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New Bike £300-£400

PuzzledPeddlerPuzzledPeddler Posts: 6
edited November 2015 in MTB buying advice
Hello,

I'm new to this forum and indeed new to the world of bikes, i've not bought one for around 10 years.
I've been looking around and what i'd like is a mountain bike that has disk breaks for my commute to work.
I don't want to pay stupid amounts of money for one bike that a cheaper bike can give me.

I have three ideas at this time, listed as most preferable first:
Voodoo Bantu
Carrera Vulcan
Carrera Vengeance

What i would like to know is if these bikes are any good? I've heard things about the breaks squealing terribly and or leaking.
I would like a reliable bike that will carry me to work and home again every day. If what i have chosen above isn't ideal, please do suggest other options.
I would like to be able to purchase the bike from Halfords as there is one in the town i live and would be easy for me to go back there if needed.

I know i'm clueless when it comes to this, please have patience with me.
All help is much appreciated and i hope i'm not asking stupid questions.

Thank you.

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  • Thank you cooldad for your reply.
    That looks like a nice bike but i really would like to be able to purchase the bike from Halfords as i'd be able to pick it up from store, have it built by them and i would also be able to take it back there easily if needed.

    Do you have any other suggestions from the Halfords range?

    Thank you.
  • Thank you again cooldad.
    Would you mind explaining to me why you chose that bike please?
    It's the same price as the Voodoo Bantu http://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/mountain-bikes/voodoo-bantu-mountain-bike
    What is better about the Kraken than the Bantu?

    Thank you for your help.
  • A 10% off sale has started at Halfords for the weekend due to Black Friday.
    I think i might make the purchase very soon.
    I want to be confident in the choice of bike.
    I'm hoping to get a few more ideas with reasons why the bike has been chosen.

    Thank you for any help given.
  • brianbeebrianbee Posts: 330
    A 10% off sale has started at Halfords for the weekend due to Black Friday.
    I think i might make the purchase very soon.
    I want to be confident in the choice of bike.
    I'm hoping to get a few more ideas with reasons why the bike has been chosen.

    Thank you for any help given.

    The Carrera is the better bike and is discounted by £100. the most obvious element is the 1.4KG weight saving. The weight saving indicates there are better components in place all over the bike. Loosing 1.4 KG off the Bantu would cost you quite a lot of money

    If the Kraken is the best buy against the offerings from Decathlon and Go outdoor, depends on which company is doing the best deal and that changes every week or so. But its most definitely a better bike than the Bantu

    Make you mind up before they sell out
  • The RookieThe Rookie Posts: 27,792
    Both the above are better than the Bantu, the Calibre is the better of the two with a better drivetrain and brakes for less money.
    Current steed - Whyte T129, 2013 frame, mongrel Revelations, Giant dropper, Stans S1 wheelset. 12, Magura Trail Sport brakes, 1x11. 12.8Kg
  • Thank you both for your reply.

    The Calibre is unfortunately not an option for me as it's not a bike that is available in the Halfords range.
    The Kraken seems to be the best option at this point.

    Thank you all for the help and advice.
  • The RookieThe Rookie Posts: 27,792
    Given the money involved, why would you settle for second best for the sake of a few miles drive? I wouldn't!
    Current steed - Whyte T129, 2013 frame, mongrel Revelations, Giant dropper, Stans S1 wheelset. 12, Magura Trail Sport brakes, 1x11. 12.8Kg
  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 10,992
    I personally wouldn't bother with any of your choices when you can get better by going to Go-OUTDOORS and getting the calibre as linked above ready assembled from the store or go to Decathlon and get a Rockrider again assembled and picked up from store. Have to say that we don't hear many stories of dodgy bike building from go outdoors or decathlon compared with some major moans over halfrauds dodgy bike building ( ps not all stores have rubbish bike assemblers ). Also Halfords so called discount structure is notoriously up and down. Give it a couple of weeks and black friday deals will seem expensive. Ps I'm not biased as I have a carrera fury still.
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
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