- C2W – which bike sub £1000 (Halfords or Evans)
Apparently, Halfords no longer deal with Planet X or Wiggle. This puts the Focus Cayo and PX Carbon Superlight out of reach. You may still be able to get the Dolan Mythos or the Ribble Dedaccaccaiaiaiaia(or whatever its called) – you’d need to check with the Halfords central admin. team.
Have a good look at the Boardmans at Halfords. They look really well finished, decent spec. and are getting good ride reports.Posted 8 years ago
as the above says road bike sub £1000 build on a cycle to work scheme. I am only allowed to use Evans or Halfords however someone at work told me that Halfords would source any bike I choose on my behalf?
Is carbon to far at this price point?
I was going to go gears, something pretty racy but could I build a SS dream machine?Posted 8 years ago
Do you have to use Halfrauds or Evans? or can you use a LBS that partakes in C2W.
Joxster it depends on the employer most dont have time to administer such a scheme so they will go with someone else to do it for them. Wiggle will run it as do evans and halfords there is one that does it for lbs’s called cycle scheme which is the one im trying to get my employer to sign up to at the moment.Posted 8 years agoRichPennyMember
According to our accountant it’s very easy to administer the scheme. Brother Will, if you want you can email me and I’ll see if I can get some documents from him. I think he just uses a spreadsheet to work out the salary sacrifice, so not loads of extra work and the LBS gets the full amount for your bike purchase (i.e you can haggle a bit).Posted 8 years agoCrellMember
I got the Pro MTB. I can’t fault it at that price point. The handling and balance are particularly impressive, never mind the kit. It makes my Whyte a bit superfluous really.
A colleague went for the Team Alu road bike, again he’s really impressed with it.
If I was a cynic Halfords refusal to provide access to Merlin, Focus, Cube, and Ribble (they mentioned a few others) could be seen as a marketing ploy to drive up demand for Boardman’s as you can’t get their main price point rivals. I expressed my annoyance about this over the phone, and the reason they gave was they couldn’t agree commercial terms. Whether thats true is not the issue but it’s very convenient for Halfords.Posted 8 years agodirtbiker100Member
I was faced with hellfrauds or evans too.Posted 8 years ago
was strongly considering a boardman hybrid team (I couldn’t see the point getting a better version, its great as it is) but as a bit of a contrast went and got a charge plug from evans ha ha.
If I were you I’d strongly consider a boardman – really nice. just make sure you check every single nut and bolt once they’ve “assembled it” for you.
Friend at work went for a top alu road boardman and bought mtb spd’s/shoes and another guy went for the carbon road one. they’re damn good for the money.DakarRiderMember
All this negativity about hafords 🙁
If you are worried about the build, ask to see the Specialist, We are all bike riders and much more highly trained than the part timers you guys probably see at the weekends.
If you can, go in on a weekday. With my Boardman customers, I will build the bike, then (weather permitting) take them on a test ride iron out any bugs and fine tune the riding position.
Every bike shop has good and crappy staff, but the great thing about the interwebs is you only hear about the crappy ones….Posted 8 years ago
I think I am going to go Boardman and halfords but the question is go high end alu with good kit or entry level carbon with not so good kit?
I really do fancy carbon but a few friends have said to me go alu and get better kit on it like shimano 105
BTW Dirtbiker I fancy the charge plug too!Posted 8 years ago
was strongly considering a boardman hybrid team (I couldn’t see the point getting a better version, its great as it is) but as a bit of a contrast went and got a charge plug from evans ha ha.dirtbiker100Member
Yeah I may struggle like hell up the hills but its less fuss and I do smile each time I look at it, ha.Posted 8 years ago
I think I’d go alu but I’m stingey like that and not worried on the weight. my friend who was looking only went alu due to cost as well. think if you can afford it maybe go carbonfunkynickSubscriber
aw… looking at the Boardman road bikes, the top alu bike has exactly the same kit on it as the bottom of the range carbon, it’s just the frame and forks which are different, with the carbon being £200 more expensive.
And no, no need to be changing a carbon frame every twp years at all…Posted 8 years ago
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