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Posted 12th Jul
Carrera Crossfire 2 Mens Hybrid Bike reduced to 231.
It weights 15kg but looks decent for the price.

I was looking for a hybrid bike to complete a London to Brighton bike ride but didn't want a road bike.

Was looking getting this last week when they had the 20% off but this works out even better.
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i worked at halfords,, tested the corossfire 2, and 3.,.

my 2 pence


they ride, fast, smooth, it really goes well -and for the price.

however, in a slight contradiction to this, talking of weight,,, I personally advice against buying a bike over 13kg.

I obviously tested it on flat carpark out the back, so if you try and pedal 15kg up a hill, it wont be so nice.

I say this with experience, as i'm currently trying to convince my dad, to replace his 20 year old hybrid,which is 18kg (tested using baggage scales with a hook) TO A 12KG!

my dual suspension mountain bike weights 13.5kg and once youv'e had that, you cant ride anything else. Irode my dads and although a nice giant hybrid, beautiful green paint job, its just soo slow on hills, and if your carrying gym kit, shopping, or a parcel for example, its just no good, (compared to mine at 13.5), even though mines a mountain bike! it really makes a difference.

maybe being picky but i'm only trying to help.
honest guv'nor


have a great day either way,
this is a good deal.
happy cycling
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Heat, was gonna post but was too lazy, ordered women's and men's for my parents with 10% cashback and 15% in-store scan via portify
What is a "hybrid" bike? Is it like a Toyota Prius?
i worked at halfords,, tested the corossfire 2, and 3.,.

my 2 pence


they ride, fast, smooth, it really goes well -and for the price.

however, in a slight contradiction to this, talking of weight,,, I personally advice against buying a bike over 13kg.

I obviously tested it on flat carpark out the back, so if you try and pedal 15kg up a hill, it wont be so nice.

I say this with experience, as i'm currently trying to convince my dad, to replace his 20 year old hybrid,which is 18kg (tested using baggage scales with a hook) TO A 12KG!

my dual suspension mountain bike weights 13.5kg and once youv'e had that, you cant ride anything else. Irode my dads and although a nice giant hybrid, beautiful green paint job, its just soo slow on hills, and if your carrying gym kit, shopping, or a parcel for example, its just no good, (compared to mine at 13.5), even though mines a mountain bike! it really makes a difference.

maybe being picky but i'm only trying to help.
honest guv'nor


have a great day either way,
this is a good deal.
happy cycling
Laurynas_Misevicius12/07/2019 19:39

Heat, was gonna post but was too lazy, ordered women's and men's for my …Heat, was gonna post but was too lazy, ordered women's and men's for my parents with 10% cashback and 15% in-store scan via portify


What is portify?
Alex_Colvill12/07/2019 20:04

i worked at halfords,, tested the corossfire 2, and 3.,. my 2 pencethey …i worked at halfords,, tested the corossfire 2, and 3.,. my 2 pencethey ride, fast, smooth, it really goes well -and for the price.however, in a slight contradiction to this, talking of weight,,, I personally advice against buying a bike over 13kg.I obviously tested it on flat carpark out the back, so if you try and pedal 15kg up a hill, it wont be so nice.I say this with experience, as i'm currently trying to convince my dad, to replace his 20 year old hybrid,which is 18kg (tested using baggage scales with a hook) TO A 12KG!my dual suspension mountain bike weights 13.5kg and once youv'e had that, you cant ride anything else. Irode my dads and although a nice giant hybrid, beautiful green paint job, its just soo slow on hills, and if your carrying gym kit, shopping, or a parcel for example, its just no good, (compared to mine at 13.5), even though mines a mountain bike! it really makes a difference. maybe being picky but i'm only trying to help.honest guv'norhave a great day either way, this is a good deal.happy cycling


Thanks for the advice. I've been looking at getting a hybrid bike for over two weeks and there are so many bikes and brands to choose from and to read the details.

This has all the specs for a decent hybrid except for the weight. However as I will only use it once for my charity cycle and occasional cycling I think it will be okay.

Happy for anyone else to recommend a light weight decent hybrid bike with disk brakes.
iq0112/07/2019 20:08

What is portify?


A work platform for discounts etc/vouchers for 5-10% off on some places
Are the extra specs of the 3 worth it over the 2? The 3 is 400 at the moment but with a 15% off code at some point and 10% bc, the difference with 2 at this price point isn’t that great anymore...
Laurynas_Misevicius12/07/2019 20:25

A work platform for discounts etc/vouchers for 5-10% off on some places


5-10%?

