Carrera Axle hybrid bike in red: was £330, down to £180 at Halfords.
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Carrera Axle hybrid bike in red: was £330, down to £180 at Halfords.

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Found 20th MarEdited by:"Besford"
I posted this bike last month and it got very hot but I expired it when it appeared to have sold out in all sizes. I've now noticed that the red version (I had posted the grey) is still available in all three sizes - maybe it came back into stock or the red has been available throughout?

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 (ie can be poor though often very good), 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).

Some decent budget components on there.

Reviews are excellent.

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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Hey, any reasonably priced lady bikes around similarly priced - good bike good discount ?
HugoLuca11 h, 59 m ago

Hey, any reasonably priced lady bikes around similarly priced - good bike …Hey, any reasonably priced lady bikes around similarly priced - good bike good discount ?


I did look but the ladies' version is sold out (may be some in stores though?): halfords.com/cyc…ink . Unless you're looking for dropped crossbar frame I think you'll find many like this are sold as 'unisex' these days; where there are two versions it usually just means that the ladies' version has a slightly shorter top tube for shorter reach. In reality some males will fit the ladies' frame better and some females the men's. Give it a try?
Edited by: "Besford" 21st Mar
im 5ft10 so am going to go for the 20" frames... If i bought a second i guess 18" for the wifey. I guess i'll give it a go
Originally £330 for a basic Carrera with Tourney/v brakes lol. It's now about the true retail value with the discount.
marty-40110 h, 40 m ago

Originally £330 for a basic Carrera with Tourney/v brakes lol. It's now …Originally £330 for a basic Carrera with Tourney/v brakes lol. It's now about the true retail value with the discount.

That's good then!

I think I covered that pretty thoroughly but thanks for your endorsement:
"I'm sceptical about Halfords RRP pricing"
" this would be a pretty good bet while it's at this price."
" at this price the bike represents very good value."
"Further discounts may be available"
Edited by: "Besford" 21st Mar
HugoLuca11 h, 43 m ago

im 5ft10 so am going to go for the 20" frames... If i bought a second i …im 5ft10 so am going to go for the 20" frames... If i bought a second i guess 18" for the wifey. I guess i'll give it a go


might want to try it instore if possible, you are opposite edges of height/frame guides there
HugoLuca12 h, 11 m ago

im 5ft10 so am going to go for the 20" frames... If i bought a second i …im 5ft10 so am going to go for the 20" frames... If i bought a second i guess 18" for the wifey. I guess i'll give it a go


Bear in mind that if you go smaller you can always raise the saddle and bars to fit but if the frame is too big it's just uncomfortable and little you can do about it. Size guides can only be rough guides anyway since leg (and arm) length can vary considerably, as can riding style. With the ball of your foot on the pedals your knee should be almost (but not quite) straight at the bottom of the stroke.

Personally I'd go smaller with a more upright riding position as it's easier on the neck and wrists, though you do then present a bigger area to the wind. As brilly said: a good idea to try in store if you can.
Edited by: "Besford" 21st Mar
Really I think for this price and being a solid frame it should have disk brakes and because of the tyre size, it's quite heavy, reviews have mentioned these points
jasee7 h, 0 m ago

Really I think for this price and being a solid frame it should have disk …Really I think for this price and being a solid frame it should have disk brakes and because of the tyre size, it's quite heavy, reviews have mentioned these points


I thought it should have a motor and battery too but the guy in Halfords disagreed! He asked what I was on; apparently he wasn't talking about my bike!
Edited by: "Besford" 21st Mar
Besford24 m ago

I thought it should have a motor and battery too but the guy in Halfords …I thought it should have a motor and battery too but the guy in Halfords disagreed! He asked what I was on; apparently he wasn't talking about my bike!



Quite funny but disk brakes are vastly superior IMO. The large wheels and tyres just make it heavier. I'd be very surprised if it was less the 15.5 KG. At least it has decent shifters, not those twist things that are usually fitted to cheap bikes.
jasee14 m ago

Quite funny but disk brakes are vastly superior IMO. The large wheels and …Quite funny but disk brakes are vastly superior IMO. The large wheels and tyres just make it heavier. I'd be very surprised if it was less the 15.5 KG. At least it has decent shifters, not those twist things that are usually fitted to cheap bikes.


Nothing wrong with properly set up Vee brakes and they're so much simpler (and cheaper and lighter) too. I certainly wouldn't want cheap mechanical discs and you're not going to get them on a decent bike at this price point anyway. Something tells me this isn't the bike for you, right?

PS If you open the specs you'll see it's 13kg - about right for this type of bike.

PPS Post something lighter with (good) discs for £180 or less and I'll eat my words!
Edited by: "Besford" 21st Mar
Besford9 m ago

Nothing wrong with properly set up Vee brakes and they're so much simpler …Nothing wrong with properly set up Vee brakes and they're so much simpler (and cheaper and lighter) too. I certainly wouldn't want cheap mechanical discs and you're not going to get them on a decent bike at this price point anyway. Something tells me this isn't the bike for you, right?



