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Posted 8th Jan

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My first post in many years being a member! Wahoo! Hello all!

I've just been browsing the Halfords website and I've came across their Carrera Vulcan Electric bike reduced to £995 (from £1400). I've been montoring this product for a while as it has all the features I need - high torque rear motor, high range (60 miles quoted), speed and torque sensors + decent front forks and brakes for the money. All comes in at under £1k. I'll be setting up my cycle to work voucher tomorrow!

Also - this is not available for Home delivery as it's reserve and collect only - so just need to see if any stores close to you have any stock. I'm lucky! :-)

Details from their website below

Make light work of mountains with the Carrera Vulcan E Electric Mountain Bike. If you’re looking for effortless electric riding, on and off road, the Vulcan E is an outstanding option.

The 417Wh battery will give you up to 60 miles of electric pedal power – perfect to get you over those peaks. And when you’re back after riding, a charge time of 6 hours means the Vulcan E will be ready to go again in no time. Power is delivered by a rear hub motor with torque sensor, for smooth and responsive assistance when you need it. As standard on all Carrera E-bikes, the Vulcan comes with an integrated smart control system that protects the battery from overheating, short circuiting or overcharging. The battery re-charges in just 6 hours, and comes with a full 2-year / 500 charge warranty.

The electric motor of the Carrera Vulcan is controlled via full LCD Suntour Head Unit. The detachable head unit allows you to choose from one of 4 assistance modes, depending on the level of support you require. The unit also allows the user to view additional data such as Speed and Mileage to provide additional data whilst riding. The display is located centrally, directly below the line of vision whilst riding, allowing you to keep your attention on the trail.

Add in a lightweight aluminium frame plus 9-speed Shimano Altus gears and you’ve got a bike that offers seamless climbing. For the descents, there’s the Vulcan E’s strong hydraulic disc brakes. A Suntour Suspension fork with 120mm of travel allows you to tackle trails with ease, while double wall alloy rims and Kenda tyres provide excellent grip on the ride down.

Battery
With a large battery capacity of 417Wh / 11.58Ah and a range of up to 60 miles per charge the Vulcan is very capable of going the distance. With a frame-mounted battery on the Vulcan E’s down-tube, weight is balanced against the rear mounted hub motor providing an improved ride quality, over those with rear-mounted batteries.

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Motor
The Carrera Vulcan E is built around a fantastic Suntour rear hub electric motor system, seamlessly integrated into the rear wheel, providing improved traction and controlled handling.

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Sensor
The power control in the system is delivered courtesy of a premium Torque sensor, which gradually eases the power in and out in response to your input, providing a natural ride characteristic and a real reason to upgrade from more basic speed sensor systems. The quality of the Torque sensor is really notable when accelerating out of corners and make small, or when making tighter intricate manoeuvres.

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Frame / ComponentsFrame: Lightweight aluminium
Gears: 9-speed Shimano Altus
Suspension: Suntour Fork 120mm
Brakes: Hydraulic Disc
Wheels: 27.5" with Kenda K1027 Tyres
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Very important to a giant like me.. Happy to see its in 22"

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Am I missing something? Halfords always seem to overegg their WAS prices, in this case its £1400 for this 2018 version. However a quick look on their website for the current model shows a current price for the most recent model of £1079 and a WAS price of £1199. So really a bit if misrepresentation I feel.

It may be a good bike but I really detest false advertising.

Latest model price here
MrShark09/01/2020 10:08

I've just seen some shops are selling bikes without the battery. …I've just seen some shops are selling bikes without the battery. Apparently you have to pedal at all times and rely on the power you generate from your legs to move, unbelievable i know. I mentioned this to my doctor when i was having my gastric band fitted and he said this way to cycle is actually good for your health and said it could be classed as 'exercise'. I wasn't sure what he meant by this as i haven't heard of that word before. Anyway I'm off to get the bus now to Greggs which is 100m down the road.


Strangely e-bike riders tend to be fitter than normal cyclists as an average I think mainly because they use their bikes more often and ride for longer distances. Also some people in hilly areas who didn't want to use a regular bicycle for the effort have with an e-bike. Lastly most e-bike owners also own a regular bike with often the e-bike used for commuting but normal bikes used at other times. E-bikes seem to massively increase the frequency of using bikes and have incredible financial savings over cars and motorbikes for commuting.

Lets not forget it costs about 25p to recharge a e-bike battery that might give a range of 60 miles. 60 miles for a car could be 2 gallons of petrol or £10-11 and that doesn't even start to compare the real cost savings based on insurance, car tax, maintenance, buying the car etc.

