Carrera Crossfire E Bike - Halfords now £960 reduced from £1200
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Carrera Crossfire E Bike - Halfords now £960 reduced from £1200

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Edited by:"rogparki"Found 5th Aug
Can't believe this hasn't been posted yet as its been around over a week (or maybe despite searching -it has been )

I bought one myself last August and its truly amazing - not an electric moped - a normal bike with a battery and hub motor gives pedal assist , so you just pedal effortlessly and it helps you up hills or into the wind etc (up to 18 mph ) .

I like this one as it looks like a bike , not like some of the older ones which ,frankly , just looked plain ugly with the lead/acid batteries they used . This one has the Lithium battery with a 50+ mile range and it weighs in at about 21kg (battery removed) so fits on my Thule roof mount .

I realise many "proper !" cycling enthusiasts don't like E Bikes - but they are great for the not too athletic amongst us to savour our countryside and get 10 -15 miles to the next pub without sweating too much

Normal extra cost savings apply so you could get one for just over £800 :-

a ) BCF (British Cycling Federation) 10% off (membership £22 a year )
b) Buy a Halfords card via your work scheme , zeek or Morrisons for an extra 2-10% off
c) being under £1000 it is also eligible for the "Cycle Scheme" or whatever its called these days .

Worth considering if you like viewing the country side sedately and no longer fit into Lycra

I've done over 500 miles on mine in the last year (leisure cycling) so if anyone has any questions , doubts, info they would like - I will try to answer..

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xtreemneo5 m ago

Just got Crosscity three weeks ago. Oh well.


Well walk back across the city and buy one!

Thinking about buying this, Halfrauds will tell you your new bike has failed the MOT and needs a new exhaust, tyres and an Air Con clean" as you leave the store!
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Just got Crosscity three weeks ago. Oh well.

xtreemneo5 m ago

Just got Crosscity three weeks ago. Oh well.


Well walk back across the city and buy one!

Thinking about buying this, Halfrauds will tell you your new bike has failed the MOT and needs a new exhaust, tyres and an Air Con clean" as you leave the store!

Worth considering if you like viewing the country side sedately and no longer fit into Lycra


Or you could just KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE FECKING ROAD!

Yup, surprised as well. Just bought one. 960, less another 10% for Cycle Club membership, so £864 all in. Had a go before buying, quite a nice bike for getting around town and effotless up the hills. Remains to be seen what the battery range will be.

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Graham19795 m ago

Well walk back across the city and buy one!Thinking about buying this, …Well walk back across the city and buy one!Thinking about buying this, Halfrauds will tell you your new bike has failed the MOT and needs a new exhaust, tyres and an Air Con clean" as you leave the store!



Can only think Graham1979 is just repeating phrases he "thinks " are "cool " with no actual experience of ever buying from Halfords . Takes all sorts I suppose

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airbus3307 m ago

Yup, surprised as well. Just bought one. 960, less another 10% for Cycle …Yup, surprised as well. Just bought one. 960, less another 10% for Cycle Club membership, so £864 all in. Had a go before buying, quite a nice bike for getting around town and effotless up the hills. Remains to be seen what the battery range will be.



Often done 30 - 40 miles on mine between charges(and never run it flat ) so have no reason to doubt the 50 -70 mile claim .

Thanks, that's the triplets Birthday presents sorted.

rogparki34 m ago

Can only think Graham1979 is just repeating phrases he "thinks " are "cool …Can only think Graham1979 is just repeating phrases he "thinks " are "cool " with no actual experience of ever buying from Halfords . Takes all sorts I suppose


Really? Bought from Halfrauds, been ripped off by their garages like thousands of others so talking from experience. I'm not sure what is cool for you young people, probably sexting and veganism.

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backinstock29 m ago

Thanks, that's the triplets Birthday presents sorted.



Is that a joke? Don't get it.....

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Graham19798 m ago

Really? Bought from Halfrauds, been ripped off by their garages like …Really? Bought from Halfrauds, been ripped off by their garages like thousands of others so talking from experience. I'm not sure what is cool for you young people, probably sexting and veganism.



Each to his own I suppose - I presume you are now a loyal customer of Kwikfit - Have you got a childish name for them ? By the way - Halfords Autocentres do not sell bikes

rogparki41 m ago

Each to his own I suppose - I presume you are now a loyal customer of …Each to his own I suppose - I presume you are now a loyal customer of Kwikfit - Have you got a childish name for them ? By the way - Halfords Autocentres do not sell bikes


Kwik****. I don't think Halfrauds auto centers do sell bikes either. I think Halfrauds might be the exclusive retailer for this bike which inspires even less confidence in price.

