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Carrera Hellcat mountain bike, women's (and men's in store) just £258 (down from £430, 40% off, save £172) at Halfords.
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Found 13th FebFound 13th Feb
Having posted the Carrera Axle hybrid bike I was just looking around the Halfords and Cycle Republic sites and found this great deal with 40% off! It's about time a bike for the l… Read more
mirko778 h, 20 m ago

I was saying this bike is really bad despite the price.Buy a used one for …I was saying this bike is really bad despite the price.Buy a used one for the same price and you get a better one. Sorry if I offended you in any way or spoiled the thread, my bad.


Any particular reason you think its bad? Frame and components seem very good for the money. I think I've seen it in Halfords stores and looks great, no obvious quality issues or problems. Very well reviewed on the Halfords site with just about every review strongly recommending it which isn't true of every bike reviewed on Halfords.

Only 2 Trek Marlin 7's came up on ebay both local collection only plus secondhand with possible worn components and other issues. Those aren't options for most people who want a new mountain bike delivered or collected locally.

The Trek Marlin 7 is still a chinese made frame with assembly possibly outside China to avoid EU tariffs. Maybe US stock is made and assembled in China but whatever its a chinese bike with at best minor design input by Trek for the frame geometry. Saying that it looks a very generic frame probably off the shelf or minor tweaks to length. Rock Shox XC30 is still rather basic front shocks. My point is its a doubling of price literally to achieve small benefits at best. Maybe £80-100 more could be justified but 2x the money definitely not.


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mirko7718th Feb

I was saying this bike is really bad despite the price.Buy a used one for …I was saying this bike is really bad despite the price.Buy a used one for the same price and you get a better one. Sorry if I offended you in any way or spoiled the thread, my bad.


Why would I be offended by you embarrassing yourself?
Besford17th Feb

Trying to figure out what point you're trying to make. You sold a £550 …Trying to figure out what point you're trying to make. You sold a £550 bike for £258 when it was 6 months old; so you lost a lot of money. What's the relevance? . What was wrong with it? Have you got any more to sell?For what it's worth, I've had several used Trek bikes and they've all had bearing problems. Not impressed. If I was spending over £500 on a bike I'd go for a Specialized over a Trek any day based on this experience. Still irrelevant to this thread though. Post a better bike for this money new, or this bike for less money new, and I'll gladly eat my words .


I was saying this bike is really bad despite the price.Buy a used one for the same price and you get a better one. Sorry if I offended you in any way or spoiled the thread, my bad.
bonzobanana23 h, 20 m ago

Trek's entry level bike is £370 and way inferior to the Hellcat with BSO …Trek's entry level bike is £370 and way inferior to the Hellcat with BSO freewheel and nastier forks. I'm sure you aren't suggesting people spend £110 more to end up with such a junk bike. Frame looks worse too. The Hellcat is fit for purpose as an entry level mountain bike but the Trek Marlin 4 certainly isn't. I guess the Marlin 5 would be about the same overall. Someways the Hellcat is better and someways the Trek Marlin 5 is better but its £415 which is a huge difference in price and front shocks and drivetrain is better on the Carrera with only hydraulic brakes the noticeable upgrade on Marlin 5. I still much prefer the Carrera frame. You pay a lot to get the right badge on a bike and yet they could well be coming out of the same factory for the frame at least. If you are buying a Chinese bike anyway why not just save yourself a lot of money plus buy it from a UK importer rather than a US brand and importer. https://www.trekbikes.com/gb/en_GB/bikes/mountain-bikes/cross-country-mountain-bikes/marlin/marlin-4/p/1010600-2018/?colorCode=green


Trek Marlin 7, specs are decent for the price. You can get one off ebay for £250/300. Sold mine for £275, the buyer is very happy to have that instead of the OP.
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bonzobanana39 m ago

As a general rule women have slightly longer legs than men for the same …As a general rule women have slightly longer legs than men for the same height and men have slightly longer arms. Men are more like this;[Image] and women more like this;[Image] Lots of people are exceptions though with men preferring women's frames and vice versa. Sometimes its just preference they prefer the handlebars closer or further away. I've always had a preference for the largest frame I can get away with and hated riding smaller frames that just cater for my height with the saddle post at near maximum height and the handlebars at a lower height. I ride in possibly the least aerodynamic way possible enjoying looking at the scenery and with great visibility over cars etc.


That's Italian men - have you ever tried to drive an Alfa Romeo?
Carrera Axle hybrid bike. £180 (was £330, was £198, now save £150).  Men's and women's available in a range of sizes at Halfords.
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I previously posted this at £198 and it seems to have been reduced further now. Further discounts may be available (eg 10% via British Cycling would make it £162?). I'm sceptical… Read more
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tonymcg29 m ago

The code doesn't seem to work, anyone actually bought one recently?


What code?
"Discount already applied"
The code doesn't seem to work, anyone actually bought one recently?
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Just had a good look over these in a Halfords store. For the money they really are rather good! They had glossy red ones at the same price (a 'special edition' I believe) though personally I'd go for the grey - looks more tasteful and upmarket to my eyes. Probably won't show marks as much as the red either?

