Carrera hellcat mountain bike @ Halfords £299
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Carrera hellcat mountain bike @ Halfords £299

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Found 14th Oct 2016
Carrera Hellcat men's mountain bike £299 saving £130 looks like a reasonable bike for the price.

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I'm after a bike, like this but haven't got a clue tbh. Through the cycle to work scheme, any recommendations?

I got the old one doesn't seem like they've changed much the forks are shocking but easily changed rest of the bike is ok heat at this price but much better bikes to be had for the money.

as staff I get the chance of one of these for 199 in a few weeks as part of our Christmas deals

yozzer

I'm after a bike, like this but haven't got a clue tbh. Through the cycle … I'm after a bike, like this but haven't got a clue tbh. Through the cycle to work scheme, any recommendations?



​carrera or my first choice would be a voodoo anything in these ranges just make sure it has front suspension and disk brakes all for comfort go in and try a few out

Voodoo all the way .

Isn't this just a new Sulcata? They were previously around £250 and lower in the past.

djchunky

​carrera or my first choice would be a voodoo anything in these ranges j … ​carrera or my first choice would be a voodoo anything in these ranges just make sure it has front suspension and disk brakes all for comfort go in and try a few out



it depends on your needs and budget.

but for the bikes halfords stock i would pick.
(1) voodoo hoodoo £499 http://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/mountain-bikes/voodoo-hoodoo-mountain-bike
(2) Boardman Comp £520 (SALE PRICE) http://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/mountain-bikes/boardman-mountain-bike-comp-27-5

both bikes are hard tails but at this price range they are the best you get get and have won some great awards over the past few years. good for the money and will be great for getting to and from work right upto going out to your local woods or bike center at the weekend. loads of fun.

my only other advise is if its for work do some research and get a good quality cable lock (not a cheap nasty one) protect your bike + wheels.

i have the boardman Hardtail Pro and ive been biking for around 25 years now, and im 42

yozzer

I'm after a bike, like this but haven't got a clue tbh. Through the cycle … I'm after a bike, like this but haven't got a clue tbh. Through the cycle to work scheme, any recommendations?



What is your intention? To literally ride to work, is this on roads, B roads, city centre? Is it enjoy the outdoors, go off road, is it to conquer mountain bike trails? Is it to get fit, do a hundred mile charity ride?

So much to choose from, to suit your needs and you don't have to go mad and spend hundreds.

The bike linked above is pretty basic IMO, for the same money I would look either at GoOutdoors or Decathlon.

Happy to help advise based on your requirements.

mattrixdesign2

What is your intention? To literally ride to work, is this on roads, B … What is your intention? To literally ride to work, is this on roads, B roads, city centre? Is it enjoy the outdoors, go off road, is it to conquer mountain bike trails? Is it to get fit, do a hundred mile charity ride?So much to choose from, to suit your needs and you don't have to go mad and spend hundreds.The bike linked above is pretty basic IMO, for the same money I would look either at GoOutdoors or Decathlon.Happy to help advise based on your requirements.



​It is mainly for traveling to work on b roads, but also bits of off roading mixed in if the desire so took me!!
Nothing too strenuous, get a little fitter. Maybe find a few dirt tracks at the weekend!

So it's looks like you may need a mountain bike to handle the trails, but clearly not the best choice for road riding/commuting.

Not sure if these do cycle to work, but a far better spec for not much more...

http://m.gooutdoors.co.uk/calibre-two-two-v2-mountain-bike-p383858

... Other types to consider are hybrid bikes (with bigger road wheels and flat bars) or may be a cyclocross/all road style road bike (I.e. drop bars but a bit more rugged than a road bike). You may find hybrids to fit your budget, but the cyclo-cross/all-round style will start around £500+
Edited by: "mattrixdesign2" 14th Oct 2016

Cx/all road style http://m.gooutdoors.co.uk/calibre-two-two-v2-mountain-bike-p383858

Or hybrid, flat bar, something like this...

http://www.tritoncycles.co.uk/urban-bikes-c4/hybrid-rigid-c30/cannondale-quick-6-urban-fitness-bike-2016-p13925/s40225?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=cannondale-quick-6-urban-fitness-bike-2016-size-medium-size-medium-c31436m5002&utm_campaign=product%2Blisting%2Bads&gclid=CjwKEAjwhILABRDwo8mlqt6ug38SJACNSq_kX0ebbOFpSX1SR3ntfQ-jDf3H2xnjcVNDEhMLs4Ut_hoCc43w_wcB

Personally I would look to spend around 700+ on cyclocross/all road/disc road bike. Should get you something enjoyable and versatile.

Dont buy one, get one from Tredz, they sell decent bikes

Andy1300

Dont buy one, get one from Tredz, they sell decent bikes



A hugely uninformed and completely inaccurate comment. Well done

winter_zombie

it depends on your needs and budget.but for the bikes halfords stock i … it depends on your needs and budget.but for the bikes halfords stock i would pick.(1) voodoo hoodoo £499 http://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/mountain-bikes/voodoo-hoodoo-mountain-bike(2) Boardman Comp £520 (SALE PRICE) http://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/mountain-bikes/boardman-mountain-bike-comp-27-5both bikes are hard tails but at this price range they are the best you get get and have won some great awards over the past few years. good for the money and will be great for getting to and from work right upto going out to your local woods or bike center at the weekend. loads of fun.my only other advise is if its for work do some research and get a good quality cable lock (not a cheap nasty one) protect your bike + wheels. i have the boardman Hardtail Pro and ive been biking for around 25 years now, and im 42



Better to wait around for a Bizango than buy that Boardman. The Bizango has better components (Deore groupset with clutch to stop chain slap), and wins awards all over the place.
Boardmans are overpriced compared to the Voodoo's

