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looking for a tv i found this, actually fairly decent spec for the price. 24 speed shimano ez-fire shifters and alloy frame on it tells me that its definately much better than some cheapo bikes posted here.

Alloy Full Suspension 18" Frame
- 26" Alloy Rim Wheels, Kronos Race Saddle
- Shimano 24 Speed Acera Gears
- Shimano EF-29 EZ-Fire Shifters
- Cold Forged Alloy V-Style Brakes
- Alloy Three-Finger Brake Levers
- Fully Adjustable Rear Shock Unit
- Zoom CH-396 Adjustable Suspension Fork
- 85% Assembled, 19.5kg weight
- Adult (Age 12+), Metallic Blue/Black
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#1
Does anyone know if the 'EZ Fire' gears on this bike are Twist grip? I dont think they are...

There is a similar model for £10 less - Barracuda Edge 21 speed gears as opposed to 24 speed and Twist grip! ( I hate the handle bar mounted ones, Find twist grip much easier)

http://www.currys.co.uk/martprd/store/cur_page.jsp?BV_SessionID=@@@@1709391294.1182632728@@@@&BV_EngineID=cccgaddlfegfdeicflgceggdhhmdgmi.0&page=Product&fm=null&sm=null&tm=null&sku=506715&category_oid=
#2
Nice price! its £230 here http://www.bikes2udirect.com/B1264.html

and no they are not grip shift gears, they are the little levers you use your thumbs to change.
#3
ez fire shifters are the trigger shifters, http://www.freemanscycles.co.uk/images/Brakes/levers/shim_stef29.jpg

normally you would pay £200+ for a bike with these. cheap bikes tend to skip things like these to save money and fit crappy grip shift instead
#4
bryntaylor99
Nice price! its £230 here http://www.bikes2udirect.com/B1264.html

and no they are not grip shift gears, they are the little levers you use your thumbs to change.

Thanks. There seem to be various version of the Barracuda Response, the one you found has twist grip gears! Tesco have one as well again a bit different, steel frame, twist grip gears, Disc brakes front and rear. £125:

http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.202-9493.aspx

Also found Edge at £209 and the Response at £249 here

http://www.discountbicycles.co.uk/jshopfiles/Barracuda_04_Dual_Suspension.htm


Def both seem to be bargains
#5
would this be ok to use for work each day, 8 miles to work and 8 miles back again :)
#6
riker71
Thanks. There seem to be various version of the Barracuda Response, the one you found has twist grip gears! Tesco have one as well again a bit different, steel frame, twist grip gears, Disc brakes front and rear. £125:

http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.202-9493.aspx

Also found Edge at £209 and the Response at £249 here

http://www.discountbicycles.co.uk/jshopfiles/Barracuda_04_Dual_Suspension.htm


Def both seem to be bargains


so is this the same bike as the £250 one from tesco and other place you think ?
#7
currys do bikes?
#8
Daytrader
so is this the same bike as the £250 one from tesco and other place you think ?


no, this bike has better gear shifters in my opinion, and it has alloy frame where tesco one has a steel frame?

this is a full suspension bike so not great for any distance on road or flat ground. you would be better with a hardtail, ie a bike with front suspension only.
but if you dont really care, are pretty fit, dont have many hills on way to work, then go for it. its a good bike at a great price.
#9
I find the ez fire gears a whole lot easier to use than the cheap twist shift, and they are much more reliable in the long run. This price is excellent and I didnt even know currys did bikes!!!!!!
#10
jasonrat
currys do bikes?


believe or not....yes.
although i think its stock left over from some sort of promotion.
#11
I'm a sceptic when it comes to cheap bikes, my own bike cost me almost £600 and I love it...

While I'm not saying it's not a good bike or not suitable for you I think you should question what you'd be using it for.. if it's cycling to and from work I personally wouldn't bother getting a bike with rear suspension.. I didn't get rear suspension on mine, which meant I could spend more on the front suspension and components etc... rear suspension is more of a luxury if you like to bomb around the woods, and also the more moving parts you have on your bike the more parts there are to go wrong..

Also, read reviews, if you can, of the bike in question...
#12
Daytrader
would this be ok to use for work each day, 8 miles to work and 8 miles back again :)



I think that you'll find that must 'Return' Journey's are the SAME distance !??!


( LOL )

:p


K
#13
anyone in the know re: bikes will tell you that you have to spend near a grand on a full-sus bike to get anything half decent.

if you buy this dont expect to be able to do any actual mountain-biking on it, if pushed it'll most likely break/be uncomfortable/throw you off!

spend £280 on a mongoose tyax elite if you want an awesome bike for a low price.
#14
Daytrader
would this be ok to use for work each day, 8 miles to work and 8 miles back again :)


Thats exactly my commute to work. I use a Revolution Cullin. For general road use you really don't need any suspension at all as it absorbs energy and is extra weight. However it has to be said the bike does look good value but it would be worth paying more for something more suitable for you.