They were all built and ready to ride away (Solihull store).
Edited by: "Besford" 17th Feb
These are the kind of bikes you buy if you like to abuse them like I do, do no maintainence, ride them in wet weather and never clean them and leave them outside to go rusty. Ride them hard until they are about to fall apart / until they get a back tyre puncture then take it to a cheap bike shop and ask for a tyre puncture repair and then just before leaving quickly ask them to do a full service on it without letting them get a good look at the state of it and agree on their standard price. :-)
bonzobanana2 h, 59 m ago

Yeah there is a female frame version in 3 sizes at same …Yeah there is a female frame version in 3 sizes at same price.http://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/hybrid-bikes/carrera-subway-1-womens-hybrid-bike-14-16-18-framesIdeally you ought to get her to go to halfords and try it out but understand if its a surprise present that is not really possible. I would definitely recommend the bike for its frame and quality of components but you might want to find out which of your local Halfords if more than one is best at assembling bikes and order and collect it from that store. May also be worth considering a faster rolling 700c wheeled hybrid bike instead but I personally wouldn't recommend suspension. Women tend to be lighter and dare I say a bit weaker on average so she might benefit from a slightly lighter bike and is less likely to need the strength of a Subway. I would suggest the Voodoo Marasa which if you went through a cashback site wouldn't be far off your £300 budget. It's faster, lighter and has a better drivetrain plus hydraulic disc brakes.http://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/hybrid-bikes/voodoo-marasa-womens-hybrid-bike-16-18-frames


Thanks......very informative. Yes, probably best I take her to halfords in the hope I can buy a (surprise) birthday gift. Thanks again as your post really was very helpful.
Carrera Subway 1 Mens Hybrid Bike - 18", 20", 22" Frames £240 at Halfords
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The Carrera Subway 1 Mens Hybrid Bike is the ideal for fast riding around town and on smoother trails. With easy to use 24 speed Shimano gearing your effort for building speed wi… Read more
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Giant for £234 from ruthland, such a nice bike
Is there much difference between Subways 1 & 2? The Subway 2 was reduced to £280 at the beginning of this month. Is it worth waiting for that to be reduced again?
Manuals are always out of date. Often the standard manual is rarely updated because nothing has really changed with it. You get this on many sites where it says 2012 or whatever and there is no later version. With the bike you might get a sheet or two specific to the bike depending on what components it has. That is the manual currently on Halfords site. It does have 120kg mentioned in it for rider weight on its own, then luggage allowance on top and a total weight limit that must not be exceeded of 160kg. Again this is pretty standard or written slightly differently to some bikes which may have 136kg as the total load.

Again though the Carrera frames are extremely high quality and well above the standard you would expect for the price. Have an excellent reputation for strength and long life and extra reinforcing can clearly be seen. The penalty may be slightly higher weight than some competitor's bikes that aim for lower weight and have more restrictive rider weight limits. For some a lower bike weight is more important as they may be quite light themselves for others the strength of halfords frames and taking their greater rider weight would be more important. Saying that sometimes a bike can have a weak frame and heavier components and negate the frame weight advantage so always look at the stated weights for each bike.

While I don't know for sure there is a strong likelyhood that the frame comes out of the fuji-ta factory in China by far the biggest manufacturer of complete bikes and frames in the world.

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Many bikes destined for Europe though are assembled outside China to avoid EU tariffs, vietnam, bangledesh, cambodia etc but based around a very high quality EN certified frame from fuji-ta in China. The same facility makes Cannondale and a huge range of other bikes. The factory is state of the art and makes brilliant frames to be honest, they have destroyed much of the OEM business of Merida and Giant with equal or higher quality frames at more competitive prices. The frame is something that has to be correctly certified and is critical for legal reasons. Assembly can be farmed out to cheaper low tech facilities. This is pretty much the norm now. Dawes for example do the same with assembly in Vietnam I think for many of their bikes. Fuji-ta do a huge range of frames and can pretty much customise their existing frame designs to give companies like Halfords their own unique frame designs. They also do cheaper chinese spec frames designed for lighter riders and US/Euro spec frames which are stronger and more expensive and its pretty clear with a 160kg maximum load and the obvious reinforcing the Carrera frames are the stronger type especially as they have an exceptionally good reputation for frame quality. If there is a failing with halfords Carrera bikes its more likely poor assembly either at the assembly factory or by halfords shop staff but ultimately I personally would always double check anyway wherever I bought a bike from. If you look on the go outdoors or decathlon sites you will also see plenty of reviews where people have complained about poor assembly and walmart in the US are legendary when it comes to badly assembled bikes even having the forks the wrong way around. This isn't an issue limited to large retailers as you often see reviews of local bike shops on forums where service was very poor.

I dont dispute what you say, however the manual you link to is a number of years out of date, and makers change specs to keep prices down while counting on "errors and omissions" small print to protect themselves; (although as I said, the internal spec list I found wasnt dated - I will have a search and see if I saved a copy).

When I questioned Halfords staff in late November, no one could find a weight limit for the current Carrera, and their general internal FAQ system spat back 120Kg for adult bikes "unless otherwise stated"; however I cannot find a single Halfords own brand bike that gives a weight limit on any website.

Looking on-line, other sources state the Carerra is "tested to 120Kg"; although it doesnt say 120Kg is the limit, or if this was for both version, or just for the Carrera 2 front suspension model.

Just like cheap HiFi, the cheap Halfords brand bikes dont have a web resource giving all the nitty gritty details; whereas people like Dawes do. Page 39 onwards
Muig197246 m ago

Edinburgh Bike Co-Op was an unusual case of being small enough to feel …Edinburgh Bike Co-Op was an unusual case of being small enough to feel like an LBS- they only have 5 shops nationwide- yet with its own brand of bikes at reasonable prices.Unfortunately I've just seen that they don't do that any more since 2016 because of "supplier issues". Pity.https://www.edinburghbicycle.com/info/new-revolution-bikes-2016/


I bought the Cuillin Sport when it was on offer for £169.99 which I found out about from hotukdeals. Great bike at the time for ridiculous low money. Still have it tucked away in the shed. I did have a Courier but I sold that many years ago. I think later Revolution bikes weren't as good sadly although I only got that impression from forum postings so could be wrong.

