New premium models from Halfords

Mountain bikes, TT machine and singlespeed commuter

UK retail chain Halfords have unveiled some new additions to their bike lineup – three mountain bikes, a time trial machine and a single-speed commuter.

Mountain bikes

New for 2009 is the carbon fibre Zelos SL cross-country bike from own-brand Carrera, which Halfords describe as a "full-suspension singletrack whippet".

A RockShox Monarch 3.1 shock provides 120mm of travel at the rear, while there's a Reba SL fork up front and Avid Elixir R disc brakes perform stopping duties. RRP is £1,499.99.

For the same price, you can have a GT Aggressor i-Drive Elite with six inches of rear bounce, a Fox RP23 shock, 140mm-travel RockShox Revelation 409 fork, Avid Elixir R carbon brakes and 27-speed Shimano Deore SLX/XT drivetrain.

Also all-new is Voodoo's full-suspension Canzo, with 130mm of travel front and rear thanks to a four-bar linkage frame and RockShox Revelation 409 Air U-Turn fork. It's finished off with SRAM X7/X9 gearing, Avid Elixir R brakes and a Race Face Evolve XC chainset and finishing kit. RRP is £1,299.99.

The voodoo canzo offers 130mm of travel through a four-bar linkage frame and rockshox revelation fork: the voodoo canzo offers 130mm of travel through a four-bar linkage frame and rockshox revelation fork

Road bikes

On the road side of things, the new Carrera Virago TT is said to be perfect for time trial racing and comes in under £1,000. It has a low-profile carbon fibre monocoque frame, seatpost and fork, Vision handlebar and aero bar, 20-speed SRAM Rival gearing and Alex DA28 aero wheels.

The carrera virago tt costs less than £1,000: the carrera virago tt costs less than £1,000

Halfords claim the Carrera Subway Zero is "the perfect commuter tool". Priced at £249.99, this singlespeed hybrid has a lightweight alloy frame, Truvativ Isoflow chainset and 700c wheels with a flip-flop hub.

Halfords say the subway zero is the perfect commuter tool: halfords say the subway zero is the perfect commuter tool

Updates

Halfords have also updated many of their existing models, including the Carrera Titan (Avid Elixir R discs, RockShox Reba SL and SRAM X7/X9, £999.99), pictured below, and Fury (Suntour Epicon LOD fork with 15mm bolt-through axle, 27-speed SRAM X7/X5 and Avid Juicy 3s, £549.99) mountain bikes.

The carrera fury costs just £549.99:

The Vanquish road machine has also been updated and now boasts a carbon fibre fork, 18-speed Shimano Tiagra shifters and Sora rear mech, and a Shimano WHR500 wheelset with Continental Super Sport tyres, all for £499.99. For full details, visit www.halfords.com.

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