Thought you said 15%
john_chappell12/07/2019 21:10

5-10%? Thought you said 15%


15% for Halfords bikes, 5-10 other places like Topshop/retail caamaan
Alex_Colvill12/07/2019 20:04

i worked at halfords,, tested the corossfire 2, and 3.,. my 2 pencethey …i worked at halfords,, tested the corossfire 2, and 3.,. my 2 pencethey ride, fast, smooth, it really goes well -and for the price.however, in a slight contradiction to this, talking of weight,,, I personally advice against buying a bike over 13kg.I obviously tested it on flat carpark out the back, so if you try and pedal 15kg up a hill, it wont be so nice.I say this with experience, as i'm currently trying to convince my dad, to replace his 20 year old hybrid,which is 18kg (tested using baggage scales with a hook) TO A 12KG!my dual suspension mountain bike weights 13.5kg and once youv'e had that, you cant ride anything else. Irode my dads and although a nice giant hybrid, beautiful green paint job, its just soo slow on hills, and if your carrying gym kit, shopping, or a parcel for example, its just no good, (compared to mine at 13.5), even though mines a mountain bike! it really makes a difference. maybe being picky but i'm only trying to help.honest guv'norhave a great day either way, this is a good deal.happy cycling


Can’t imagine the forks being up to much, would be better with a decent set of steelies. I was looking at these this morning after the sale was posted on here.
What about the slightly lighter Subway 1 for £240? Which is better?
Looks decent for the money, only reservation would be the front shocks, they're nice at first but will possibly seize up after a few years, depending on usage, or lack of. So possible maintenance issues which would put me off, as they aren't really necessary on a hybrid.
Started biking 4 weeks ago. Already 200 miles under belt.

Pinnacle lithium 1 2020 is the best hybrid I think...and I have never rode a hybrid bike before.

evanscycles.com/pin…936

I work as registrar in local hospital. I practice what I preach. Almost half a stone weight loss with low carb diet...did not think this info was relevant, but this is to point I like to ride the bike to and from home not touched my car in last 4 weeks.
Edited by: "pep411" 12th Jul
I purchased a crossfire 2 three years ago and it has served me very well. Daily commutes of 8 miles. Yes it's heavy and difficult to keep it above 25km/h but it has been reliable. Only had to change the discs at the very beginning and the bottom bracket it just starting to grate. No other issues.
h4music12/07/2019 20:02

What is a "hybrid" bike? Is it like a Toyota Prius?


Very similar but you don't have to ride a hybrid bike sporting a smug expression.
WheelersDealers12/07/2019 20:21

Thanks for the advice. I've been looking at getting a hybrid bike for over …Thanks for the advice. I've been looking at getting a hybrid bike for over two weeks and there are so many bikes and brands to choose from and to read the details. This has all the specs for a decent hybrid except for the weight. However as I will only use it once for my charity cycle and occasional cycling I think it will be okay. Happy for anyone else to recommend a light weight decent hybrid bike with disk brakes.


'Hybrid' covers an enormous range of bike types. For what you describe you do not need suspension, which will add weight and absorb energy. Get a flat bar road bike type (another type of hybrid) withno suspension, less weight and road orientated tyres. Your charity ride will be so much more achevable!
I have this bike, managed to get it for £190 due to a little glitch/human error. Very good bike for the money sturdy and easy to ride.
I have done the same London to Brighton on hybrid bike. Subway 2 infact. Great ride. I recommend you get a better seat for whatever bike you decide purchase. That's where you'll feel the pain first.
Edited by: "Valiant7" 13th Jul
Groovii.D12/07/2019 21:44

Can’t imagine the forks being up to much, would be better with a decent s …Can’t imagine the forks being up to much, would be better with a decent set of steelies. I was looking at these this morning after the sale was posted on here.


you sir, are correct, the fact is most hybrid (gentlemans) bikes come with these cheap suntour nex forks, its a selling point,
to people in the know, you need air spring, dampening shocks, (like fox forks, - 300 quid just for the fork!) to get an sort of suspension.


these are just springs with a metal tube around them, so they will compress over a bump, then bounce you back with THE EXACT same force, as its just a spring, what you want, it the shock to compress and then rebound at a slower rate, thus giving the feeling the bump has been flattened. for this, you pay. these spring forks may save your front wheel rim if you hit a large hole or curb though, so all is not lost.
Valiant713/07/2019 09:06

I have done the same London to Brighton on hybrid bike. Subway 2 infact. …I have done the same London to Brighton on hybrid bike. Subway 2 infact. Great ride. I recommend you get a better seat for whatever bike you decide purchase. That's where you'll feel the pain first.


