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Carrera Zelos Road Bike 2015 £199.20 @ Halfords
Carrera Zelos Road Bike 2015  £199.20 @ Halfords

Carrera Zelos Road Bike 2015 £199.20 @ Halfords

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Original RRP is £429.99 - not sure I'm convinced about this, however the 'sale' price makes it look like a reasonably good deal for a starter bike. I've reserved this for pickup later today in my local Halfords to replace my 30 year old battered racer. What do those in the know think? Could I do better? I'm not a serious cyclist, just need something for the occasional Sunday morning ride.

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Original 429 for 14-28 and Shimano Tourney? 200 is more right price

I don't know if you could do better at this price, but I wouldn't buy this bike.

Lowest grade of steel used for the fork, the lowest quality Shimano components used for gears. This bike is likely to be heavy, not just for a racing bike but for any bike. I would advise spending more money, or keep shopping in the sales.

I know it's an extra £100, but the Btwin Triban 500 se at Decathlon is much better value in my opinion. Excellent reviews! Good luck with whatever option you go with.
decathlon.co.uk/tri…tml

11.7kg according to Halfords live chat. About the same as a Brompton, so will be all right to ride. A decent road bike comes in at around 10kg and under, so you won't be as quick as one of those, but for £200 and casual rides on Sundays, I guess it's ok. Check the weight in store before buying though.

Decent weight on that Triban 500 SE, but unknown components used throughout, and therefore unknown quality and longevity. You might have to change wheels, fork, brakes, gears; not so economical if so.

Go for the carrera vanquish for £263 better gears (Shimano claris) and a carbon blade fork, weighs 10kg on medium sized frame, got one myself and it's an excellent bike.

Bought a Zelos as my first road bike. Still going strong after 2000 miles. Only changed tyres and brake blocks. It's not going to win the Tour De France, but I would assume anyone spending £200 on a bike would be intelligent enough to know that. Great price for anyone wanting to try out Road cycling, but if you're bitten by the bug, you will want to upgrade. If this is your budget, then well worth it.

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diburnside

Bought a Zelos as my first road bike. Still going strong after 2000 … Bought a Zelos as my first road bike. Still going strong after 2000 miles. Only changed tyres and brake blocks. It's not going to win the Tour De France, but I would assume anyone spending £200 on a bike would be intelligent enough to know that. Great price for anyone wanting to try out Road cycling, but if you're bitten by the bug, you will want to upgrade. If this is your budget, then well worth it.



​Collected it this afternoon. Very happy with it as its a big upgrade on what I have. Dealing with my local Halfords was a positive experience as the staff member i dealt with was knowledgeable.

That's about the right price for this, 7 speed freewheel though, top gear is quite short on this. Upgrading to a cassette will involve a new wheel as well as the new cassette

Reaper_Man

Decent weight on that Triban 500 SE, but unknown components used … Decent weight on that Triban 500 SE, but unknown components used throughout, and therefore unknown quality and longevity. You might have to change wheels, fork, brakes, gears; not so economical if so.



The website quite clearly states the components. Yes some aren't branded, however you tend to find that they come from the same factory as the branded stuff (the brakes for example are actually Btwin branded Tektro on some of their bikes). The 500SE has been well reviewed & was the cheaper brother to the 500 (see spec of 520).

I have owned a 500 since it was launched in 2014. They share the same frame/fork/wheels/handlebar/stem/saddle etc, the main difference was the 500 was Sora, with the 500 SE dropping down. In my 500 I have done over 2,000 miles of commuting, training & a number of 60-100mile sportives.

Got this a bout 2 years ago. Crap bike. You will have to replace the pedals and saddle, so factor that in. Not enough gears to pick up any speed.
Edited by: "jaykaykay" 5th Sep 2016

seanmckenna

​Collected it this afternoon. Very happy with it as its a big upgrade on w … ​Collected it this afternoon. Very happy with it as its a big upgrade on what I have. Dealing with my local Halfords was a positive experience as the staff member i dealt with was knowledgeable.


Jesus, what was your old bike?

jaykaykay

Jesus, what was your old bike?



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infiniti

Go for the carrera vanquish for £263 better gears (Shimano claris) and a … Go for the carrera vanquish for £263 better gears (Shimano claris) and a carbon blade fork, weighs 10kg on medium sized frame, got one myself and it's an excellent bike.


