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    Sean Gallivan
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    Hello all, First ever posting etc. Does anyone have an opinion on the Carrra Zelos from (Halfords). I bought one the other day from my local store and oould not belive the specs i have got for just 650!Sean

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    <<Hello all, First ever posting etc>> (Sorry to copy quote, but it's indeed the first for me too).I too have a Carerra, but in my case a Griffin. I bought it a year ago for 270, cycled approx. 5000 miles on it commuting to work and I've had absolutely no bother with it. I saw a thread about Halfords are they worth it/are they a waste of time, and I nearly replied to that.Sorry it's not the answer you are after Sean, but I'm just letting the UK know that if you're after a cheap bike with a good spec, Halfords is the place to go!!

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    Tony Wade
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    Carrera's were built in the same factory as Saracens, so go read that thread. I got a refund on my Carrera Impetus, because rust coloured water was p!ssing through the frame and the BB went terminal in one week. Replaced by a nice diamondback.

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    Yep, I agree with all comments posted there regarding MTB's with susp., but my bike perfectly fits in with the reason for purchase, good fast road use (and no suspension!)I'm afraid to say that I'm not much of a MTB'er anyway, more a road rider. Bike No 2 is a Fausto Coppi, carbon Mizuno front forks and Campagnolo everywhere. It's done me proud for 5 years now.

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    Paul Abu-Rabie
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    Ahh, the Carrera Impetus. My first Mountain bike and utter utter cr*p.In my experience it is better to go for a decent manufacturers bottom of the range bike. I have a Specialised Hardrock as a spare/park-down-the-shops/girlfriends bike and it is of far superior quality.Mind you, this was a few years ago, maybe they have improved.

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    Hi SeanI work for Halfords and have to say that for 650 the Zelos is an alright buy, if only for the parts. I'm not sure about the frame though, doesn't look to be very strong especially at the rear end. Carrera's arent the best bikes in the world but with a mixture of XTR, XT, HS33's and I like those quake forks its worth looking at. When they first arrived in store they sold for 999 (we sold none) then down to 650 (sold one) and now up to 799. I certainly wouldn't give them a grand for one. One thing though, its typical of Halfords, they put an XTR rear mech on it and shove on a deore cassette. Bit daft if you ask me. The unbranded finishing kit also seems to be a cost cutter. I think you've done ok for yourself, I've seen the spec for the new model and its crap to see the least for a 900 bike. I'm going to stop now before I go on a massive rant about how bad Halfords are...Oh yeah, I want to grow old with my Kona Mark.

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    Sean Gallivan
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    Hello again, Well I wrestled hard and long about which bike to choose before choosing this Zelos. I sat on a Hardrock in my local bike store and then went out of town to an even more specialised bike store look at the Fisher’s, Kona’s etc all of which looked really beautiful. I think the choice came down to 2 factors: ultimately I am a weekend, long-summer evening rider along with playing other sports so the outlay might have been too great for something I would not use as often as I would like. Secondly owned the ‘top-of-the-range’ carrera previously and it was excellent. Incidentally I went out last Saturday around the dead muddy hills near Wendover and the early signs were the bike was quite enough for my standard. Still next year…that Specialized Enduro does look fabulous!Oh well back to work.Sean

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    I too work for Halfords (Bikehut specialist)agree the unbranded kit is a bit of a let down but the spec for the money is great. The frame is suspiciously like a Kona one for 2001 (same dropouts, tubing profiles, and sloping top tube) The frame is made by Merida which is a massive frame manufacturer who makes for loads of other bike companies. The forks and brakes are great for the price (especially at 650).Myself i would've specced an Xt or LX mech and shifters and spent the savings on some nice branded riser bars,seatpost and saddle and some eyeletted rims. Other than that it's very good.True, next years spec looks pants for the money but all bikes are going up in price. If you compare it with other makes it looks very good for 850. Where else are there Shimano 16 spoke wheels Deore gruppo, Rockshox Judy forks, double butted ally frame and all in weight of 25lb for that price.At the end of the Day Halfords aim the Carrera brand at teens to 25's who are not an image conscious serious mtber,more the value conscious consumer. They know Carrera does not have the Kudos of brands like Schwinn and specialised and don't want it to compete with the GT's, Schwinns, Saracens they sell. And allegedly soon Halfords Bikehut may be adding Trek and Cannondale to their product offering. You didn't hear that from me though!Now if that doesn't sound like a sales pitch i don't know what does!

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    The Oz
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    I saw a zelos today on top of a v nicecar in a jaguar showroom today so they must be good . my first mountain bike was carrera krakatoa. it lasted a month. It cost me a months wages. Got my cash back, thank god.

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    Andy Robson
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    For the cash i reckon there's not a lot to beat them - personally a tyre and later wheel change and maybe bars but that's it i reckon. Why not have a look at Decathlon too (esp in France - cheaper there) - they're practically the same as halfords/sports division but better than the latter and have a full range of great VFM bikes, some models being alot better VFM than others so beware!

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    Andy Robson
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    For the cash i reckon there's not a lot to beat them - personally a tyre and later wheel change and maybe bars but that's it i reckon. Why not have a look at Decathlon too (esp in France - cheaper there) - they're practically the same as halfords/sports division but better than the latter and have a full range of great VFM bikes, some models being alot better VFM than others so beware!

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