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A versatile urban hybrid bike for total control and comfort on rougher terrain. 21-speed Shimano gearing with EZ-fire shifters and disc brakes for great stopping power in all conditions. Suitable for speedy rides on roads, towpaths, gravel tracks and more
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The specs say that it has a double front chain-wheel but it looks like a triple, which would not be unusual on a bike of this type and price range. You can see in one of the photos that it is a triple. Makes me wonder what else in the spec is wrong?

The fork appears to have no lock-out and also no pre-tensioner. You might find a bolt on it to tighten it up / loosen it. But generally this appears to be a fork where there is no means of locking it. This is not a problem if you are happy with a constantly moving suspension front fork.

But it can make it very tiring pedalling a fork that has no lock-out, especially on paved surfaces such as tarmac. With every pedal turn a part of the energy you put into pedalling is negated by the give in the suspension fork. If the fork is very 'loose' - i.e. springly - then you will put a lot of effort into pedalling and find yourself knackered. This can make cycling a miserable experience. Not a problem though if the majority of your time is going to be spent going over grass, mild off-road.

Most basic suspension forks on cheap hybrids / mtb's come with a screw / bolt that you can turn to tighten up the coiled spring inside the fork to make the fork stiffer or looser dependent upon which you prefer. The better forks have a kn*b / switch to allow you to quickly move between the fork being locked-out or the fork being springy.

I think you can get better from places like Halfords for the same or, given the current Halfords sale, slightly less money.

Edit: found a typo.
Edited by: "tawse57" 21st May
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Any good?
theclaretvillain21/05/2020 10:22

Any good?



I bought a £139 hybrid bike from Argos and I am really surprised how good it has been, can't fault it for my use...............One mans meat and all that.
Anyone know what the maximum load is on a calibre bike? Asking for a friend
Can see decathlon bikes tend to be 100kg but many of Halfords lot seem to go up to 160 kg
Edited by: "DealhunterGE5" 21st May
Can’t seem to find any reviews anywhere about this one :/
Might have a better deal if you’re looking for Large or x large bike seems go outdoors says they will match and give 10% off any price online so might be worth checking out. But not confirmed
Just bought one.
Hopefully it'll be ok.
The "NEW10" code for 10% off didn't work for some reason, and can't contact customer services via phone to ask why.
Is it worth getting a hybrid with shocks?
Is this better than a Carrera Subway or similarly priced halfords hybrid?
Just found an old thread
Go-outdoors where selling these at £200, and in September reduced to £179.

So this is expensive at £300.

Might look in to canceling my order.
welshfrankie21/05/2020 11:27

Can’t seem to find any reviews anywhere about this one :/


Reviews on go outdoors
4 out of 5 starts over 6 reviews.

They were selling at £200 tho, and had it on offer at £179 last September. So the reviews will be people judging at that price
zx636r21/05/2020 10:37

I bought a £139 hybrid bike from Argos and I am really surprised how good …I bought a £139 hybrid bike from Argos and I am really surprised how good it has been, can't fault it for my use...............One mans meat and all that.


Happy with it?
The specs say that it has a double front chain-wheel but it looks like a triple, which would not be unusual on a bike of this type and price range. You can see in one of the photos that it is a triple. Makes me wonder what else in the spec is wrong?

The fork appears to have no lock-out and also no pre-tensioner. You might find a bolt on it to tighten it up / loosen it. But generally this appears to be a fork where there is no means of locking it. This is not a problem if you are happy with a constantly moving suspension front fork.

But it can make it very tiring pedalling a fork that has no lock-out, especially on paved surfaces such as tarmac. With every pedal turn a part of the energy you put into pedalling is negated by the give in the suspension fork. If the fork is very 'loose' - i.e. springly - then you will put a lot of effort into pedalling and find yourself knackered. This can make cycling a miserable experience. Not a problem though if the majority of your time is going to be spent going over grass, mild off-road.

Most basic suspension forks on cheap hybrids / mtb's come with a screw / bolt that you can turn to tighten up the coiled spring inside the fork to make the fork stiffer or looser dependent upon which you prefer. The better forks have a kn*b / switch to allow you to quickly move between the fork being locked-out or the fork being springy.

I think you can get better from places like Halfords for the same or, given the current Halfords sale, slightly less money.

Edit: found a typo.
Edited by: "tawse57" 21st May
m_zafar21/05/2020 11:33

Is it worth getting a hybrid with shocks?


