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  • Carrera Kraken Mountain Bike 2015

    MBUK, Wrecked & Rated: Entry Level Hardtails. "Carrera's fork is head and shoulders better than anything else at this price. If there's more fun to be had with £500, we don't know what it might be." Winner!

    Halfords acknowledges that MBUK is a Trademark of Future Publishing.

    The Carrera Kraken Mountain Bike 2015 is a powerful machine that was built with the adventurous in mind. On this, you'll feel like you can conquer anything. Hills are nothing when you have 27 speed gears. Bumpy trails are transformed into smooth paths thanks to the the Suntour XCR hydraulic forks, which come packed with 120mm of travel and lockout. When things are getting too fast, the Clarks EXO hydraulic disc brakes can be relied on in all conditions, and it's topped off with 27.5" wheels with Continental X-King tyres. The Kraken may traditionally be a mythical beast, but with this MTB, it comes to life.

    • Frame: Lightweight aluminium
    • Forks: 120mm Suntour Front suspension & lockout feature helps on uphill climbs
    • Gears: Shimano Altus 27 speed gears have a wider range and more precise shifting
    • Brakes: Clarks hydraulic disc brakes for self-adjusting stopping power
    • Wheels: Larger 27.5" wheels with Kenda MTB tyres for better grip

    Carrera Kraken Mountain Bike 2015 Extra Info

    • FREE Local Store build
    • FREE 6-week first service
    • Pre-Delivery inspection + 22 point safety check
    • OR get it delivered boxed for self-assembly

