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Boardman MTB Pro - Carbon or Alloy?

RedInTokyoRedInTokyo Posts: 2
edited June 2012 in MTB buying advice
I'm looking at the Boardman MTB Pro at £999 or the carbon Pro for £1299.

Is the spec for the carbon Pro better value for the additional £300 (as there are a few differences in spec over and above the carbon frame)?

Boardman MTB Pro Carbon
http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_777751_langId_-1_categoryId_165499#tab2

Boardman MTB Pro
http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_777831_categoryId_165499_langId_-1?cm_sp=Intelligent_Offer-_-Product_Details_Zone_1-_-Blank&iozone=PDPz1#tab2

Should I be wary of going for a carbon bike (is the weight saving a good trade off versus maintenance/care)...I'm not sure if carbon is the best material for MTB frame?

I'm relatively new to MTB so I'd welcome the collective expertise of the forum to help enlighten me.
Thanks

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