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Carrera Bikes 2020: A guide to the updated range

Cyclist magazine
10 Jun 2020

A breakdown of Carrera's 2020 bike range, including pricing and specs

Halfords has released 26 brand new entry-level bikes as part of its popular Carrera range, which sees the introduction of disc brake road bikes at the lowest price on the market.

The in-house brand has been a stalwart for entry-level riders looking to get into cycling and with its latest range, Carrera hopes to aid the increasing demand for newcomers to cycling looking for a more active form of daily travel.

The range will include four new road bikes, all disc brake-equipped, 13 new mountain bikes and nine hybrid options. All of the new Carrera bikes will be provided with memory foam saddles to provide comfort for those yet to convert to bibshorts and reinforced tyres to decrease the risk of punctures.

Chief bike designer for Halfords, Justin Stevenson, believes these new Carrera models will tick the boxes of those new to cycling and help newcomers get access to more active forms of travel without spending a fortune.

‘Whether for an everyday ride or a weekend adventure this range of bikes has been designed specifically with the rider in mind. After our research showed that saddle comfort was important we added memory foam saddles across these bikes,’ explained Stevenson.

‘When we heard tyre performance was another factor, and the risk of punctures off-putting, we added Carrera Puncture Protection to the range. We’ve kept weight and prices down because they are also critical for those looking to get the most from their cycling experience.'

Below is a round-up of the new Carrera range, the highlights of each bike and a guide to how you can buy them, too.

Carrera road bikes

Carrera has taken a big jump in the road market by modernising all five options in the range – the Zelos, Virtuoso and Vanquish – to feature disc brakes and clearance for 32mm tyres.

In fact, this is the first set of bikes on the market to utilise disc brake technology to true entry-level riders from just £300.

Carrera will be speccing all its road bikes with 28mm tyres and all bikes will come complete with a memory foam saddle for added comfort.

The Vanquish will stand as the most accomplished option in the line-up thanks to the road buzz-absorbing carbon fork and triple-butted frame which help keep the overall weight down to 10.5kg.

Next up is the £350 Virtuoso which is available in both a men’s and women’s-specific geometry in sizes small through to large. The Virtuoso also utilities an 8-speed Shimano Claris groupset that provides an 11-28 cassette block to help you get up those hills. The frameset and fork are also full alloy, which helps keep weight down.

The most entry-level road option will be the Carrera Zelos men’s and women’s bikes. As previously mentioned, they will both be afforded Tektro disc brakes and 28mm tyres but also partially integrated cables for a cleaner cockpit and an aluminium bladed fork to help keep the weight down.

Additionally, the Zelos bikes also come with a trusty Shimano Tourney groupset and Claris drivetrain.

Buy one of Carrera's new entry-level road bikes here

Carrera mountain bikes

With 13 new mountain bike models ranging between £250 and £600, Carrera has been able to provide ample choice for those in the market for entry-level off-road riding.

All of the choices in the range promise to offer strong, robust and rideable bikes that have increased their off-roading abilities with wider bars, lighter frames and shorter stems. There will be eight options for men and five for women.

At the top of the tree will be the Carrera Fury hardtail mountain bike. It will feature Shimano’s new 1x 10-speed Deore as well as chunky WTB tyres and Suntour Raidon Air fork for comfort and compliance. Add that to the longer wheelbase and you’re set with an MTB ready to rip on most terrains with a bike that offers plenty for just £600.

The top entry for female riders will be the Carrera Vulcan. Utilising a 2x 9-speed groupset, the 11-34t cassette will help the steepest ascents become manageable. The fork has 120mm of travel for added confidence off-road while the chunky Kenda tyres will give you the ability to carry more speed on the bumpiest of terrains.

Buy one of Carrera's new entry-level mountain bikes here

Carrera urban hybrid bike

Carrera’s brand new urban bike range consists of five models that have experienced a geometry overhaul to incorporate taller head tubes for better ride control, memory foam saddles for better comfort and gearing designed for city adventures.

The entry-level Parva will be offered in both men’s and women’s geometries and take advantage of a wide-ranging 11-34t cassette to make urban travelling a cinch regardless of the terrain. This option, however, will only be sold as a rim brake bike.

For disc brakes, you can upgrade to the slightly more expensive Subway 1 model, again offered in men’s and women’s frames, that use Tektro mechanical disc brakes for beefed-up stopping power as well as a 2x 8-speed groupset for a wide range of gears, and chunky 42mm tyres for better comfort.

Buy one of Carrera's entry-level urban hybrid bikes here

Carrera leisure hybrid bikes

Finally, Carrera has released five leisure hybrid bikes under the Crossfire name that combine lockable front suspension and chunky tyres that suit both off-road tracks in the local park and tarmac roads on the daily commute.

The men’s range will have three versions of the Crossfire all offering varying component configurations. The top-specced Crossfire 3 has again opted for Tektro hydraulic disc brakes and a Suntour NRX fork with 75mm of travel as well as 42mm tyres, allowing for carefree riding off-road. Then with the 2x groupset and wide-ranging 11-36t cassette, you’ll be able to roll over almost any climb, too.

The women’s range has two options with the Crossfire 2 leading the way. Its geometry sees a dropped toptube to allow for step-through while its high top tube will provide the rider with plenty of comfort. The Crossfire 2 also relies on an 11-34t 8-speed cassette and a lockable front fork that utilises 75mm of travel.

Buy one of Carrera's entry-level leisure hybrid bikes here

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