it has ticked all the boxes I wanted ticked, well made and easy to ride without any major faults (I did pay a few quid for mudguards to be fitted). It's a lot of bike for the money.
jaydeeuk133 m ago

Compared to other brand new £180 bikes, yeah it's decent.



Yep that’s the important thing here compare it to other £180 bikes

This was never in a month of Sunday’s worth 330. It’s good value for £180but the size of the reduction is misleading.
Is it worth getting their bike care plan?

Bought this bike and was offered a 6 & 12 month bike 'servicing' for £30 - should I take it?
Subway 1 is £60 more and a much better bike, stronger harder wearing freehub, disc brakes and a few other minor upgrades to the spec here and there.

As it stands its not a bad bike though but if you are a heavier rider or intend to use the bike a lot then the Subway is a no brainer upgrade.
I've been looking at the subway 2 , which was 280 last week , where can i get a better spec bike than that one or even this for the money? Ive been on the other bike sites but they are much more money , u get v-brakes for the price of disc on the subways.
naz92361 h, 22 m ago

Is this a good bike?


I've got a carrera Crossfire and I think it's a great bike
elbs1 h, 26 m ago

Is it worth getting their bike care plan?Bought this bike and was offered …Is it worth getting their bike care plan?Bought this bike and was offered a 6 & 12 month bike 'servicing' for £30 - should I take it?


Rip their hands of
naz92363 h, 23 m ago

Is this a good bike?



For under £200 you're unlikely to find anything better.
Actually, for under £200 you're unlikely to find much else that's actually a bike (just a lot of Bicycle Shaped Objects - BSOs).

As others have said, if you spend a little more you can get slightly better components, but that's true of anything at every price point.
nice bike was this price on BF IIRC, shame about the suspension.
fedex14015 h, 21 m ago

You need to be a bit more specific if you want a decent answer. Whether a …You need to be a bit more specific if you want a decent answer. Whether a bike is good depends on many things including what it will be used for and what your budget is.


There's a good number of replies to his question that are useful. Yours isn't.
If you're not going to provide anything useful when you comment then don't bother.
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naz92367 h, 59 m ago

Is this a good bike?


It's a decent bike and certainly good value. Probably about the lowest price you can get a bike likely to prove dependable (they ALL need maintenance). If it's only for use on hard surfaces I'd consider some skinnier tyres to reduce effort but these aren't silly wide and will be better if you ride on towpaths and similar. Even a pair of reasonable tyres will cost you £30-£40 which probably isn't justified on a £180 bike. Spend it on a lock and some lights instead!
Edited by: "Besford" 10th Feb
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MrDealio6 h, 10 m ago

Wouldn't touch Halfords with a 16", 18" or 20" bargepole!!


That's the shop (as mentioned in the OP) - not the bike! Shop assembly standards can be variable but that includes OK as well as poor. If you get it delivered that's down to you.

Where would you spend your £180?
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bonzobanana5 h, 51 m ago

Subway 1 is £60 more and a much better bike, stronger harder wearing …Subway 1 is £60 more and a much better bike, stronger harder wearing freehub, disc brakes and a few other minor upgrades to the spec here and there. As it stands its not a bad bike though but if you are a heavier rider or intend to use the bike a lot then the Subway is a no brainer upgrade.


You're not wrong but that's 33.3% more expensive so not a direct comparison. I'd agree if the budget will easily stretch to it but this is HUKD!
It looks very similar to the carrera parva I bought... I see a lot of the same components (may be all the same parts). Let me tell you it's crap, spend more money and get something half decent. Not worth it's msrp either. The bike is probably worth this "deal" price but you can spend a little bit extra and get a good second hand bike. Trust me, do not buy this bike.
Edited by: "fringiee" 10th Feb
fringiee1 m ago

It looks very similar to the carrera parva I bought... I see a lot of the …It looks very similar to the carrera parva I bought... I see a lot of the same components. Let me tell you it's crap, spend more money and get something half decent. Not worth it's msrp either.


Axle is the new name for the Parva. What was wrong with your Parva?
Muig197219 m ago

Axle is the new name for the Parva. What was wrong with your Parva?


Low quality bike in general, the only good thing about it is it is a comfortable ride (not the seat, the seat is very hard but I'm used to it now) but that's purely because it has fat tyres. The brakes feel vague as hell, small issues with quality throughout the bike but it's mostly just all the small bad things that add up to make it a bad bike. It's not really suited for proper offroad use but it's not exactly good on roads either. It's in a weird middle ground where a lot of other bikes are just flat out better.

