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Are Carrera bikes any good?

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by aJohnson, 4 Jul 2009.

  1. aJohnson

    aJohnson Senior Member

    Location:
    Bury, Manchester
    I'm curious as Halfords are offering 20% off on all Carrera bikes, so it would save me a fair bit if I got one. Any input on this would be fantastic, thanks. There is 3 which I'm looking at... http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/..._productId_712163_langId_-1_categoryId_165710 http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/..._productId_240445_langId_-1_categoryId_165710 http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/..._productId_272647_langId_-1_categoryId_165710 Don't look at sizes, I just got any size of the bikes up.
     
  2. Bigtwin

    Bigtwin New Member

    Somewhat depends on what you want it for, but as a general rule, try and pick one up. Then wait for your back surgery to heal, and ride something else.
     
  3. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    If you are going to buy a bike from Halfords, then buy one from the Boardman range. Far better bikes. And when you buy take straight down to your LBS to get it set up properly.
     
  4. Banjo

    Banjo Fuelled with Jelly Babies

    Location:
    South Wales
    At that price level would you find a bike substantially lighter?
     
  5. aJohnson

    aJohnson Senior Member

    Location:
    Bury, Manchester
    When I get my bike, it will probably be from Bike Shak in Altrincham or Evans, I was only curious about these bikes as there was a deal on them.
     
  6. Bigtwin

    Bigtwin New Member


    Just about anywhere that's not Haulfrauds.

    Have you picked one up? Try it - it's amazing.
     
  7. Banjo

    Banjo Fuelled with Jelly Babies

    Location:
    South Wales
    The TDF IS 11-4 KG not sure about the Vanquish.What weight would you say is too heavy?Im asking as a beginner still wondering what bike to upgrade to for less than £500.
     
  8. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    as said previously, the boardmans are the best you can get from halfords. don't be put off the carreras though, they are usually pretty good at the pricepoint. you just have to be sure that the halfords techies set them up properly. allow a bit in the budget to have a proper bike shop look it over for you.
     
  9. stoatsngroats

    stoatsngroats Well-Known Member

    My Virtuoso, whilst being about5 yrs old, is great for me - I'm doing 60+ miles, in fair comfort, and I can climb hills, (Tho' not the Beacon in Sussex yet!).

    I've just replaced the bottom bracket, for a cost of £20, and apart from that, have used it since I got it on 2005.

    It's fast enough for me, I enjoy it, and used, cost me £200.....

    Give them a test ride.....

     
  10. Bigtwin

    Bigtwin New Member


    That really is the answer.

    Do you have to buy new? If not, for that money used you can get something really quite nice, probably not much over the 20lbs mark. That makes a lot of difference when you are hauling it up hill.

    Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying weight is the be all and end all - far from it, but there really has to be a desperate reason to buy a new Carrera from Halfords.
     
  11. Blott's Mate

    Blott's Mate New Member

    Location:
    Suffolk
    I think you are all being a bit harsh. In a recent cycling magazine they reviewed I think it was 5 different bikes for under £500 & the Carrera won hands down in terms of quality & the kit on it. Also our local Halfords Bike Hut is manned by a very proficient team who are extremely competent.
     
  12. Sheepy1209

    Sheepy1209 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Blackpool
    I know nothing about the bikes, but when I was looking at buying a new commuter I had a look at the Carrera Subway - and watched the price creep up over a few weeks from £199 to £259. Now with 20% off it's £207.

    A Halfords 20%-off deal usually means the bike's back to the price it should be!
     
  13. Muddyfox

    Muddyfox Über Member

    I know Halfords are renowned for hiking the price up before knocking it back down to look like a good deal but if you look at any bike brand they have all shot up by massive increases this year

    Second hand is a good option .. i bought my Cannondale Synapse on here for £300 posted

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    Simon
     
  14. Helly79

    Helly79 New Member

    Location:
    Norwich
    I bought the carrera fury 08 and I love it to pieces Bike radar gave it a good review and also my old bike is a carrera 15 years old and is still going strong. I found that they fury had very similar components,sramx5, Tektro Auriga Comp,rock shox to the boradman sport MTB. I would have like the boardman MTB but could not afford it.
     
  15. col

    col Über Member

    Carrera bikes are good bikes for the price, Iv had one for years and no real problems, I now have a virtuoso which is great, it beat all other bikes in its price range in cycling plus a couple of months ago. As for weight, what does it matter unless your going to compete, and then you would be looking at other bikes I think? Also unless your a skeleton without an ounce of fat on you, what does a few pounds difference make on a bike, when your able to lose more yourself? If its comfortable and reliable and you like it get it. But if its only because of the offer, then think about it, there are loads of other bikes at that price range which you might like too.
     
  16. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    i bought a virtuoso, although the frame is all that's left of the original purchase. that said, the only reason i got into the upgrading game was because the 42x25 lowest ratio was too big for the local hills. The original finishing kit went on another bike, and has performed admirably, day in, day out.

    the bike holds its own in the club run peleton, which is as much as i need it to do.
     
  17. Lord of the Teapot

    Lord of the Teapot New Member

    Halfords recently put the price of the Carrera's UP to cover the cost of this so called 'discount'... After the discount your paying around 20% more then in May 2009 and approx 30% more then in Jan sales.
     
  18. blamelouis

    blamelouis Active Member

    Location:
    Belfast
    I bought a Gryphon 4 weeks ago for £320 and now they are £399 :tongue:
     
  19. BLAKEY063

    BLAKEY063 Active Member

    Location:
    London
    I have had a Virago 2002, bought second hand a few years old, for half the price it cost new.Very light (magnesium frame) with Shimano 105's all round. Great bike. Treat Halfords as a source and get any work done elswhere. Had to laugh when my local halfords mechanic attempted to adjust the seat height on my new Boardman, after much twisting, tugging and pulling and a whole lot more sweat I pointed out there were two bolts holding the seat post,not one. Bet he wont forget that again!