Carrera Zelos Mens Road Bike - £220 (edit now £198) @ Halfords
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Carrera Zelos Mens Road Bike - £220 (edit now £198) @ Halfords

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Found 20th Mar
Update 1
Further 10% off today applied at checkout, dropping the price to £198
This is an entry level road bike, which will not be to everyone's tastes but you can't expect much more for the price.

TCB available @ 5% too.
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If you really must have new and this is your budget, I would recommend seeking out one of these in your local Decathlon than get this
decathlon.co.uk/tri…tml
Find it hard to consider that a bargain tbh - £30 more would have got you a triban 500se (only available in 63cm at present so for only the super tall at this mo).

Whilst a 30% increase in budget towards £300 marks a significant step up where you can get bikes with the Claris groupset rather than a freewheel and tourney like this.

Edit: rugman beat me as I typed it although very limited sizes on the 500SE.
Edited by: "Bertz99" 20th Mar
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Bertz998 m ago

Find it hard to consider that a bargain tbh - £30 more would have got you …Find it hard to consider that a bargain tbh - £30 more would have got you a triban 500se (only available in 63cm at present so for only the super tall at this mo).Whilst a 30% increase in budget towards £300 marks a significant step up where you can get bikes with the Claris groupset rather than a freewheel and tourney like this.Edit: rugman beat me as I typed it although very limited sizes on the 500SE.


Yep, agreed but I still think it's a decent price with the TCB. If you're just after something to get to work and back, this will do the job.
Looking for a fairly budget road bike with a steel frame if anyone has a recommendation.
I don't mind buying just the frame and buying the rest as funds allow. Thanks.
Decent option here if you buy using their app and the 20% off still works.

sportsdirect.com/mud…048

Much better components but the Muddyfox brand won't get you much respect.

I personally wouldn't consider any road bike with a freewheel, too low end, poor shifting and high maintenance over the long term.

Triban 500SE if the frame size fits and you are in their low weight limits. Don't consider the terrible Triban 100 though for the same money.

You may also be able to get further discounts by going via topcashback to zeek and buying discounted gift cards to use for sports direct, decathlon. There may even be zeek discount codes to further reduce the price on the zeek site.

The Carrera Virtuoso is a much better bike and I would wait for a deal on that if you want to buy from Halfords.

The Muddyfox bike is a no brainer for about £185 delivered or less. The 2300 groupset fits in between Sora and Claris.
Edited by: "bonzobanana" 20th Mar
bonzobanana4 h, 35 m ago

Decent option here if you buy using their app and the 20% off still …Decent option here if you buy using their app and the 20% off still works.https://www.sportsdirect.com/muddyfox-race-200-road-bike-933090?colcode=93309048Much better components but the Muddyfox brand won't get you much respect.I personally wouldn't consider any road bike with a freewheel, too low end, poor shifting and high maintenance over the long term.Triban 500SE if the frame size fits and you are in their low weight limits. Don't consider the terrible Triban 100 though for the same money.You may also be able to get further discounts by going via topcashback to zeek and buying discounted gift cards to use for sports direct, decathlon. There may even be zeek discount codes to further reduce the price on the zeek site.The Carrera Virtuoso is a much better bike and I would wait for a deal on that if you want to buy from Halfords. The Muddyfox bike is a no brainer for about £185 delivered or less. The 2300 groupset fits in between Sora and Claris.


If the stated weights are in any way accurate, the Carrera certainly scores over the Muddyfox: 11kg vs 13kg.
Muig19724 h, 26 m ago

If the stated weights are in any way accurate, the Carrera certainly …If the stated weights are in any way accurate, the Carrera certainly scores over the Muddyfox: 11kg vs 13kg.


The sports direct site has a history of giving very poor weights on their bikes. The Carrera probably is the smallest frame size without pedals and the sports direct model is likely everything in the box weighed or the largest frame size with pedals or some other difference. The Carrera does have plastic derailleur and low quality freewheel that will save some weight over the 2300 groupset and freehub. The Carrera has high tensile forks but the Muddyfox has aluminium forks which should favour the Muddyfox bike. All main parts appear to be aluminium on the Muddyfox and Carrera. I doubt there is much weight difference looking at the spec but if I had to favour one I suspect the Muddyfox will be lighter. If the Muddyfox is heavier then I guess it must be the frame and/or wheels.