It will get you from A to B but from my experience you can do better. I switched bikes a couple months after I bought it.
Edited by: "fringiee" 10th Feb
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fringiee25 m ago

Low quality bike in general, the only good thing about it is it is a …Low quality bike in general, the only good thing about it is it is a comfortable ride (not the seat, the seat is very hard but I'm used to it now) but that's purely because it has fat tyres. The brakes feel vague as hell, small issues with quality throughout the bike but it's mostly just all the small bad things that add up to make it a bad bike. It's not really suited for proper offroad use but it's not exactly good on roads either. It's in a weird middle ground where a lot of other bikes are just flat out better.It will get you from A to B but from my experience you can do better. I switched bikes a couple months after I bought it.


That's disappointing but others would disagree with you. Sounds like it hasn't let you down though? Are you expecting too much for £180? Did you build it or did some monkey in Halfords mess it up for you? What would you suggest is better for £180? There's always something better for more money but I think you'd struggle to better this at the current price.

Yes, I buy second hand too and get some great bargains but many people can't or won't do that as they don't have the skills or facilities to check and refurb. You can also come unstuck: I recently bought a lovely Specialized (RRP ~£400) for £125 in very good looking condition but the head bearings are shot and have to be professionally replaced at the best part of £100 as originals not available and compatibles need to be pressed in (stupid design)!

This is a road-orientated hybrid - not intended for 'proper' off road use but it'll be fine on towpaths, etc.

PS You haven't posted anything, ever - please contribute to HUKD too.
Edited by: "Besford" 10th Feb
fringiee39 m ago

Low quality bike in general, the only good thing about it is it is a …Low quality bike in general, the only good thing about it is it is a comfortable ride (not the seat, the seat is very hard but I'm used to it now) but that's purely because it has fat tyres. The brakes feel vague as hell, small issues with quality throughout the bike but it's mostly just all the small bad things that add up to make it a bad bike. It's not really suited for proper offroad use but it's not exactly good on roads either. It's in a weird middle ground where a lot of other bikes are just flat out better.It will get you from A to B but from my experience you can do better. I switched bikes a couple months after I bought it.


Did you buy the bike in a box or did Halfords assemble it for you? No reason for V brakes not to work brilliantly if properly adjusted. I've never been happy with freewheels especially on a bike like this where it's meant to have some capacity to go off road though.

Saying that the reviews look very positive on the Halfords site which isn't true for some of their bikes. I personally can't see much point in a strong mountain bike frame paired with strong wheels and rigid forks and then given a weak problematic tourney freewheel drivetrain. It's a compromised bike to reach a price point. The Carrera bikes that feature freewheels should be in the Apollo range but because they might share the same frame as the dearer bikes end up with the same branding.

Sometimes you see reviews on Halfords and 9 people say fantastic bike that works brilliantly and 1 says rubbish bike with problems and maybe I'm wrong to assume but always feel the rubbish bike is one poorly assembled by less skilled Halfords staff.
bonzobanana17 m ago

Did you buy the bike in a box or did Halfords assemble it for you? No …Did you buy the bike in a box or did Halfords assemble it for you? No reason for V brakes not to work brilliantly if properly adjusted. I've never been happy with freewheels especially on a bike like this where it's meant to have some capacity to go off road though. Saying that the reviews look very positive on the Halfords site which isn't true for some of their bikes. I personally can't see much point in a strong mountain bike frame paired with strong wheels and rigid forks and then given a weak problematic tourney freewheel drivetrain. It's a compromised bike to reach a price point. The Carrera bikes that feature freewheels should be in the Apollo range but because they might share the same frame as the dearer bikes end up with the same branding. Sometimes you see reviews on Halfords and 9 people say fantastic bike that works brilliantly and 1 says rubbish bike with problems and maybe I'm wrong to assume but always feel the rubbish bike is one poorly assembled by less skilled Halfords staff.


Assembled. The breaks were never that great for me. Reviews are good because it seems to be aimed at bicycle novices (like I was at the time) i.e. people saying it's a super lightweight bike when it's not. I don't think it was how it was assembled for example the hand grips grips (which are meant to only be used one way) almost immediately twisted and the protector bits at the end fell off so now one is facing the correct way and one is angled towards the floor. There was a big issue I had with it that I can't remember unfortunatly but honestly, from experience it's a bad bike and the cyclists who I've had take a look at it say it's more for show then function which I agree with. Switching to a different bike has been a much more enjoyable experience, all the good aspects about the parva are aspects you'd get from any mountain bike (like the vengeance mountain bikes they have which I used to use [wasn't my bike though]).
Besford39 m ago

