Halfords launch Carrera Zelos Junior road bike

New road bike released as kids' interest in cycling is buoyant

by Mat Brett   August 12, 2013  

Carrera Zelos Junior

Halfords have launched a new road bike called the Carrera Zelos Junior, aimed at 11-14 year olds and priced at £249.99. It features a host of genuine road bike features and weighs a reasonable 10.9kg (24lb). If you want a future Wiggo or Cav in the family to support you in your retirement, this bike looks like a decent one to keep your kids interested in cycling. 

This comes at a time when British Cycling say that their under-18 membership is soaring, with an increase of 42% in the past year. Go-Ride cycling clubs across the UK are also hosting an increasing number of entry-level youth cycling races. There were 249 Go-Ride Racing events in 2012, compared to 386 already planned since January 2013.

The Carrera Zeols is built around a 7005 alloy frame – available in just a 41cm size – fitted with a high-tensile steel fork. It comes with a junior-specific 48/34-tooth double chainset and a Shimano Tourney 7-speed gear system with STI levers.

The alloy handlebar is junior-specific too – 385mm wide – and it’s fitted with a quill stem so you should be able to adjust the height quite easily as your child grows.

The caliper brakes are a dual pivot design from Tektro, which is pretty unusual on a kids’ bike. The 650c wheels have double-walled alloy rims that should prove pretty sturdy, and they’re fitted with low-rolling resistance 23c tyres from Kenda.

The Zelos Junior is aimed at kids of both sexes and it weighs a claimed 10.9kg (24lb). Okay, that might sound a lot against many adults’ bikes we show you on road.cc, but components on kids’ bikes aren’t any lighter than adult equivalents. For comparison, an Islabikes Luath 700, priced at £499.99, is a little lighter according to the manufacturers’ figures: 10.2-10.4kg (22.4-22.9lb), depending on size. Weight isn’t everything, of course, but the Zelos Junior is half the price.

We’ve not had this bike in at road.cc but, on paper at least, it looks worth investigating. At the very least, it says something about the ‘good bikes for kids’ market if Halfords are launching into it. For more info, go to the Halfords website.

Moda have a range of junior bikes that look like decent quality too, all priced £469.99 to £489.99.

If you’d like to find out about Go-Ride opportunities for your children in your area, visit www.britishcyling.org.uk/go-ride.

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Islabikes do great kids road bikes, plus with cantilevers they can also tackle some cyclocross. Great bikes IMHO.

posted by djtrax [21 posts]
12th August 2013 - 16:54

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Been looking for a month now for second racer 48cm/50cm in the north west region, don't want to buy brand new, simply incase my son decides he doesn't like it, have tried all the usual suspects and having no luck whatsoever.

eBay/ gumtree/ preloved/ once ridden, swell as speaking to local bike shops/ club's, nothing suitable.

would anyone have any suggestions.

as for the bike above, when my son does indeed take to road biking then something like that would prob be his next bike, would suit him down to the ground.

posted by billyman [122 posts]
12th August 2013 - 17:29

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Now they just need one with canti brakes for cyclocross and 24" wheels for the 8-11 year olds after a road bike!

posted by davkt [25 posts]
12th August 2013 - 20:28

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Going to be tricky to hit the right rollouts for age category racing with those chainrings D Oh

posted by simon F [869 posts]
13th August 2013 - 10:37

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I had a carrera subway I bought ti in September of 2011 it got stolen in August of 2012. I was happy with the first one so I bought another to replace it. What a mistake that was the price had gone right up and the quality ha gone right down the build the materials used everything about it had been downgraded. Just one example the rear wheel started to buckle after just 1 week of riding it they say "wheels are not part of the bikes guarantee." I would never shop there again.

tired old fart

posted by tired old fart [79 posts]
13th August 2013 - 10:50

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The quill stem means a threaded steerer, and old style threaded headset, probably the most backwards bit of specifying I've seen on a modern bike...very much a shame for what looks otherwise like a reasonably well thought out machine

posted by scrapper [59 posts]
14th August 2013 - 11:11

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billyman wrote:
Been looking for a month now for second racer 48cm/50cm in the north west region, don't want to buy brand new, simply incase my son decides he doesn't like it, have tried all the usual suspects and having no luck whatsoever.

eBay/ gumtree/ preloved/ once ridden, swell as speaking to local bike shops/ club's, nothing suitable.

would anyone have any suggestions.

as for the bike above, when my son does indeed take to road biking then something like that would prob be his next bike, would suit him down to the ground.


Shame you're in the North West. My son has grown out of his 49cm Allez and I'm looking to shift it.

posted by SteppenHerring [108 posts]
14th August 2013 - 11:26

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