Seems to be £300 now which is annoying

Reaper_Man

11.7kg according to Halfords live chat. About the same as a Brompton, so … 11.7kg according to Halfords live chat. About the same as a Brompton, so will be all right to ride. A decent road bike comes in at around 10kg and under, so you won't be as quick as one of those, but for £200 and casual rides on Sundays, I guess it's ok. Check the weight in store before buying though.



Decent is 10kg? I find 10kg too heavy for a road bike. All depends on your budget and expectations I guess, but even one of my 30 year old Bianchi with steel frame weights around 10kg. I would look for something under 8.5kg if possible or no point upgrading.
Edited by: "lordpt" 5th Sep 2016

How suitable is a 54cm bike for a 6'7" male?

lordpt

I would look for something under 8.5kg if possible or no point upgrading.



oO

bigmanaw1

How suitable is a 54cm bike for a 6'7" male?



This post is relevant.

hotukdeals.com/dea…833

Looks like the extra 20% off the bikes has now ended, so this is £220 (on my browser at least).

rev6

This post is … This post is relevant.http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/carrera-zelos-road-bike-2015-199-20-halfords-2506215?p=28702833


lol thanks.

rev6

oO



What?

rev6



That looks pretty well built actually!

ScarboroughKID

Looks like the extra 20% off the bikes has now ended, so this is £220 (on … Looks like the extra 20% off the bikes has now ended, so this is £220 (on my browser at least).


Same for me.

bigmanaw1

How suitable is a 54cm bike for a 6'7" male?



Far too small!

I had this bike, done around 800 miles on it before I sold it. I originally bought the bike to see if I would actually like a road bike with drop bars etc (this was my first) and find out how I would get on with the lower position. As a starter it's not a bad piece of kit, the only issue I had was I got the frame in a 54CM, I'm 5'11 and it felt way to big to me even after changing to a smaller stem, after rides longer than 40 miles my back would kill plus it was only 7 speed, which can be a killer on hilly rides but I used to manage to maintain a very decent speed overall on it, I sold it and decided to get a Specialized Allez (56cm) which the back problem disappeared so I recommend maybe trying before you buy.

Heat added, not bad for £200 but I would recommend spending more on the Btwin bikes over this.



Edited by: "Jhey" 5th Sep 2016

I have this bike can someone who is experienced with bikes tell me some ways I can upgrade it and make it better

hutchyy

I have this bike can someone who is experienced with bikes tell me some … I have this bike can someone who is experienced with bikes tell me some ways I can upgrade it and make it better



Wheels

rev6

Wheels




can you help me out with some to purchase

hutchyy

can you help me out with some to purchase



What's your budget?

rev6

What's your budget?




Something under £200

Original Poster

rev6



​slow and heavy

lordpt

Decent is 10kg? I find 10kg too heavy for a road bike. All depends on … Decent is 10kg? I find 10kg too heavy for a road bike. All depends on your budget and expectations I guess, but even one of my 30 year old Bianchi with steel frame weights around 10kg. I would look for something under 8.5kg if possible or no point upgrading.



8.5kg?! oO

rev6

Wheels



May be difficult to get 7 speed compatible wheels?

Decent condition second hand sora group sets go for £80-100 on the bay, I'd recommend that upgrade and some fulcrum racing 7s.

jhsmith87

The website quite clearly states the components. Yes some aren't branded, … The website quite clearly states the components. Yes some aren't branded, however you tend to find that they come from the same factory as the branded stuff (the brakes for example are actually Btwin branded Tektro on some of their bikes). The 500SE has been well reviewed & was the cheaper brother to the 500 (see spec of 520). I have owned a 500 since it was launched in 2014. They share the same frame/fork/wheels/handlebar/stem/saddle etc, the main difference was the 500 was Sora, with the 500 SE dropping down. In my 500 I have done over 2,000 miles of commuting, training & a number of 60-100mile sportives.



Well done you.

lordpt

Decent is 10kg? I find 10kg too heavy for a road bike. All depends on … Decent is 10kg? I find 10kg too heavy for a road bike. All depends on your budget and expectations I guess, but even one of my 30 year old Bianchi with steel frame weights around 10kg. I would look for something under 8.5kg if possible or no point upgrading.


