Halfords Carrera Zelos Limited Edition Road Bike 2013 £269.99
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Halfords Carrera Zelos Limited Edition Road Bike 2013 £269.99

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Found 1st Aug 2013
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CARRERA ZELOS LIMITED EDITION ROAD BIKE 2013 MEDIUM

The Carrera Zelos Limited Edition Road Bike consists of a brilliant looking lightweight and strong T6 alloy frame, Shimano 14 speed gearing, with STI shifters, Tektro dual pivot brakes and lightweight double wall alloy rims making it perfect for people wanting to get into road cycling or for using as a winter training bike.

FRAME & FORKS: CARRERA ZELOS

Weighing an impressive 11.7kg, the strong and lightweight T6 alloy frame with hi-tensil steel forks enhances your bikes handling properties to ensure you have a smooth ride.

TRANSMISSION: CARRERA ZELOS

A Shimano compact chainset and Shimano 14 speed gears, incorporating a Shimano Tourney 7 Speed rear derailleur, and Shimano Tourney STI trigger shifters for smooth and reliable shifting.

BRAKES, TYRES & WHEELS: CARRERA ZELOS

Tektro dual pivot calliper brakes provide powerful and efficient braking. Strong double walled alloy rims with Quick Release hubs withstand bumpy roads whilst still being easily removable. Completed with Kenda low rolling resistance tyres; this Carrera Zelos Limited Edition provides a full account of just what Road cycling is all about.

FINISHING KIT: CARRERA ZELOS

The Carrera finishing kit incorporates a 105 mm stem with a 420mm wide lightweight alloy handlebar, and a comfortable foam saddle with an integrated headset.


Ladies version of the Carrera Zelos are also available, click here to find out more.

SPECIFICATION OF THE CARRERA ZELOS LIMITED EDITION ROAD BIKE 2013 MEDIUM

Frame: Lightweight T6 Aluminium Frame
Fork: Hi-Tensile Steel
Brakes: Tektro Dual Pivot
Number Of Gears: 14 Speed
Chainset: Shimano Tourney Compact 50/34t Square Taper - 170mm
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Tourney - 7 speed
Gear Shifters: Shimano Tourney STI trigger shifters
Tyres: Kenda 700x23c Road Tyres
Wheelset: Double Wall alloy rims on Alloy QR Hubs
Finishing Kit: Carrera Branded

53 Comments

Hot from me - great looking bike but I hate those drop handlebars.

Banned

I'm so interested but not going for it cause of the handle bars

Should be okay for a winter knockaround bike (don't want to get the good bike damaged when you inevitably fall off in the bad weather)

Discounted price is about the right price for the spec (I would feel a bit miffed at full price). There isn't really an upgrade path to turn this bike into something half decent ... it is what it is ...

Just don't expect to get a light bike with good components for this price - it's about as far removed from a Tour de France bike as you can get.

CBEE2

I'm so interested but not going for it cause of the handle bars



What's wrong with the handlebars? One of the easiest thing on the bike to change if you have a different preference ... there are plenty better reasons not to buy this bike than the handlebars!

Quids

Hot from me - great looking bike but I hate those drop handlebars.



erm - drop handlebars are the staple de-facto for a road bike .. straight bars for a hybid ...

If people are looking for a commuter bike - better deals at Decathlon (more bike for the £££), and you are probably best looking at the hybrids if all you want to do is tootle to work, etc
Edited by: "Macdory" 1st Aug 2013

I got one of these bikes in the Easter sale when the bike was £299.99, for an extra £30 off i would definitely recommend to anyone wanting a good affordable road bike.

If you want a decent Road Bike then the you need to spend quite a bit more money - halfords.com/web…710 is an okay entry level road bike and is often on sale for around £700.

However, if you are in the market for a bike at this level I suggest going to your local bike shop and getting advice/fitted up for one and/or taking a look at the discounted bikes from paulscycles.com

Spending any less than £1000 will get you a heavy beast which is only classed as a road bike in the loosest terms ... and you are looking at spending quite a bit of your child's inheritance if you want a good carbon bike.
Edited by: "Macdory" 1st Aug 2013

Macdory

What's wrong with the handlebars? One of the easiest thing on the bike … What's wrong with the handlebars? One of the easiest thing on the bike to change if you have a different preference ...



Untrue, if you swap the drop bars for some straight ones then you will have to change the gear shifters and brake levers as well £££

Macdory

there are plenty better reasons not to buy this bike than the handlebars!


Agreed!

