Carrera Subway hybrid bike - Halfords £179.99
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Carrera Subway hybrid bike - Halfords £179.99

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Found 22nd Feb 2012
I am looking for a basic hybrid bike for a shortish daily commute, thought this looked like a good deal? Does anyone have experience of this bike?

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Lightweight but strong 7005 T6 alloy frame for a faster, easier ride
Strong and lightweight double wall alloy rims fitted with puncture resistant tyres
Tektro Alloy V-brakes
Shimano 21-speed gearing for smooth, easy shifting in all conditions

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Banned

Avoid Halfords for bikes.

pinocchio

Avoid Halfords for bikes.



Without meaning to sound dismissive - May I ask your reasoning for this?

Halfords stock cheap (budget, steel framed with cosmetic suspension) bikes on the whole, but many of the stores also stock the higher specced brands (Kona, and their own brand which gets rave reviews as an entry level Full-Suspension mountain bike).

The carrera bikes are mainly road / entry XC hardtails, so I think the criticism is a little unfair unless you can provide an alternative for better money.

The problem about halfords is not the quality of their bikes/stock but the knowledge of their staff

The Carrera Subway's actually have a decent enough reputation for fairly cheap commuter bikes, and while this Ltd Ed probably isn't great at the full RRP, £180 is a good price. It should be fine for shortish commute.

Halfords don't have the best track record for bikes (but in can vary from store to store, some stores might have a couple of pretty knowledgeable staff and provide a fine service), so if you buy a bike from them, it's useful if you either know what you are doing yourself or can take it elsewhere to have it checked & serviced.
Edited by: "mac_d" 22nd Feb 2012

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wiggle.co.uk/gt-…11/

£329 is a lot more than £179 obviously but your working and will be using it daily to commute so well worth paying extra for this.
Top Features of the GT Traffic 2.0 2011

Street smarts pure and simple.

Frame: GT Traffic 7000 series aluminium frame with Hydroformed PG top tube, Internal cable routing, forged drop-outs with chainstay disc mounts, removable derailleur hanger and all braze ons, GT TT bumpers
Fork: GT Traffic rigid fork with Hydroformed alloy legs, V-brake bosses, rack and fender eyelets, alloy steerer
Chainset: Shimano FC-M431 non series 48, 38,26 w/ chain case
BB: Shimano Cartridge sealed
Pedals: Steel cage, alloy body
Front Mech: Shimano Alivio
Rear Mech: Shimano Alivio
Shifters: Shimano Alivio
Cassette: Shimano HG30 9speed 11-32
Chain: KMC HG-53
Rims: Alex ACE-17 Double Wall Alloy Trekking, 36h w/ Stainless Eyelets
Tyres: 700x35c Schwalbe Roadcruiser w/ puncture protection and reflective sidewalls
Front Hub: Formula Alloy with Pinhead locking skewer
Rear Hub: Shimano FH RM30
Spokes: Stainless steel 14 gauge
Nipples: Brass CP
Front Brake: Direct pull, with 110 mm arms
Rear Brake: Direct pull, with 110 mm arms
Handlebar: GT All Terra Alloy MTB Riser Bar w/ 25.4 Clamp
Stem: GT All Terra Alloy Ahead type w/Pinhead locking ahead cap
Grips: GT Dual Density Comfort design
Headset: 1 1/8" sealed Mech Ahead
Saddle: GT Traffic saddle with integrated taillight
Seatpost: GT design alloy seat pillar
Seat Clamp: Pinhead locking seat binder

Fork Material:Steel
Frame Material:Aluminium Alloy
Male
Model Year:2011
MTB
Road
Wheel Size:700c (622)

New for 2010, the mid-level Traffic 3.0 packs all the commuting features you really need - reflective paint, puncture-resistant tyres, security hardware and a top-tube bumper and puts them on an agile frame with a taller, more comfortable riding position.
Edited by: "pinocchio" 22nd Feb 2012

I bought a boardman from their, it's a cracking bike. I wanted this bike and as halfords have the volume of stores, thats who were selected tosell them. I agree with the comments as to the staff, dreadful IMO. I bought mine and boxed and had it built by my local bike shop for £30!