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Carrera Subway 2 Hybrid Bike - 18", 20", 22" Frames, £280 from Halfords
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Carrera Subway 2 Hybrid BikeThe Carrera Subway 2 Hybrid Bike is a great bike to hit the roads and trails with, making it ideal for commuting and leisurely rides. With 27 Speed Sh… Read more
Simong_19841st Feb

I've been commuting on an electric bike on and off for a year, but decided …I've been commuting on an electric bike on and off for a year, but decided to sell it on. I'm looking for a replacement that will be good for my 13 mile round commute. I simply cannot decide between a hybrid and a road bike - I will mostly be on smooth cycle paths and roads. Is this going to be any good?


What was wrong with the electric bike, why did you sell it?
Ap73092nd Feb

@Simong_1984 I was commuting 16 miles round trip on a road bike for 2 …@Simong_1984 I was commuting 16 miles round trip on a road bike for 2 years. I just switched to this https://www.decathlon.co.uk/riverside-500-hybrid-bike-dark-grey-id_8379020.html and it's day and night I love it! So much more comfortable Its available on cycle to work scheme if your work does this made it an affordable option for me.


Not actually that much lighter though no doubt because of the suspension forks and some riding efficiency will be lost due to the forks. Much lower weight limit too and low end suspension forks tend to be high maintenance. If you want a lighter more efficient bike I would of thought a Triban 500SE would be a better option as long as you are in the weight limits of the frame. Personally I like the Subway's, they are workhorses, strong and comfortable that you can ride pretty much anywhere. They all feature freehub drivetrains.

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AlexanderSmith1st Feb

I have this bike - really . Decent brakes - and frame is solid. …I have this bike - really . Decent brakes - and frame is solid. Pretty quick on the road vs mountain bike but not so quick against race bikes. But comfort is excellent. The only modification I have done to mine is to put a handlebar riser on, wasn't quite as comfortable on the wrists as I hoped. I paid roughly £240 for this online at cycle republic but only due to a pricing error on site.


Got a link to the handlebar?
Simong_19841st Feb

I've been commuting on an electric bike on and off for a year, but decided …I've been commuting on an electric bike on and off for a year, but decided to sell it on. I'm looking for a replacement that will be good for my 13 mile round commute. I simply cannot decide between a hybrid and a road bike - I will mostly be on smooth cycle paths and roads. Is this going to be any good?


It's suggest you go for Road bike... I was using electric bike for the last 1and half year and I just bought a road bike ( my first ever) 2 weeks ago. I find it really amazing. As you saying mostly you going to ride on roads and smooth paths I would highly recommend road bike...
bob_regis19 h, 33 m ago

Can't find a link to the official size guide from Carerra - can anyone …Can't find a link to the official size guide from Carerra - can anyone point me to it? Want to check my inside leg measurements.


You just need a tape measure to do that!

It's on the link!: halfords.com/cyc…ink
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Carrera Axle Mens Hybrid Bike Bicycle Red 27.5" Aluminium wheels 21 Speed, £180 from Halfords
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Mens and womens available, all sizes and choice of 2 colours for each. Carrera Axle Men's Hybrid Bike - RedThe Carrera Axle Men's Hybrid Bike is the perfect bike if you're going … Read more
medical15421 h, 47 m ago

Possible 3% cashback too through TCB or quidco



If you are a new customer (new email addy would suffice) with Zeek , then a further £6.15 cashback is possible as well as around £15 cashback from buying the discounted e-vouchers (which can be used in store with click n collect as we did) .

This would bring the price fown to around £159 or possibly c £153.50 with topcashback Now that's a steal !
Edited by: "rooney10" 25th Jan
CampGareth18 m ago

Seems reasonable, though if you're regularly riding in the rain or at …Seems reasonable, though if you're regularly riding in the rain or at speed or are heavy you might want to replace the V brakes with discs. Not sure if that can be done on this frame. I went from some bottom of the range shimano V brakes to magura MT4 hydraulic disc brakes and the difference is immense, in braking and in price :P


The subway is the disc model of this bike, the two models normally alternate being on sale
Seems reasonable, though if you're regularly riding in the rain or at speed or are heavy you might want to replace the V brakes with discs. Not sure if that can be done on this frame. I went from some bottom of the range shimano V brakes to magura MT4 hydraulic disc brakes and the difference is immense, in braking and in price :P
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Tag Heuer Gents Carrera Calibre 7 Twin Time Automatic Watch - £1610 at Hugh Rice
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Found 2nd JanFound 2nd Jan
This is a cracking deal! I’ve just ordered this as treat for myself!! Was £2300 and now down to £1610 with free next day delivery. I know there will be the ‘COLD - my Casio is £9.… Read more
If anybody is still interested you can get this same watch at Beaverbrooks for £1440 by using code VIPEXTRA2018:


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Might help those not quite sure, be quick though code only valid until 9am tomorrow.

