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Using promo code PPBIKE for 10% off the sale price of £199.99
Possible 4% Quidco or 7.8% using the Instore system


Carrera Vulcan V Spec Mountain Bike 09 20"

The Carrera Vulcan V Spec 20" Hardtail Mountain Bike features the new 7005 T6 heat treated aluminium frame. The "V" in V Spec stands for the weight saving Tektro Alloy "V" Brakes. Shifting is done via 24 speed SRAM SX4 gears and the Innova 26 x 2.1 inch tyres are mounted on double wall alloy rims for added strength.

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Features & Benefits of the Carrera Vulcan V Spec Mountain Bike

* New 7005 T6 heat treated aluminium frame for a faster ride
* Shifting is performed by SRAM X4 shifters providing an intelligent blend of performance and value
* Tektro Alloy V-Brakes feature melt forged aluminium arms, 55mm pads with threaded posts
* Powerful rim brake for easier stopping



* Alloy Rims: Yes
* Approximate Weight (KG): 14
* Brake Type: V-Brakes
* Chainset: Suntour CW-XCT
* Exact Frame Size: 20"
* Fork Lock-out : No
* Fork travel: 100mm
* Forks - Adjustable damping : Yes
* Frame Colour: Black
* Frame Material: Aluminium
* Frame Size: 19-20
* Frame-: 7005 T6 Heat treated aluminium
* Front Brake: Tektro Alloy V-Brake
* Front Mech: SRAM 3.0
* Gear Shifters: SRAM X4
* Gender: Mens
* Handle Bars: Kalloy Alloy
* Headset: Semi Integrated
* Hubs: Formula Alloy
* Number of Gears: 24
* Pedals: Wellgo Alloy Black
* Quick Release Wheels: Yes
* Rear Brake: Tektro Alloy V-brake
* Rear Mech: SRAM X4
* Rear Shock: N/A
* Rear Shock Adjustable Damping: N/A
* Rear Shock Lock-out : No
* Rear wheel travel: N/A
* Rims: Double Wall Alloy
* Saddle: Carrera
* Seatpost: Kalloy Alloy 31.6MM
* Stem: Kalloy Alloy
* Suspension: Front
* Tyre size: 26 x 2.1
* Tyres: Innova
* Wheel size: 26


Awsome bike for the money. I have owned one of these for nearly 2 years now with no major problems. Very well built and has simple but effective v brakes which are easier to maintain.
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#1
I just bought the Carrera Vengeance last week - cracking bike for the money. I hammered it on Monday over some crazy terrain and it handled like a dream. I was a bit skeptical over the 'Carrera' brand, but I've realised they're good bikes. Good price for this bike - well worth the money - have some heat from me!
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Bikes from Halfrauds seem to come with a stigma attached, yet I rarely hear complaints from people that own them. Most of the complaints I do hear seem to be around the customer service rather than the bike build.
#3
Hinzy9
Bikes from Halfrauds seem to come with a stigma attached, yet I rarely hear complaints from people that own them. Most of the complaints I do hear seem to be around the customer service rather than the bike build.


Precisely - now I've owned one, I've realised you can get a quality bike, with the same components as far more expensive bikes for a total steal - will certain buy another Carrera.
#4
This bike has had some pretty good reviews as well
1 Like #5
Hinzy9
Bikes from Halfrauds seem to come with a stigma attached, yet I rarely hear complaints from people that own them. Most of the complaints I do hear seem to be around the customer service rather than the bike build.


I think its partly down to the cheaper Apollo bikes they also sell, those really are awful. The customer service is likly to be store dependant, there always seems to be a lot of students and young people working there that don't have a clue about anything. Its probably better to get it serviced by a local bike shop instead.
#6
Why the cold votes, try and find a better bike than this for £180. This is what happens when give people democracy.
#7
turbo-james
Hinzy9
Bikes from Halfrauds seem to come with a stigma attached, yet I rarely hear complaints from people that own them. Most of the complaints I do hear seem to be around the customer service rather than the bike build.

I think its partly down to the cheaper Apollo bikes they also sell, those really are awful. The customer service is likly to be store dependant, there always seems to be a lot of students and young people working there that don't have a clue about anything. Its probably better to get it serviced by a local bike shop instead.

I agree, I had an Apollo "mountain bike" and broke it within 30 miles of on road use!

Have the Carrera Vulcan Disc Spec for a few weeks since the last offer and it seems much better. I'd avoid the Apollo bikes like the plague, even if they were giving them away.
#8
Thanks for posting this.

