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.

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.

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.

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 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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