Edited by: "Carley" 1st Aug 2013

I am in no way an expert, but the Btwin triban 3 from decathlon seems a better deal that this, although £30 more

Biggest problem with this bike (considering it's pitched at beginners) is that the compact double is lacking range. I agree with elmetodo that the Triban 3 (they are rare though) is a much better buy. I have one of those for my winter bike.

Carley

Untrue, if you swap the drop bars for some straight ones then you will … Untrue, if you swap the drop bars for some straight ones then you will have to change the gear shifters and brake levers as well £££



I'd never dream of swapping the dropped bars for straights on a road bike ... as you point out, the need to change gearing, etc would be prohibitive (especially on a bike like this). But changing drop bars for other drop bars is relatively quick and easy.

That's why I go on to point out that if people don't like drop bars then they should probably look at a hybrid rather than a road bike.

Shiman Tourney is very entry level. Not brilliant for the price compared with other offerings out there.

Macdory

Spending any less than £1000 will get you a heavy beast which is only … Spending any less than £1000 will get you a heavy beast which is only classed as a road bike in the loosest terms



Is that a joke? A grand takes you in to mid range bike and if you shop in the end of season sales you can often get a mid range bike at under the grand price point. By shopping in the sales I built an alloy framed winter bike with full Ultegra for well under a grand.

I would say the deal bike is okay for the money, but my advice would be to buy second hand at this price point.

graemeakajimmy

Is that a joke? A grand takes you in to mid range bike and if you shop in … Is that a joke? A grand takes you in to mid range bike and if you shop in the end of season sales you can often get a mid range bike at under the grand price point. By shopping in the sales I built an alloy framed winter bike with full Ultegra for well under a grand.I would say the deal bike is okay for the money, but my advice would be to buy second hand at this price point.



It depends what you want - you can get a decent entry level Alu frame for around £700 (something like a Specialized Allez Sport - even less if you build it yourself like you have), but mid range bikes are generally classed as carbon with reasonably low weight parts which can be anything from £1-4k ... I think the latest Sky bikes are around £15k, so there is your top end right there

I do agree with your last comment though - always worth checking out the second hand bikes - especially as sales were so high last year due to the Wiggo factor - there are probably loads of hardly used bikes up for sale now.

Haven't ridden this, but if the weight is correct in the specs it doesn't classify a heavy beast in my book. Anyone buying it as a first road bike would probably notice a significant less weight than their mountain bike. If you're into serious club cycling or have the cash to spare then more money will certainly get you a better bike, but if you want to start out trying road cycling then it would seem to be a decent starter bike to me. Don't be put off by thinking you need to spend £1k on a bike to get anything decent. Sure more money gets better components, but it doesn't get you better muscles/ lung/ heart. Only time on the bike will get you this. I see heaps of people who've spent big money on a bike, but it hasn't made them any faster.

Any comparisons to genuine pro bikes are pretty irrelevant. It's hard to imagine any one component on a pro bike costing less than this whole bike. Most of the components on the pro riders bikes cost £1k at least.

I think Macdory was probably trying to spark a 'bike for the price of a car debate' for a bit of fun. He basically contradicted himself in post 14 so I don't think he was trying to be taken seriously. I know a lot of beginners look at the comments on here for some advice so if you're think about your first road bike don't be put off by the 'grand for a decent bike' comment.

There are some good sale offers around just now from Wiggle and CRC at around the £500 mark. Alternatively as I said above if you have £250 to spend look on gumtree for something 2nd hand.

elmetodo

I am in no way an expert, but the Btwin triban 3 from decathlon seems a … I am in no way an expert, but the Btwin triban 3 from decathlon seems a better deal that this, although £30 more



Yup - but make sure you find a red 3, and not the new white 3 which is despecced. Should outperform any Halfrauds own brand kit costing a good bit more than this - if you can find stock.
Edited by: "le_jaeger" 1st Aug 2013

Macdory

If you want a decent Road Bike then the you need to spend quite a bit … If you want a decent Road Bike then the you need to spend quite a bit more money - http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_918473_langId_-1_categoryId_165710 is an okay entry level road bike and is often on sale for around £700.However, if you are in the market for a bike at this level I suggest going to your local bike shop and getting advice/fitted up for one and/or taking a look at the discounted bikes from paulscycles.comSpending any less than £1000 will get you a heavy beast which is only classed as a road bike in the loosest terms ... and you are looking at spending quite a bit of your child's inheritance if you want a good carbon bike.



