They list Tektro very short reach levers in the spec, these were fitted to the Carrera Blast that my lad has.
Carrera lists "short reach" rather than "very short reach". If they're the same ones, then Carrera is benefitting from the effort that Islabikes put in to design them and get them made.
Actually the action of the trigger shifter is much lighter on the full sweep per gear and on the 1 sweep for 3 gears Shimano kit. The Shimano grip setup on the Hotrock is lighter than the SRAM setup, I tested both side by side in the shop
I'm not disagreeing with the lightness of the action, I'm simply pointing out that if you've got hands below a certain size you can't use triggers effectively either.
Basically they get a better deal on the SRAM (and we all know that SRAM are making a big market push at the moment) so it goes on the bike, simple, otherwise they would put Shimano on, simple as.
I think you're being a little harsh on Islabikes here. Obviously cost of components is a consideration, otherwise the bikes would be three grand. But I have a hard time believing that the designer would put in all that attention to detail and then single out the shifter to save a few pennies. After all, it seems to be the only aspect of the bikes you don't like, which suggests that they're doing most things right in your eyes, no?
As for the suspension forks, yes this maybe the first generation to get them but it is also the first generation to get 'light' bikes, how ever did we manage to get anywhere with the tanks we had?
Fair point well made.
I doesn't matter how big an outfit they are, they preach and advertise a philosophy by fitting the kit they do they compromise and fail in delivery.
I'm just pointing out that it's just one person designing and speccing the bikes. There's no army of accountants there.
You're entitled to your opinion, of course. But kids' bikes from mainstream brands have got better in recent years largely in response to Islabikes coming on the scene.
I'll certainly shop around when the next size up is needed, though
And certainly no doubting that they've never had it so good. Lucky blighters.