If your 14 stone or more I'd recommend this;

http://www.edinburghbicycle.com/ebwPNLqrymode.a4p?f%5FProductID=7835&f%5FFullProductVersion=1&f%5FSupersetQRY=C105%7E1&f%5FSortOrderID=1&f%5Fbct=c003155c002910m005710

If your 14 stone or less you'd probably be better off with the race version of the above.
#15
kevingattaca
I think that you'll find that must 'Return' Journey's are the SAME distance !??!


( LOL )

:p


K


Except sometimes cyclists have different routes each way to avoid hills or traffic etc. I don't for my commute but have done for other journeys.
#16
bonzobanana
Except sometimes cyclists have different routes each way to avoid hills or traffic etc. I don't for my commute but have done for other journeys.


spot on, in edinburgh, one part i lived i had 2 routes, one to work and one home. one was very hilly, short but steep so i used that to work as it was downhill and quick. i took a slightly longer route home as it allowed slightly easier inclines! it worked out 6 miles in and 7.5 miles out
#17
shanecr
you would be better with a hardtail, ie a bike with front suspension only.


Never did see the point in having front suspension as you don't sit on the front of a bike and it just throws you forward when you brake hard as it dips. Whereas rear suspension stops your spine shattering over the bumps. It would seem much more logical to have rear suspension only.
#18
Jefft
Never did see the point in having front suspension as you don't sit on the front of a bike and it just throws you forward when you brake hard as it dips. Whereas rear suspension stops your spine shattering over the bumps. It would seem much more logical to have rear suspension only.


no suspension on the rear allows you to put power to the back wheel more efficiently, front suspension helps with potholes, bumps in the road etc therefore making it easier onthe joints! :)
but yes, for on road commute only, a rigid may be best for you. just in my experience, a lot of people want the front suspension.
#19
shanecr
ez fire shifters are the trigger shifters, http://www.freemanscycles.co.uk/images/Brakes/levers/shim_stef29.jpg

normally you would pay £200+ for a bike with these. cheap bikes tend to skip things like these to save money and fit crappy grip shift instead

Maybe I was thinking of "Bar end gears" which required you to take your hand away from the handlebar to change gear, a real PITA. Not all grip shift are 'crappy' as they are on high end bikes as well as well as cheaper/mid range ones.. Im using An £79 dual suspension cheapo I got 3 year ago, Im not a serious rider but has worked fine for me, and yes it has Twist Grip gears.. I dont know how much performance improvement or reliability you will really get by paying for a high end bike unless you are a serious rider doing x miles per day. If its not looked after then I guess any bike will have problem, Surely its a question of what suits the individual.


I found another barracuda at £69 with full alloy frame, currently out of stock though

http://www.currys.co.uk/product.php?sku=589879&camp_id=Web%20Sites
#20
Now out of stock
#21
riker71
Does anyone know if the 'EZ Fire' gears on this bike are Twist grip? I dont think they are...

There is a similar model for £10 less - Barracuda Edge 21 speed gears as opposed to 24 speed and Twist grip! ( I hate the handle bar mounted ones, Find twist grip much easier)

http://www.currys.co.uk/martprd/store/cur_page.jsp?BV_SessionID=@@@@1709391294.1182632728@@@@&BV_EngineID=cccgaddlfegfdeicflgceggdhhmdgmi.0&page=Product&fm=null&sm=null&tm=null&sku=506715&category_oid=


You cant also get chasback from quidco for this bike :p
#22
You can also get extra cashback on this bikes from quidco :P
#23
it's now back in stock
#24
Tempting, very tempting. Was everyone that ordered it last time pleased with it?
#25
MBeeching
Tempting, very tempting. Was everyone that ordered it last time pleased with it?


probably back in stock cos everyone who ordered it last time sent it back ! :giggle:
banned#26
I had one of these and wouldnt dream of going more than 2-3 miles in one go. It really was hard work and very heavy. Not suitable for any kind of off-road use at all. Strictly a bike to potter around on only.

Luckily mine got stolen outside my local pub so got a nice cheque from the insurance company which I put towards a Marin. :thumbsup:
#27
csiman
I had one of these and wouldnt dream of going more than 2-3 miles in one go. It really was hard work and very heavy. Not suitable for any kind of off-road use at all. Strictly a bike to potter around on only.

Luckily mine got stolen outside my local pub so got a nice cheque from the insurance company which I put towards a Marin. :thumbsup:


Did yours have the steel or alloy frame, as there appears to be various versions around?
#28
#29
Does seem a very good deal as this is the mid-range model in the Barracuda range and the one Tesco is selling for £129 is actually the base 'Reaction' steel frame model.

See here for range:
http://www.discountbicycles.co.uk/jshopfiles/Barracuda_04_Dual_Suspension.htm
Response is £250 here.

Appear to be 2006 models, hence the discounting everywhere - but this is a bargain price still in comparison.

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