I just picked mine up and I bought it simply because I like it, each to their own.
Great price for a decent watch, a lot of people getting worked up on here over a good watch deal. If you don't like it move on, it's that simple! Heat from me
Tag are over rated, rely far to much on advertising to get their name out unlike Omega, who make much better watches.
Not a good watch really. The value of a good watch rises. The value of this will fall. Also bog cheap mechanism.
Not a nice watch at all. Price is probably good so heat.
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Carrera Axle 21 speed, aluminium frame hybrid bike down from £330 to £198 at Halfords.
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Further discounts may be available (eg 10% via British Cycling would make it £178.20?). I'm sceptical about Halfords RRP pricing and the shop itself has a mixed reputation, but if… Read more
Scooby25202nd Jan

Whiukd it be better to purchase the subway 1 at £300 over this one , not …Whiukd it be better to purchase the subway 1 at £300 over this one , not sure


Not long ago the Subway 1 was at £230 on offer and really its a much better bike. Pretty much the frame is the same I think but the Subway has a freehub drivetrain which is much stronger, smoother shifting and lower maintenance plus it has disc brakes. A much better bike. I'm not keen on the Axle/Parva myself I think Halfords should keep the freewheel based bikes in the Apollo range.
I bought one of these a few years ago to get back & fore to work very decent bike for the price
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Whiukd it be better to purchase the subway 1 at £300 over this one , not sure
ArthurDent119 h, 5 m ago

It's not garbage. It's a decent budget bike with decent budget …It's not garbage. It's a decent budget bike with decent budget components. I wouldn't pay the RRP because these things are frequently reduced to a more sensible price, as it currently is.At this price point disc brakes tend to be very poor. Plenty of £400-500 bikes have Tektro v brakes like this has.It's nice to see a simple hybrid bike with sensible parts and a good frame being voted hot. Makes a change from the usual rear-suspension, disc brake BSOs (Bicycle Shaped Objects) that are well worth avoiding.CyclingUK or British Cycling membership should get you another 10% OFF which makes the membership almost pay for itself. You also get liability insurance as part of the membership. Worth doing.


I suppose no one would nick it... it has that much going for it at least. HOT.
Carrera Crossfire-E electric Bike at Halfords for £960
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Found 26th Dec 2017Found 26th Dec 2017
Gone down for the January sale from £1250 Finance also available with 0% intrest for £80 a month
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For the record:

British Cycling membership - £19.80, resulting discount - £96 (email confirmation easily accepted)
£960-£96=£864

£850 worth of Zeek vouchers cost (two transactions) - £850*0.92+2*£0.30 =£782.60
Zeek Topcashback £2+£7=£9 (my old account, wife's new account)
Zeek promotion (two accounts) £2*£30=£60 ( hotukdeals.com/dea…e=2)

Remaining £14 paid from my credit card

782.60+19.80-9.00-60.00+14.00=~£747 . This takes into account 2*£30 Zeek balances that I can spend on big variety of gift cards.

I still can cancel British Cycling DD if I wish as it's scheduled on the first day of the next month.
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32945671-NwmzB.jpgI’d be very interested in getting one of these through our cycle to work scheme if not for the fact that Northern Ireland is currently without a sitting government and as such the legislation distinguishing ebikes and motorbikes hasn’t yet being passed (it has been in the rest of the uk). So while I could buy one, to legally use it I’d have to tax, mot and insure it plus wear a proper motorcycle helmet whilst riding it! If NI ever does decide to join you guys in the 21st century though I’ll have to remember to check these out....
Review of bike along with examples of hill climbing:

The Freego Hawk at £1099 is pretty poor spec wise in comparison, cable disc at front, v-brake rear (crossfire-e hydraulic brakes front and rear), lower rated battery (10ah vs 11.6ah), very cheap top gun forks, and only one size frame available, compared to 3 sizes on the Crossfire-e
neostand2 h, 37 m ago

The only people that consider this a good ebike are those that have not …The only people that consider this a good ebike are those that have not tried others form companies that have been making them for years rather than this which is not much more than a regular cheap Carrera with a conversion kit put on it. For that price you can get a Freego or even a Wisper. Why do people keep falling for the Halfords con with their bikes?


When I was looking at ebikes to buy, I hired a 3k Stromer, tested a Cube from the local specialist and there was nothing these bikes did that the Crossfire didn't. If you look on the Pedalecs forum all the 'branded' bikes have their particular problems too.
Ironically, the Freego Hawk is now on Halfords website for sale at 1099. I can't see any advantage over the Crossfire.
As far as Halfords are concerned, my nearest shop was useless and had no product knowledge or interest in the product, one a little further away were great and knew their stuff. About the same experience as visiting the local cycling specialist.
At this price point the Crossfire is a bargain, the Freego will probably be just as good, but more expensive.
Carrera Crossfire 2 Mens Hybrid Bike - Black or White £320 RRP now £250 local store build at Halfords
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While the Vengeance and Hellcat return to original RRP the Crossfire 2 now drops to £250. Carrera Crossfire 2 Mens Hybrid Bike - BlackThe Carrera Crossfire 2 Mens Hybrid Bike… Read more
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Appreciate the feedback bonzobanana. I've opted for the Boardman, hoping it will be a better option.
Just don't see the point of this bike. The 700c wheels should make the bike faster and more efficient although slightly weaker/less robust but that increase speed and efficiency is ruined by fitting basic front suspension forks. If you want greater comfort you'd be far better off with the Subway which will be a lot more reliable too over the long term. I suspect even off road the Subway's stronger wheels with larger profile tyres will still be far better than this bike with naff suspension and much weaker wheels. Sometimes retailers configure a bike that will be popular with people but really people shouldn't want this spec.
capa6 h, 48 m ago

oh ffs I was just about to settle for this and raise the seat slightly and …oh ffs I was just about to settle for this and raise the seat slightly and felt reasonably content about it until you wrote this. ARGH!!! lolMaybe I just need to bite the bullet and pay the extra for this:http://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/hybrid-bikes/boardman-mx-sport-bike-49-54cm-framesBut then somebody somewhere will find fault with in somehow I'm sure.




The Boardman is a nice bike. For the £150 more it is much better bike. I considered buying one a few months back when it was, IIRC, £450 but my local Halford store only had a very knackered / scratched one on display and the staff did not seem that interested in selling.

But if you have a good store nearby and, once you have checked one out for any sign of damage, if you can find a good one of these then it is worth it. The Boardman will probably last you several years longer so you need to do some calculations of how much that works out per week. Probably worth stretching to the £400.

