People used to say you’re never further than a few metres away from a rat, but in UK cities at least, you’re probably likely to be closer to one of these. Carrera’s Subway is an astonishingly popular hybrid bike that has been sold exclusively in Halfords for well over a decade already.
Despite its success, it’s fair to say that the little Subway is a somewhat unappreciated bike, and you’ll certainly struggle to find it reviewed on sites such as this one.
Here at BikeRadar we love bikes that get more people riding, and the Subway does exactly that — consider it one of the gateway drugs to this chronically addictive world we are all part of.
Practical touches include pannier mounts, mudguard mounts and a couple of water bottle bosses. To our surprise this 22in test bike tipped our scales at just 13.68kg, that’s a shade over 30lbs — impressive stuff.
A major spec highlight has to be the Clarks M2 hydraulic disc brakes, which add proven stopping power at a price-point where we’d normally find either dated rim brakes or inferior mechanical discs.
The 650b wheels feature a reassuringly high spoke count and are wrapped in Kenda K841 tyres, which are optimised for urban environments and boast of puncture protection on their sidewalls. Convenient quick-release axles feature at both ends of the Subway.
On paper, at least, this seems like a great bike for the money, and we’ll be using this example over the next few weeks to work out if that’s the case. Stay tuned for a full review.