    Click here to find out more about the Carrera range



    View Size Guide
    Height (Inch) Height (cm) Frame Size
    5' 5" - 5' 10" 165 - 177 16"
    5' 8" - 6' 1" 172 - 185 18"
    5' 11" - 6' 3" 180 - 190 20"
    6' 3" - 6' 5" 190 - 195 22"
  • Approximate Weight (KG): 13.5kg
    Brake Type: Hydraulic Disc Brakes
    Forks: SUNTOUR, XCR-32 LO COIL 27.5" - 1.1/8 Steerer
    Frame Material: Alloy
    Gender: Unisex
    Number of Gears: 27
    Pedals Included: Yes
    Suspension: Front Suspension
    Wheel Size: 27.5"
    Chainset: SUNTOUR XCM - 44/32/22T - 170mm: 14/16"; 175mm--18/20/22"
    Fork Lock-out: Yes
    Fork travel: 120mm
    Forks - Adjustable damping: No
    Front Brake: CLARKES EXO HYDRAULIC DISC BRAKE 180mm Rotor
    Front Hub: Alloy QR Hubs - 32 Hole
    Front Mech: SHIMANO ALTUS FD-M370
    Gear Shifters: SHIMANO ALTUS SL-M370 TRIGGER SHIFTERS
    Handlebars: Alloy 31.8mm 25mm Riser Bars - 690mm
    Headset: 1.1/8" Semi Integrated
    Pedals: Wellgo Alloy Platform - 9/16"
    Rear Brake: CLARKES EXO HYDRAULIC DISC BRAKE 160mm Rotor
    Rear Hub: Alloy QR Hubs - 32 Hole
    Rear Mech: SHIMANO ALTUS RD-M370
    Rims: Carrera Alloy Double Wall Disc Brake Specific Rim - 32 Hole
    Saddle: Carrera Performance Saddle
    Type: Mountain Bikes
    Tyre Size: 27.5x2.2
    Tyres: CONTINENTAL, X-KING, WIRE BEAD
  • Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 105 reviewers.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Brilliant bike for work Been looking for a bike for over a year now and it was between this and the Hoodoo Voodoo. I'm glad I went for the Carrera as its head and shoulders above any bike I've ever had before. I really like how smooth and light this bike is. On long rides I barely get fatigued at all and its easy to throw over you shoulder and hop over fences as this is important on my work route. Everyone talks about the brakes being bad but for me they are ok however im sure my opinion would change if I tried some top of the range ones maybe. Not had any real mechanical problems with it yet, having had 3 punctures in 3 rides though I swapped the inner tubes out for some better quality Continental ones and not had any punctures yet (exact same route). Also after a few weeks I noticed that the paint has been marked in places and it seems someone has used touch up paint to cover it, probably at the factory, had I noticed this on the day in the shop I probably might of rejected it but for now its no big deal. overall very pleased 31 August 2016
    Rated 1 out of 5 by poor construction I brought this bike at Halford. Halford built this bike for me and during the journey home i realised that back reflector was not screwed on and the brakes were too tight therefore I am not happy :( 26 August 2016
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Back in the saddle again. After quite a few years away from biking, decided to get involved again, so bought the Kraken, well I must say things have changed since my old Dawes MTB, am only a recreational biker but this Kraken is a nice bit of kit, looks, spec the lot only draw back as I can see the saddle is a bit unforgiving but that's probably me. PS. Many thanks to Sam and Kevin at the Watford store who made the whole deal a pleasant one. 25 August 2016
    Rated 4 out of 5 by Good value for money I wanted a jack-of-all-trades bike from my bike to work scheme, and this ticked all the boxes. Any other brand with this spec was over £500. I even had bike shop owners loose interest in talking to me when I mentioned my budget. Well I am happy with this purchase, and have probably spent this much again on accessories and other tools, so their loss. For a rider just starting out the Kraken will do a great job as it is. It is readily upgradeable and good Shimano components are cheap enough these days when you feel like improving it. For someone with a more focused requirement Halfords do other bikes that might be better suited though eg. Voodoo First off: the Spec, in addition to what is listed above. These are components that my bike was supplied with and may not be the same on all builds from other stores. Bottom bracket Chin Haur CH52 sealed bearing cartridge (square taper). Frame shell is 73mm wide, english threaded. Pedals Wellgo WK79 one piece aluminium with moulded studs Chainrings Suntour XCM 22/32/44 (on 18 in frame) 104 and 64 BCD Chain KMC Z Super narrow 9 speed Rear cassette Shimano CS HG-200-9 (11,13,15,17,19,21,14,18,32) Brakes Listed as Clarks EXO but actually Clarks M2 (however the M2 uses standard Shimano deore/Textro B01s style pads which are easily available, and the M2 uses mineral vs DOT fluid) Vertical dropouts with OLD of 135mm Wheels are 650B size using presta valves. Seat tube diameter is 34.9mm Seat stays are round tube but chain stays are square tube and are virtually impossible to get a kickstand for. There is no mounting plate behind the bottom bracket. Fitting a single point, clamp on stand to Alum tube is not recommended. Comes fitted with front and rear reflector, spoke fitted reflectors and integrated pedal reflectors. Mine came fitted with a simple bell. One of the earliest changes I made was the tyres. My bike spends most of its time on paved surfaces with a little trail, and occasional loose/dirt. Therefore I wanted to get some road hybrid tyres, but found that finding some in 650B is rather difficult. In my local Halfords, they don't have any tyres or tubes for 650B in stock for example. However, this size wheel is replacing 26in so they are getting more common. I was able to source some Schwalbe Hurricane hybrid ones online and they made a massive difference to road speed, while still handling hard packed gravel and dirt quite well. I can still swap over to the X-kings when needed. I found that with the faster tyres on I could spin out down hills and did not need so low of gearing. My next crankset had 26/32/48 and I found this to be a better suited for touring mode. If I know I will be climbing I will refit the 22 granny ring (avoiding cross over), but I found I rarely need it that much. The pedals are actually very good and I have never slipped off them yet. The only issue I have is bearing drag. Overall you will not notice this much. The 18 in frame was