I don't recall seeing it as low as £400 before.
capa12 m ago

oh ffs I was just about to settle for this and raise the seat slightly and …oh ffs I was just about to settle for this and raise the seat slightly and felt reasonably content about it until you wrote this. ARGH!!! lolMaybe I just need to bite the bullet and pay the extra for this:http://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/hybrid-bikes/boardman-mx-sport-bike-49-54cm-framesBut then somebody somewhere will find fault with in somehow I'm sure.


I think for me the saying you get what you pay for is very true. Personally I would pay a bit more for better components. Imho
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sledwich18 m ago

I have this exact bike and after 1yr of normal use the rear wheel ball …I have this exact bike and after 1yr of normal use the rear wheel ball bearings smashed destroyed the rear wheel and halfords are telling me they can no longer get these wheels as they are in high demand and want over 100quid to replace it. I will never bother with halfords again.


oh ffs I was just about to settle for this and raise the seat slightly and felt reasonably content about it until you wrote this. ARGH!!! lol

Maybe I just need to bite the bullet and pay the extra for this:


halfords.com/cyc…mes


But then somebody somewhere will find fault with in somehow I'm sure.
Carrera hellcat mountain bike 29"wheels £250.00 free c&c plus bike assembly
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The Carrera Hellcat Men's Mountain Bike can't wait to get out there and show you what it's made of. A lightweight alloy frame is paired with crisp 24 speed SRAM gears for powerfu… Read more
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clemf26th Nov

Mechanical brakes are fine for general use. This is not a hardcore …Mechanical brakes are fine for general use. This is not a hardcore downhill bike. If it were you'd need to look at hydraulic brakes. But those will add a lot to the cost. I find mechanical discs a lot easier maintenance wise. I would prefer them to rim brakes, especially in the wet. As far as weight goes, any of the bikes around this price level will be around 15kg. Which in my opinion is fine. It seems to me that there are a lot of people on this site who will rubbish any cheap bike deal - why I am not sure - Possibly to self-justify their expensive purchase?


Mechanical disks will offer more reliable braking too, I'm heavy and commute in the rain sometimes, on those days I really feel the limits of v-brakes. When you squeeze both brakes hard on a downhill slope on a rainy day and find yourself slowing down as much as say applying the rear brakes on a dry day on the flat, that's a damned scary experience.
I was in yesretdya and they were happy to order the 22inch vengence freom headqurters.0
clemf6 h, 4 m ago

Mechanical brakes are fine for general use. This is not a hardcore …Mechanical brakes are fine for general use. This is not a hardcore downhill bike. If it were you'd need to look at hydraulic brakes. But those will add a lot to the cost. I find mechanical discs a lot easier maintenance wise. I would prefer them to rim brakes, especially in the wet. As far as weight goes, any of the bikes around this price level will be around 15kg. Which in my opinion is fine. It seems to me that there are a lot of people on this site who will rubbish any cheap bike deal - why I am not sure - Possibly to self-justify their expensive purchase?


Thanks for taking the time to post I really appreciate your feedback. We are not going to be doing any hardcore downhill cycling, I think I will go for the vengeance his and hers for my partner and I.
Halford told me all out of stock in uk for bikes in this price range
Mechanical brakes are fine for general use. This is not a hardcore downhill bike. If it were you'd need to look at hydraulic brakes. But those will add a lot to the cost. I find mechanical discs a lot easier maintenance wise. I would prefer them to rim brakes, especially in the wet. As far as weight goes, any of the bikes around this price level will be around 15kg. Which in my opinion is fine. It seems to me that there are a lot of people on this site who will rubbish any cheap bike deal - why I am not sure - Possibly to self-justify their expensive purchase?
Carrera Formula 1 Mercedes Champions Playset. Argos ebay. Free delivery - £14.99
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Carrera Formula 1 Mercedes Champions Playset. From the Argos Shop on ebayBrand New With a 12 Month Argos Guarantee Carrera Formula 1 Mercedes Champions Playset. General Informatio… Read more
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I was lucky, purchased this from them last week, was £16.99. it's huge, only problem was the back of the box was missing and it was taped up with sellotape. All brand new though
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Halfords have reduced some of the Carrera Hellcat bikes. Have also included some information in the post around deals going live on Black Friday. Carrera Hellcat mens a… Read more
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miketiley5 h, 22 m ago

I get 10% BC and I can also get 10% through my corporate benefits scheme - …I get 10% BC and I can also get 10% through my corporate benefits scheme - will they let me use them both together for 20% off? I have already bought some vouchers through benefits scheme at 8% discount!


It appears to be store specific.. I've always argued my case and won. Today I got an zinc electric bike and a Wiggins Marcon kids bike, £250 and £190 i got 15% off the wiggins, then got the 10% bc and then used my halfords card, pre loaded with the 16% discount (it's usually 10% buy for 1day this week it went ti 16%) to pay the full remaining balance.

If they challenge it just say other stores do it.
mb02123 h, 0 m ago

Still no price drop on the Wiggins. I've been in again today. The only …Still no price drop on the Wiggins. I've been in again today. The only incentive for me is the 10% off BC and im also getting 16% through my company discounting scheme. So that will help.


I get 10% BC and I can also get 10% through my corporate benefits scheme - will they let me use them both together for 20% off? I have already bought some vouchers through benefits scheme at 8% discount!
capa30th Nov

Halfords fella just talked me out of the funky Vengeance or Hellcat for …Halfords fella just talked me out of the funky Vengeance or Hellcat for the less cool looking and more expensive and more practical crossfire 2... arg!!!