Silly comment, no one opening this link is looking for a bike in the 1k range, buy this and if you like road biking move on from it. Don't start at 1k and leave it in the shed, silly... you certainly don't need to spend £700 upwards to see if a road bike is for you.

A bit more training( 3-4 hrs a week more) will do more for you than any bike you buy, no matter how much money you spend. I see cyclist everyday on fancy bikes which probably weigh 4 kg lighter than my bike but they are carrying about 20kg extra fat. I fly past them and say carry on fat chops as I roll down the street.

The problem with cycling now days is its all about who has the better bike with the better components and not about riding a bike because you enjoy it.

This scares away newcomers who may not have a large budget because they are afraid people may laugh at there bikes, tennis shoes, running shirt and board shorts that they arrive at a race with.

"Carry on fat chops" who the hell are you, Bradley Wiggins?

Get a mountain bike instead much more fun!

I'm no good with road bikes as i am a MTB user but in my opinion you need to make sure that you are not going to buy a bike and then later on regret thinking i could have spend "£x" amount on getting a much better one.

From what i know carrera are a solid make and make good bikes.

11.7kg cold was 599, when?
any better than that?
http://www.decathlon.co.uk/triban-3-road-bike-white-id_8239800.html
299 its R.R.P.

I have this in Large, am 6 ft 2 but am very happy with most of it.
First, remove the pedals, and replace with some mtb Shimano 520 pedals (come with cleats onn Wiggle for about £18);
Next, replace the razor blade seat, unless you want perenium pain beyond mile 8;
Finally, if you are handy (I love DIY) then buy some cheap wheels from ebay (I got some second hand "buyer collects" Shimano R500's), get a cheap 7 speed (Shimano, HG30 or 40 would be fine) speed "cassette" with an 11-28 range (stock freewheel is 14-28 so that wheel is not really upgradeable). The poster above is right, the range is restrictive, on the long slight downhills, you cannot get enough speed up for the flow on the uphills. It will do fine, but the range of 11-28 is superb, the difference is amazing. I took this for my first 75 miles at the weekend, and it was keeping up fine with bike four or five times the price. With the range, 14 speed was fine, I was up against 10 speed triples, and didn't really notice their advantage, you are getting a good frame, good forks, fair finishing and basic wheels.

le_jaeger

Yup - but make sure you find a red 3, and not the new white 3 which is … Yup - but make sure you find a red 3, and not the new white 3 which is despecced. Should outperform any Halfrauds own brand kit costing a good bit more than this - if you can find stock.



Is this better than the White? I can't find the red...

rev6

"Carry on fat chops" who the hell are you, Bradley Wiggins?



Sid James reincarnated

Red Triban 3 is largely sold out and discontinued so thats not a valid suggestion, unless you wish to buy from ebay.

gfox66

Red Triban 3 is largely sold out and discontinued so thats not a valid … Red Triban 3 is largely sold out and discontinued so thats not a valid suggestion, unless you wish to buy from ebay.



I've been looking at the Red, the main problem is it's Red but I guess the clue is in the name. Looking to save on the petrol and get fitter too by cycling half a mile to work and then back (getting fitter quite possibly not).

michaln12

11.7kg cold was 599, when?any better than … 11.7kg cold was 599, when?any better than that?http://www.decathlon.co.uk/triban-3-road-bike-white-id_8239800.html299 its R.R.P.



You can go very fast, over long distances, on heavier bikes. The rider's fitness and weight is likely to be a bigger issue than an extra couple of kg on the bike (and, if using it for commuting, shopping etc. people may be carrying luggage).

I'd probably spend the extra few quid on the Triban, though - as much as anything else, lots of people have bought one and liked it... Carrera have an OK reputation, though - and if people are thinking about performance what will help most is getting a bike of some sort and riding it lots

red is a better spec than the newer white version but Decathlon no longer stock or will be, real shame as it was a great started bike.

jat2474

A bit more training( 3-4 hrs a week more) will do more for you than any … A bit more training( 3-4 hrs a week more) will do more for you than any bike you buy, no matter how much money you spend. I see cyclist everyday on fancy bikes which probably weigh 4 kg lighter than my bike but they are carrying about 20kg extra fat. I fly past them and say carry on fat chops as I roll down the street.The problem with cycling now days is its all about who has the better bike with the better components and not about riding a bike because you enjoy it.This scares away newcomers who may not have a large budget because they are afraid people may laugh at there bikes, tennis shoes, running shirt and board shorts that they arrive at a race with.




