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PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2011 3:01 am 
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Wow, have you seen the spec of the Carrera Full Suspension bikes?
(Yes exclusive to Halfords, as in made for them)

Carerra Banshee, £500 new, 6" rear travel (Suntour Raidon), with 5.6" front travel (Suntour Radion LOD) with Tektro Auriga Hydraulic Disc Brakes.

Carerra Banshee X, £700 new, 6" rear travel (Rockshox Ario), with 6" front travel (Marzocchie 33R) and Avid Juicy 3 Hydraulic Disk Brakes.

In terms of quality most other brands are £1000+ for a spec anywhere near this.

Incredible, if you want something lighter then a Boardman Full Suspension, get a bargain on last years model (If Halfords have got any left, I know our local shops, have sold out, and just have the Front Suspension models).

Makes me think that full suspension bikes of other brands with a similar spec but at prices approx £1300+ are expensive, especially since the big brands aren't light weights either most 28lbs+


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 Post subject: JUST 17.5" & 19"!
PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2011 10:34 am 
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I'd have one (An X) 2mrw, but I'm short, I ride a 16" maximum.

So a 17.5: (Difference: 1.5" bigger frame)
and since it has a 560mm fork (10cm = 4" longer then my front sus)
this raises the B/B height from 30cm to 35cm (Difference: 2")

Hence reducing my crotch clearance from 4" (on my 16") to 1/2inch (On a Banshee X)! Aw.

Alot lighter then you'd think certainly sub 28lbs I guess, (And alot lighter then my old Krakatoa, the Carrera Krakatoa) great geometry even with those long travel forks as well.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2011 7:33 pm 
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The bottom bracket height will increase with longer forks and I guess rear suspension will play a big part in it being higher.
When you sit/stand on it it's all drop in to the correct place.
Doesn't help you when you're standing over it though.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2011 8:40 pm 
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err while being confused
we/halfords do actually have a carrera end of range sale going on
shouldve been january i believe :lol:

but they are going out pretty quick
i think another good deal was one of the vulcans
cant quite remember


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2011 9:06 pm 
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Sales, at Halfords.... (Did you know, I used to work there, for 5 years as a bike mechanic, I much enjoyed the truing wheel jig).

I know, but the Full Suspension Carrera is the BANSHEE, and that is only sold in 17" and 19", both of which are too big for me, that is, I can't get my leg over as easy as I'd like (Those dam pretty women cashiers), and on the 17" I don't even have 1/2 inch of crotch clearance!

I asked Halfords if they planned to do a smaller version for 2012, their reply was: NO, just the 17" and 19", again.

So since, Carrera have women specific frames (Smaller style frames, but top tube not parallel with down tube) I asked if they have a womens Carrera full suspension, their reply was: NO,

So I guess the next alternative is the most expensive, a Chris Boardman Full Suspension in small 2011/2012, if any store has one. But they are not bargain price:
~ 2010, £1000+
~ 2011, £1600+

You can get a very GHOST or CUBE for similar money, or just looking at 2011 models, a very very nice GHOST or CUBE, for less.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 12:27 am 
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yeah true
those that know to look around will be quids in...


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2011 12:33 pm 
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is crotch clearance so much of an issue
never found the lack of it a hinderance

i took a banshee as a trade in about 5 years ago , similar frame to a kona dawg , even made in the same country (vietnam)
bit heavy and the shocks a bit shit but fine for the money

newer ones any different ?


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2011 2:04 pm 
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Have a look yourself, if they made a 15" I'd definately have one:

Carerra Banshee, £500 new, 6" rear travel (Suntour Raidon), with 5.6" front travel (Suntour Radion LOD) with Tektro Auriga Hydraulic Disc Brakes.
■Approximate Weight (KG): 16
■Chainset: Truvative Isoflow 3.0 with Powerspline BB
■Fork Lock-out : Yes
■Fork travel: 140mm
■Forks: Suntour Radion LOD
■Forks - Adjustable damping : Yes
■Frame Colour: Black
■Frame Material: Aluminium
■Frame Sizes: 17"-19"
■Frame-: Lightweight 7005 aluminium
■Front Brake: Tektro Auriga Hydraulic Disc 180mm rotor
■Front Mech: SRAM X5
■Gear Shifters: SRAM X5
■Handle Bars: KALLOY ALLOY 31.8MM
■Headset: FSA
■Hubs: Formula Alloy
■Number of Gears: 24
■Pedals: Wellgo Alloy Black
■Rear Brake: Tektro Auriga Hydraulic disc 160mm rotor
■Rear Mech: SRAM X5
■Rear Shock: 650 LBS coil sprungSuntour Raidon Air shock with rebound adjustment
■Rear Shock Adjustable Damping: Yes
■Rear Shock Lock-out : No
■Rear wheel travel: 140mm
■Rims: Double wall alloy
■Saddle: Carrera
■Seatpost: Kalloy Alloy 31.6mm
■Stem: Kalloy Alloy 31.8mm
■Tyres: Tioga 26 X 2.3

Carerra Banshee X, £700 new, 6" rear travel (Rockshox Ario), with 6" front travel (Marzocchie 33R) and Avid Juicy 3 Hydraulic Disk Brakes.
■Chainset: Truvativ Firex 3.0 Chainset
■Fork Lock-out : Yes
■Fork travel: 140mm
■Forks: MARZOCCHIE 33R TRAVEL 15MM QR AXLE (BRABO-375)
■Forks - Adjustable damping : Yes
■Frame Colour: Black
■Frame Material: Aluminium
■Frame Sizes: 17"-19"
■Frame-: 7005 Series Aluminumcoque
■Front Brake: Avid Juicy 3 Hydraulic 180mm disc brakes
■Front Mech: SRAM X5
■Gear Shifters: Sram X5 Trigger
■Handle Bars: KALLOY ALLOY 31.8MM
■Headset: SEMI INTEGRATED
■Hubs: FORMULA ALLOY 15MM QR smooth bearing hubs
■Number of Gears: 27
■Pedals: WELLGO ALLOY BLACK
■Quick Release Wheels: Yes
■Rear Brake: Avid Juicy 3 Hydraulic 160mm disc brakes
■Rear Mech: SRAM X7 MEDIUM CAGE
■Rear Shock: ROCKSHOX ARIO 2.1
■Rear Shock Adjustable Damping: Yes
■Rear wheel travel: 150mm
■Rims: Mavic XM317 rims
■Saddle: CARRERA
■Seatpost: KALLOY ALLOY 31.6MM
■Stem: KALLOY ALLOY 31.8MM
■Suspension: Full
■Tyres: CONTINENTAL SPEED KING 26x2.3"


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 03, 2011 12:20 pm 
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made in the same factory i believe (as kona's)


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 12:11 am 
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cyfa2809 wrote:
made in the same factory i believe (as kona's)


Generic tosh then :lol:


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