Don’t know if you’ve noticed but the crossfire 2 went down in price today to £250 so you will be owed some money
greg66621st Nov

Oh thanks, no I get it :-)I need two for Christmas and got my eye on the …Oh thanks, no I get it :-)I need two for Christmas and got my eye on the Macon and Chartres so an offer would be most welcome to be honest.


Still no offers on the Wiggins bikes.
miketiley21st Nov

A reference to Bradley Wiggins doping allegations.I have also been waiting …A reference to Bradley Wiggins doping allegations.I have also been waiting for the Wiggins bikes to come down. Got my eye on the Chartres 20" for my daughter for Christmas.


Still no price drop on the Wiggins. I've been in again today. The only incentive for me is the 10% off BC and im also getting 16% through my company discounting scheme. So that will help.
Carrera Subway 1 Mens Hybrid Bike £230 @ Halfords
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The Carrera Subway 1 Mens Hybrid Bike is the ideal for fast riding around town and on smoother trails. With easy to use 24 speed Shimano gearing your effort for building speed wi… Read more
Yes I can see on the Subway 1 spec it does say pannier mountings are on the frame, I couldn't see them on the image. I don't think all disc compatible rear dropouts have the eyelet threads for a pannier rack though. Another decent feature of the Subway. I think disc compatible pannier rack is more about the clearance away from the disc brakes rather than compatible with all bikes that have disc brakes, you still need a frame with the pannier rack eyelets too. A quick google shows some disc compatible frames do and some frames don't.


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tawse57:
Here is a video showing you how to fit the exact Topeak rack to a disc brake enabled bike. There are a few similar videos for this rack on youtube.



Ha! Went to Halfords and complained and lo and behold they managed to fit it within 15 minutes!

Just need a bag to go on it... Will any pannier bag fit?

Helmet on order as is lock. Just waiting for my shed to be built to store it in. Currently stored in the study annoying the wife!
As much as I love Halford's Carrera and Voodoo bikes for their great value whenever I visit Halfords their accessories seem at the higher levels of pricing. Only time I've really bought accessories from Halfords is when I bought a Carrera Subway 8 and it had a £80 accessory allowance thrown in. It was a struggle to spend that money at the time because much of the pricing was higher than elsewhere. I ended up with going with offers and clearance stock for parts for another bike I had. I tend to buy my accessories from ebay, amazon or look for offers on the item I want. There are many adaptors available that can attach racks to bikes that don't have the necessary fittings. They may not be available for all scenario's though.

Some of the cheap racks from ebay come with comprehensive mountings even brackets for the seat stays in case there is no other mountings.

Looks like the current Subway has mounting bolts at the top of the seatstays and you can use the mudguard mounting with an adaptor anyway but don't see much around the wheel hub so I guess you need to secure the rack with the wheel nuts. I just can't see mountings/eyelets there but its hard to see on the photo.

Anyway my real point is save your money by buying your accessories elsewhere.

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Thanks for your help. I suspected that they were talking rubbish. Said it interfered with the quick release for the wheel. I'm not getting the Halfords one as it looks like a load of poo.

I'm picking the bike up today so will ask why they can't fit it when it clearly says all bikes with disc brakes. Sounds to me like the 'engineer' doesn't want the hassle.
Here is a video showing you how to fit the exact Topeak rack to a disc brake enabled bike. There are a few similar videos for this rack on youtube.

Carrera Go!!! Star Wars Racing Set - £50 Free Delivery (RRP £99.99) @ John Lewis
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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... there was a car race with the Carrera GO!!! Star Wars Racing Set! The Sith Lord Darth Vader and the wise Jedi Master Yoda face off on … Read more
Does anyone else think this looks dumb?
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you can get slightly smaller set carerra star wars 14.99/19.99 store dependant in bnm
Darth Vader has stolen the batmobile!!

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what the hell.

I'm in

£25 JL voucher kicking around doing nothing so £25 for some xmas entertainment
Aah! So tempting....
Carrera Parva Mens Hybrid Bike Tektro V-Brakes 21 Speed Gears 27.5" Inch Wheels £193.00 @ Halfords eBay store
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deathrider783 h, 51 m ago

I bought an old Subway for £25 with V brakes, better stopping power than …I bought an old Subway for £25 with V brakes, better stopping power than my £800 disc clad road bike.


I wouldn't doubt it. Some people buy 100% into the consumerist thing that the latest version is always the best and anything older is absolute rubbish. I just expect people to exercise their judgment a bit. The latest might be best, but the difference might only be marginal, so not paying a premium for. Or, it might just be a marketing gimmick to get people to part with their hard earned money.
M_z26th Sep

No, but they still stop the bike.

I bought an old Subway for £25 with V brakes, better stopping power than my £800 disc clad road bike.
claym0re4 h, 25 m ago

Yep, at £40 to upgrade it'd be a no-brainer at >£100 it is less so. Also, …Yep, at £40 to upgrade it'd be a no-brainer at >£100 it is less so. Also, one caveat to my previous comment would be that the brake (and drivetrain) question certainly becomes more relevant if you are a 16 stone male (like me) and not a 8 stone woman like my wife.......The tourney components on this are actually plenty good enough for light riding and work far better than I thought they would. Much better than the short of rubbish you'd have got at this level 10-15 years ago. A good example of the tech from the higher end stuff migrating down over time. When I say 'chocolate' I really mean some of the poor quality stamped mild steel stuff that you see on supermarket bikes and even on the Halfords Apollo range. Rusts easily and bolts bend and shear. When people cite <£100 bikes that is usually what you're getting and this is a step above that.


