Written on: 03/08/2012 by DailyCyclist (1 review written)
The Carrera Crossfire 3 (2012) first seemed a really good bike well built at a good price, however, the build quality has left a lot to be desired.
I bought this bike for my daily commute to/from work on a daily basis, which consists of 50% flat gravel cycle track, 45% cycle path and 5% road.
Firstly the wheels are of a very poor quality, I am not an overly heavy guy (6'3" and 15 1/2 st) but I had to break very hard when a kid walked out in front of me causing the bike to go up onto the front wheel where it collapsed leaving me in a heap on the ground.
The rear wheel has also buckled due to a broken spoke!!!
The brakes are very ineffective especially on loose surfaces.
I initially liked these tyres as they were wide and had plenty of grip on the sides for loose surfaces, however the tread has worn down extremely quickly and the grip on the sides does not help cornering on gravel.
I have also found 2 spots on the frame where the paint has started to bubble.
So after 3 months I will have replaced front and rear wheels, tyres and brake pads.