Gone up in price a fair bit since last year. It was £999 and Halfords did their usual periodic discounting down to £699.
A few people on Pedelecs forum bought them. There were quite a lot of complaints about the motor cutting out due to dodgy battery connections in the battery holder. Seem to remember there was some probs with display as well.

xtreemneo2 h, 47 m ago

Just got Crosscity three weeks ago. Oh well.

Just wondering is the crosscity bike any good ? As looking at getting one as I have this one but want a smaller bike

Anyone know of any good deals on replacement 26 inch front ewheel from trusted UK seller?

Well done op! A nice description on the deal coupled with some personal usage info on the item in question which is always welcome.
I think anything that helps get people on a bike is good. No matter what the fitness or lycra level.

£1000 for an ebike where the motor intermittently cuts out for no reason???

Thank You

So you have to charge the battery every 50 miles? Tempted but can see myself forgetting and having to lug 30kg of bike home manually! I do about 30 a week commuting so just charging each weekend would do me, but I do another 15 miles to a country pub once a week too if the weather is good.

tek-monkey27 m ago

So you have to charge the battery every 50 miles? Tempted but can see …So you have to charge the battery every 50 miles? Tempted but can see myself forgetting and having to lug 30kg of bike home manually! I do about 30 a week commuting so just charging each weekend would do me, but I do another 15 miles to a country pub once a week too if the weather is good.


Different people will get a different mileage range with the same Ebike, there are a lot of variables to take into account. Your weight, what assistance level you use and how much pedaling you do yourself. Hills are the main thing that depletes a battery the quickest. Also when the battery is depleted to around 50/60% you start to feel the power of the motor dropping off.
One thing though, if your battery becomes dead when out & about, you can still get home because the Ebike just becomes an ordinary pedal bike, albeit a rather heavy one.

Pateo9 h, 35 m ago

Anyone know of any good deals on replacement 26 inch front ewheel from …Anyone know of any good deals on replacement 26 inch front ewheel from trusted UK seller?



I've had this on my wish list for quite a while but no other information other than the reviews.

amazon.co.uk/dp/…c=1


I'd love some feedback also from anyone that has DIY'ed an electric bike, especially a similar build .

Li-ion batteries seem to be a bit harder to find but can be found under £200.

Edit: I just noticed you are looking a front wheel but I have seen both front and back wheels on Amazon. Remember though anything over 250 watts becomes illegal.
Edited by: "GlentoranMark" 6th Aug

rogparki12 h, 30 m ago

Can only think Graham1979 is just repeating phrases he "thinks " are "cool …Can only think Graham1979 is just repeating phrases he "thinks " are "cool " with no actual experience of ever buying from Halfords . Takes all sorts I suppose


Nope, that's exactly what they'll do....work to this terrible outfit do you? Expensive, poor service and takes advantage of those who know no better. I wouldn't trust Halfords any more than I'd trust Kwik Fit!

gsmstafford9 h, 57 m ago

Just wondering is the crosscity bike any good ? As looking at getting one …Just wondering is the crosscity bike any good ? As looking at getting one as I have this one but want a smaller bike




The ride feels solid. Bigger tyres help a little bit but the bike is absolutely only for smooth and even tarmac. Any little bumps, the feedback gets transferred easily.

This bike is heavy. Even after folding, it feels big. Overall, I got this to have an option to take it on trains, buses and other public transport in case of any emergency like punctures, heavy downpour and such. Or just take it with me on holidays.

If it's not electric, I wouldn't touch it. I like the bike though.

I would suggest go for a 30 minute test rides which most large Halfords stores offer. I actually tried this many times in different stores before getting it.

I own this bike, purchased a year ago for about £660 after various discounts/gift card/quidco etc
Ride to work daily on it in all weathers, just about to clock up 3000 miles, no problems.

I swapped the tyres for Schwlabe Energisers (never had a puncture) and added mudguards, pannier rack etc

For anyone thinking of ditching the car and going over to an ebike to commute, I can thoroughly recommend it. Not only does it cost pennies to run, it's a great stress buster, and unlike a conventional cycle, you arrive cool and not needing a shower. If you can get it on the cycle to work scheme, it'll bring the cost down to about £680

On the eco setting I can achieve 45 miles, and arrive back with about 10-15% battery remaining. That includes a big hill on that tour. That's averaging about 14 miles per hour on a flatish route, so the battery claims are realistic. I'm no featherweight either.

The bike will offer as much or as little assistance as you need (4 levels). If you wanna roll along without much effort to build up fitness you can, as as you improve you can drop the assist level down. A great way to get back into cycling

I have a normal road and hybrid bike, use these a lot too. Don't think by using something this for commute you'll lose interest in normal bikes, they coexist happily in my life !