There's no shame in buying and using a e-bike in my opinion, increased fitness and huge financial benefits.

bicycling.com/new…dy/
I've just seen some shops are selling bikes without the battery. Apparently you have to pedal at all times and rely on the power you generate from your legs to move, unbelievable i know. I mentioned this to my doctor when i was having my gastric band fitted and he said this way to cycle is actually good for your health and said it could be classed as 'exercise'. I wasn't sure what he meant by this as i haven't heard of that word before. Anyway I'm off to get the bus now to Greggs which is 100m down the road.
Edited by: "MrShark" 9th Jan
I am so sick of these stupid arguments. I love to cycle and I love to go out for an hour or two on the weekends, take in the countryside under my own steam and have a good sweat. It's one of my favourite things to do.

but sometimes, I need some milk. And I don't want to take the car.

So I go on my ebike.

Why don't I just take my regular bike? Because i'm not wearing clothes that are very good for cycling and I dont really want to get changed I just want to go get some milk. And cycling is faster and more convenient than taking the car.

Enter my ebike.

I have a several bikes, I have a car, I have an ebike too.
Edited by: "jamesdew" 10th Jan
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Old model, watch out for cut outs. I have the Crossfire-e, great bike, I paid about £680 after discounts 2 years ago
Had this for over a year now and have been very pleased with it. Never had any cut out issues. Heat from me.
Very decent price for the spec especially if you are buying on a cycle2work scheme but remember you can buy a better hardtail with air fork for around £500 and then buy a e-bike conversion kit and battery for the same money as this. This definitely makes more sense though if you are buying on a cycle2work scheme and effectively can get a huge chunk of the price back without the cycle2work scheme I'd personally rather go the conversion kit route.

A quick look shows this bike on offer.

halfords.com/cyc…mes

Other e-bike options at Halfords include their new road bike model at £995 and the Subway at the same price but both have smaller capacity batteries than this model.
Mud guards sold seperately which bumps it to over £1000....
Go to pedelecs forum for info on these bikes.
Edited by: "mikmikmikmik" 8th Jan
bonzobanana08/01/2020 18:11

Very decent price for the spec especially if you are buying on a …Very decent price for the spec especially if you are buying on a cycle2work scheme but remember you can buy a better hardtail with air fork for around £500 and then buy a e-bike conversion kit and battery for the same money as this. This definitely makes more sense though if you are buying on a cycle2work scheme and effectively can get a huge chunk of the price back without the cycle2work scheme I'd personally rather go the conversion kit route.A quick look shows this bike on offer.https://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/mountain-bikes/voodoo-bizango-29er-mens-mountain-bike-16-18-20-22-framesOther e-bike options at Halfords include their new road bike model at £995 and the Subway at the same price but both have smaller capacity batteries than this model.


Heat for the price OP, great value for money it seems. I've got a Saracen MTB that I could convert with an e-bike kit, or buy this. Think I'd be disappointed with the feel of this coming from the Saracen though. Researching Bafang mid-drive kits and need to make a decision...
Am I missing something? Halfords always seem to overegg their WAS prices, in this case its £1400 for this 2018 version. However a quick look on their website for the current model shows a current price for the most recent model of £1079 and a WAS price of £1199. So really a bit if misrepresentation I feel.

It may be a good bike but I really detest false advertising.

Latest model price here
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roarz12308/01/2020 18:07

Had this for over a year now and have been very pleased with it. Never had …Had this for over a year now and have been very pleased with it. Never had any cut out issues. Heat from me.


same. have a vulcan e and a vengence e , never heard of cut-outs .. works great. stick it in lowest gear, barely pedal, 3 mile train station journey in 15 mins Vulcan bit nicer due to better gears and hydraulic brakes but i like them both.
Firefox7308/01/2020 20:00

Am I missing something? Halfords always seem to overegg their WAS prices, …Am I missing something? Halfords always seem to overegg their WAS prices, in this case its £1400 for this 2018 version. However a quick look on their website for the current model shows a current price for the most recent model of £1079 and a WAS price of £1199. So really a bit if misrepresentation I feel. It may be a good bike but I really detest false advertising.Latest model price here


Current retail is definitely full of it at the mo...
bonzobanana08/01/2020 18:11

Very decent price for the spec especially if you are buying on a …Very decent price for the spec especially if you are buying on a cycle2work scheme but remember you can buy a better hardtail with air fork for around £500 and then buy a e-bike conversion kit and battery for the same money as this. This definitely makes more sense though if you are buying on a cycle2work scheme and effectively can get a huge chunk of the price back without the cycle2work scheme I'd personally rather go the conversion kit route.A quick look shows this bike on offer.https://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/mountain-bikes/voodoo-bizango-29er-mens-mountain-bike-16-18-20-22-framesOther e-bike options at Halfords include their new road bike model at £995 and the Subway at the same price but both have smaller capacity batteries than this model.