Thank you for all your help, it's very much appreciated... Something to think about for over the weekend.

wenttoabetterplace

Better to wait around for a Bizango than buy that Boardman. The Bizango … Better to wait around for a Bizango than buy that Boardman. The Bizango has better components (Deore groupset with clutch to stop chain slap), and wins awards all over the place. Boardmans are overpriced compared to the Voodoo's


LoL the boardman bike has won "what mountain bike award" in 2013 and 2014 and its still in the top 5 best buys right now in this months mag. the spec and build are great for the money and not over prices as they are halfords based only. plus using a british cycling discount + online sale can make is a mega bargain. just out of interest how long you been biking in your tesco bike

winter_zombie

LoL the boardman bike has won "what mountain bike award" in 2013 and … LoL the boardman bike has won "what mountain bike award" in 2013 and 2014 and its still in the top 5 best buys right now in this months mag. the spec and build are great for the money and not over prices as they are halfords based only. plus using a british cycling discount + online sale can make is a mega bargain. just out of interest how long you been biking in your tesco bike



Tesco bike? Are you referring to my Marin Muirwoods?
If so, you really should save your willy waving for something you actually know about

(Supple steel frame, Deore hubs with DT Swiss Alpine 3 spokes, Brooks saddle, bulletproof 24 speed groupset, simple rim braking...the ideal setup for long distance touring. But a tesco bike to the less discerning eye )

My other bike is a 2011 Boardman CB Comp hardtail. But if I were buying today, I wouldn't go for a Boardman when that Bizango can often be had for the same money or less.
Edited by: "wenttoabetterplace" 15th Oct 2016

wenttoabetterplace

Tesco bike? Are you referring to my Marin Muirwoods?If so, you really … Tesco bike? Are you referring to my Marin Muirwoods?If so, you really should save your willy waving for something you actually know about ;)(Supple steel frame, Deore hubs with DT Swiss Alpine 3 spokes, Brooks saddle, bulletproof 24 speed groupset, simple rim braking...the ideal setup for long distance touring. But a tesco bike to the less discerning eye )My other bike is a 2011 Boardman CB Comp hardtail. But if I were buying today, I wouldn't go for a Boardman when that Bizango can often be had for the same money or less.



Wow a Marin Muirwoods, a sub £500 bike at best ""this bike is designed for riders wanting some fun on their commute. From jumping curbs and train tracks to adventuring the dirt roads on the outskirts of town""

sunsetmtb.co.uk/sho…php?product_id=4828&gclid=Cj0KEQjwp4fABRCer93Klpaki94BEiQAsXJMGpioEXdUFI3h_vwcu-XKexvy6WenshoKmYAH4YLvNQ0aAi4r8P8HAQ

£274.99

your advising people on bikes and specs way beyond what you have. but if nothing else you made me Lough,Thanks

winter_zombie

Wow a Marin Muirwoods, a sub £500 bike at best ""this bike is designed … Wow a Marin Muirwoods, a sub £500 bike at best ""this bike is designed for riders wanting some fun on their commute. From jumping curbs and train tracks to adventuring the dirt roads on the outskirts of town""http://www.sunsetmtb.co.uk/shop/index.php?product_id=4828&gclid=Cj0KEQjwp4fABRCer93Klpaki94BEiQAsXJMGpioEXdUFI3h_vwcu-XKexvy6WenshoKmYAH4YLvNQ0aAi4r8P8HAQ£274.99your advising people on bikes and specs way beyond what you have. but if nothing else you made me Lough,Thanks :):):)



*You're

As I say, willy waving when you're clueless just isn't advised

Let me give it to you simply; I cycle tour. I do so in Africa, and will shortly be doing so in New Zealand. A steel frame is more supple, can be rewelded, is more able to take hits...and is generally a much nicer frame material for long distance touring. The things I have added over the years also make it FAR more robust than it ever was. It also doesn't look expensive...which is v.useful for such a bike. It is the perfect tool for the job in hand. Here's a photo of another one in S.America;

http://m1.i.pbase.com/g1/85/557985/2/130685861.I7knim7E.jpg

As I say, my other bike is a 2011 Boardman CB Comp. I've been riding mountain bikes for more than a decade. & as a value proposition, the Bizango is a nicer bit of kit.
Edited by: "wenttoabetterplace" 15th Oct 2016

wenttoabetterplace

*You'reAs I say, willy waving when you're clueless just isn't advisedLet … *You'reAs I say, willy waving when you're clueless just isn't advisedLet me give it to you simply; I cycle tour. I do so in Africa, and will shortly be doing so in New Zealand. A steel frame is more supple, can be rewelded, is more able to take hits...and is generally a much nicer frame material for long distance touring. The things I have added over the years also make it FAR more robust than it ever was. It also doesn't look expensive...which is v.useful for such a bike. It is the perfect tool for the job in hand. Here's a photo of another one in S.America;As I say, my other bike is a 2011 Boardman CB Comp. I've been riding mountain bikes for more than a decade. & as a value proposition, the Bizango is a nicer bit of kit.


no kitchen sink ! shock .. enjoy your ....er.... thing...

winter_zombie

no kitchen sink ! shock .. enjoy your ....er.... thing...



Funny how you can be disparaging about something for which you have zero understanding. Kind of childish.

(My touring setup is also lighter than that - two bags and a frame bag...holding everything I need to travel for up to 5 days at a time between stops. Kind of a liberating way to travel, don't you think?)
Edited by: "wenttoabetterplace" 15th Oct 2016

To get back on topic. It's a good bike for the money especially when you get a further 10% off with B17BK12 (thanks to alphamike) hotukdeals.com/vou…com and 3% cashback via quidco

http://www.goodbikegear.com/Marin-Fairfax-SC2-2016
Would make a nice commuter.
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