quite beefy, I am 5' 10" and would consider this to be about where the 18 frame starts. It suited me in touring mode, but I could see that if I wanted to be a bit more aggressive the smaller frame would actually be more suited. It is an individual thing and I would recommend going to the store and trying the display models for size before choosing. Then again, there are other frames that Halfords sell that are set up for more aggressive use, and which have better components fitted. The frame is strong and stiff but quite light for that. That is despite the heavy front shocks. The XCR forks are average. They work ok, and are the cheapest ones you are likely to get with lockout, but I found that despite my weight (90kg) I have the preload setting turned down to the minimum and still cannot get the recommended 30% sag. I get probably 10%. However I found that in use they were adequate for trail and soften the ruts and potholes. If you are seriously using shocks then these are probably not going to cut it for you. Probably the best upgrade was the crankset. I replaced the cartridge bottom bracket with an external Shimano HT2 system and a deore crankset to match. This set up was much stiffer, yet lighter and easier to turn, and the M590 chainrings allow better shifting on the front. I had noticed that when I was the lowest or highest gears, where the chain was close to the derailleur cage, there was noticeable rubbing on each pedal cycle. This is a factor of the cartridge and square taper and some flexing is to be expected. None of this with the new system. The supplied Altus shifters are actually ok and positive and precise enough for most use. The brakes: The spec on the website says Clarks EXO, but this is incorrect. The ones fitted are Clarks M2. In some ways this is not a bad thing. The frame comes with a 180 rotor on the front and 160 rear. The brakes can just about do the job and are a definite step up on Vee brakes or other mechanical. But they are just not good enough as hydraulics. The feel is progressive and they never feel like snatching and surprising you. But have not fear, you are not going over the handlebars, they just don't have the stopping power. And they squeal horrendously when wet. You will need more than one finger to pull them. If they are used on longer downhill sections to control the speed then they heat up and fade too quickly. The M2 uses a standard size pad Shimano B01s type and these are available from other manufacturers. I replaced them with Nukeproof sintered pads and this makes a big difference in stopping power. It also got rid of some of the dead space in the pull, mainly due to thicker pad material. The fluid in the M2 is mineral, so less risk of with stripping paint from the frame when bleeding them. The rotors are ok but need truing every now and again, probably due to heat buildup. The saddle that comes with the bike gives new definition to the term hardtail. Crikey, that thing is carved out of rock. It was the first to go, and I just purchased one of Halfords gell ones (Selle Royal Respiro) which made things much comfier. I have since added a Suntour SP12 NCX suspension seat post and I am very pleased with the result. I also threw on a quick release seat post clamp to allow for different seat heights for different uses. I also fitted the, Halfords supplied, Topeak defender mudguard set (29er size) which look and work really well with the frame. Overall, I like the bike. The frame is strong and well enough made. However the white paint is matt and the finish is not as good as some other name brands. It is a mountain bike after all and should take a beating, however I had my chain drop off the small ring once and it gouged the paint on the chainstay. Also when I was moving the front derailleur about it easily marked the paint. For a white bike it actually looks nice though, and actually looks well when dirty, and the blue on the forks sets it off nicely. The welds on the tube joints are big and ugly though and I found that the one at the bottom of the down tube and the BB shell was high enough that the gear cable to the front derailleur was rubbing on it. I had to add protection there because it cut through the paint. The Chain stay comes with a decal for protection from chain slap but due to the wide geometry of the rear framework this is not really much of a problem except maybe in top gear. 27 July 2016
    Rated 5 out of 5 by great bike after weeks of research and also a trip to my local store and had a few questions to the staff which I may say where mtb trail riders (bonus) I decided to buy the kraken, best bike I have ever bought. now my only problem yes I am going to say it its the breaks, on the road there great but down hill and trail riding they are weak. the staff at the Romford branch where fantastic 16 July 2016
    Rated 5 out of 5 by 'Kraking' bike After not Riding for about two years, I decided it was time to get back on 2 wheels, I wanted something that could get me to work, and also have some fun on my days off don the local bike trails. The kraken was easy to get used to, the tyres provide ample grip on road and off road, the gears are smooth and the range of gears gives you confidence on any terrain, suspension on the bike is great, plenty of travel allowing smooth rides on trails and also those horrible pot holes that come out of nowhere. Overall the bike has great performance. Is light, rigid and a heaps offun 15 July 2016
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Great bike Nice looking bike great frame smooth ride worth its money great fun 27 August 2016
    Rated 4 out of 5 by Bike good but not put together well Halfords were very good at keeping in touch and letting me know my bike had been built. However when I got it home I found the bell and reflectors were not screwed on and it is noisy in the top gear as the chain is rubbing. I will be asking them to fix it when I next get s day off. The bike is very good and I would recommend it but would say you need to check it before you leave on it 22 August 2016
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Carrera Mountain Bikes

Carrera Kraken Mountain Bike 2015

£320 You`ll feel like you can do anything on the Carrera Kraken Mountain Bike 2015.