Lots of info about this and other ebikes over at the friendly pedelec forums - pedelecs.co.uk/forum/

Don't get put off by the occasional cut out, yes, it does happen, but considering I ride every day (14 miles), it might happen to me once every couple of months. You just power button back on and away you go

If you have any questions on this bike more than happy to answer if I can - cheers

A few comments.

Re. Halfords. I went to 2 branches to test ride this bike. The first couldn't have been more useless. No interest or product knowledge, so walked away. 2nd. were brilliant, knew a lot and answered all my queries. So probably more about the staff than the company.

Re. Bike weight. Yes it is heavy. But I rode it for some distance power off and it was fine so long as steep hills were avoided. I think if you want off road ability, a conversion of an existing bike might be better.

Re. Cutting out. This actually happened on the test ride after I read about it online! However, current stock has a different controller which (apparently) does not do this. It can be easily identified by having white graphics printed on the control box on the handlebars. The demo/display bike was old stock and had the old controller which is all black.

I recommend looking at the Pedalecs site and youtube for info before buying.
Edited by: "airbus330" 6th Aug

airbus33011 m ago

A few comments.Re. Halfords. I went to 2 branches to test ride this bike. …A few comments.Re. Halfords. I went to 2 branches to test ride this bike. The first couldn't have been more useless. No interest or product knowledge, so walked away. 2nd. were brilliant, knew a lot and answered all my queries. So probably more about the staff than the company.Re. Bike weight. Yes it is heavy. But I rode it for some distance power off and it was fine so long as steep hills were avoided. I think if you want off road ability, a conversion of an existing bike might be better.Re. Cutting out. This actually happened on the test ride after I read about it online! However, current stock has a different controller which does not do this. It can be easily identified by having white graphics printed on the control box on the handlebars. The demo/display bike was old stock and had the old controller which is all black.I recommend looking at the Pedalecs site and youtube for info before buying.


If you want more off road ability, go for the MTB version called the Vulcan, same electronics, battery etc halfords.com/cyc…ike


My missues has the new version of this with the white graphics on the controller (and different control buttons on left hand side of handlebars), and I can confirm it has cutout (albeit only once but others on the pedelec forums have confirmed too), so Suntour/Halfords haven't cracked the problem. However, would recommend that buyers go for the newer version(if you order to be delivered to store you should get the new one as we found, there is some old stock I think left instore)

rugman5 m ago

If you want more off road ability, go for the MTB version called the …If you want more off road ability, go for the MTB version called the Vulcan, same electronics, battery etc http://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/electric-bikes/carrera-vulcan-electric-mountain-bikeMy missues has the new version of this with the white graphics on the controller (and different control buttons on left hand side of handlebars), and I can confirm it has cutout (albeit only once but others on the pedelec forums have confirmed too), so Suntour/Halfords haven't cracked the problem. However, would recommend that buyers go for the newer version(if you order to be delivered to store you should get the new one as we found, there is some old stock I think left instore)


Thanks for that info, I hadn't seen reports that the later version cuts out too. Well, I guess its a suck it and see situation, and the advantage of buying from a local store is that it can be taken back. Seems ok so far, fingers crossed!
I think I'd be inclined to go for a crank motor for offroad.
Edited by: "airbus330" 6th Aug

airbus33020 m ago

Thanks for that info, I hadn't seen reports that the later version cuts …Thanks for that info, I hadn't seen reports that the later version cuts out too. Well, I guess its a suck it and see situation, and the advantage of buying from a local store is that it can be taken back. Seems ok so far, fingers crossed!I think I'd be inclined to go for a crank motor for offroad.


Yep, crank motors are generally recommended for more offroad stuff, however, most start from nearly twice the price of the Vulcan. In this guy's hands the Vulcan performs remarkably well

Oh. one more tip regarding cut outs, I recommend that you take the battery key with you, especially on long trips - a couple of times when mine has cut out, I needed to remove the battery from the frame for a few seconds and re-insert to get going again. The other times I could just reset on the battery button

GlentoranMark3 h, 25 m ago

I've had this on my wish list for quite a while but no other information …I've had this on my wish list for quite a while but no other information other than the reviews.https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01D08S40Q/ref=twister_B06X3R1YG4?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1I'd love some feedback also from anyone that has DIY'ed an electric bike, especially a similar build .Li-ion batteries seem to be a bit harder to find but can be found under £200.Edit: I just noticed you are looking a front wheel but I have seen both front and back wheels on Amazon. Remember though anything over 250 watts becomes illegal.


I can't understand why they don't include a battery with this kit? Surely the idea is your buying a complete kit that includes everything that's needed? Doesn't make sense!!!

Pateo25 m ago

I can't understand why they don't include a battery with this kit? Surely …I can't understand why they don't include a battery with this kit? Surely the idea is your buying a complete kit that includes everything that's needed? Doesn't make sense!!!