I might go down tomorrow to check it out, only after something half decent, nothing too fancy that will hopefully last.

Is this delivered to your home boxed? i.e you have to put it together yourself?

Any links to reviews?
1 Like #9
utigers
Thanks for posting this.

I might go down tomorrow to check it out, only after something half decent, nothing too fancy that will hopefully last.

Is this delivered to your home boxed? i.e you have to put it together yourself?

Any links to reviews?

The bike should last if its well looked after. I have had mine nearly 2 years, its had a lot of abuse riding around cannock chase and sherwood pines. Its still in exellent shape nothing has broken, only replaced service parts like brake pads and cables. If you look around halfords you will be able to tell the differance between in quality from cheap Apollo bikes.

You can reserve and collect from your local Halfords and there is an option at checkout to have them build the bike for you for free. It takes them a day or 2 so you won't be able to collect straight away. Its easy to put together yourself. If I remeber correctly I only had to attach the handlebars, front wheel and pedals, all of the gears and brakes were setup perfect on mine.
#10
utigers
Thanks for posting this.

I might go down tomorrow to check it out, only after something half decent, nothing too fancy that will hopefully last.

Is this delivered to your home boxed? i.e you have to put it together yourself?

Any links to reviews?

The bike should last if its well looked after. I have had mine nearly 2 years, its had a lot of abuse riding around cannock chase and sherwood pines. Its still in exellent shape nothing has broken, only replaced service parts like brake pads and cables. If you look around halfords you will be able to tell the differance between in quality from cheap Apollo bikes.

You can reserve and collect from your local Halfords and there is an option at checkout to have them build the bike for you for free. It takes them a day or 2 so you won't be able to collect straight away. Its easy to put together yourself. If I remeber correctly I only had to attach the handlebars, front wheel and pedals, all of the gears and brakes were setup perfect on mine.
#11
I got this bike, Brill bike for the money :D
#12
Bought.......collecting it today.

Thanks for posting this.
#13
Hot from me.

I bought the Gryphon Disc model, can't fault it so far :p

Edited By: flopstocks on Jun 12, 2011 23:42: spelling
#14
Nice..didn't realise SRAM made a groupset for such a low budget on mountain bikes. Their "budget" groupset alone for road bikes is about 2.5-3 times the price of this bike.
Hot from me!
#15
Worth every penny IMHO. Wish a decent hybrid would come down to this sort of price tho
#17
Havent SRAM done groupsets for years, thought i minded bits and bobs on a bike i once had maybe 10 years ago.
Was in my crazy mountain bike days when i went through a ton of components lol
1 Like #18
Flombard
Worth every penny IMHO. Wish a decent hybrid would come down to this sort of price tho


http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/carrera-gryphon-v-spec-performance-hybrid-bike-208-99-halfords/949669
#19
turbo-james

I think its partly down to the cheaper Apollo bikes they also sell, those really are awful. The customer service is likly to be store dependant, there always seems to be a lot of students and young people working there that don't have a clue about anything. Its probably better to get it serviced by a local bike shop instead.


Spot on. I was a Halfrauds inmate from '96 to '03 as a schoolie and 'higher education' student. Unless they've upped their game on vocational qualifications etc. it's a lottery when you buy a bike and have it assembled in-store. Give it a thorough check yourself before getting on. Especially at xmas when the bikes are thrown together as fast as possible.

Steer clear of all apollos. Carrera were always good value when on offer.

Also, check your headset and forks for damage on new bikes. I used to see boxes nosedive from 10 foot high warehouse shelves onto concrete (apollos and most low-spec bikes were boxed and the rest would hang from front wheel).
#20
Are mountain bikes good for getting from A to B?

i was looking at this http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_770971_langId_-1_categoryId_165499

I just want to cycle to the gym and back
#21
flopstocks
Flombard
Worth every penny IMHO. Wish a decent hybrid would come down to this sort of price tho


http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/carrera-gryphon-v-spec-performance-hybrid-bike-208-99-halfords/949669


Thanks will go down and have a look. Lots of reports of broken spokes online. But at under £200 could probably just put on a better rear wheel, just nticed NUS code doesn't work and quidco dropped but hey ho



Edited By: Flombard on Jun 13, 2011 00:30: ,,,
#22
Jack-L92
Are mountain bikes good for getting from A to B?

i was looking at this http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_770971_langId_-1_categoryId_165499

I just want to cycle to the gym and back


Got decent reviews for the price. Always better to pay more if your a regular user. But from gym and back this should do the job fine :D

