We have been trying to find some reviews for the best cheap hardtail mountain bikes in the UK but, if we are really honest, very few UK cycle sites review them and of the few that do they don’t seem to do it with the beginner rider in mind so….
We thought we would try and aggregate all the reviews that are out there and give you the best and worst points from each of them.
We will start with the Carrera Kraken 2015
Bike Spec –
- Frame: Lightweight aluminium
- Forks: 120mm Suntour Front suspension & lockout feature helps on uphill climbs
- Gears: Shimano Altus 27 speed gears have a wider range and more precise shifting
- Brakes: Clarks hydraulic disc brakes for self-adjusting stopping power
- Wheels: Larger 27.5″ wheels with Kenda MTB tyres for better grip
None of the major UK review sites have bothered to review this bike so we have had a look at the Halfords website (trust that at your peril) and the UK user reviews site Reviews Centre.
Halfords customers gave the bike an average of 4.6 out of 5, which seems a little toppy for a £400 hardtail.
To give this a little more context we have copied the best and worst scoring reviews below.
The guys and girls there were very friendly but no one could sort out the problem and told me the brakes would “bed in” or that is “how they are meant to be”, well my bike was very disappointing and I could never trust it.
Over the years I’ve ridden plenty of bikes and most new bikes stop extremely well but these hydraulic disc brakes on the Kracken Mountain bike are unsafe at any speed.
My advice is to give this bike a wide berth.
The 27.5 inch wheels are a big plus point too and the tyres grip well like I said a very good bike for the money I thought it was better than a Boardman equivalent.