got any good kits to reccomend? I found indiegogo.com/pro…277 but it seems to be 250w, assuming this means its much less powerful!?
deleted238549208/01/2020 20:53

same. have a vulcan e and a vengence e , never heard of cut-outs .. works …same. have a vulcan e and a vengence e , never heard of cut-outs .. works great. stick it in lowest gear, barely pedal, 3 mile train station journey in 15 mins Vulcan bit nicer due to better gears and hydraulic brakes but i like them both.


Had mine 2 years in april, Vegeance.

Had like 2 £100 services and 6-8 £30/40 break pad changes in this time.
had warranty work on power cable done twice now, not cutouts just complete power loss.

Overall happy, bike is a workhorse and gets me 6 miles 5 days a week, only 3 weeks worth of train travel due to downtime since purchase.

I would of saved a lot of money learning to do break pads changes but I am just stubborn and lazy to learn
I've just sold a Vulcan, had it for 12 months. Unfortunately I did suffer the cut outs very regularly with no obvious reason why. In the year probably went back 5 times, had battery, crank sensor and display replaced in this time. This is a flawed design, which has now been replaced. When it worked it was great but not in any way reliable. Just read the reviews on the Halfords site.
This is the new design will be worth paying the extra £80 as it appears they fixed the Achilles heel, which was the controller in the battery casing;
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richb301208/01/2020 22:29

This is the new design will be worth paying the extra £80 as it appears …This is the new design will be worth paying the extra £80 as it appears they fixed the Achilles heel, which was the controller in the battery casing;[Image]



Yes, that's the one I was referring above BUT are we ABSOLUTELY 100% sure that even in this guise that they did correct the issues regarding power loss, that some owners appear to have found with their models. Unfortunately, manufacturers are often swift to promote a new years model with the only difference being the paintwork. Would be good to get some positive reassurance from either the manufacturer (unlikely I know!) or one of these tech gurus whose strip bikes down to components and can confirm that modifications have been made.
I have the newer crossfire, only a week though, but so far no power cutouts.
What I did have though was funny noises from my disc brakes, which now seem to have disappeared now that I replaced a week old front pads for new Clarks front pads. All conversation about this on the pedelecs site.
Also read my reviews on the Halfords site on the new crossfire.
Happy cycling.
Firefox7308/01/2020 23:36

Yes, that's the one I was referring above BUT are we ABSOLUTELY 100% sure …Yes, that's the one I was referring above BUT are we ABSOLUTELY 100% sure that even in this guise that they did correct the issues regarding power loss, that some owners appear to have found with their models. Unfortunately, manufacturers are often swift to promote a new years model with the only difference being the paintwork. Would be good to get some positive reassurance from either the manufacturer (unlikely I know!) or one of these tech gurus whose strip bikes down to components and can confirm that modifications have been made.


The problem with mine was (I'm pretty certain) the controller which was built into the battery housing on my one.
This new version appears (from the pics) to have a completely new battery housing, with a smaller battery enclosure which then seems to have a small box (presumably the 'new' controller) further down towards the crank.
I don't know anyone who has this new design so no comment on cut outs but you would hope it's been cured in the new version.
mikmikmikmik09/01/2020 00:10

I have the newer crossfire, only a week though, but so far no power …I have the newer crossfire, only a week though, but so far no power cutouts.What I did have though was funny noises from my disc brakes, which now seem to have disappeared now that I replaced a week old front pads for new Clarks front pads. All conversation about this on the pedelecs site.Also read my reviews on the Halfords site on the new crossfire.Happy cycling.


Same for the Crossfire, there's a new version of that now, hopefully that's what you have?
If you haven't I would seriously recommend you returning it to upgrade to the newer shape, as the same issues affect the Crossfire 1st gen as the Vulcan.
Hi, yes I did say I have the newer crossfire, thanks.
what's wrong with leg power? Im only saying this as i can't afford a new bike
I have had 2 terrible experiences with halfords and would never use them again. Bikes poorly set up and parts breaking. Maybe it's just my local store but never egain.
They might not accept it due to T&Cs (it's C&C, already on offer) but if you have British Cycling membership then you get 10% off at Halfords. Worth a shot.
bonzobanana08/01/2020 18:11

Very decent price for the spec especially if you are buying on a …Very decent price for the spec especially if you are buying on a cycle2work scheme but remember you can buy a better hardtail with air fork for around £500 and then buy a e-bike conversion kit and battery for the same money as this. This definitely makes more sense though if you are buying on a cycle2work scheme and effectively can get a huge chunk of the price back without the cycle2work scheme I'd personally rather go the conversion kit route.A quick look shows this bike on offer.https://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/mountain-bikes/voodoo-bizango-29er-mens-mountain-bike-16-18-20-22-framesOther e-bike options at Halfords include their new road bike model at £995 and the Subway at the same price but both have smaller capacity batteries than this model.