If your looking for cheap as poss theres this Link And use the £15 off £75 or more spend to get it for £65 :D

Edited By: lukeyd on Jun 13, 2011 00:32
#23
lukeyd
Jack-L92
Are mountain bikes good for getting from A to B?

i was looking at this http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_770971_langId_-1_categoryId_165499

I just want to cycle to the gym and back


Got decent reviews for the price. Always better to pay more if your a regular user. But from gym and back this should do the job fine :D

If your looking for cheap as poss theres this Link And use the £15 off £75 or more spend to get it for £65 :D


I was looking at that Tesco one for 'im indoors (lazy sod). We don't do terrain stuff, gentle roads/ paths. He says current bike not comfortable to ride, so gave to a relative. He is 6ft, this offer says 19" frame, yet another mens bike on Tesco site says 8" frame. :|

I am confused. Do you chose a bike by height + frame size
#24
Frame sizing can be a tricky beast, but i would say the 19 inch will be just fine. Ignore the tesco link. In fact totally avoid any bike from Tescos :p You may need to raise the bars if your chap is especially lanky, a purchase of an adjustable stem would do the trick.

All told, this bike probably will be pretty decent however check that the guys building it are 'All there'. And if they look a bit thick or lazy find a bike shop/skilled relative to check it over.
#25
Just checked the tesco link and

BURN IT WITH FIRE!

If your chap found his previous bike uncomfortable, that won't be any better! That saddle looks horrid!
#26
looks a good deal to me
#27
Brilliant bike for the money. Utter bargain at that price.
#28
I had one. may seem good for the time being but a year down the line you will regret it
#29
I said I would never buy a bike from Halfords, but gave in when the Boardman came out, now have a Boardman Team Carbon & Carrera Kraken, unbeatable at the price.
As said though give it a thorough check over before riding, Halfords staff vary enormously.
10% off through Paypal?
#30
Had mine for a couple of years & this is a brilliant bike for the price. Does the job job for all terrains. Heat added.
1 Like #31
I bought 2 of these recently for my Mum and Dad, there was a £25 voucher last week, plus 10% code plus 7.8% quidco so came to £165 at the time. Amazed at what you get for the price. I've been into mountain biking for a long time, and appreciate what you get for £1k+, but for under £200 these are superb.

Have to say though that the build service wasn't perfect. I used to work in a bike shop years ago so know what I'm looking for. Once I got home I spotted things like brake pads rubbing against tyre side wall (no damage done thankffully & now sorted), gears not quite adjusted correctly... once sorted the bike is great and highly recommended!
#32
These are a steal for £179, If you are in the market for a mountain bike, you wont get a better bike for the money, just wish they did it in 14" frame for my wife
#33
I have a Carrera and its great but I would recommend a model with disc brakes.
#34
safc1976
I have a Carrera and its great but I would recommend a model with disc brakes.


No need for disc brakes unless you are doing some serious off roading
#35
If you can afford a bike with hydraulic discs (krakken) there is a huge difference, mechanical discs are better than V brakes but not great.
#36
I'd love to buy a bike but the thieving scums in my area just seem to cut through the locks like hot knife through butter.
#37
Majnu
I'd love to buy a bike but the thieving scums in my area just seem to cut through the locks like hot knife through butter.

Yep I know makes you sick when you go back to your bike and it's not there, happened to me twice in the last year.
I bought an Abus Steel O Flex lock and been ok since, but nothings 100%.......
#38
Whay size frame from the 3 should i go for?

I'm 6ft (or just under)
And this bike good for mostly road use?

Thanks
#39
I'm 6'2" with 33" inside leg, 20" was spot on, 18" slightly too small with seatpost on max extension, so I would say 18" frame ok up to about 31-32" inside leg. Always best to try in store if you can, as the bigger frames are also longer, with longer stems too, so stretch you out a bit more.
#40
cycleman
Majnu
I'd love to buy a bike but the thieving scums in my area just seem to cut through the locks like hot knife through butter.

Yep I know makes you sick when you go back to your bike and it's not there, happened to me twice in the last year.
I bought an Abus Steel O Flex lock and been ok since, but nothings 100%.......

Abus steel flex locks are just as easy to chop through than the rest of them kind sadly http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFaLmVqQibo.
Kryptonite New york 3000 u locks are one of ya best bets for a bike lock but just a nuisance that we are limited as to where we can lock our bikes up with u locks as a whole unfortunately.

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