Halfords Carrera Impel im-2 review


Two-minute review

If you’re on the lookout for a hybrid-style e-bike that won’t break the bank, but delivers simple-but-effective battery-powered assistance, then you could do a lot worse then the Halfords Carrera Impel.

With a price that starts at just over £1,000 (about $1,400 / AU$1,800) it’s affordable compared to many rivals and, despite a few compromises on the quality front, comes with a very decent array of component parts on the im-2 version we’ve been trying. Gears are from Shimano, while brakes are Tektro. The fit and finish is generally pretty good while the weight of the Carrerra Impel isn’t bad either.

Halfords Carrera Impel im-2

(Image credit: Rob Clymo)

Admittedly, the paint scheme and graphics keep the e-bike in the second division, but this is also a good thing if you have to leave your wheels in less than desirable locations from time to time. If you buy it in its most basic version, without any mudguards, the Carrera Impel does a good job of quickly blending in with its surroundings. And low-key is good when it comes to reducing the steal appeal of any e-bike.

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