Could you link me to a conversion kit please
Firefox7308/01/2020 20:00

Am I missing something? Halfords always seem to overegg their WAS prices, …Am I missing something? Halfords always seem to overegg their WAS prices, in this case its £1400 for this 2018 version. However a quick look on their website for the current model shows a current price for the most recent model of £1079 and a WAS price of £1199. So really a bit if misrepresentation I feel. It may be a good bike but I really detest false advertising.Latest model price here



At one point I read the small print of one of their adverts - it listed the number of stores and period it was at the RRP.
Checked the total number of stores and I think it came out that there was a 1/452 chance you could have actually bought the bike at RRP in the previous year if you'd walked into a random Halfords store. (And what's the bet they weren't actually on display at that point either.)
Their toolkits too - where the correct price is about 50% of the rrp I'd say.
If you are looking for the best specs, speed and value for money nothing else can touch Frey electric bikes.
bonzobanana08/01/2020 18:11

Very decent price for the spec especially if you are buying on a …Very decent price for the spec especially if you are buying on a cycle2work scheme but remember you can buy a better hardtail with air fork for around £500 and then buy a e-bike conversion kit and battery for the same money as this. This definitely makes more sense though if you are buying on a cycle2work scheme and effectively can get a huge chunk of the price back without the cycle2work scheme I'd personally rather go the conversion kit route.A quick look shows this bike on offer.https://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/mountain-bikes/voodoo-bizango-29er-mens-mountain-bike-16-18-20-22-framesOther e-bike options at Halfords include their new road bike model at £995 and the Subway at the same price but both have smaller capacity batteries than this model.


Where are you getting e-bike conversion kit and battery supplied and fitted with warranty for £500?
Edited by: "DaveJohnson12345" 9th Jan
DaveJohnson1234509/01/2020 09:40

Where are you getting e-bike conversion kit and battery supplied and …Where are you getting e-bike conversion kit and battery supplied and fitted with warranty for £500?


I was a bit tempted by this one a few months ago swytchbike.com/p/u…BwE
What happened to good old muscle power
Edited by: "f2raf" 9th Jan
I've just seen some shops are selling bikes without the battery. Apparently you have to pedal at all times and rely on the power you generate from your legs to move, unbelievable i know. I mentioned this to my doctor when i was having my gastric band fitted and he said this way to cycle is actually good for your health and said it could be classed as 'exercise'. I wasn't sure what he meant by this as i haven't heard of that word before. Anyway I'm off to get the bus now to Greggs which is 100m down the road.
Edited by: "MrShark" 9th Jan
Chi09/01/2020 09:45

I was a bit tempted by this one a few months ago …I was a bit tempted by this one a few months ago https://www.swytchbike.com/p/universal-ebike-conversion-kit/?utm_source=GAds&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=search&region=UK&funnel=TOF&kit=universal&gclid=CjwKCAiAu9vwBRAEEiwAzvjq-w268VqnFG6kKFUAvL_oTzANYUGC5aRzWnJMkVVNoo0MHN_ouEbSyxoC8vIQAvD_BwE


Those batteries are tiny (5ah Eco, 7ah Pro), you might just get 20 miles out of the 7ah but that would involve a lot of peddling.
Also it's a fairly cheap front hub motor which is pretty much bottom of the food chain in ebike terms.
Look for a Bafang hub motor on eBay/Amazon that would give you a much better level of performance than the kit you've quoted.
Just a reminder . I've had this bike for Three years . Even tho there's the odd cut out it's still very much a good bike . The only tips I can give you is where the crank is there's a wire and a sensor this always pullout which result a trip to the shop .. can be expensive if you don't have a bike plan . So what I did to prevent this is I got some gorilla tape and taped the wire so it won't come loose . And so far it works . Also a little improvement buy some slick tyres this improves the battery efficiency. I noticed I can get an extra 10 miles out of the battery with slicks on...
Edited by: "Bennyuk83" 9th Jan
Lol.