Depends what you're predominantly going to use the bike for. Mainly on road, probably not, mainly offroad, probably. You can get Hybrids with lockout shocks giving you the best of both worlds but you're looking at a higher price bracket than this. Above post explains.
Edited by: "airey" 21st May
kevlhughes21/05/2020 11:42

Reviews on go outdoors4 out of 5 starts over 6 reviews. They were selling …Reviews on go outdoors4 out of 5 starts over 6 reviews. They were selling at £200 tho, and had it on offer at £179 last September. So the reviews will be people judging at that price


yeah but with the current situation i doubt the prices will be coming doing anytime soon, every bike is more or less out of stock. You might be able to get it for 200£ in december / january but would you able to use the bike in winter? if yes, probably wait.
deliveryman21/05/2020 11:43

Happy with it?

I'm really happy with it, yes..... Not going to win the Tour de France on it but can't find any real faults with it..
are there any decent bikes for less than 200?
zx636r21/05/2020 11:58

I'm really happy with it, yes..... Not going to win the Tour de France on …I'm really happy with it, yes..... Not going to win the Tour de France on it but can't find any real faults with it..


Will check it out. Thanks.
tom619521/05/2020 11:58

are there any decent bikes for less than 200?



Rarely. Bottom of the market for a bike is about £300. You can sometimes find things on sale for less (but be wary of bikes with inflated/fake RRPs).

for this money I'd get a Carrera from Halfords or one of Decathlon's bikes - they're generally better specced than this and will come assembled and with some sort of customer service if you have a problem. Buying from Blacks means you're building it yourself and the best you can hope for if you have issues is a refund.
ArthurDent121/05/2020 12:13

Rarely. Bottom of the market for a bike is about £300. You can sometimes …Rarely. Bottom of the market for a bike is about £300. You can sometimes find things on sale for less (but be wary of bikes with inflated/fake RRPs).for this money I'd get a Carrera from Halfords or one of Decathlon's bikes - they're generally better specced than this and will come assembled and with some sort of customer service if you have a problem. Buying from Blacks means you're building it yourself and the best you can hope for if you have issues is a refund.


Looking on Halfords the same prices "Carrera subway" has Tourney gears which is a step downwards in quality from the Altus on this bike.

The subway has no front suspension (probably a bonus to me) but weight is only 0.5kg lighter.
Also it doesn't have 700c wheels, which is prefer.

Any views on these point ? I'm quite a novice with bikes.
zx636r21/05/2020 10:37

I bought a £139 hybrid bike from Argos and I am really surprised how good …I bought a £139 hybrid bike from Argos and I am really surprised how good it has been, can't fault it for my use...............One mans meat and all that.



got a link?
kevlhughes21/05/2020 12:21

Looking on Halfords the same prices "Carrera subway" has Tourney gears …Looking on Halfords the same prices "Carrera subway" has Tourney gears which is a step downwards in quality from the Altus on this bike. The subway has no front suspension (probably a bonus to me) but weight is only 0.5kg lighter. Also it doesn't have 700c wheels, which is prefer. Any views on these point ? I'm quite a novice with bikes.



ArthurDent121/05/2020 12:13

Rarely. Bottom of the market for a bike is about £300. You can sometimes …Rarely. Bottom of the market for a bike is about £300. You can sometimes find things on sale for less (but be wary of bikes with inflated/fake RRPs).for this money I'd get a Carrera from Halfords or one of Decathlon's bikes - they're generally better specced than this and will come assembled and with some sort of customer service if you have a problem. Buying from Blacks means you're building it yourself and the best you can hope for if you have issues is a refund.


I don't know enough about derailleurs to know whether Tourney v Altus will make much difference.
The 3x7 on the Compass worries me - 7 speeds are usually (but not always) old fashioned freewheels, whereas 8 speeds tend to be modern cassette type freehubs which are more robust.
I wouldn't want a suspension fork without any adjustment or a lockout, especially on a hybrid which is intended for roads and smooth paths.
It comes down to personal preference - I'd sacrifice the choice of wheel size and slightly better rear derailleur to avoid a cheap suspension fork (if it had a lockout I'd be less bothered) and get a bike that will come built and can be returned for tuning/service if it develops a minor fault. With the Blacks bike you're assembling and tuning/adjusting it yourself - which is fine if you know what you're doing and have the tools. Most people buying budget bikes don't. Build quality from Halfords can be a bit hit n miss - like all big chains they have some staff who know what they're doing and others who'll botch it together badly (I've had both excellent and appalling customer service from my local branches of Evans). But at least there is someone to take it to who can adjust your gears and brakes.
I got this when it was £199 from go outdoors and I've done 2075miles on it since then. At 1700miles I had to replace the rear cassette and chain, and then at 1900miles the bottom bracket collapsed and I replaced that. In total I've spend £35 and will get another 1500miles from it. I have a felt and lapierre road bikes and components wear at this kind of mile range too.

Also, I bought the compass for commuting to work and specifically through winter, it got me through every storm and I've took it off road too and generally find it versatile and fun to ride! Basically it was abused and still going!

