Halfords' '09 Bike Range
New For 2009 – Dirt, Road and Hybrid Range
Building on the great success of the 2008 range, Halfords Bikehut has this month unveiled its new 2009 premium Dirt, Road and Hybrid Bike collection, featuring new and exclusive models from Carrera, GT and VooDoo brands.
Road and Hybrid
On the blacktop, the pick of the crop for everyday riders on a budget would be the Subway 1 - a multispeed urban MTB bike. Simple, light, fast, stylish and practical due to good clearances and fittings for racks and guards. If you’re looking for a bike that’ll do most things well for less than £250, you can’t go far wrong.
Priced £229.99, the new Carrera Subway 1 features:
7005 T6 heat treated Urban Mountain Bike aluminium frame with mudguard and rack eyes
Rigid fork with cro-moly blades and low rider bosses
21speed Sram SX4 rear mech with 3.0 Comp gripshifters
Suntour Triple chainset with CNC guard
26 x 1.6 file tread tyres with Kevlar puncture protection
DBM1 double wall rims with stainless spokes
If you’re looking for a great first road/sportive bike that’ll also serve you well as an all weather commuter, the Carrera Vanquish is worth a look, with an alu frame, carbon fork, Shimano Tiagra/Sora component mix, with a sensible compact Truvativ Touro 48/34 chainset, plus good clearances for larger tyres, mudguards and rack fittings. A bargain at a gnat’s under 500 quid.
Priced £499.99 the Carrera Vanquish features:
7005 T6 heat treated aluminium frame, double butted tubing, mudguard and rack eyes
Carbon Fibre fork with alloy steerer and mudguard eyes
18sp Tiagra shifters and Sora rear mech
Compact Truvativ Touro 34 – 48T chainset with Powerspline BB
Tektro R730 medium drop dual pivot brakes give ample mudguard clearance
Shimano WH-R500 wheelset with Conti Super Sport tyres
Switching from road to dirt, there’s two bikes that stand out and the entry level end. The Carrera Vulcan V Brake at £249 has everything that a new Mountain Biker needs to hit the trails, with a great frame and fork that’s worthy of upgrading around.
Priced £249.99, this hard tail boasts:
7005 T6 heat treated aluminium disc specific frame
Suntour XCM 100mm travel fork
24 sp SRAM SX4 rear mech and triggers
The Carrera Kraken Women’s is pitched a little further up the range and features a women’s specific component package, great frame, brakes, fork and running gear that won’t need upgrading any time soon, and you’ll get change (just) from £400.
Priced £399.99, the hard tail Kraken features:
Women’s specific frame geometry and component package
7005 T6 heat treated aluminium frame with double butted 3 main tubes
Suntour XCR 100mm travel fork, mag lower, lockout, 32mm stantions
27sp SRAM X5 gearing
Tektro Auriga Comp hydraulic disc brakes
Truvativ Isoflow chainset with Power Spline BB
For the full range of Halfords’ ’09 machines go to www.halfords.com