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Carrera Kraken

“2013 Kraken”

Written on: 08/07/2014 by 376Boyd (1 review written)

I have owned my 2013 Kraken for 9 months... cost £350 via a friend who works at halfords, have ridden all the local trails with no problems and must say i am well pleased with the bike, would have liked to see a quick release for the saddle post as standard, going to upgrade a few parts over the next few months, would i recommend the Kraken ???? if you want to use it to commute and wish to off road just now and again then yes go get one.... if you will be off roading more than road… Read Full Review

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Carrera Kraken

“value for money”

Written on: 21/05/2013

Have had my kraken for 12 months.in that period i have given it a hard time ,out twice a week 22 miles each time over rough terrain.it has not skipped a beat only problem i have encountered loose crank and a puncturr.superb mschine… Read Full Review

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Carrera Kraken

“Great bike for the money”

Written on: 06/02/2013

From what I've read, the 2012 Carrera Kraken is a big improvement on previous models. After reading an online review saying that this is the best bike they tested under £500, I paid a bit under £400 (after discounts) and I am really pleased. I've only had the bike a few weeks but I've used it for commuting as well as in the woods. I really can't fault it for the money paid. It is as light as can be expected, the hydraulic disk brakes work fine and the front suspension seems good. If I was a… Read Full Review

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Carrera Kraken

“carrera kraken spares”

Written on: 21/09/2011

i have a carrera hard tail mountain bike (27 speed) i have a problem with the rear wheel the rachet on the cassette slips, i went into halfords to get the new part and was told they dont do spares and i would have to by a replacement wheel this did not match the existing wheel, i am pleased with the bike this is the first problem i have had i cant understand why they dont sell spares for there bikes… Read Full Review

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Carrera Kraken

“they lost my sale ”

Written on: 26/08/2011 by aidanjeeez (1 review written)

I got dragged into the fact it has good spec and have been doing research into it , but now ive read all these reviews practically all say how the bike isnt worth the money. So is it the bike or how halfords dont assemble them properly? Because im looking into the Carrera vengeance 2011 now and just wondering if halfords will bodge it up , thanks… Read Full Review

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Guest's Response to aidanjeeez's Review

Written on: 18/09/2011

probably, I've got an '11 vengeance which is a great bike and great value but basically had to get a bike expert mate to PDI it again, they were dreadful at Halfords as they don't train staf properly. Happy with the bike for the money, i just wish they would sell from other outlets !!

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Carrera Kraken

“i had 7 punctures in 3 months with this bike until i...”

Written on: 17/02/2011

i had 7 punctures in 3 months with this bike until i changed the tyres and reset rim tape. the crank now needs replacing. carrera kraken just under 2 years old. the bike is great pity about the faults. if you have a problem and your bike is not fit for purpose. do what i did and took a very large sports shop to court through small claims. cost me about 30 quid. they backed out before the date and a full refund plus costs was provided.
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Guest's Comment

Written on: 03/07/2011

In all fairness towards the Kraken most bike makes put appalling inner tubes on the bike as you can't see them, next time you buy a bike replace the inner tubing and if needed the tires and it wont be as bad. But i respect you for the court situations!

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Carrera Kraken

“I have had my Carrera kraken now for 3 days and I have...”

Written on: 28/01/2011 by jofruit (1 review written)

I have had my Carrera kraken now for 3 days and I have already had a puncture due to the poor placement of the rim tape. Halfords were not very helpful to me at all when I went to buy the bike and I sincerely wish that I had read some of these reviews before going there. After reading these reviews I feel it's just a matter of time before something else goes wrong. Great! How's ya luck?… Read Full Review

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Carrera Kraken

“crank has ceased to be is pushing up the daisies....”

Written on: 08/01/2011

crank has ceased to be is pushing up the daisies. within days of me getting it, so as it has drawn the final curtain, kicked the bucket in short it is a bit poo.... do NOT be silly go play with your phallus instead (hopefully)its more fun and wont break. honda c 90 FTW !!!!!!… Read Full Review

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Carrera Kraken

“Had the carerra kraken (black)(18") about 2 years...”

Written on: 26/12/2010

Had the carerra kraken (black)(18") about 2 years now,ive changed peddles and handle bar locking nut but this replacement was all my fault,never use high pressure hose to clean bike.other than that,ive used bike mainly off road single track and jumps included,as a budget bike its the best i think.the gears started to jump about 1 year into riding, had that sorted by local shop not halfords.i do not rate halfords service at all,though 1 older mech was clued up.love the gear range,will never go… Read Full Review

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Ridgeback24's Comment

Written on: 07/08/2012

Halfords service???????, I took my Carrera Kraken in for it`s free first service,and i asked them if they could look at the gears and set them again.When i got the bike home,the gears were a `joke`,the gears that were fine before going were much worse and the ones that were fine,were playing up,i took it back and said i wasnt going to pay for this service as the first free one had not solved the problem,second time round,the same happened again,with all respect to the people who clean halfords after closing,are they the ones setting the gears on these bikes.(in the past i have been a cleaner)I`ve now come on the net to find out how to set the gears myself,surely i can`t do much worse than the Mechs at halfords

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Carrera Kraken

“Having gone to Halfords to look for a bike for my...”