In my opinion the Subway's are far better bikes than the crossfires. You can pretty much use the Subway's for anything even fully offroad but the Crossfire is more of a light duty comfort bike, overly heavy because of the front shocks and less efficient to ride. Both called hybrid but the Subways are actually fully rigid mountain bikes using all mountain bike components but a rigid fork rather than suspension fork. I guess if you were very elderly or had back problems perhaps the suspension serves a purpose but sometimes it doesn't even provide any more comfort and can be outright dangerous as they age. I saw someone riding a cheap dual suspension mountain bike the other day with low end front shocks and when the rider braked hard to stop at a junction the whole front of the bike dived forward, it looked almost new too and the rider looked of average weight maybe 75kg. Front suspension needs to be made pretty well before it makes sense in my opinion and then you need to be using the bike where it is needed i.e. fully off road. In the past I've seen what looks like strong teenagers on cheap dual suspension bikes often over-taken up hills by often older, fatter, weaker looking people on fully rigid bikes purely because their bikes aren't constantly bouncing between the 2 suspension systems. I would be cautious about buying a Crossfire it won't be as efficient or fast as other bikes and in the long term will throw up more maintenance issues because of the front suspension. Suntour don't support these bottom end forks with spares normally, it's hard enough getting spares for higher end Suntour forks sometimes.
bonzobanana13/07/2019 12:08

In my opinion the Subway's are far better bikes than the crossfires. You …In my opinion the Subway's are far better bikes than the crossfires. You can pretty much use the Subway's for anything even fully offroad but the Crossfire is more of a light duty comfort bike, overly heavy because of the front shocks and less efficient to ride. Both called hybrid but the Subways are actually fully rigid mountain bikes using all mountain bike components but a rigid fork rather than suspension fork. I guess if you were very elderly or had back problems perhaps the suspension serves a purpose but sometimes it doesn't even provide any more comfort and can be outright dangerous as they age. I saw someone riding a cheap dual suspension mountain bike the other day with low end front shocks and when the rider braked hard to stop at a junction the whole front of the bike dived forward, it looked almost new too and the rider looked of average weight maybe 75kg. Front suspension needs to be made pretty well before it makes sense in my opinion and then you need to be using the bike where it is needed i.e. fully off road. In the past I've seen what looks like strong teenagers on cheap dual suspension bikes often over-taken up hills by often older, fatter, weaker looking people on fully rigid bikes purely because their bikes aren't constantly bouncing between the 2 suspension systems. I would be cautious about buying a Crossfire it won't be as efficient or fast as other bikes and in the long term will throw up more maintenance issues because of the front suspension. Suntour don't support these bottom end forks with spares normally, it's hard enough getting spares for higher end Suntour forks sometimes.


A decent set of steel forks and good tyres will serve you better than cheap spring forks.

I used to ride off road long before MTBs where mainstream.

Had a Peugeot racer 10 speed, fitted it with chunky tyres and flipped the dropped bars and cut the ends down. So much fun.
Would the Decathlon BTwin Riverside 120 or 500 be a good alternative. Especially the 120 at £160 with no suspension?

The Subway mentioned above seems to come with MTB tyres rather than thinner road like tyres - so I guess there is additional cost to swap the tyres?
Groovii.D13/07/2019 13:50

A decent set of steel forks and good tyres will serve you better than …A decent set of steel forks and good tyres will serve you better than cheap spring forks.I used to ride off road long before MTBs where mainstream.Had a Peugeot racer 10 speed, fitted it with chunky tyres and flipped the dropped bars and cut the ends down. So much fun.


Wow that is retro.
tspill13/07/2019 15:57

Would the Decathlon BTwin Riverside 120 or 500 be a good alternative. …Would the Decathlon BTwin Riverside 120 or 500 be a good alternative. Especially the 120 at £160 with no suspension?The Subway mentioned above seems to come with MTB tyres rather than thinner road like tyres - so I guess there is additional cost to swap the tyres?


I really like the Riverside 120, I think its probably Decathlon's best budget bike because it has a decent 1x freehub based drivetrain but they have saved money with a steel frame. It has a quill stem so obviously not capable of proper off-road use (the handlebars could go one way and the front wheel another). It's a very decent bike for a bit of gravel and on the road though.

