Kids’ bikes: Halfords’ Carrera Abyss review

kids bikes, the Halfords Carrera Abyss 24" reviewed

Do you remember the excitement of Christmas morning? Did you ever get a bike? The silhouette of the most impossible present to disguise taking up a large proportion of the twinkling living room. Or perhaps a small bell wrapped up with a clue at the bottom of a stocking, followed by a treasure hunt, through a frosty garden to the shed where a shiny new bike lay waiting.

Bikes are brilliant Christmas presents, kids just love how big they are and the independence they bring, while parents secretly love the fact they have spent their hard earned cash on something that actually gets everyone outdoors as a family.

Christmas came early!

Christmas came early in our house, when Halfords invited us to test ride the Carrera Abyss 24″.

I love that it has gears, my first bike with gears at last, no more tired legs on big bike rides! I love the colour it glows in the sunshine. I love that it’s a BIG, NEW bike, not my old BMX hand-me-down. Mister G, aged one week off being 9.

It was a crisp but sunny November day when we picked the Carrera up in Halfords, it made me think of the excitement of Christmas morning, but also of another morning almost 5 years ago…

Funnily enough, G’s very first bike also came from Halfords in Ashbourne, as it was halfway between our old house in Nottingham and my Dad’s house, and Dad had offered to buy him one. G was 4 and after a quick look at the bikes on offer ran out the shop saying he didn’t want a bike. I don’t know who was most disappointed, me, G or my poor Dad. However, after some cake and juice in a cafe he pulled me and Dad back into Halfords, sat on a tiny police bike, cycled out the store and didn’t look back.

Dad and I spent an hour chasing him around a freezing Ashbourne park and laughing as he put out the tiny police roadblock cones. So it was funny we’ve ended up moving close to Ashbourne, and amazing the difference 5 years of cycling makes.

G didn’t know his Christmas and his 9th birthday were both coming early, as I wanted to try and test out that Christmas day bike excitement factor. Josh in Ashbourne Halfords gave us a friendly welcome and showed us round the bike he had built ready for us. The Carerra didn’t disappoint, G’s eyes flew out of their sockets when he realised it was for him. On our last bike ride it was obvious he had outgrown his BMX and was struggling without gears, and when his sister let him try hers, we quickly realised how much he’d grown, in size and in confidence.

Technical Specification: Carrera Abyss Junior Hybrid Bike 24″

Gear changes are smooth and easy with the Shimano shifters. 21 gears will bring some extra speed and and make light work of any hills.

  • Lightweight junior fit Carrera alloy frame for an easy ride
  • 21 speed Shimano Revoshift gears for slick shifting
  • Front & rear Tektro V-brakes for providing smooth & efficient braking
  • 24″ lightweight alloy wheels with fast rolling Kenda tyres.

Carrera Abyss in Action

kids bikes, the Halfords Carrera Abyss 24" reviewed

kids bikes, the Halfords Carrera Abyss 24" reviewed

kids bikes, the Halfords Carrera Abyss 24" reviewed

kids bikes, the Halfords Carrera Abyss 24" reviewed

kids bikes, the Halfords Carrera Abyss 24" reviewed

Buying a Kids’ Bike at Halfords

Halfords have thought of everything to make Christmas bike buying easier, they will help you keep it a secret until Christmas by storing the bike. They also offer handy Christmas budgeting options in store: pay on ordering, in instalments or on collecting the bike. I spotted £3 giant bike wrapping bag and tag kit in store, that solves another age old parental dilemma!

The helpful staff will build the bike for you which makes life much simpler for everyone, believe me, we have tried and nearly ruined a bike trying to rush to put it together at home. The safety check and 6 week service are a really reassuring offer too. There are lots more bike buying tips on the site’s Kids’ Hub.

Your bike comes with:

  • FREE Local Store build.
  • FREE 6-week first service
  • Pre-Delivery Inspection and 22 point safety check
  • OR get it delivered boxed for self-assembly

The Verdict

He picked this up really quickly and confidently and found the brakes and his gears really easy to operate. He loved the colour and from a road safety perspective, I really liked how much it stands out, the orange really catches the light. The lightweight frame makes it really easy for him to manoeuvre, he even put it away himself without asking for help. He was struggling to keep up with us, on his gearless BMX on a family bike ride, so this is the perfect next step.

The recommended age is 9-11. G is one week off 9 and 135cm, my daughter is 11 and 145cm and just outgrowing her bike this size.

After a quick spin locally he was at the back door begging for us all to go out on a family ride – we’re spoilt for amazing off-road cycle tracks in the Peak District and the gears will come in really handy if we start to tackle some more challenging rides.

Halfords were really friendly and helpful, I’m popping back to get my bike fixed next.

We couldn’t believe the change, normally it’s us begging him to leave the screens behind and go outside! All of our Christmases came early!

Follow this link to check out the full range of kids bikes at Halfords, and read our top tips on where to cycle in the Peak District.

Thanks to Halfords for supplying the bike for review.

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  1. 17/11/2017 / 11:05 am

    I remember being so excited on Christmas morning when I say what was unmistakably a red Raleigh 20 by the Christmas tree! It’s the perfect Christmas present. This one looks ace – exactly what we need for the Bug!

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