Shimano Claris gears and Tektro brakes defy the £299 pricetag for the Carrera Crixus

Halfords is now selling its Carrera Crixus cyclo-cross bike for £299, making it one of the cheapest ‘cross bikes on the market.

Despite the low price – reduced from the original price of £659 – the component spec is pretty solid. The 7005 aluminium frameset is adorned with 16-speed Shimano Claris drivetrain and Tektro cantilever brakes.

Though the bike has been designed with cyclo-cross in mind, it would make a good workhorse commuter or a winter bike with plenty of clearance for mudguards.

The Crixus is available in just two sizes: 51 and 54cm. Halfords says that the 51cm model will fit people between 5’4″ and 5’10” in height, with the 54cm fitting riders up to 6’2″.

For more information visit the Halfords website.

  • Michelle

    I brought one of these in December 2014 and have covered over 1000 miles on it. A very durable versatile bike. In June I took the Crixus for a week long cycle tour with front and rear panniers, and tent. It performed admirably. The bike is fast rolling on both dirt and tarmac although I use Michelin Protek Cross tyres on mine. Compared to my much more expensive Marin A6 endurance racer, the riding experience is just as enjoyable. A great bike at a great price.

  • Toffeeblue

    Absolutely brilliant bike for the price, im just returning to cycling after many years off and build quality is really good, extremely smooth gearchange and feels very nimble for what I believe is not one of the lightest cyclocross on the market. For the price paid (225 with extended warranty) there was nothing near the spec and I didn’t want 2nd hand. Im thrilled with it, and the staff at Halfords were knowledgeable and helpful. GIve it a try you maybe surprised like I was, im 6ft & the 54 frame is fine. 🙂

  • Richard Smith

    Well, it certainly looks cheap! CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP.