CARRERA SUBWAY 2
£350 > Simple, affordable hybrid
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