Written on: 27/09/2010

Having gone to Halfords to look for a bike for my Birthday, I have been appalled at the staff in Halfords, considering spending, £379.00 etc, I asked if I could ride the bike outside as most serious bike buyers are recommended to do this, how can you tell how it rides round a shop! Asked the staff, they said fine, but then could not be bothered to put the bolts on the bike, if its on display should it not be ready to try!! In an attempt to not give up, I went to a different branch, they said… Read Full Review

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Jofruit's Comment

Written on: 28/01/2011

I found this review not helpful because...the person has said anything about the carrera kraken - not one word.

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Carrera Kraken

“Hi, I got the 09 Kraken after much research on the...”

Written on: 13/08/2010

Hi, I got the 09 Kraken after much research on the spec and thought it the best value, especially when using the bike to work scheme my work have at Halfords. Unfortunately I've had my fair share of issues over the past 16 months. I ride the bike as a commute and on trails and Glentress so it's taken a bit of abuse. The original set up was really poor despite returning it a couple of times, but I suppose that could happen anywhere? I've had ongoing issues with the front gears, again could be a… Read Full Review

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Carrera Kraken

“I went to Halfords because my GT Agressor I bought...”

Written on: 06/08/2010 by GinaBeena (12 reviews written)

I went to Halfords because my GT Agressor I bought four years ago has finally died on me. Spoke to a guy there who was an ex BMX Pro and clearly knew his stuff. We talked about what I needed and what I was happy to spend and I wanted to go for the GT Agressor X2 for GBP 499. He convinced me that the Carrera Kraken suited my predominantly stree-orientated riding better and that for 429 I would have the same quality spec as on the 499 GT but with a slightly stiffer tail in the frame which would… Read Full Review

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Carrera Kraken

“Just had the second crank snap one year after the...”

Written on: 28/07/2010

Just had the second crank snap one year after the first, am I the only one having this problem? When I took it back to Halfords the manager said "I have never seen this happen before". My reply was "Yes you have, I spoke to you when I brought the last one back 11 months ago"… Read Full Review

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Guest's Comment

Written on: 10/07/2011

I had this happen twice on my 2009 version, the manager said the same thing to me. It was only when I threatened to sue them (as I'd slipped off when the second snapped) that they upgraded it for free to a full crank.

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★★★★☆
Carrera Kraken

“brilliant bike excellent spec for the money ”

Written on: 19/06/2010

brilliant bike excellent spec for the money
thrashed mine to the limit and it can handle anything
halfords are a bit hit and miss----im hallfords staff myself but on parts----but i know which one of the lads im gonna allow to touch my bike
dont complain its a given that there will be bad staff anywhere but you save money at halfords and get great value
if you are sceptical about us learn how to build your own its not rocket science
we are the nations largest cycle retailer selling 1million… Read Full Review

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Carrera Kraken

“Have been searching for a mountain bike for quite a...”

Written on: 02/06/2010 by ebbyamber (1 review written)

Have been searching for a mountain bike for quite a while. Looked at many reviews in magazines and on the internet. Even though Halfords gets such negative comments decided to give them the chance to prove all this wrong. Collected my Carrera Kraken this morning. Finished work early so decided to go out for a ride. Straight away found I could only get the centre gears (3rd 4th 5th) and the chain was grinding very badly on the front derailleur. Less than 100 yards covered and the crank c/w front… Read Full Review

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Ginabeena's Response to ebbyamber's Review

Written on: 06/08/2010

I found this review helpful because... it was not much different from what I experienced!

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Guest's Response to ebbyamber's Review

Written on: 07/07/2011

Thanks. I'm not getting this bike from Halfords then. Did a lot of research and it's a pity since it looked like it's loaded with decent componennts for the price. Will go to one of the small, local bike shops, where I won't be one of the thousands people coming thru that day and hopefully will get my bike properly set up.

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Carrera Kraken

“The carrera kraken is a good bike just to bad halfords...”

Written on: 29/05/2010

The carrera kraken is a good bike just to bad halfords dose them becouse they do not know what they are doing so take it to a bike shop… Read Full Review

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Carrera Kraken

“It is an incredible bike, I recomend it to anyone who...”

Written on: 04/05/2010

It is an incredible bike, I recomend it to anyone who wants a mountain bike for trecks and jumps never got a bike quite like it. The suspension is insane and the hydrolic disk brakes are so affective. The gears are great and it never brakes.

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Carrera Kraken

“Cool bruv you just delt with the dawg.........”

Written on: 09/04/2010

Cool bruv you just delt with the dawg… Read Full Review

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Carrera Kraken

“exelent bike good price to i do a lot of down hill...”

Written on: 18/11/2009

exelent bike good price to i do a lot of down hill biking and is a bit bumpy
beacuase its hard tail but exellent bike very happy for price… Read Full Review

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Carrera Kraken

“I brought a Kraken and I love riding it. The only...”

Written on: 12/10/2009

I brought a Kraken and I love riding it. The only problem is that the assembly (by Halfords) is very poor. I have had punctures due to the rim tape not being put on properly (apparently a common problem on this bike), the crank snapped off, the front reflector even fell off on the way home. Halfords replaced the whole bike when the crank snapped but they gave me the new one in an unrideable condition, the gears were all over the place. In the end I got my local bike shop to give it a good… Read Full Review

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