Carrera Gryphon Road Bike - £205 @ Halfords
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Carrera Gryphon Road Bike - £205 @ Halfords

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Posted 7th Nov
I'm looking for a cheap road bike for the turbo trainer this winter. My mate has a Carrera Gryphon that ehe purchased last year for £350 (on offer). I've just looked to buy and am shocked to see it at £205. Overall, incredible spec for the money!

I've just spoke to customer services (as it's showing 43cm only) - and they have said that more frame sizes will be available shortly. Bargain. Spec below:

Carrera Gryphon Limited Edition Mens Flat Bar Road BikeTheCarrera Gryphon Limited Edition Mens Flat Bar Road Bike is a great companion for getting you from A to B. It's lightweight alloy frame with Hybrid geometry makes it comfortable for leisurely rides or commuting, and with 16 speed Shimano Altus gearing gathering pace will be no issue. Topped off with 700c wheels with Kenda K176 tyres you won't go wrong with the Gryphon!

  • Frame: Lightweight 6061 Alloy frame, perfect for commuting
  • Forks: Rigid steel fork for controlled steering
  • Gears: 16 speed Shimano Altus gearing helps you build speed easily
  • Brakes: Clarks CMD-17 disc brakes for controlled stopping
  • Wheels: 700c wheels with Kenda K176 tyres
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Awesome price
One look at the frame geometry says it's a MTB with slicks fitted.

You won't be able to ride triathlons on it, but it would be a handy city bike.
Can't go wrong for the money. Halfords ebay is worth a look especially when the PRISTINE code is valid.

Anything precise about more sizes becoming available please?

I'd like one.
Good deal, only 43cm size frame available.
Biker.Jeff07/11/2019 13:29

Good deal, only 43cm size frame available.


More frame sizes will be available tomorrow according to their Customer Services. I'm holding off for the large!
DealseekerDS07/11/2019 13:49

More frame sizes will be available tomorrow according to their Customer …More frame sizes will be available tomorrow according to their Customer Services. I'm holding off for the large!


It'll be a great deal with more sizes. I'm tempted myself to replace my Crossfire hack. This Gryphon has better gears and no crappy suss fork. If it'll take wider tyres, i'm probably in.
Joeaddo07/11/2019 13:29

Can't go wrong for the money. Halfords ebay is worth a look especially …Can't go wrong for the money. Halfords ebay is worth a look especially when the PRISTINE code is valid.Anything precise about more sizes becoming available please?I'd like one.


Is there a halfords ebay section?
SteamyWee07/11/2019 14:52

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/202315674266


All out of stock
Great bike for the money, currently using the 2011 version for Commuting
"Road bike"... lul
scottmathewjenkins07/11/2019 14:18

Is there a halfords ebay section?


Yep. I almost went for the one pictured below. Left it until today and the code expired.
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Why not pick up a cheaper road bike for the turbo trainer?
Superman_turbo_pro_300007/11/2019 13:19

One look at the frame geometry says it's a MTB with slicks fitted. You …One look at the frame geometry says it's a MTB with slicks fitted. You won't be able to ride triathlons on it, but it would be a handy city bike.


Shame really, my 2011ish Gryphon was a "proper" flat bar road bike.
johnnystorm07/11/2019 17:22

Shame really, my 2011ish Gryphon was a "proper" flat bar road bike.


It was just because the top bar is so sloped. Most road bikes I've looked at (Canondale, Giant, Specialized, etc) have a more horizontal top bar. Maybe this is a new design?
Superman_turbo_pro_300007/11/2019 17:28

It was just because the top bar is so sloped. Most road bikes I've looked …It was just because the top bar is so sloped. Most road bikes I've looked at (Canondale, Giant, Specialized, etc) have a more horizontal top bar. Maybe this is a new design?


Must be, if definitely not the same frameset as before, much more "relaxed" as you note.
It is listed as having a hybrid/mountain bike groupset and geometry (altus is for mountain bikes), so it's a hybrid bike, but oddly the chainset ratio is listed as 50/34, which is road bike ratios. Just a very odd spec.Seem OK for the money though for a casual cyclist.
xDxDxDxD07/11/2019 18:11

It is listed as having a hybrid/mountain bike groupset and geometry (altus …It is listed as having a hybrid/mountain bike groupset and geometry (altus is for mountain bikes), so it's a hybrid bike, but oddly the chainset ratio is listed as 50/34, which is road bike ratios. Just a very odd spec.Seem OK for the money though for a casual cyclist.


I see it as a hybrid as well, with only a nod towards a road bike with the compact chainset. They like to blur the lines with categories of bikes these days.
Being mostly hybrid is what i like about it though, assuming it will take wider tyres.
Biker.Jeff07/11/2019 19:31

I see it as a hybrid as well, with only a nod towards a road bike with the …I see it as a hybrid as well, with only a nod towards a road bike with the compact chainset. They like to blur the lines with categories of bikes these days.Being mostly hybrid is what i like about it though, assuming it will take wider tyres.



If you look at the 360° view at Halfords, there is loads of clearance for fatter tyres. No info about the rims though, they're just "Black alloy".
Superman_turbo_pro_300007/11/2019 13:19

One look at the frame geometry says it's a MTB with slicks fitted. You …One look at the frame geometry says it's a MTB with slicks fitted. You won't be able to ride triathlons on it, but it would be a handy city bike.


It has road wheels and tyres though: 28c is much thinner than you'll find on a mountain bike.

In my view, the Carrera Subway has become overly chunky for a commuter bike, compared with previous versions: it's 14kg, with 1.95" tyres.

The Gryphon should be better for people who intend to ride mainly on the road.
Muig197207/11/2019 20:11

It has road wheels and tyres though: 28c is much thinner than you'll find …It has road wheels and tyres though: 28c is much thinner than you'll find on a mountain bike.In my view, the Carrera Subway has become overly chunky for a commuter bike, compared with previous versions: it's 14kg, with 1.95" tyres. The Gryphon should be better for people who intend to ride mainly on the road.


Yea, i agree. Personally i ride a triban 520, and on longer rides (10+ miles, which is long for me) I appreciate the more relaxed frame.
Muig197207/11/2019 19:55

If you look at the 360° view at Halfords, there is loads of clearance for …If you look at the 360° view at Halfords, there is loads of clearance for fatter tyres. No info about the rims though, they're just "Black alloy".


Yes, its just the clearance in the chain stays you cant see. But i doubt clearance will be an issue.
48cm Available
Is this suitable for the underground?

I always get weird looks when taking my Boris bike on the tube...

Kindest regards
Just reserved a 48cm version for collection. I think it's superb value for what it costs. Anyone recommend decent mudguards for this?
Edited by: "pts1971" 8th Nov
Cheers Dealseeker. Reckon that will serve me well commuting for a couple of years, save me ruining my decent bike in the worse weather.
Still showing 43 size, but has now added 48cm size as well. So it does indeed look like more sizes are being added.
Need a 53 myself.
Spoke to a chap today who bought a £100 bike from Halfords. Cycled home on it and about 2 miles from the shop the back wheel locked, buckled and threw him over the handlebars. He took the bike back to them in a taxi.

They gave him the Carrera Subway. He was happy.
Just bought one , thanks for the post. Collect built for me on Friday.
Muig197207/11/2019 19:55

If you look at the 360° view at Halfords, there is loads of clearance for …If you look at the 360° view at Halfords, there is loads of clearance for fatter tyres. No info about the rims though, they're just "Black alloy".


I just took this out of the box. I was surprised how narrow the tyres are. Do you think that its possible to install thicker tyres on this? And if so do I need to change the wheel frame as well? Total noob here.
scottmathewjenkins18/11/2019 13:25

I just took this out of the box. I was surprised how narrow the tyres are. …I just took this out of the box. I was surprised how narrow the tyres are. Do you think that its possible to install thicker tyres on this? And if so do I need to change the wheel frame as well? Total noob here.



You should be able to install thicker tyres. You currently have 700x28c tyres, so thicker tyres would have a higher second number, e.g. 700x38c.

To get an idea of the thickest tyres you can fit, have a look at the clearance between the current tyres and the frame. Also, to find out the maximum recommended tyre width for your wheels, measure the inner rim width of your wheels when the tyres are off, and refer to the section on "Width Considerations" in this really handy guide from Sheldon Brown:

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Muig197218/11/2019 14:24

You should be able to install thicker tyres. You currently have 700x28c …You should be able to install thicker tyres. You currently have 700x28c tyres, so thicker tyres would have a higher second number, e.g. 700x38c.To get an idea of the thickest tyres you can fit, have a look at the clearance between the current tyres and the frame. Also, to find out the maximum recommended tyre width for your wheels, measure the inner rim width of your wheels when the tyres are off, and refer to the section on "Width Considerations" in this really handy guide from Sheldon Brown:https://www.sheldonbrown.com/tire-sizing.html


I'm at the store now, I've just returned it and paid a little extra for a subway 2.
It's for my daughter for xmas, she loves my subway 1, so I'm hoping this is a better choice.
Its ex display and only £240.
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