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Carrera Banshee Mountain Bike

Reviewing: Carrera Banshee Mountain Bike  |  Rating:
Abbey Styles By Abbey Styles on
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The spec is good at this price range, in short: Rear Air Shock, Good Suntour Raidon 150mm travel front forks, Sram SX5 does an excelent job, Tioga Tyres are a touch at this price range. I have always been a bit weary of Halfords own brand products, this however has been a really nice surprise. I was looking to upgrade from from my Hardtail XC as I was starting to get into free-riding. I originally planned on getting a Kona Coiler or similar, but after a chance visit to a halfords store, I saw the Carrera Banshee Mountain Bike. I double taked as I read through the spec, and couldn't believe that I could pick this up brand new for £530. Not believing what I was seeing, I carried out some research online, bikeradar and a few other sites rated them, however there are a few mixed opinions out there. First impressions were excellent, being a four bar linkage with 6" suspension travel, it is pretty bad at uphills, however after re-adjustment and re-assesing my riding style, you get used to it. It has a really laid back almost chopper style sitting position, which means that it loves the downhill sections, and boy it does!! Traction is excellent, it comes with Tioga DH 2.3" tyres as standard and the relatively wide rims make the most of the tyre width. If you want a credit crunch beating all-round bike (biased to DH) then this an excellent choice, and worthy of serious consideration.