No it isn't, I've got a few.
But regarding v brakes, they do fade in the wet and yes they have to be adjusted properly. How many people do that? Or know how to do it properly? And they wear much more rapidly than disk brakes.
There's little to adjust with disk brakes
Personally for the ordinary rider, I would say it was an open and shut case.
jasee57 m ago

No it isn't, I've got a few. But regarding v brakes, they do fade in the …No it isn't, I've got a few. But regarding v brakes, they do fade in the wet and yes they have to be adjusted properly. How many people do that? Or know how to do it properly? And they wear much more rapidly than disk brakes. There's little to adjust with disk brakesPersonally for the ordinary rider, I would say it was an open and shut case.


I have hydraulic discs on a rather expensive carbon framed Specialized (a bike way beyond my ability to benefit from it (embarrassed)). They're fine, work OK, but no better than good vee brakes; however, if they get grit in them they make an awful noise and vibrate. They are also more difficult to set up than vee brakes. I might agree with you if you were talking about calipers but vee brakes with good pads are fine. Anyway, if you put decent discs on a £180 bike there won't be much left for the rest of it!
Besford19 m ago

I have hydraulic discs on a rather expensive carbon framed Specialized (a …I have hydraulic discs on a rather expensive carbon framed Specialized (a bike way beyond my ability to benefit from it (embarrassed)). They're fine, work OK, but no better than good vee brakes; however, if they get grit in them they make an awful noise and vibrate. They are also more difficult to set up than vee brakes. I might agree with you if you were talking about calipers but vee brakes with good pads are fine. Anyway, if you put decent discs on a £180 bike there won't be much left for the rest of it!



Yes, a very impressive bike no doubt, we'll just have to disagree. Cheap disks brakes or not, they are always IMO superior to any sort of rim brakes for the reasons I've mentioned. Mine have never given me any trouble.
It's good value but the bike is compromised by the low end tourney drivetrain with freewheel. However you are getting a pretty decent frame and it is worth upgrading later if £180 is all you can stretch too. I actually prefer the steel forks on this to the aluminium forks on the 2 subway models. Personally I'd wait until either of the Subways are on offer both with disc brakes and much higher quality freehub based drivetrains but this is ok.
bonzobanana3 h, 38 m ago

It's good value but the bike is compromised by the low end tourney …It's good value but the bike is compromised by the low end tourney drivetrain with freewheel. However you are getting a pretty decent frame and it is worth upgrading later if £180 is all you can stretch too. I actually prefer the steel forks on this to the aluminium forks on the 2 subway models. Personally I'd wait until either of the Subways are on offer both with disc brakes and much higher quality freehub based drivetrains but this is ok.


Do you think they are ever likely to come as low as £180?
Great price indeed good colour , ideal for rougher terrain and along canals etc also should be a comfortable ride compared to road bikes
All three sizes still available!
Also in cycle republic. Same deal but grey available
Besford21st Mar

I have hydraulic discs on a rather expensive carbon framed Specialized (a …I have hydraulic discs on a rather expensive carbon framed Specialized (a bike way beyond my ability to benefit from it (embarrassed)). They're fine, work OK, but no better than good vee brakes; however, if they get grit in them they make an awful noise and vibrate. They are also more difficult to set up than vee brakes. I might agree with you if you were talking about calipers but vee brakes with good pads are fine. Anyway, if you put decent discs on a £180 bike there won't be much left for the rest of it!


I have hydraulic disks on a hybrid they are better than rim / brakes and haven't needed to be adjusted but I dont cycle off road.
deleted186475627th Mar

Got some right theiving b@s7ards around my area lately. What's a good lock …Got some right theiving b@s7ards around my area lately. What's a good lock to go with this? Thanks


A big dog is quite effective - can help on the uphill bits too!

Lidl had some bike stuff last week but I can't find the link to see if there was a lock.
Somehow I'm going with low budget bikes after 3 bikes got stolen.. Even from my flat main storage..
Halfords Carrera Bikes are good value and always seem to get decent reviews

My mountain bike (Claude Butler) is about 20 years old and has standard side pull brakes and it works well for me and stops me.
anything of similar quality for kids at this price? (10+)
seems (to my uneducated eye) that its either lower spec or higher price
brilly38 m ago

anything of similar quality for kids at this price? (10+)seems (to my …anything of similar quality for kids at this price? (10+)seems (to my uneducated eye) that its either lower spec or higher price


Looks like 24" wheel bikes may be right (kid's vary a lot in size at this age)?
What about this one:
halfords.com/cyc…eel

Says age 8-11, height 4'2" to 4'9".
After that I think you move up to small adult sizes, probably 26" wheel and 14" - 16" frames. Here's one, very cheap but poor spec however the size guide may help:
halfords.com/cyc…ler

Here's Evan's size guide. Bear in mind it is only a guide as leg length is very important too and varies considerably at the same height. Best to try in store if possible:
evanscycles.com/hel…rid
Edited by: "Besford" 29th Mar
Besford1 h, 20 m ago

