Carrera bikes half price at halford online exclusive 8 to chose from MTB mountain bike racer hybrid cyclocross 29er £229 @ halfords
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Carrera bikes half price at halford online exclusive 8 to chose from MTB mountain bike racer hybrid cyclocross 29er £229 @ halfords

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Very good bikes for the money, ride very well imo.

A couple of them (Parva) Are 50% off, but have only just been released?? so when we're they £460???

These are excellent bikes at the 50% price. Ive had mine 5 years and I love it but the rrp is ridiculous.

Doubting their original prices - I wouldn't pay that for one of those fat muntas - have you checked their weights ?

The lightest ones are nearly 16 kilos ....

Edited by: "g0z0" 13th Mar 2015

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weight are bit heavy. And no reviews yet.

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g0z0

Doubting their original prices - I wouldn't pay that for one of those fat … Doubting their original prices - I wouldn't pay that for one of those fat muntas - have you checked their weights ?The lightest ones are nearly 10 kilos ....


Because them grams really make a difference for them overweight fatties who ride once a month in the summer

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dodgymix

Because them grams really make a difference for them overweight fatties … Because them grams really make a difference for them overweight fatties who ride once a month in the summer



Being an overweight fattie myself, I disagree. I cycle over 2,500 miles a year and whilst the gram saving may not seem overly relevant, love of a decent steed can enhance your love of the sport and encourage you more!

Don't assume that all avid cyclists are 8st! Everyone has to start somewhere and I started at 21st - those grams have now added up to over 3st of a loss in less than 2 years.

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simontrainor

CommentBeing an overweight fattie myself, I disagree. I cycle over 2,500 … CommentBeing an overweight fattie myself, I disagree. I cycle over 2,500 miles a year and whilst the gram saving may not seem overly relevant, love of a decent steed can enhance your love of the sport and encourage you more! Don't assume that all avid cyclists are 8st! Everyone has to start somewhere and I started at 21st - those grams have now added up to over 3st of a loss in less than 2 years.


I was obviously being flippant when someone else described a 10 kilo bike as being a fattie

good deals heat

I was looking at the £329 grey and orange down from £600+ the brakes were cable disk brakes and the brakes gears crank etc looked a bit cheap I think I'd rather go with a second hand light/no use gt or similar for similar money

WillieGallimore

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Not BSO.

Simply lower budget bike. This isn't a BSO.
Admittedly Carrera bikes are getting worse as years go by but nonetheless the price currently is what they are worth. Certainly not much more.

I had a bso now I have one of these there is a big difference between them. perfectly good for my 2 mile commute to work daily apart from one loose crank bolt and one puncture never had a problem with mine in 3years

can of worms anyone?
these are superb for the folk who just want a decent bike for the odd lesure ride,saying that they would be more than adequate for the daily commute.
really hate the bike snobs on here who snort with derision if anyone puts a deal up for a bike that doesn't have a full carbon frame and weighs more than a bag of crisps.

Good deal but no hybrids in 21" it seems. You do realise that now Carrera bikes are getting cheap they will be labeled rubbish by the bike snobs as that seems to be the norm.

Prices seem about right for spec I think?
Ie, not a particular deal, but nor are they twice the price they should be.

rhinopaul

These are excellent bikes at the 50% price. Ive had mine 5 years and I … These are excellent bikes at the 50% price. Ive had mine 5 years and I love it but the rrp is ridiculous.


Which of these models have you had for 5 years?

lugsy3

You do realise that now Carrera bikes are getting cheap they will be … You do realise that now Carrera bikes are getting cheap they will be labeled rubbish by the bike snobs as that seems to be the norm.



I dont believe they are getting cheap,They have been these prices for years.I bought a Vulcan 5 years ago which was in a so called deal for £224 & every time a Carrera deal is posted its about the £230 mark. No one ever buys them at rrp unless you wear a pointy hat.

If you half the price of a piece of crap, it's still a piece of crap.

In this price range

jalp99uk

Comparatively the Rockriders from Decathlon seem to be better value, yet … Comparatively the Rockriders from Decathlon seem to be better value, yet they are not on sale. Cold for the fact they fake the prices to make them look good value.Is the brand alone worth the extra 50%?I was comparing these two although granted the carrera has 29 inch tyres.http://www.decathlon.co.uk/rockrider-520-mountain-bike-id_8293188.htmlhttp://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/mountain-bikes/carrera-sulcata-limited-edition-29er-mountain-bike-2015-blue



The decathlon bike is much better. Hydraulic disc brakes for a start and for anyone actually going off road this should be a minimum requirement.

No need for hydraulic disc brakes for gentle off road.
Even more serious stuff, well setup rim brakes can be fine in the dry.
(I own mountain bikes from a £75 halfords BSO to a 2010 Scott CF-everything which had an original price of over £4k.)

While hydraulic disc brakes are better than mechanical disc brakes, they are also more expensive to buy and maintain.
I ride a 10-year-old Carrera with mechanical disc brakes off road on a weekly basis and have never had an issue with them. They stop you better than calipers or cantilevers and are more durable.
If you're doing black routes at somewhere like Dalby Forest then you'll prefer hydraulics (like I do when I go there), but otherwise mechanical discs will do just fine.

Life is too short not to have hydraulic brakes

If you are on a really tight budget them make do with £5 rim brakes, but after that there's no point spending extra cash on something in-between like cable discs just for the sake of having discs - even the cheapest hydraulics are better.
Edited by: "mugen6" 14th Mar 2015

A friend riding in Wales found his Hydraulic brake fluid was overheating leading to brake fade another friend who had borrowed one of my bikes with cable brakes (a carrera, actually) was fine and still had plenty enough stopping power.