I personally would rather pay the penalty of 1 or even 2kg to get a decent drivetrain rather than tourney rubbish. Both Carrera and Muddyfox seem to be getting at least some of their frames from fuji-ta in the past and although different designs likely very similar or identical quality. Maybe they can be spotted in this lot or minor variations of models here;

fuji-ta.com/roa…kes
Edited by: "bonzobanana" 21st Mar
Thomas.Richards18 h, 44 m ago

Looking for a fairly budget road bike with a steel frame if anyone has a …Looking for a fairly budget road bike with a steel frame if anyone has a recommendation.I don't mind buying just the frame and buying the rest as funds allow. Thanks.


You are best posting this in the Ask section along side giving your idea of a figure of what fairly budget means to you. As otherwise the Ops post will just become full of queries not really related to this bike and subjective guesses to what constitutes "fairly budget'.

N.b. Whilst think for a little bit more you get alot more for your money this bike gets noted on reviews for bikes under £500 albeit that review also states it is often at this price and represent good value unlike when at its rrp.
Edited by: "Bertz99" 21st Mar
Thomas.Richards11 h, 38 m ago

Looking for a fairly budget road bike with a steel frame if anyone has a …Looking for a fairly budget road bike with a steel frame if anyone has a recommendation.I don't mind buying just the frame and buying the rest as funds allow. Thanks.


You'd be better off buying the cheap Muddyfox road bike I've linked to which has decent components and then using that as the donor bike for steel frame and forks you buy elsewhere. Check the bottom bracket is the same size and you'll need a stem for your steel frame if it has a threaded headset. Once you've transferred the components to your new steel frame sell on the spare frame and forks and really it shouldn't have cost you much. Some very decent steel frames go for little money s/hand. You could even buy a full s/hand steel bike and just swop the frame, forks and stem over between the 2 so you'll have a complete spare bike to sell with new frame.
Thomas.Richards19 h, 59 m ago

Looking for a fairly budget road bike with a steel frame if anyone has a …Looking for a fairly budget road bike with a steel frame if anyone has a recommendation.I don't mind buying just the frame and buying the rest as funds allow. Thanks.


Also a cheap steel road bike here;

outlet.e-bikesdirect.co.uk/bik…6cm

I can't vouch for the quality of the steel frame. It's probably basic high tensile steel 1010 to 1030 at best so may not match the ride quality of a decent chromoly steel frame but should (likely) be slightly more comfortable than the Zelos. Frame and fork material type is only a small part of the comfort equation though with saddle, tyres and tyre pressure having more bearing on it. However the drivetrain is no worse than something like the Zelos or Triban 100. So its not bad value at £145.

Some of the newer cheap steel framed bikes tend to be using high carbon steel which sits somewhere between the older high tensile low/mild carbon steel frames and basic chromoly frames but its very hard to tell which these are, typically they are a bit lighter and a bit more competitive with aluminium framed bikes and offer some of the ride quality advantages of chromoly due to using slightly thinner tubes. They aren't as good as chromoly but they aren't as bad as the more basic high tensile frames we are used to they sit in-between. Finding out which steels are used in budget bike frames is very hard though and not even marked on the frame most of the time.
I've got a Carrera tdf ltd about 4 years ago now and and apart from a bit of rust on the chrome screws etc it's been brilliant....it hasn't even been serviced and does me proud on the road.
Bertz9920th Mar

Find it hard to consider that a bargain tbh - £30 more would have got you …Find it hard to consider that a bargain tbh - £30 more would have got you a triban 500se (only available in 63cm at present so for only the super tall at this mo).Whilst a 30% increase in budget towards £300 marks a significant step up where you can get bikes with the Claris groupset rather than a freewheel and tourney like this.Edit: rugman beat me as I typed it although very limited sizes on the 500SE.


Damn was interested in this but even being 6'3 this bike is too big!
Sp0oner1 h, 3 m ago

Damn was interested in this but even being 6'3 this bike is too big!