Looks like 24" wheel bikes may be right (kid's vary a lot in size at this …Looks like 24" wheel bikes may be right (kid's vary a lot in size at this age)?What about this one:http://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/junior-bikes/carrera-abyss-junior-hybrid-bike-24-wheelSays age 8-11, height 4'2" to 4'9".After that I think you move up to small adult sizes, probably 26" wheel and 14" - 16" frames. Here's one, very cheap but poor spec however the size guide may help:http://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/junior-bikes/indi-integer-kids-mountain-bike-red-26-wheel?request_type=bestsellerHere's Evan's size guide. Bear in mind it is only a guide as leg length is very important too and varies considerably at the same height. Best to try in store if possible:https://www.evanscycles.com/help/bike-sizing-hybrid


thanks, i did see that carrera one but it had no proper info about it i could see
(prob about 135-140cm atm)

i'll have a look at the other links too
brilly2 h, 18 m ago

thanks, i did see that carrera one but it had no proper info about it i …thanks, i did see that carrera one but it had no proper info about it i could see (prob about 135-140cm atm)i'll have a look at the other links too


Another site worth reviewing though mostly more expensive stuff:
ukbikesdepot.com/m14…kes
Besford23 h, 23 m ago

Another site worth reviewing though mostly more expensive …Another site worth reviewing though mostly more expensive stuff:https://www.ukbikesdepot.com/m14b0s0p0/Childrens_Bikes


Thanks Besford. You seem to be providing really good advice. I've recently bought a dahon folding bike - would be able to please recommend a decent multi tool?
hhali22 h, 20 m ago

Thanks Besford. You seem to be providing really good advice. I've recently …Thanks Besford. You seem to be providing really good advice. I've recently bought a dahon folding bike - would be able to please recommend a decent multi tool?


Hi. I've got a couple of Dahons too - well made folders which ride like a full size bike (many folders are too cramped). If you're not in a hurry for a multi-tool I'd wait for Aldi/Lidl bike specials: they usually have them and they are decent tools at sensible prices. There may be some left in Lidl from a couple of weeks ago: they usually come with a little saddle bag too.
Edited by: "Besford" 31st Mar
deleted186475627th Mar

Got some right theiving b@s7ards around my area lately. What's a good lock …Got some right theiving b@s7ards around my area lately. What's a good lock to go with this? Thanks


This maybe?:
hotukdeals.com/dea…063
Besford19 h, 50 m ago

Hi. I've got a couple of Dahons too - well made folders which ride like a …Hi. I've got a couple of Dahons too - well made folders which ride like a full size bike (many folders are too cramped). If you're not in a hurry for a multi-tool I'd wait for Aldi/Lidl bike specials: they usually have them and they are decent tools at sensible prices. There may be some left in Lidl from a couple of weeks ago: they usually come with a little saddle bag too.


How about this for emergencies?

m.ebay.co.uk/itm…460
hhali41 m ago

How about this for …How about this for emergencies?https://m.ebay.co.uk/itm/BICYCLE-Cycling-REPAIR-SET-PUNCTURE-BIKE-MULTI-FUNCTION-Tools-WITH-POUCH-NEW/202216852714?_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIM.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20180306143914%26meid%3Daa37e676d00748e9aa7ed08649b0a070%26pid%3D100935%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D12%26sd%3D201643747738%26itm%3D202216852714&_trksid=p2056116.c100935.m2460#UserReviews


Wow - you couldn't post it for that!
hhali31st Mar

How about this for …How about this for emergencies?https://m.ebay.co.uk/itm/BICYCLE-Cycling-REPAIR-SET-PUNCTURE-BIKE-MULTI-FUNCTION-Tools-WITH-POUCH-NEW/202216852714?_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIM.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20180306143914%26meid%3Daa37e676d00748e9aa7ed08649b0a070%26pid%3D100935%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D12%26sd%3D201643747738%26itm%3D202216852714&_trksid=p2056116.c100935.m2460#UserReviews


Got one - came in a week and it's OK - fantastic at that price. Thanks hhali!
Besford1 h, 58 m ago

Got one - came in a week and it's OK - fantastic at that price. Thanks …Got one - came in a week and it's OK - fantastic at that price. Thanks hhali!


Have you tried the allen keys on your bike? The ones that came with my recent bike purchase were absolute ***. Used the ones from my big toolset and could tighten everything another half turn or more (the seat was another three full rotations). Are the ones in that actually usable to adjust a bike that has been put together properly as that is the one 'key' element (sorry) in one of those sets in my opinion?
Edited by moderator: "potty mouth" 16th Apr
nige18211 m ago

Have you tried the allen keys on your bike? The ones that came with my …Have you tried the allen keys on your bike? The ones that came with my recent bike purchase were absolute ***. Used the ones from my big toolset and could tighten everything another half turn or more (the seat was another three full rotations). Are the ones in that actually usable to adjust a bike that has been put together properly as that is the one 'key' element (sorry) in one of those sets in my opinion?


Haven't used them yet.
Unexpired - still available at several stores near me.
Edited by: "Besford" 22nd Apr
Checked 28/4/18: looks like only 18" frame (medium) available now.
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