I'm no fan of tourney freewheels, I bought a cheap £60 mountain bike about 10 years ago, a 'Pagan Arrow' it was called and everything about it worked well and was super strong except the basic quality Shimano freewheel and tourney derailleur which needed constant attention. However I was 26 stone at the time and it had a trial by fire so to speak. I didn't stay long at 26 stone and pretty rapidly lost weight and was down to about 16 stone within the year. The issues I had were the front wheel bearings failing and bending the rear axle of the rear wheel when I hit a large pothole. However as you have pointed out a 8 stone woman is not really going to give a freewheel based drivetrain many issues. I'd agree about the wheel axles and nuts they are pretty awful on entry level bikes but still stronger than the low end quick release system which has hardened hollow axles. I always suggest either is replaced by solid hardened chromoly axle as sold by weldtite etc. Especially for a freewheel drivetrain bike where it considerably improves the strength and durability of those bikes although still not as good as having a cassette based drivetrain on the rear wheel.

Assuming the Parva doesn't already have a hardened chromoly rear axle that may be a good cheap upgrade in the future if your wife does somehow bend the rear axle but at 8 stone that would have to be a serious drop I would of thought to do so. Although it was mentioned on another recent hotukdeals thread that a child had destroyed the quick release axle on their diamondback bike but that was a mountain bike style bike and not hybrid. So may have taken some serious drops.
davidmatthewbrown72 h, 40 m ago

I did say the inherent issues of cables , which are many not just friction …I did say the inherent issues of cables , which are many not just friction (wear, stretch and corroding to name a few) that's why they are being engineered out of cycle use (etap and DI2). The fact that mechanical discs are very 'off and on ' and 'notchy' , plus the moving actuator arm of most mech discs are exposed so also likely to oxidise/corrode reducing reliability. I do not know of one cyclist who has ever gone back to mechanical disc from hydraulic ever. And not a argument 😃 just a friendly discussion with a fellow cyclist 🏻


We will have to agree to differ as I think all our points have been raised although there are plenty of videos and forum postings of people who have gone from hydraulic to mechanical disc brakes including 1 of the video links I posted previously who seems very over the top of his dislike of hydraulic brakes. Cables are still a thing though on most bikes as far as I know for brakes and gears and unlikely to be replaced anytime soon.
bonzobanana2 h, 22 m ago

I didn't prejudge it I just searched mechanical vs hydraulic disc brakes …I didn't prejudge it I just searched mechanical vs hydraulic disc brakes and most of the first videos that came up were more pro mechanical by default. Cable friction issues apart from the slightly greater pulling action required are not a problem in real terms in the same way they aren't an issue with V brakes or gearing. Loads of cyclists have moved from hydraulic to mechanical. Again though no one is saying hydraulic aren't superior for some applications but if your only criticism of mechanical disc brakes is cable friction then they must be doing something right. Clearly hydraulic brakes needing next to no maintenance is not the experience of many cyclists.

I did say the inherent issues of cables , which are many not just friction (wear, stretch and corroding to name a few) that's why they are being engineered out of cycle use (etap and DI2). The fact that mechanical discs are very 'off and on ' and 'notchy' , plus the moving actuator arm of most mech discs are exposed so also likely to oxidise/corrode reducing reliability. I do not know of one cyclist who has ever gone back to mechanical disc from hydraulic ever.
And not a argument 😃 just a friendly discussion with a fellow cyclist 🏻
Carrera Parva Mens Hybrid Bike - Green, £193 from Halfords
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Worth that much, both sizes 18" and 20" available. Carrera Parva Mens Hybrid BikeThe Carrera Parva Mens Hybrid Bike is the perfect bike if you're going to be out and about on bot… Read more
rooney1023rd Sep

+ 1 , we've just bought the Subway and we went to Halfords with the …+ 1 , we've just bought the Subway and we went to Halfords with the intention of buying the Parva , damn you Halfords ! Much better bike ..... make sure you pay with vouchers and save yourself 8% !! Dead easy and straight forward to do , adds a couple of extra minutes at the till but worth it for around £20 off


How do you save 8% with vouchers??
snoopy188 m ago

Somebody above said 2 minutes at the till so it seemed worth it


Ok I'm unsure then I thought you had to purchase vouchers from another site first. Hope you manage to get a discount.
spyro12349 m ago

I've found the voucher deal, looks like a lot of hassle for a bike for …I've found the voucher deal, looks like a lot of hassle for a bike for £193. Best saving would be 8% on £200 worth of vouchers, without signing up to subscriptions. Worth it if you are buying a more expensive bike and use cash back site



Somebody above said 2 minutes at the till so it seemed worth it
snoopy184 m ago

Never done it myself


I've found the voucher deal, looks like a lot of hassle for a bike for £193. Best saving would be 8% on £200 worth of vouchers, without signing up to subscriptions. Worth it if you are buying a more expensive bike and use cash back site
bonzobanana15 m ago

A hybrid like the Subway is ideal. The lack of suspension makes it more …A hybrid like the Subway is ideal. The lack of suspension makes it more reliable but its a strong bike which can take some abuse. The Parva not so much because of the lower end drivetrain. If the child is of average to low weight and tends to treat his stuff well than the Parva is still a good option. Just check that he doesn't want to go full off roading though because if so perhaps a hardtail mountain bike would be better.