LOL.

nathb

May be difficult to get 7 speed compatible wheels?Decent condition second … May be difficult to get 7 speed compatible wheels?Decent condition second hand sora group sets go for £80-100 on the bay, I'd recommend that upgrade and some fulcrum racing 7s.



Good point. Plus having it fitted. Sounds like an expensive upgrade. Is the frame any good?

Thinking of making some upgrades to my bike, curious to hear what you peeps would recommend for my Boardman Hybrid Comp?
Regret not getting a road-bike, but oh well.

MRR_ltd

Thinking of making some upgrades to my bike, curious to hear what you … Thinking of making some upgrades to my bike, curious to hear what you peeps would recommend for my Boardman Hybrid Comp? Regret not getting a road-bike, but oh well.



Looks nice!

Avid BB5s are a PITA to maintain so I'd recommend swapping to these: chainreactioncycles.com/cla…593 or better ones if you have the cash.

Next would be the tyres, some nice folding tyres like: http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/vittoria-rubino-pro-road-bike-tyre/rp-prod31765

I found the zaffiro's to be slippy in anything but dry conditions.

Next I would enjoy it and upgrade things as they wear out.
Edited by: "nathb" 6th Sep 2016

nathb

Looks nice!Avid BB5s are a PITA to maintain so I'd recommend swapping to … Looks nice!Avid BB5s are a PITA to maintain so I'd recommend swapping to these: http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/clarks-m2-hydraulic-disc-brakeset-bundle/rp-prod135593 or better ones if you have the cash.Next would be the tyres, some nice folding tyres like: http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/vittoria-rubino-pro-road-bike-tyre/rp-prod31765I found the zaffiro's to be slippy in anything but dry conditions.Next I would enjoy it and upgrade things as they wear out.



Hi Nathb, appreciate taking the time out to help.

I'm a complete novice when it comes to components with bikes so haven't the slightest clue with what's what.

With the brake set since my bike's got 3 years Halfrods aftercare coverage, meaning I can get it serviced/checked out regularly - maintenance wouldn't be an issue right (for now)? Plus the bike's fairly new, so not much wear. Or would you still suggest upgrading them now. If I wanted to spend a little more, what do you recommend. Or is the one you suggested adequate enough and any better not really necessary?

With the tyres I bought a pair of Continental Ultra GatorSkin 700 x 25 in the sales, though haven’t switched them over yet as I thought maybe I would wear out my Zaffiro’s first? What you suggest.

I haven’t really ridden it a whole lot, but slowly getting into it (I’ve owned it for a year now). Last year had a bad fall that resulted in me having to replace my front wheel due to it being untrue as shop couldn't fix it, so installed Tru-build Wheels for the front.

How to tell when things start to wear out? lol. Thanks.
Edited by: "MRR_ltd" 6th Sep 2016

MRR_ltd

Hi Nathb, appreciate taking the time out to help.I'm a complete novice … Hi Nathb, appreciate taking the time out to help.I'm a complete novice when it comes to components with bikes so haven't the slightest clue with what's what. With the brake set since my bike's got 3 years Halfrods aftercare coverage, meaning I can get it serviced/checked out regularly - maintenance wouldn't be an issue right (for now)? Plus the bike's fairly new, so not much wear. Or would you still suggest upgrading them now. If I wanted to spend a little more, what do you recommend. Or is the one you suggested adequate enough and any better not really necessary? With the tyres I bought a pair of Continental Ultra GatorSkin 700 x 25 in the sales, though haven’t switched them over yet as I thought maybe I would wear out my Zaffiro’s first? What you suggest.I haven’t really ridden it a whole lot, but slowly getting into it (I’ve owned it for a year now). Last year had a bad fall that resulted in me having to replace my front wheel due to it being untrue as shop couldn't fix it, so installed Tru-build Wheels for the front. How to tell when things start to wear out? lol. Thanks.



Okay if you're not technically minded the easiest brake upgrade would be these: ebay.co.uk/itm…887?var=&hash=item1a1253320f:m:me8FeDMrmWi6T6zxvYVNMsA

Literally 6 bolts - 20 min job. The reason I say BB5's are a PITA is because you can only ever adjust one side of them. Were as the BB7's are adjustable on either side so you always get reliable braking.
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