I would go for Hydraulic given the choice, but wouldn't discount cable - and it means the setup is there if you want to upgrade to a decent hydraulic system at some point.

The heat on this only goes to show that Halfords (and others) treat punters as mugs - because it works! OK mid-market bikes at the 'reduced' prices simply because the RRP prices are vastly inflated. You'd be stupid to buy at anything like 'RRP'.
Edited by: "Besford" 14th Mar 2015

Besford

The heat on this only goes to show that Halfords (and others) treat … The heat on this only goes to show that Halfords (and others) treat punters as mugs - because it works! OK mid-market bikes at the 'reduced' prices simply because the RRP prices are vastly inflated. You'd be stupid to buy at anything like 'RRP'.



They noticed it works for sportsdirect. 90% off everything... at all times!

I've had my carrera banshee for at least 5 years. Got it in the sale at £270ish and chucked some hayes hydraulic brakes on it. Still going strong.

Is Carrera Parva good build quality and suitable for 2 mile canal towpath cycle every day? Does the parva quality compare to the Kraken model. Parva is looking to be only an 'average' price

Do paid for 10% off vouchers ever expire


Edited by: "Romi" 14th Mar 2015

ethansdad

While hydraulic disc brakes are better than mechanical disc brakes, they … While hydraulic disc brakes are better than mechanical disc brakes, they are also more expensive to buy and maintain.I ride a 10-year-old Carrera with mechanical disc brakes off road on a weekly basis and have never had an issue with them. They stop you better than calipers or cantilevers and are more durable.If you're doing black routes at somewhere like Dalby Forest then you'll prefer hydraulics (like I do when I go there), but otherwise mechanical discs will do just fine.



I've had hydraulic brakes for 8 years on various bikes, the only maintenance I've ever had to do is change the pads, which you would also have to do mechanical brakes.

Hydraulics definitely have more stopping power, rider weight and wheel size is a consideration when deciding how much stopping power you need, the bigger 29er wheels make it much harder to slow the bike down in my experience, so would always opt for the biggest discs and Hydraulics on a 29er.

I do have mechanical on my commute bike, they are perfect on that bike, I guess the bottom line is what kind of trails you're going to ride.

Romi

Is Carrera Parva good build quality and suitable for 2 mile canal towpath … Is Carrera Parva good build quality and suitable for 2 mile canal towpath cycle every day? Does the parva quality compare to the Kraken model. Parva is looking to be only an 'average' priceDo paid for 10% off vouchers ever expire


I ride a road bike on gravel.... With 25mm slicks.

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A friend riding in Wales found his Hydraulic brake fluid was overheating … A friend riding in Wales found his Hydraulic brake fluid was overheating leading to brake fade another friend who had borrowed one of my bikes with cable brakes (a carrera, actually) was fine and still had plenty enough stopping power.I would go for Hydraulic given the choice, but wouldn't discount cable - and it means the setup is there if you want to upgrade to a decent hydraulic system at some point.


Lol his brake fluid was overheating!? And you believed him?!

WillieGallimore

Lol his brake fluid was overheating!? And you believed him?!


Yes. Why wouldn't I? To start with, I expect the brakes could have done with new fluid/bleeding.
Then... they weren't too high spec brakes being used on long welsh mountain runs that are entirely down hill - he was probably using them a lot more than the decent downhill riders on beefy full suspension bikes with much better brakes.
Not sure if he didn't specify overheating I think, just bad fade - but that seems the most likely explanation.

_g_

Yes. Why wouldn't I? To start with, I expect the brakes could have done … Yes. Why wouldn't I? To start with, I expect the brakes could have done with new fluid/bleeding.Then... they weren't too high spec brakes being used on long welsh mountain runs that are entirely down hill - he was probably using them a lot more than the decent downhill riders on beefy full suspension bikes with much better brakes.Not sure if he didn't specify overheating I think, just bad fade - but that seems the most likely explanation.


Do these use normal brake fluid like you get on cars, ie hygroscopic? If so and it's old then the water in the fluid can boil, this can create the feeling of brake fade or sponginess as the boiling fluid bubbles and puts air in the system

Yes, as far as I know push bikes use Dot 3/4/5.1 as opposed to 5. And yes, as he'd had the bike a while and not serviced the brakes, quite possible that was the reason.

I think if this is your budget you'd struggle to better them however just don't be fooled into paying full price any other time of the year as these come on offer all the time

Good for the money which makes it a good deal

the cyclocross bike is ideal for a commuter. yes, they are not amazing spec, but I see plenty of people who commute ever day on career as and still make it into work every day on time and ahead of the stationary car traffic so they are alright in my book.

if you want a better spec, Btwin Alur 700 is a bargain at the moment

Any of these bikes worth the coins of the realm or can I get better for the money?

Budget is 300, and I know nothing about bikes.

Old_King_Doran

Any of these bikes worth the coins of the realm or can I get better for … Any of these bikes worth the coins of the realm or can I get better for the money? Budget is 300, and I know nothing about bikes.


What sort of riding do you expect to want to do?
Do you mind going secondhand?

I work too late to go riding once I get home.

So I would only be using it twice a week on my two days off just for a bit of exercise and fresh air.

Second hand doesn't bother me for a bike either.
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