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★★★★☆

“I needed a low cost commuter that can do the miles...”

Written on: 12/09/2007 by billtcl (1 review written)

Good Points
For me the perfect low cost commuting bike. Good disc brakes, lightweight but rigid. Good deal all round.

Bad Points
Cheap and nasty tyres.

General Comments
I needed a low cost commuter that can do the miles (160 a week on London's shoddy roads). I've had the Gryphon 4 months now and it is perfect. Really good brakes, nice gearing, light and quick. At under £400 it is a very well specced machine.

I was somewhat wary about buying from Halfords and true enough the first one I went into was staffed by Fraggle Rock. But the staff at Kingston Upon Thames were interested, knowledgeable and helpful - like a real bike shop. The 6 week service was handled very professionally.
My one gripe is the tyres. They are very slippy when wet and because the brakes are so good it can be a bit scary if you have to brake hard. So I'd recommend putting new tyres on asap. But all in all a superb commuter.