The Subway is pretty much a rigid mountain bike with 27.5" wheels. Every part of the spec is mountain bike except the tyres it's just the forks are rigid not suspension but still many mountain bikes are available with rigid forks but its a niche area of the market. The tyres are suited to road and gravel paths etc they aren't full mountain bike tyres. If you wanted to use it fully off-road as a rigid mountain bike you would need to replace those tyres with proper mountain bike tyres. The tread reminds me a bit of BMX tyres.

I think if you are buying a Subway is because you want a versatile bike rather than a bike that excels in one area. It's very good in most areas but doesn't really excel in any one area. I think the whole point of the Subway is you can pretty much choose your own route be it road, rough ground, gravel, water-logged fields etc even do off-road trails without any serious jumping though. It's also an exceptionally comfortable bike on the road because of its large profile tyres. It ticks all the boxes pretty much. It's still pretty fast too as quite high geared and relatively light as no suspension. If you are not sure what bike you want/need or what you are going to use your bike in the future for then the Subway seems ideal because it does everything.
bonzobanana13/07/2019 16:09

Wow that is retro.


Yup.....I’m oldish. I’ve got some Biopace rings in my workshop.

I grew up in the age of Grifters, Choppers etc. My mates dad was an engineer at Baker Perkins and he taught me how to spanner at an early age.
Edited by: "Groovii.D" 13th Jul
Groovii.D13/07/2019 16:39

Yup.....I’m oldish. I’ve got some Biopace rings in my workshop.I grew up i …Yup.....I’m oldish. I’ve got some Biopace rings in my workshop.I grew up in the age of Grifters, Choppers etc. My mates dad was an engineer at Baker Perkins and he taught me how to spanner at an early age.


I also had a Chopper and probably a similar age, never did the road bike to CX/Gravel bike conversion thing though. Used to do so many wheelies on my Chopper, some I actually intended to do.
bonzobanana13/07/2019 16:25

I really like the Riverside 120, I think its probably Decathlon's best …I really like the Riverside 120, I think its probably Decathlon's best budget bike because it has a decent 1x freehub based drivetrain but they have saved money with a steel frame. It has a quill stem so obviously not capable of proper off-road use (the handlebars could go one way and the front wheel another). It's a very decent bike for a bit of gravel and on the road though.The Subway is pretty much a rigid mountain bike with 27.5" wheels. Every part of the spec is mountain bike except the tyres it's just the forks are rigid not suspension but still many mountain bikes are available with rigid forks but its a niche area of the market. The tyres are suited to road and gravel paths etc they aren't full mountain bike tyres. If you wanted to use it fully off-road as a rigid mountain bike you would need to replace those tyres with proper mountain bike tyres. The tread reminds me a bit of BMX tyres.I think if you are buying a Subway is because you want a versatile bike rather than a bike that excels in one area. It's very good in most areas but doesn't really excel in any one area. I think the whole point of the Subway is you can pretty much choose your own route be it road, rough ground, gravel, water-logged fields etc even do off-road trails without any serious jumping though. It's also an exceptionally comfortable bike on the road because of its large profile tyres. It ticks all the boxes pretty much. It's still pretty fast too as quite high geared and relatively light as no suspension. If you are not sure what bike you want/need or what you are going to use your bike in the future for then the Subway seems ideal because it does everything.


Thanks for the info.

I will be using the bike on the road/hard surface 99% of the time. Anything other than hard surface will not be by choice as such. But I want flat bars hence the thinking around a hybrid.
I have a friend who is a very keen cyclist but admits he is old-school and he much prefers a steel frame as he says it is more comfortable and forgiving. The next model up (500) has the aluminium frame, front suspension and disk brakes - none of which I need at this stage until I use a bike for a time to ensure I will actually use it and dont get fed up.
tspill13/07/2019 18:40

Thanks for the info.I will be using the bike on the road/hard surface 99% …Thanks for the info.I will be using the bike on the road/hard surface 99% of the time. Anything other than hard surface will not be by choice as such. But I want flat bars hence the thinking around a hybrid.I have a friend who is a very keen cyclist but admits he is old-school and he much prefers a steel frame as he says it is more comfortable and forgiving. The next model up (500) has the aluminium frame, front suspension and disk brakes - none of which I need at this stage until I use a bike for a time to ensure I will actually use it and dont get fed up.