Agree. You have to match the battery to the voltage and it's no easy choice if your a noob to the whole idea. You can buy 3 x 12v lead acid batteries for far cheaper but you have to wire them up. You'd have thought sellers on Ebay and Amazon would also sell batteries to match as one is no good without the other.

I was tempted by the 2 stroke engine a few weeks ago but it's not a green solution and (although unlikely for me) there is a small chance of being stopped by police, getting points on a license and facing the wrath of the courts for what seems to me such a minor offence.

I personally think there are better alternatives on eBay.

You can get something like this for slightly more: ebay.co.uk/itm…mp;


Full suspension, alloy wheels plus you can fold it in half
I'm sure they are even cheaper on Aliexpress.

bandit171 h, 3 m ago

I personally think there are better alternatives on eBay.You can get …I personally think there are better alternatives on eBay.You can get something like this for slightly more: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/250W-36V-Red-21-Speed-Full-Suspension-Foldable-Mountain-Electric-Bike-Bicycle/222369176519?_trksid=p2045573.c100508.m3226&_trkparms=aid=555014&algo=PL.DEFAULT&ao=1&asc=20160706105120&meid=2a4b396107d74c6b807e58df2f3b5d2c&pid=100508&rk=1&rkt=1&Full suspension, alloy wheels plus you can fold it in half I'm sure they are even cheaper on Aliexpress.


Ouch, that hurt my eyes...so much wrong with that I don't know where to start lol

rugman1 h, 2 m ago

Ouch, that hurt my eyes...so much wrong with that I don't know where to …Ouch, that hurt my eyes...so much wrong with that I don't know where to start lol



Looks ok and only 2 reviews both 5star look Kosher?...

amazon.co.uk/Cyr…EEX

Price on Amazon from another seller £998.

OOPs just noticed thay has 26" wheels and only 8amps not the 700cc and 11amps of the Carrera.
Edited by: "morrig" 6th Aug

Hub motor walk away, nothing to see here.

rugman10 h, 30 m ago

Oh. one more tip regarding cut outs, I recommend that you take the battery …Oh. one more tip regarding cut outs, I recommend that you take the battery key with you, especially on long trips - a couple of times when mine has cut out, I needed to remove the battery from the frame for a few seconds and re-insert to get going again. The other times I could just reset on the battery button


I have the Vulcan with the same electrics and initially had the cut out problem (probably half a dozen times over the first 200 miles or so). One of the reviews of the Crossfire on the Halfords site recommended putting a small strip of velcro in the bottom end of the battery holder. I did this and haven't had an issue in over 500 miles. Probably just gives the battery a slightly snugger fit so connection isn't lost through vibration. Another cause of cutouts is a safety feature - it will happen if the motor gets too hot. I think initially the motor might be a bit tight causing heat build up, and loosens up with use (just an opinion). As I said 500 trouble free miles since. The Vulcan is a great bike for the price - I ride mainly off road and get a good 40 miles plus range and I'm 15 stone

SpamJavelin58 m ago

Hub motor walk away, nothing to see here.


Nothing wrong with a powerful hub motor setup, just like this one is. Half the price of of where most crank drive bikes start.

Decent rear hub drive = ideal commuter. Plus less wear on the drivetrain (chains, cogs etc) and a lot lot cheaper when things go wrong (£800+ for a new crank drive Bosch motor)

rugman10 m ago

Nothing wrong with a powerful hub motor setup, just like this one is. …Nothing wrong with a powerful hub motor setup, just like this one is. Half the price of of where most crank drive bikes start.Decent rear hub drive = ideal commuter. Plus less wear on the drivetrain (chains, cogs etc) and a lot lot cheaper when things go wrong (£800+ for a new crank drive Bosch motor)


You are right on the price of course but having ridden a few ebikes I wouldn't buy anything other than a crank powered model. Just feels more natural with the power distributed better without the 'push' effect. Each to their own of course.

Hub & crank drive both have their advantages & disadvantages.

xtreemneo13 h, 31 m ago

The ride feels solid. Bigger tyres help a little bit but the bike is …The ride feels solid. Bigger tyres help a little bit but the bike is absolutely only for smooth and even tarmac. Any little bumps, the feedback gets transferred easily.This bike is heavy. Even after folding, it feels big. Overall, I got this to have an option to take it on trains, buses and other public transport in case of any emergency like punctures, heavy downpour and such. Or just take it with me on holidays. If it's not electric, I wouldn't touch it. I like the bike though. I would suggest go for a 30 minute test rides which most large Halfords stores offer. I actually tried this many times in different stores before getting it.

Oh ok thanks dose the battery remove from the frame ? Just asking as went in to Halfords and they only have it in the back boxed not on display

I deal with Halfords in kincorth aberdeen and the cycle department there has always been great and reasonable and I have a sondors e bike and a boardman
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