For some reason I now have an image of someone wearing some dubious 70's platform shoes to cycle in - what is even worse is I then searched and found a kickstarter to convert cleats to flat pedals with an image of someone on a Cannondale in platforms.
Does anyone know if you can use the 10% British Cycling discount on top of the extra 10% off?
Steel used o be the cheaper option when i was 20 ( '85) , now its the other way round
njpollard1 h, 43 m ago

Does anyone know if you can use the 10% British Cycling discount on top of …Does anyone know if you can use the 10% British Cycling discount on top of the extra 10% off?


you should be.

I have never been denied when i bought items that were on sale and used my BC discount on top.
rosstheboss19723 h, 42 m ago

I've got a Carrera tdf ltd about 4 years ago now and and apart from a bit …I've got a Carrera tdf ltd about 4 years ago now and and apart from a bit of rust on the chrome screws etc it's been brilliant....it hasn't even been serviced and does me proud on the road.



I bought a Carrera Virtuoso the end of 2016 for a bargain price and its been brilliant so far. Very comfortable and easy bike to ride and did my first ever sportive on it (came in top 10 at end) I think the Virtuoso is a bit higher up than the Zelos and has Claris gears
Edited by: "The.Crew.Designs" 27th Mar
The.Crew.Designs9 m ago

I bought a Carrera Virtuoso the end of 2016 for a bargain price and its …I bought a Carrera Virtuoso the end of 2016 for a bargain price and its been brilliant so far. Very comfortable and easy bike to ride and did my first ever sportive on it (came in top 10 at end)


That is a bike with pretty decent components. Imagine that same bike with the wheels and drivetrain replaced with lower end components, slightly wobbly freewheel etc that is the Zelos. Same brand but 2 different quality levels of bike although admittedly the frame is the same quality.
bonzobanana29 m ago

That is a bike with pretty decent components. Imagine that same bike with …That is a bike with pretty decent components. Imagine that same bike with the wheels and drivetrain replaced with lower end components, slightly wobbly freewheel etc that is the Zelos. Same brand but 2 different quality levels of bike although admittedly the frame is the same quality.



Yeah I had not realised when I first saw this thread the Zelos was a slightly lower level as I paid around £220 for my bike when I got it and its been brilliant. Although a change of seat and peddals are a must
Bertz9920th Mar

Find it hard to consider that a bargain tbh - £30 more would have got you …Find it hard to consider that a bargain tbh - £30 more would have got you a triban 500se (only available in 63cm at present so for only the super tall at this mo).Whilst a 30% increase in budget towards £300 marks a significant step up where you can get bikes with the Claris groupset rather than a freewheel and tourney like this.Edit: rugman beat me as I typed it although very limited sizes on the 500SE.


36% rise. Now, a 52% rise.
I ordered the Boardman hybrid pro today via the C2W - £657 down from £1k
thats going to cost mt approx £430 I think
FunkiestMonkey15 m ago

36% rise. Now, a 52% rise.


Yep and I hope those whose budget is in this ballpark and buy it both enjoy and use it - just got to keep quiet for those that bought it last week now.
Edited by: "Bertz99" 27th Mar
Ok so you all have me confused. What road bike would you recommend for around £300?
BomereShortRound3 m ago

Ok so you all have me confused. What road bike would you recommend for …Ok so you all have me confused. What road bike would you recommend for around £300?


Carrera Virtuoso - Better than the Zelos

May not have lots of street cred but a great value bike - just read reviews


halfords.com/cyc…mes


I have had mine just about a year and its been brilliant
Edited by: "The.Crew.Designs" 27th Mar
BomereShortRound2 h, 11 m ago

Ok so you all have me confused. What road bike would you recommend for …Ok so you all have me confused. What road bike would you recommend for around £300?


Crew Designs gives a good example in Halfords
some others:
gooutdoors.co.uk/cal…886
winstanleysbikes.co.uk/bik…ike
winstanleysbikes.co.uk/bik…ike

if as stated above you wanted something for commuting and slightly more durable you could go this route:
bikes2udirect.com/B76…tml

Top of my list at under £300 would have been Merlin's PR7 - but it is no more other than a much more expensive special edition.
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