First look: Carrera Zelos Junior road bike
05 February 2014
We’ve seen a lot of junior road bikes at Youth Cycle Sport, and many of them have been pretty expensive and impressive. The Carrera Zelos Junior is by far the cheapest bike that we’ve tested, but it’s probably one of the most important bikes on the market: cycle racing isn’t a cheap sport for youth riders & their parents, but the Zelos Junior can be bought for just over £200 if you take advantage of discounts. That immediately makes the sport far more accessible for parents who can’t justify paying £400+ for a bike when their kids are just starting out in cycle racing.
Carrera is a Halfords brand, and its Zelos Junior was launched in Autumn 2013. It’s a 650c-wheel machine that is sized for typical 8 to 11 year olds (depending on the individual child) so it’s suitable for Under 10 and Under 12 circuit racing.
Make no mistake – despite its low price the bike is no joke. It’s a little heavier than more expensive competitors but it’s no heavyweight monster, and it has a respectable specification too. Sure, you can see certain areas where cost has been saved, but our first impression is that there’s no reason why a keen rider couldn’t race the Zelos Junior competitively (as well as use it for training & leisure riding of course). However, we haven’t seen a single example of the bike at youth races yet, nor within clubs. So the Zelos Junior looks like it could be the best kept secret in youth cycling at the moment…
We’ll be back with a full review soon to see if it fulfills its promise. In the meantime, though, check out our video to see the bike in action.