That's disappointing but others would disagree with you. Sounds like it …That's disappointing but others would disagree with you. Sounds like it hasn't let you down though? Are you expecting too much for £180? Did you build it or did some monkey in Halfords mess it up for you? What would you suggest is better for £180? There's always something better for more money but I think you'd struggle to better this at the current price. Yes, I buy second hand too and get some great bargains but many people can't or won't do that as they don't have the skills or facilities to check and refurb. You can also come unstuck: I recently bought a lovely Specialized (RRP ~£400) for £125 in very good looking condition but the head bearings are shot and have to be professionally replaced at the best part of £100 as originals not available and compatibles need to be pressed in (stupid design)!This is a road-orientated hybrid - not intended for 'proper' off road use but it'll be fine on towpaths, etc.PS You haven't posted anything, ever - please contribute to HUKD too.


That's fine if people disagree, just sharing my experience and recommendation which is not in favour of the parva. Well for £180 I did say it is probably worth it. It is not in anyway worth £330 which is the MSRP and you're still gonna be better of buying second hand or going and getting a recycled bike on the cheap (my mum got one for free and it's honestly better but much heavier).
Side note: Apologies, I wasn't aware I was the only one who hasn't posted a deal here. Even then I can't really remember a time I've found a deal worth posting.
Edited by: "fringiee" 10th Feb
Here's Halford's videos of the Parva/Axle.


fedex14019 h, 17 m ago

You need to be a bit more specific if you want a decent answer. Whether a …You need to be a bit more specific if you want a decent answer. Whether a bike is good depends on many things including what it will be used for and what your budget is.



Would this be better than a £2000 bike for cycling along the beach in pink speedos?
Its already been said on this thread, but this is good value for £180 but its only £180 which frankly is not a lot for a bike. To put this in perspective, the tyres, saddle and mudguards on my touring bike cost more than that.
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fringiee2 h, 27 m ago

Assembled. The breaks were never that great for me. Reviews are good …Assembled. The breaks were never that great for me. Reviews are good because it seems to be aimed at bicycle novices (like I was at the time) i.e. people saying it's a super lightweight bike when it's not. I don't think it was how it was assembled for example the hand grips grips (which are meant to only be used one way) almost immediately twisted and the protector bits at the end fell off so now one is facing the correct way and one is angled towards the floor. There was a big issue I had with it that I can't remember unfortunatly but honestly, from experience it's a bad bike and the cyclists who I've had take a look at it say it's more for show then function which I agree with. Switching to a different bike has been a much more enjoyable experience, all the good aspects about the parva are aspects you'd get from any mountain bike (like the vengeance mountain bikes they have which I used to use [wasn't my bike though]).


It isn't a mountain bike! Maybe that's where your problem lies? Who said it's a super lightweight bike? Are you sure this is even the bike you're criticising? You seem confused.
Ego-X1 h, 33 m ago

Would this be better than a £2000 bike for cycling along the beach in pink …Would this be better than a £2000 bike for cycling along the beach in pink speedos?


If you wear pink speedos you shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near a beach
djolltax5 h, 36 m ago

There's a good number of replies to his question that are useful. Yours … There's a good number of replies to his question that are useful. Yours isn't.If you're not going to provide anything useful when you comment then don't bother.


To be factually correct, there are actually two answers to that question, as it was a closed one: yes or no. I was merely suggesting to the poster that to get a relevant answer more information was required. Whether you found it useful isn’t relevant as you didn’t ask the question.
fedex140140 m ago

If you wear pink speedos you shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near a beach ( …If you wear pink speedos you shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near a beach


I was asking for a friend

anyway:

Edited by: "Some_Geezer" 10th Feb
fedex140141 m ago

To be factually correct, there are actually two answers to that question, …To be factually correct, there are actually two answers to that question, as it was a closed one: yes or no. I was merely suggesting to the poster that to get a relevant answer more information was required. Whether you found it useful isn’t relevant as you didn’t ask the question.



If you take his question within the context of the thread you have all the information you need to answer his question. Suggesting otherwise is just being pedantic.
Besford5 h, 40 m ago

It isn't a mountain bike! Maybe that's where your problem lies? Who said …It isn't a mountain bike! Maybe that's where your problem lies? Who said it's a super lightweight bike? Are you sure this is even the bike you're criticising? You seem confused.


In a previous post I said it's in a weird middle ground that isn't good on road or off road.. People in reviews said it's lightweight, like they did with the Parva. You misunderstanding my post doesn't make me confused. You seem awfully deadset that I am incorrect about my OPINION that the bike is bad which is fine but I won't continue to pursue a dead end conversation with you (you take parts of what I've said without considering my points which span multiple posts). Have a nice day.
Edited by: "fringiee" 11th Feb
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