Advantages Absolutely superb.
Disadvantages Many believe it is in superior because it is a Carrera, why? Snobbery?
The Carrera brand is a Halfords exclusive and therefore is recognised throughout the biking world for quality, reliable, great value bikes. It has 20years of manufacturing experience and this can be seen with the newer bikes especially the more specialised bikes such as the Banshee X and more recently produced in 2009 the Banshee XXX, which is equally as good but slightly more expensive.My chosen bike is the Carrera Banshee X (2007) because of the exclusivity to the Halfords company there is a certain amount of snobbery within the biking world (which I was unaware when purchasing and therefore did not impact my decision at all), disregarding the bike as a valid option. To those I say I bought it I have ridden it and I praise it.
The bike's most appealing aspect is the quality of the parts relative to the price of £800 pounds (at new - I realise that one can purchase some brilliant bikes; refurbished/ second hand bikes on Ebay - but they come at a risk). I would also like to mention something for those of you who are reading and are unfamiliar with bikes and see the price of £800 as completely absurd thinking that you can purchase an Apollo for an eighth of the price. These bikes are rather specialist as you will see when the spec is discussed in full, this bike along with many other bikes up and above the price of £800 are made to deal with conditions and scenarios far more extreme than one will encounter travelling along a pavement or road. For example this bike can cope with drop offs (a random drop present along a track or trail) of up to 8ft, however there are bikes costing over £2000 which will cope with far more. So bare in mind this is not a bike for those who enjoy the occasional trip, however for those who are entering the world of cross country, downhill, free-riding, jumping or anything of this sort, this bike is a brilliant alternative to more expensive or cheaper products; equilibrium of expense and quality.
Luckily I did not grow to regret this decision. For the first year the bike coped excellently; I used it constantly on jumps, downhill tracks, cross country trails and the bike remained robust and the parts performed without a problem. Many commented on how great the bike looked and I totally agreed with them. It truly was a well oiled machine and only gained the few expected problems such as 2 broken chains and scratches due to certain crashes I encountered but this is perfectly reasonable for a bike which has been put through the works.
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