Would I buy at £300? probably not. I'd either spend a bit more and get this decathlon.co.uk/rc120-road-bike-grey-id_8554264.html or look for something else at the £200 mark. I know that link is a road bike but it's not an aggressive position and offers a relatively relaxed ride suitable for tow paths as well as the road
Edited by: "gta15" 21st May
gta1521/05/2020 14:02

I got this when it was £199 from go outdoors and I've done 2075miles on it …I got this when it was £199 from go outdoors and I've done 2075miles on it since then. At 1700miles I had to replace the rear cassette and chain, and then at 1900miles the bottom bracket collapsed and I replaced that. In total I've spend £35 and will get another 1500miles from it. I have a felt and lapierre road bikes and components wear at this kind of mile range too.Also, I bought the compass for commuting to work and specifically through winter, it got me through every storm and I've took it off road too and generally find it versatile and fun to ride! Basically it was abused and still going!Would I buy at £300? probably not. I'd either spend a bit more and get this decathlon.co.uk/rc120-road-bike-grey-id_8554264.html or look for something else at the £200 mark. I know that link is a road bike but it's not an aggressive position and offers a relatively relaxed ride suitable for tow paths as well as the road


Great info, thanks
Are the forks lockable , or any adjustment ?
m_zafar21/05/2020 11:33

Is it worth getting a hybrid with shocks?


No.

Adds weight, absorbs energy, locks up sfter a few days outside, takes cost from other components.... Why would you want it? Decent sus forks cost much more than this bike!
tawse5721/05/2020 11:51

The specs say that it has a double front chain-wheel but it looks like a …The specs say that it has a double front chain-wheel but it looks like a triple, which would not be unusual on a bike of this type and price range. You can see in one of the photos that it is a triple. Makes me wonder what else in the spec is wrong?The fork appears to have no lock-out and also no pre-tensioner. You might find a bolt on it to tighten it up / loosen it. But generally this appears to be a fork where there is no means of locking it. This is not a problem if you are happy with a constantly moving suspension front fork.But it can make it very tiring pedalling a fork that has no lock-out, especially on paved surfaces such as tarmac. With every pedal turn a part of the energy you put into pedalling is negated by the give in the suspension fork. If the fork is very 'loose' - i.e. springly - then you will put a lot of effort into pedalling and find yourself knackered. This can make cycling a miserable experience. Not a problem though if the majority of your time is going to be spent going over grass, mild off-road.Most basic suspension forks on cheap hybrids / mtb's come with a screw / bolt that you can turn to tighten up the coiled spring inside the fork to make the fork stiffer or looser dependent upon which you prefer. The better forks have a kn*b / switch to allow you to quickly move between the fork being locked-out or the fork being springy.I think you can get better from places like Halfords for the same or, given the current Halfords sale, slightly less money.Edit: found a typo.


That all may or may not be true, but your missing the main point, this bike does NOT change the axis of the Earth and my compass still points North no matter HOW hard I peddle!!! Disgustingly misleading item!!
This really isn't a 'deal' - unless just being available (if it still is) counts as a deal.
jumpinoffthbed21/05/2020 17:17

That all may or may not be true, but your missing the main point, this …That all may or may not be true, but your missing the main point, this bike does NOT change the axis of the Earth and my compass still points North no matter HOW hard I peddle!!! Disgustingly misleading item!!




Best of luck being you for the rest of your life. Welcome to my ignore list.
tawse5721/05/2020 17:28

Best of luck being you for the rest of your life. Welcome to my ignore …Best of luck being you for the rest of your life. Welcome to my ignore list.


I was so looking forward to us going for a ride tho
Besford21/05/2020 17:21

This really isn't a 'deal' - unless just being available (if it still is) …This really isn't a 'deal' - unless just being available (if it still is) counts as a deal.


Currently £400 @ go-outdoors
gta1521/05/2020 14:02

I got this when it was £199 from go outdoors and I've done 2075miles on it …I got this when it was £199 from go outdoors and I've done 2075miles on it since then. At 1700miles I had to replace the rear cassette and chain, and then at 1900miles the bottom bracket collapsed and I replaced that. In total I've spend £35 and will get another 1500miles from it. I have a felt and lapierre road bikes and components wear at this kind of mile range too.Also, I bought the compass for commuting to work and specifically through winter, it got me through every storm and I've took it off road too and generally find it versatile and fun to ride! Basically it was abused and still going!Would I buy at £300? probably not. I'd either spend a bit more and get this decathlon.co.uk/rc120-road-bike-grey-id_8554264.html or look for something else at the £200 mark. I know that link is a road bike but it's not an aggressive position and offers a relatively relaxed ride suitable for tow paths as well as the road


Really appreciate this info and does bring the whole 'deal' idea into context. Yes, the bike may be £400 somewhere else but at £300 it seems you may still be paying substantially over the odds.
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Would be a much nicer and faster bike without the front suspension. Unfortunately that is the current trend at present.
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