The key real benefit of more expensive bikes is better/smoother shifting; over time this does make a difference. However you don't need all the other components on a bike to be expensive. Yes a lighter frame makes a difference but less than the rider shedding weight to start off with.. and don't get me started on carbon water bottle holders...

Try a good value bike if you like cycling; allot of people if they can afford to, do end up trading up..

One thing to remember, i had a lump of a Raleigh as a kid, a milk race special or something, and i must have clocked up 1000s of miles on that bloomin thing, no cycle shorts, no gloves, no helmet, just buy a bike, get out and enjoy the fresh air!

Far too much bike snobbery these days.

jat2474

A bit more training( 3-4 hrs a week more) will do more for you than any … A bit more training( 3-4 hrs a week more) will do more for you than any bike you buy, no matter how much money you spend. I see cyclist everyday on fancy bikes which probably weigh 4 kg lighter than my bike but they are carrying about 20kg extra fat. I fly past them and say carry on fat chops as I roll down the street.The problem with cycling now days is its all about who has the better bike with the better components and not about riding a bike because you enjoy it.This scares away newcomers who may not have a large budget because they are afraid people may laugh at there bikes, tennis shoes, running shirt and board shorts that they arrive at a race with.


they are probably more scared of people like you making fun of them!

nothing particularly special about this bike, might make an ok first road bike but a few better options around this price, triban 3 (red) if you can find one or i'd personally go for something like this:
merlincycles.com/bik…tml

My goodness the specs are grim reading

A few years ago yu could have secured a comfortable steel similar weight example with better bits for not much more
Edited by: "logohigh" 1st Aug 2013

gfox66

One thing to remember, i had a lump of a Raleigh as a kid, a milk race … One thing to remember, i had a lump of a Raleigh as a kid, a milk race special or something, and i must have clocked up 1000s of miles on that bloomin thing, no cycle shorts, no gloves, no helmet, just buy a bike, get out and enjoy the fresh air!Far too much bike snobbery these days.



Too true. Why the hell did something simple like cycling become so complicated.

Banned

I'd agree with a few of the other comments - a "double" (as is on this bike) isn't that great for newbies to cycling (unless you're pretty fit and/or have stronger legs already). On any sort of decent climb you'll struggle as the lowest gear isn't low enough. Yes - keep practising and eventually you'll be able to do it - but do you really fancy walking up that steep hill the first 10 or 20 times you do it??

So ..I'd recommend getting a triple chain set on a first bike.

I'd say even the white Triban 3 is a better bet than this and worth the extra £30. Ok it's not got the carbon forks of the Red Triban, but it does have the Microshift shifters, which by many accounts are preferable to the Shimano 2300 ones (as in they don't have the annoying thumbshifters, which are being phased out with Shimano Claris anyway)
Weren't Halfords doing the TDF for £250 the other day, their prices are all over the place!
I'm not saying this is no good and will be ok for beginners, ignore all those going on about it being heavy. I started road cycling on a red Triban 3) about 5 months ago and have gone from 87kg to around 77kg, generally just doing 4-5 hours a week plus 20mins a day commuting, so lose the weight first and then think about the lighter bikes, it's the rider weight that makes the main difference in the early days!

For all the aficionados out there and those with a few extra pounds. ;-)
youtube.com/wat…BZs
Edited by: "sotomonkey" 1st Aug 2013

ZedZedAgain

I'd agree with a few of the other comments - a "double" (as is on this … I'd agree with a few of the other comments - a "double" (as is on this bike) isn't that great for newbies to cycling (unless you're pretty fit and/or have stronger legs already). On any sort of decent climb you'll struggle as the lowest gear isn't low enough. Yes - keep practising and eventually you'll be able to do it - but do you really fancy walking up that steep hill the first 10 or 20 times you do it??So ..I'd recommend getting a triple chain set on a first bike.



This has a compact so is 34t on the small chainring. A triple (like the Tribans) will generally have a 30t. This has a 28t cassette so actually has a lower granny gear than the Triban, with its 25T.
The spec of this says 14-28T cassettte, but that is quite a common freewheel size, so it's possible it's a cheap freewheel. This could be a problem as the highest gear isn't particularly high and you'll be spinning out at around 25mph, ideally you'd want a 12 or even 11 tooth small cog, but you can't get these in freewheels, only cassette, so it may not be possible to change it without changing the rear wheel too.

Fitness 5 on Decathlon is worth a look, though is practically a road bike with flat handle bars.

http://www.decathlon.co.uk/fit-5-road-bike-grey-id_8239798.html

Highly regarded as well specced for the price.
Edited by: "anewman" 1st Aug 2013
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