The carrera's aren't fantastic, but as a cheap bike there fine.

for commuting you'd be better off getting something with 700c wheels, 26" are good all rounders but you'll keep on rolling a lot longer.

Original Poster

Thanks for the advice everyone.

Pinnochio, that does sound good but £329 is a bit more than my budget!

pinocchio

Avoid Halfords for bikes.



Stupid, unhelpful and pointless post, back it up or shut up, I guess you're the sort who will buy a £3k bike because you THINK it makes you look good. Of course they try to cater for all markets and sell low end bikes but the price reflects that (i.e £90 full sus bikes!) but they also some really good value bikes too!!

Nothing wrong with Carrera bikes, generally great frames and good components and better value than the main brands on a quality vs price basis. However also worth considering;

edinburghbicycle.com/

They do some great value bikes under their own brand.

Had already voted hot...would now vote cold....Placed order for collection - all went through....20 mins later get a call saying we don't actually have it, but we have others you might like....bit of a joke! - Halfords are crap.

I went into Halforda a while back to have a look at this bike, It seemed good value for money especially for a short commute. I compared it to the Voodoo Marasa hybrid. I preferred the Voodoo looks and quality of build/parts but didn't think it was worth the extra. I ended up waiting for the sales at wiggle and picked up a GT Traffic 1.0 - Brilliant bike but a lot more money. I would def go for the carrare if you don't want to spend too much money and if its for a short commute only. The staff member at my local Halfords (Friern Barnet Retail Park) knew what he was talking about and if I had purchased opne would've asked him to make it for me and got the extra 1/3 years cover for tweaks in the future. Good Luck!

I'm with big-nose, get a GT, Giant, Scott or something. There are good deals out there if you look.

Chain reaction are still doing the Kona Lanai for £224, or.. Tredz have the GT Agressor 3 (Small or Large) for £199 - both will need some slicks for commuting but they're great quality.

I purchased this bike recently, and have had no problems whatsoever with it.

Obviously there are better bikes out there, but for £180, this is a good bike at this price.

Decent enough bike, I have a special edition one. Just don't let the staff put it together for you

Decent enough bike, I have a special edition one. Just don't let the staff put it together for you

pinocchio

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/gt-traffic-20-2011/£329 is a lot more than £179 o … http://www.wiggle.co.uk/gt-traffic-20-2011/£329 is a lot more than £179 obviously but your working and will be using it daily to commute so well worth paying extra for this.Top Features of the GT Traffic 2.0 2011Street smarts pure and simple. Frame: GT Traffic 7000 series aluminium frame with Hydroformed PG top tube, Internal cable routing, forged drop-outs with chainstay disc mounts, removable derailleur hanger and all braze ons, GT TT bumpers Fork: GT Traffic rigid fork with Hydroformed alloy legs, V-brake bosses, rack and fender eyelets, alloy steerer Chainset: Shimano FC-M431 non series 48, 38,26 w/ chain case BB: Shimano Cartridge sealed Pedals: Steel cage, alloy body Front Mech: Shimano Alivio Rear Mech: Shimano Alivio Shifters: Shimano Alivio Cassette: Shimano HG30 9speed 11-32 Chain: KMC HG-53 Rims: Alex ACE-17 Double Wall Alloy Trekking, 36h w/ Stainless Eyelets Tyres: 700x35c Schwalbe Roadcruiser w/ puncture protection and reflective sidewalls Front Hub: Formula Alloy with Pinhead locking skewer Rear Hub: Shimano FH RM30 Spokes: Stainless steel 14 gauge Nipples: Brass CP Front Brake: Direct pull, with 110 mm arms Rear Brake: Direct pull, with 110 mm arms Handlebar: GT All Terra Alloy MTB Riser Bar w/ 25.4 Clamp Stem: GT All Terra Alloy Ahead type w/Pinhead locking ahead cap Grips: GT Dual Density Comfort design Headset: 1 1/8" sealed Mech Ahead Saddle: GT Traffic saddle with integrated taillight Seatpost: GT design alloy seat pillar Seat Clamp: Pinhead locking seat binder Fork Material:Steel Frame Material:Aluminium Alloy Male Model Year:2011 MTB Road Wheel Size:700c (622)New for 2010, the mid-level Traffic 3.0 packs all the commuting features you really need - reflective paint, puncture-resistant tyres, security hardware and a top-tube bumper and puts them on an agile frame with a taller, more comfortable riding position.



