Carrera Kraken Mountain Bike 2015
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Carrera Kraken Mountain Bike 2015MBUK, 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!
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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
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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 100 reviewers.Rated 4 out of 5 by gerrcoin 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 2016Rated 5 out of 5 by kenny01 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 2016Rated 5 out of 5 by Alf13 '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 2016Rated 2 out of 5 by Carl1234 Good at start bad at finish Bought the bike back in 2012 nothing wrong with it at all but as time went on after about 2 years had nothing but trouble most of spent around £200 in repairs easy only last week the bike gave up the hears packed up and broke the gear guard the gears snapped and for some unknown reason went through the spokes so I took it into halfords they said leave it with us for about 2 hours so I did went back 2 hours later only to find that I need a new wheel new gears new chain and new brakes costing me another £150 so I told the, staff to keep the bike I'll buy a new one so I did they transferred me the price of my careers to a voodoo so it only cost without the price of the old bike £150 so for £350 it was well worth getting the voodoo Bantu no issues great bike very smooth and very light as I had a lot of issues with it I also got free care plan for a year Thankyou halfords 08 July 2016Rated 5 out of 5 by MTBB The Kraken is a 'Kracker!' For me the Carerra Kraken seems the logical progression from its cousin the Carerra Vulcan - the latter continuing its excellent service to me over the last two years! This time I decided for the Kraken to be delivered direct to my home address arriving the following day at no charge with text notification beforehand. It arrived very well packed and took me about an hour or so for basic assembly . The Kraken is also lighter at 13.5 kgs with sturdy triangular top and down tubes. My biking is about 60% medium trail off road and 40% on road. The Continental X King 27.5 x 2.2 tyres are light but sturdy offering confidence and good speed in lanes use and decent grip on trails. The Clarks hydraulic brakes do their job well enough offering effective, positive braking when needed. The rear brake disc was rubbing slightly but realignment was easy using a strip off thin card as spacer. The fork lockout offers a ‘click’ for each gradient applied with a 120mm travel. Unlike my Vulcan it appears the Kraken’s stem can be raised, if required, as the front brake pipe is slightly longer allowing this useful function. The sports saddle is the same as the Vulcan’s but my butt appears to be getting use to this now. Direct from the warehouse I needed to reset the front gear mechanism and now find the gear change smooth and crisp – the best I’ve used to date. Off road on National Trust trails, for me, the bike comes into its own as the impressive front 120mm fork makes for a really smooth passage over bumpy ground. With a Halford 10% discount to boot the Kraken , imo, makes for a decent bike spec MTB and so far I’m well impressed and content! 05 July 2016Rated 5 out of 5 by Chazzz Amazing step up! I really like a bike that I can throw around, and you can really throw this bike around! I used to buy quite bad bikes at the £100-250 price range, but they're heavy, breaks are bad and most annoying of all, bottoming out on them all the time. This bike is completely different. I've heard that the breaks are not to good on this bike, but they're great. The only downside is the front one scrapes a bit while riding, but I'm sure this bed in. The suspension is great, I've been jumping and I've only come up 2/3'rds of the way up the fork. Gears are nice and easy, change instantly and first gear is so easy so you can climb anything as long as you don't tip back. The tires are great to, so you're always getting the grip you need. The weight of this bike is really great too, I can cycle this around with ease and bunny hop it quite high. If you want to ride this on the street, trails or downhill, this bike has got you covered. 9.5/10 25 June 2016Rated 4 out of 5 by blinddog great buy i decided to buy this bike after riding my nephew's and as i have already had 3 years trouble free cycling with my carrera vengence, i thought i would upgrade.to be honest i was very disappointed i had to take the bike back 5 times with all sorts of problems even after halfords "experts" had checked the bike over. after my concerns were taken up by the assistant manager tom. from the cwmbran branch. and fair play to him as he went above the call of duty to sort the matter out providing me with a new bike and at a discounted price,so far its been fine.tom also reminded me to bring the bike back after a few weeks to make any necessary adjustments. thanks to tom the assistant manager at cwmbran my faith in halfords was restored 31 July 2016Rated 5 out of 5 by John2517 Kraken bike for the money Love this bike so smooth even my father who rides road bikes and hybrids likes it and he isn't easily impressed 20 July 2016
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