/ Carrera Mountain Bikes
I've been scouring ebay for a second hand disk brake MB, ideally the usual wellknow quality makes - Spec, Trek, GT etc, and Carreras crop up a lot, but often a little cheaper.
So Is it brand snobbery, or are they crap.
its all down to what components is on them
Some of the Carrera bikes have been (from new) amazing good value for money and done well n various reviews.
i've had one for nearly 2 years. hardtail with rockshox forks, shimano hydraulic discs and shimano shifters etc. cost about £340 iirc.
granted it's not the lightest frame ever but at the price it was an absolute steal
just don't ask anyone in halfords to do any set up / maintenance for you - yes of course i want my front forks on the wrong way round...
I have a Banshee XXX .. Bloody brilliant bike, good all round machine, a tad heavy for some but thats just because there so bloody solid. Fantastic trails bike.
Mate has a Banshee, he likes it, seems OK
They do tend to score pretty well in the reviews and I think you're right about the brand snobbery, as they're lumped in with kids bikes that get thrashed to school and back.
I've recommended them in the past to a few people and if you can get over the image and weight, I think they're actually pretty good as a springboard to a better bike.
They used to be made for Halfords by Saracen, but I think that changed some years ago - correct me if I'm wrong.
Not sure if it is still them, but it certainly was when I worked there (3 years go)
The quality majorly depended on the store it was brought from though, it might need properly setting up.
You should pick one up for a good price I would think.
I have one and for the money it is spot on.
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