Getting the Carrera Virago reviewed over 7 months is building up a lot of information. Instead of just talking facts and figures, we’re looking into what it’s like to live with – not just ride on Sundays.
But, we’ve not yet gone into the details that all bike buyers crave: the tech specs.
As carbon bikes go, the Carrera Virago is unique as it’s pretty much the only fully carbon bike under £1000 with such a high spec. Key to this is the Shimano 105 components, which are not usually found till you’ve forked out £200 more.
I guess this is the bikes USP. But for a breakdown of exactly what you are getting for your money, here’s the full set up – with the most important things at the top of the list, not just lazily pasted in alphabetical order…
Model: (Halfords) Carrera Virago
Frame: UCM Full Monocoque carbon fibre
Forks: UCM Full Monocoque carbon fibre with tapered steerer
Rear Mech: Shimano RD-5700 105
Front Mech: Shimano RD-5700 105
Gear Shifters: Shimano ST-5700 105
Chainset: FSA Gossamer Compact BB30
Cassette: Shimano 10 speed 12-28T
Number of Gears: 20
Rims: Mavic CXP-22S rims
Hubs: Formula Alloy Hubs with QR
Headset: FSA tapered integrated headset
Brakes: Tektro R540 dual-pivot calliper brake
Approximate Weight (KG): 8.6kg
Nearly two months in and we’ve only had one issue with the bike, a snapped derailleur hanger. Having researched the possible causes, it seems most likely the derailleur got a kick, or took a knock whilst parked up bending it too close to the spokes.
Other than this it’s been faultless. Most surprising has been the saddle. I’m running the bike as part of the Evolving Cyclist Project where I move from heavyweight hybrid rider to road cyclist, and one look at the waffer-thin, white perch had me thinking of swapping in my trusty Brooks B-17. Well, after several rides of more than 3 hours, I can reassure you it’s very comfortable.
I also swapped the stem for a shorter one as I couldn’t get a good fit on the bike; getting fitted for a road bike is something serious riders always recommend.
Could be a smart move for Halfords as it also stocks Boardman bikes. The Carrera Virago has received top reviews from some respected sources, but the company is not always well regarded by riders. Turn this around and the wider Carrera range will start flying out the door faster than the Castrol and car seat covers.
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