The promo video Vs the promo video music.
mastablasta09/01/2020 09:38

If you are looking for the best specs, speed and value for money nothing …If you are looking for the best specs, speed and value for money nothing else can touch Frey electric bikes.


Do Frey actually do any bikes legal to use on UK roads?
Edited by: "flux" 9th Jan
Ive got the E Vengenance (cheaper version) and its been absolutely fantastic, had it for 1.5 years now and never cut out.... id highly recommend these bikes!
MrShark09/01/2020 10:08

I've just seen some shops are selling bikes without the battery. …I've just seen some shops are selling bikes without the battery. Apparently you have to pedal at all times and rely on the power you generate from your legs to move, unbelievable i know. I mentioned this to my doctor when i was having my gastric band fitted and he said this way to cycle is actually good for your health and said it could be classed as 'exercise'. I wasn't sure what he meant by this as i haven't heard of that word before. Anyway I'm off to get the bus now to Greggs which is 100m down the road.


DaveJohnson1234509/01/2020 09:40

Where are you getting e-bike conversion kit and battery supplied and …Where are you getting e-bike conversion kit and battery supplied and fitted with warranty for £500?


You fit it yourself clearly hence the term 'kit' which isn't that hard as for warranty that is on the individual parts. An e-bike kit and battery should be purchasable for £500 even for larger more modern wheel sizes like 29" or 27.5".

I bought a kit for £110 for a 1000W wheel and £150 for a 48V 12.5A battery although batteries seem to have gone up a bit more recently and I bought when ebay had a 10% off code for the battery, there was also nectar points and increased cashback at the time maybe 3% so effectively about £250 together but that was a 26" wheel. I realise 27.5" and 29" wheels are only available from more expensive suppliers and some of those only ship from China (both mine were shipped from within the EU) so customs on top but even so easy to get within £500 I'm sure. My battery pack is 600Wh and the controller operates in either street legal 250W pedelec mode or 1000W mode.

Anyway I'm not knocking the Carrera its great value for pre-built e-bike with backup from a local store. The suntour system is a good one although probably by the end of the life of the batteries the hub motor nylon planetary gears may need replacing. At that time you can either repair the hub, replace the hub or even switch to a normal wheel and turn the bike into a normal mountain bike.
pmba08/01/2020 19:15

Heat for the price OP, great value for money it seems. I've got a Saracen …Heat for the price OP, great value for money it seems. I've got a Saracen MTB that I could convert with an e-bike kit, or buy this. Think I'd be disappointed with the feel of this coming from the Saracen though. Researching Bafang mid-drive kits and need to make a decision...


If you are seriously taking the bike off road then a Bafang mid-drive kit is the better option. The Vulcan bike here in non e-bike form has been sold for as low as £300. It has the 120mm Suntour XCM forks which is an improvement on the 100mm version but still quite basic forks. It's a real mountain bike but right at entry level and the Carrera frames are strong but have dated geometry.
Through my work there's a perk for 15% off bikes and electric bikes, worth a try for anyone trying to buy a bike from halfords
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MrShark09/01/2020 10:08

I've just seen some shops are selling bikes without the battery. …I've just seen some shops are selling bikes without the battery. Apparently you have to pedal at all times and rely on the power you generate from your legs to move, unbelievable i know. I mentioned this to my doctor when i was having my gastric band fitted and he said this way to cycle is actually good for your health and said it could be classed as 'exercise'. I wasn't sure what he meant by this as i haven't heard of that word before. Anyway I'm off to get the bus now to Greggs which is 100m down the road.


Strangely e-bike riders tend to be fitter than normal cyclists as an average I think mainly because they use their bikes more often and ride for longer distances. Also some people in hilly areas who didn't want to use a regular bicycle for the effort have with an e-bike. Lastly most e-bike owners also own a regular bike with often the e-bike used for commuting but normal bikes used at other times. E-bikes seem to massively increase the frequency of using bikes and have incredible financial savings over cars and motorbikes for commuting.

Lets not forget it costs about 25p to recharge a e-bike battery that might give a range of 60 miles. 60 miles for a car could be 2 gallons of petrol or £10-11 and that doesn't even start to compare the real cost savings based on insurance, car tax, maintenance, buying the car etc.

There's no shame in buying and using a e-bike in my opinion, increased fitness and huge financial benefits.

bicycling.com/new…dy/
I've had vulcan e for about 3 years. It had a spell of about 3 cut outs for no apparent reason but has been fine otherwise. Looking to buy an additional battery for it and unlock the controller for more power...
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