A lot of people look down on cheap high tensile steel frames, they typically claim only butted chromoly steel offers any comfort advantage and are an acceptable weight but many budget road bikes have high tensile steel forks for the very reason they offer more comfort than aluminium forks and there is no logical reason to think that a high tensile steel frame doesn't also add to comfort when the seatstays and chainstays flex. When you design a steel frame you can allow for more flexing, less rigidity especially compared to 7005 aluminium. In my experience high tensile steel frames on average do provide more comfort, perhaps not quite as good as a higher end chromoly steel frame but definitely better than your typical aluminium frame. Some of the newer steel frames from the far east use a high carbon steel which gets close to the properties of chromoly steel although unlike many higher end chromoly steel frames such frames don't have butted tubes.

That Riverside bike seems to me perfect for you. Let's also not forget the 1x drivetrain with only 1 shifter makes it super simple to use in traffic you simply go up and down the gears no front derailleur shifting to think about. The freehub as well as being much stronger doesn't wobble like freewheels so shifting will be more precise especially as a 1x setup and the issue where dropping bikes from pavements can bend the rear wheel axle is not applicable to a freehub bike. It is much more abusable and enjoyable. Overall much safer and much less maintenance to worry about. I guess the main disadvantage is for very steep hills it simply doesn't have the gearing for them but on those rare occasions you can always walk the bike up the hill or you can mash/grind it up the hill and build some leg muscles.
bonzobanana14/07/2019 10:50

A lot of people look down on cheap high tensile steel frames, they …A lot of people look down on cheap high tensile steel frames, they typically claim only butted chromoly steel offers any comfort advantage and are an acceptable weight but many budget road bikes have high tensile steel forks for the very reason they offer more comfort than aluminium forks and there is no logical reason to think that a high tensile steel frame doesn't also add to comfort when the seatstays and chainstays flex. When you design a steel frame you can allow for more flexing, less rigidity especially compared to 7005 aluminium. In my experience high tensile steel frames on average do provide more comfort, perhaps not quite as good as a higher end chromoly steel frame but definitely better than your typical aluminium frame. Some of the newer steel frames from the far east use a high carbon steel which gets close to the properties of chromoly steel although unlike many higher end chromoly steel frames such frames don't have butted tubes. That Riverside bike seems to me perfect for you. Let's also not forget the 1x drivetrain with only 1 shifter makes it super simple to use in traffic you simply go up and down the gears no front derailleur shifting to think about. The freehub as well as being much stronger doesn't wobble like freewheels so shifting will be more precise especially as a 1x setup and the issue where dropping bikes from pavements can bend the rear wheel axle is not applicable to a freehub bike. It is much more abusable and enjoyable. Overall much safer and much less maintenance to worry about. I guess the main disadvantage is for very steep hills it simply doesn't have the gearing for them but on those rare occasions you can always walk the bike up the hill or you can mash/grind it up the hill and build some leg muscles.


Thank you. Some vert pragmatic advice. Sometimes advice is often go bigger, go better, go more expensive etc.
I was comparing both the 120 and 500 which is £80 more expensive. My mate looked at both and he said for me and what I will be using it for, he said the cheaper 120 would be better as in particular, I dont need the suspension and the simpler single drive train/shifter. Plus the other things I mentioned. It does seem very good value at £169.

Not sure which grade of steel or joints the 120 has.
tspill14/07/2019 16:23

Thank you. Some vert pragmatic advice. Sometimes advice is often go …Thank you. Some vert pragmatic advice. Sometimes advice is often go bigger, go better, go more expensive etc.I was comparing both the 120 and 500 which is £80 more expensive. My mate looked at both and he said for me and what I will be using it for, he said the cheaper 120 would be better as in particular, I dont need the suspension and the simpler single drive train/shifter. Plus the other things I mentioned. It does seem very good value at £169. Not sure which grade of steel or joints the 120 has.


It's not going to be be chromoly steel or they would have mentioned it in the description. I think some of the most basic frames for Decathlon have been coming from Hindustan as Decathlon have a large Indian operation at retail and also make bikes there and probably makes sense to export some of those to Europe for their low end models or at least the frames if the bikes are assembled in Europe. Steel is easy to weld and it doesn't really matter where the frames come from.
This or Subway 1?
Not sure if it's been mentioned already but I'm using the 'Honey' discount Chrome extension which as applied 10% off on the Subway 1 for me:
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