Carrera Virtuoso Road Bike Halfords  - £289.99 @  Halfords
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Carrera Virtuoso Road Bike Halfords - £289.99 @ Halfords

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Found 25th Aug 2011
You can take another £30 off this price with NUSAUG11 & 3% topcash as well!
Sorry about the pic. It's the best I can get from the site. Any chance of someone improving it?

This one is similar to the Carrera TDF posted earlier this week @ £299 & now expired. It is however lighter & I am interested in opinions on the difference in components. Any comments positive or negative will be welcome. Here is the website blurb:

■Frame Material: Aluminium
■Frame Size: 21-22
■Gears: 16-20
■Gender: Mens
■Suspension: Rigid
■Frame Size (cm): 51 - 54
■Brake Type: Dual Pivot Caliper Brake
■Chainset: Pro Wheel Gloria Compact
■Forks: Blade Fork with 1-1/8 Steerer
■Frame Colour: Black and Blue
■Frame-: Lightweight 7005 compact Aluminium
■Front Brake: Shimano Lever with Tektro 510A Dual Pivot Brake Caliper
■Front Mech: Shimano
■Gear Shifters: Shimano ST-2200 16 Speed
■Handle Bars: Kalloy Alloy 26mms
■Headset: Ahead Set
■Hubs: Alloy
■Number of Gears: 16
■Pedals: Black resin with Toe Clips
■Rear Brake: Shimano Lever with Tektro 510A Dual Pivot Brake Caliper
■Rear Mech: Shimano
■Rims: Double Wall Alloy
■Saddle: Carrera
■Seatpost: Kalloy Alloy 27.2mm
■Stem: Kalloy Alloy
■Tyre size: 700 x 25C
■Tyres: Innova 700 x 25C
■Wheel size: 700C
■Approximate Weight (KG): 10.5

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Original Poster

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/carrera-tdf-limited-edition-road-bike-269-99-halfords-with-discount-code-nusaug1/998819#comments
Here's the link to the TDF post for comparison.

I bought a second hand one of Ebay a year ago. Good components for the price and an OK ride. I have since realised that it is a little heavy since I bought a carbon framed bike but for the money it is still a good bike.

I will be keeping my Virtuoso for my winter rides.

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Sorry about the pic. It's the best I can get from the site. Any chance of … Sorry about the pic. It's the best I can get from the site. Any chance of someone improving it?

Still not great but:

http://cdn.mos.bikeradar.com/images/bikes-and-gear/bikes/mountain/1243008162044-12ldu05cuv504-500-90-500-70.jpg
Edited by: "rbz5416" 25th Aug 2011

Original Poster

rbz5416

Still not great but:


Thanks RBZ

Regarding the weight difference between this and the tdf. Carrying a water bottle will eliminate the advantage also compared to the average weight of a rider I dont think 400g will make much difference.

If you can be bothered check out second hand ones on ebay or gumtree etc. You can get a lot more for you money. I just bought a carrera vanquish for 230 ish, this comes with a tiagra groupset and carbon forks. Might be worth going to a bike shop to find out what frame size is best for you first.

had a virtuoso reserved from the weekend with Brixton halfords end of season -20% (so 231!) : a 'large' turned out to be a 20" / 50cm frame which is too small for me. Will speak to them tomorrow but looks like that deal's gone for me. Had reserved a Vanquish at Balham to try but got a call to say the bike was damaged - no others available throughout London. Seeing the bike this evening it looked ok at best : frame alright, brakes cheap, gears cheap, rear wheel looked very slightly off true (rubbing on brake) but probably worth the money.
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