This?
http://s.wiggle.co.uk/images/traffic-2-2011-zoom.jpg

What an ugly bike!
Edited by: "great-deals" 22nd Feb 2012

This was sold out last year in their clearance, I picked up one similar for around £200. Poorly put together though :-(

frakison

Stupid, unhelpful and pointless post, back it up or shut up, I guess … Stupid, unhelpful and pointless post, back it up or shut up, I guess you're the sort who will buy a £3k bike because you THINK it makes you look good. Of course they try to cater for all markets and sell low end bikes but the price reflects that (i.e £90 full sus bikes!) but they also some really good value bikes too!!



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Maybe lay off the coffee and Special brew cocktails for a bit.

Edited by: "philby27" 22nd Feb 2012

Why don't bikes have proper crossbars any more? How are you going to sit someone on one of these?

Halfords do have some good bikes I've got the carrera Kraken and Boardman Carbon both great bikes, I bought a Giant Rapid for my commute from Paul's Cycles, might be worth a look.
Problem with Halfords is the staff quality seems to vary enormously, if you g ahead and buy it make sure you get someone who knows what he's doing to thoroughly check it over.
All in all not bad for the price imo

I've also got a carrera Kraken which I'm very happy with. Certainly don't dismiss Halfords just cos they are Halfords just make sure you check out the bikes first rather than simply buying online.

Carrera bikes are very good, the subway is an excellent hybrid, the kraken is an excellent entry level mtb and the boardmans are superb, halfords Apollos are best avoided and so are people who think they know what they are talking about when the obviously dont.

it is true about halfords staff, you either get a good one or a bad one, but the same said about car mechanics, plumbers electricians ect ect ect.

you can always buy a bike from halfords and asemble it yourself.


EDIT: Voted hot btw

The Carrera Titan, on the same promotion with full suspension for £269 (using the op code) seems better value.

Hot.

i did start an official HUKD cycling thread, feel free to check it out

Link

I have a Carrera Fury mountain bike and it's a great bike, has also won multiple awards in its class. Don't dismiss ALL bikes distributed through Halfords. Far better value for money than a similarly priced gt, giant, specialized, etc.

I've got this bike and find it perfectly acceptable for the money.
Sure the service will vary from branch to branch, person to person but if you check the gears are shifting smoothly and the brakes are good then you'll be fine.
I didn't want any suspension so chose this (and can feel more bumps than on a hardtail only say) but at least all the effort you put in go into forward movement rather than lost in the dampners.

Buy online and through Quidco and you might get both the order purchase cashback and, if you use a registered card, the instore cashback too.

waby1234

I have a Carrera Fury mountain bike and it's a great bike, has also won … I have a Carrera Fury mountain bike and it's a great bike, has also won multiple awards in its class. Don't dismiss ALL bikes distributed through Halfords. Far better value for money than a similarly priced gt, giant, specialized, etc.



The Fury is great also

I bought a subway hybrid ladies special edition(at half price) from Halfords for the wife about 2 years ago. I assembled it myself, for the price paid it is excellent value and my wife loves it, had no problems since purchase.
Kinesis and other Asian frame manufacturers build frames for many brands.....
Kinesis
If you want better equipment spec. then you need to pay more, or have a look at chain reactions bike clearance.

I have one of these, had it for 3 yrs with no problems; however, I would never go to halfords again for a bike, I had to set everything up properly after waiting over a week for them to do it!

Bought a Carrera Crossfire 3 before Xmas for £320 on the cycle to work scheme. Seems an ace bike. It is back up to £499 at the moment, but it will be back down again like a yoyo

If you use a Halfords to build the bike and you are uncertain then take it down a local bike shop for the once over - mine charges a tenner to give a bike the once over and adjust gearing and brakes if required.

I have used this bike for the 10 mile commute to work for the last 4 years and found it to do a great job provided you service the bike yourself after picking it buying it. The only reason I have changed the bike is my company offered a ride to work scheme.

I'm also happy to see a Carrera bike deal go hot :-)

Banned

frakison

Stupid, unhelpful and pointless post


No, actually it's a pretty accurate post. It's nothing to do with the bikes, some of the boardman ones are pretty good. The problem is just that Halfords itself invariably tends to be full of minimum wage idiots. Did you never see the furore with the BikeHut idiot who sold a cycle with the forks on the wrong way around?...

The last time I went there (and that was only because it was late at night and it was the only place open) was because I couldn't find a T25 to get my front disc off. Cheerfully asked the chap on the bike desk if he had any - not to sell, he told me, but he had one that can be used for in-house work. Fair enough, I had the wheel with me so I asked him to take the disc off for me, and he told me he hadn't been trained to do it (unscrewing 6x T25 bolts) and I'd have to come back in the morning when his manager was there.

That was the last time I went back. These are not people who should be around anything technical.

I got an Hybrid Apollo Encounter from Halfords recently - £199.99 - it has suspension. I'm no expert and I've also not been able to sit on it yet (long story!) - but it seems like a great deal to me!

The following will all have an impact on your choice:
The length of commute, traffic conditions and terrain.
Your age, physiology or level of fitness this will have an affect on geometry and style
What luggage will you need to carry do you need a rack ?
Do you have changing facilities or will you be cycling in your work clothes
Your motivation for commuting is it to save money or get fit
Will you be commuting in the dark ?
Are there cycle racks where you work ?
Will you be doing your own maintenance ?
Are you likely to want to use the bike for other purposes than commuting eg weekend training on or off road, pub
How price conscious / style sensitive are you what wouldn't you be seen dead on

Does your employer have a bike to work scheme ?
Are you happy about the risk of erectile deficiency death or injury

If so other cheap options:


Second Hand examples
ebay.co.uk/itm…e5d

ebay.co.uk/itm…rue


Look in the adverts in the cycling mags they have some good second hand buys
magazineclassifieds.co.uk/sea…php

Carrera Subway was once best budget buy in cycling plus I think, not a bad deal. If you know how to set a bike up then their maintenance service shouldn't be an issue
Edinburgh Cycle Cooperative are good as mentioned above and will deliver set up they have some on at £199 one has mudguards and there is a fixie for not much more
Decathlon worth a look Btwin seems competitive

Some advice on a similar thread in cycling plus
bikeradar.com/for…309

I've had a Carrera Subway 2009 for about 6 months now, great cheap commuter bike, was using a much more expensive mountain bike I'd borrowed for the month before & this is way better.

Possible complaint would be the gears are a little low, but this is only noticeable when going downhill & is no big deal really.

The used value on these is really quite decent, which reflects the quality.

If you want an urban commuter bike for relatively short journeys this a great deal.

Can anyone provide advice on the better bike between these three, total novice on limited budget

Thanks

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Edited by: "gg1pl" 22nd Feb 2012

I had a Subway 2 some time back. Perfectly good for a short commute, if slightly heavy. I would normally recommend spending £300 min. on a bike, but as long as Halfords put it together properly, this is a good deal.
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