Okay thanks for information. I want to buy this bike I'm just unsure if he will look after it. Would be a ideal Christmas present.
Carrera Mario 8 Track Set @ Argos free C&c - £29.99
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Those famous plumbers are at it again. This Mario Kart 8 1/43 scale slot race set contains Mario and Luigi to race against each other! 4.9m track, 360 degree loop delivers massive … Read more
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Had these in b and m last Xmas for £20
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Can't find stock anywhere, where did you get it?
Carrera Crossfire E Bike - Halfords now £960 reduced from £1200
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Can't believe this hasn't been posted yet as its been around over a week (or maybe despite searching -it has been ) I bought one myself last August and its truly amazing - not a… Read more
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Why 960? It's a bike. Go on gumtree idiot
£1200 now
Bought this last week, paid £750 through various discounts. There are a lot of reports of power cut outs which means resetting via the battery. It's only happened to me once so far, otherwise a fantastic bike.
Can't wait for someone to open an eGym
Carrera Parva Mens Hybrid Bike £193 at Halfords
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Was £230, reduced to £193.
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honest_geezer52 m ago

I stood up on the pedals and the the pedal and arm came off …I stood up on the pedals and the the pedal and arm came off completely.Halfords are notoriously bad. I gave them a second chance and got my bike serviced there. It took them over a week and came back worse than it went in. Never again. Guess they are OK if u know what you are doing, or pay somewhere decent to set it up.


They sound terrible don't get me wrong but its not all Halfords only some same as local bike shops, most are good I would say some are not. However even if the local halfords was terrible I'd still buy a halfords bike because some of the bikes are such great value I just wouldn't let that local store touch my bike if bad. I'd order online and assemble it myself and forego the free assembly and 6 week check.
bonzobanana5th Aug

I assume you mean one of the crank arms came off the bottom bracket rather …I assume you mean one of the crank arms came off the bottom bracket rather than one of the crank arms split in half. These are normally installed at the factory but should still be checked as part of Halfords checks on new bikes so no excuses but doesn't inherently mean their products are bad. I've bought new bikes that have been brilliant but initially had to re-tighten some components before the first ride. It amazes me they can sell bikes some as low as £90 for an adult bike and still offer free assembly and a 6 week safety check. I've only bought one bike new from Halfords which was quite a few years ago but it was perfectly setup without a single issue and the free six week check was fine.

I stood up on the pedals and the the pedal and arm came off completely.
Halfords are notoriously bad.
I gave them a second chance and got my bike serviced there. It took them over a week and came back worse than it went in. Never again.
Guess they are OK if u know what you are doing, or pay somewhere decent to set it up.
willevans7165335th Aug

I don't have an easy way to get to my closest halfords, I don't drive and …I don't have an easy way to get to my closest halfords, I don't drive and it would take two trains followed by a 30 minute walk to get there and then the same back

Why don't you take the train and walk to Halford's and cycle home
Stevesipmax can you explain?
It is only needed for two to four 15 minute trips a day 5 days a week. So I don't need anything amazing, just functional
10% off  @ Cycle Republic using code - Carrera Vengeance Mens Mountain Bike £230.40 (potential extra £10 off for new customers?)
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Totally agree with bonzobanana, I've had Carrera, and a Voodoo in my collection, for the price, they are a solid bit of kit. You may want to change your tyres at worst but these bikes last!

Voted hot.
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Clisig

https://www.rutlandcycling.com/377431/products/specialized-pitch-650b-2017-hardtail-mountain-bike-blue.aspxNot saying it is cheap. but really I agree with Sean316, carrera is not a good build brand.



Clisig

https://www.rutlandcycling.com/377431/products/specialized-pitch-650b-2017-hardtail-mountain-bike-blue.aspxNot saying it is cheap. but really I agree with Sean316, carrera is not a good build brand.



Since when we're carreras bad? I've had a couple and for price they're great. They aren't top of the range but at the price you will struggle to do better.
Clisig1 h, 30 m ago

https://www.rutlandcycling.com/377431/products/specialized-pitch-650b-2017-hardtail-mountain-bike-blue.aspxNot saying it is cheap. but really I agree with Sean316, carrera is not a good build brand.


Ok what is your evidence for this because they seem to review well both professionally and by their owners and despite Halfords huge sales numbers in the UK don't seem to suffer recalls like other brands. When I've viewed the bikes in Halfords stores they seem very well made with no obvious problems and offer better components for their price point than almost all other brands. I suppose Carrera is Halfords middle quality brand with Apollo below and Voodoo above. A Carrera bike is never going to compete with much higher price branded models. Voodoo bikes are the best Halfords offer which probably can compete with bikes twice their price but not bikes above that level.
sean3162 h, 38 m ago

Halfords BSO for over £200 lol not really a deal. Spend a little bit more …Halfords BSO for over £200 lol not really a deal. Spend a little bit more and get a decent Specialized. Voted cold


A bit more like this one for example?

specialized.com/gb/…480

Absolute piece of junk BSO with a low end tourney derailleur and a freewheel FFS. Massively inferior to the Carrera Vengeance which at least can be taken off road. The same freewheel you will find on sub £100 bikes.

Bikes should be judged on their specification not the brand slapped on. If people took your advice they could end up with a massively inferior bike to the Carrera that only resembled a mountain bike and was only fit for road use and gravel and not much else.

Also that Specialized page clearly shamelessly lies to its customers. It has the heading 'Cassette' and then lists a freewheel. A freewheel is not and never has been a cassette. An attempt to make their junk bike read better than it is I imagine. The fact is entry level bikes from top brands are often complete trash. You probably have to pay twice as much just to get a similar spec to the Carrera.

Also look at that specialized spec. It has a 7 speed front derailleur plus an 8 speed chain! It seems to be going out of its way to b***sh*t its customers. Who cares if the chain is 8 speed compatible when its fitted on a 7 speed freewheel bike and they don't even say 8 speed compatible its just 8 speed listed. They seem utterly desperate to sell what is an appalling bike for £360 suggested retail price.

Also what is 'A1 premium aluminium' because no such aluminium exists. I'm in a cynical mood as you can read so on face value it looks like they don't want to be tied down to stating the aluminium as it may vary by the far east factory used and could be either 6 or 7 series aluminium. Whoever is cheaper at the time no doubt.

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