£350 > Sim­ple, af­ford­able hy­brid

Cycling Plus - - FIRST RIDE -

At the heart of the Sub­way 2 is a sim­ple al­loy frame with an in­of­fen­sive black paint fin­ish that won’t stand out from the crowd, but nei­ther should it stand out to thieves.

Prac­ti­cal touches in­clude a cou­ple of places to mount a wa­ter bot­tle plus clear­ances and mounts to at­tach mud­guards or a pan­nier rack. It’s avail­able in three sizes, which dis­trib­u­tor Hal­fords says should be fine for peo­ple be­tween 5ft 5in and 6ft 5in tall.

There is no sus­pen­sion fork, but at this price that’s no bad thing. Car­rera has spent the money where it mat­ters most. You’ll find Clarks M2 hy­draulic disc brakes and a 3x9 Shi­mano Al­tus trans­mis­sion that’s led by a Sun­tour chain­set. The Kenda K841 tyres boast of their re­silience to punc­tures and at 1.95in wide hold enough vol­ume for a de­cent level of com­fort. Its weight, just 13.68kg in its largest size, is some­thing Car­rera’s de­sign team should to be proud of. It makes for a bike that’s com­fort­able to winch up even the steep­est of hills. We had noth­ing but pow­er­ful and pre­dictable stop­ping from the Clarks brakes in all weath­ers – though the pads were vo­cal dur­ing heavy rain.

The Sub­way is the ideal bike for those who want to tackle a short to mid-length com­mute with­out switch­ing to a drop bar. Its ride qual­ity punches above any­thing we’ve tested at this price point.

A straight­for­ward hy­brid at a very rea­son­able price

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