carrera vanquish should i buy it or not???

princeuk7 Posts: 16
edited November 2009 in Road beginners
HI all
I have had a look around in the bikes departmrnt and found out carrera vanquish with carbon fork and stuff specs are as follows

* Frame Material: 7005 Aluminium
* Frame Size: 21-22
* Gears: 16-20
* Gender: Mens
* Suspension: Rigid
* Frame Size (cm): 51 - 54
* Brake Type: Dual Pivot Caliper Brake
* Chainset: Truvativ Tour Compact
* Forks: Lightweight carbon fibre fork with alloy steerer
* Frame Colour: Black and Red
* Frame-: Lightweight double butted 7005 semi compact Aluminium
* Front Brake: Shimano Tiagra Lever, Tektro R720 dual pivot caliper
* Front Mech: Shimano Sora
* Gear Shifters: Shimano Tiagra 18 Speed
* Handle Bars: Kalloy Alloy Oversize 31.8mm drop
* Headset: Semi Integrated Ahead Set
* Hubs: Shimano WHR500 Wheelset
* Number of Gears: 18
* Pedals: Black resin with Toe Clips
* Rear Brake: Shimano Tiagra Lever, Tektro R720 dual pivot caliper
* Rear Mech: Shimano Sora
* Rear Shock: N/A
* Rims: Shimano WHR500 Wheelset
* Saddle: Carrera
* Seatpost: Kalloy Alloy 27.2mm
* Stem: Kalloy Alloy oversize 31.8mm
* Tyre size: 700 x 23C
* Tyres: Continental Ultra Sport
* Wheel size: 700c

is this a good bike or should i buy something else


  • Steve_b77
    Steve_b77 Posts: 1,680
    For teh oney it's pretty good, nice colour scheme too
  • redvision
    redvision Posts: 2,958
    i was close to buying a carrera vanquish a few weeks back. i wanted a second bike to get me through winter training. i reserved one at halfords but then i started reading negative reviews. the most common not being a poor set up (usual complaint of new bikes from halfords), but poor paint job! apparently the paint comes off the bike within a few weeks of riding. if you search the net or even look at the reviews on halfords, you will see this is a common issue.

    the spec of the bike is good for the money. but if you can afford that little bit more i would try to get the basic boardman or look for a trek 1.2.

    hope this helps!
  • MikeWW
    MikeWW Posts: 723
    Got one and no problems with paint
    Not bad VFM but square taper BB and a fair amount of flex as a result
    A Specialized Allez isn't much more and would be worth considering
  • thks a lot guys i will look for other bikes as u said it is just that i will be getting it at a discounted price from my lbs
  • smeev
    smeev Posts: 105
    +1 for the allez, had mine for a month now & its pretty damn good.
    Special eyes 4 ever....