Written on: 11/07/2012
july 2010 bought myself a banshee whichI thought was great the figure 8 went into back wheel after 2 days but halfords fixed free of charge to be expected but end of my 2012 my frame snapped just behind the pedals when I was on a busy road luckily wasnt going fast so took it to halfolds and they looked it over and said it was weekness in metal and theres been a couple of cases of this happining my bike was just out of warrenty and I got a completly new bike but newer model s would like to... (read more)
Written on: 23/04/2011
ok so i got my banshee x sometime last year now and well ive still got it its a nice bike rides well all components on the bike are of a good standard and realy do hold up to the beating i give my bike. i love my bommer 55rs that came on the bike that 140ml fork isnt just there for show it works a treat. my bike also came with a suntour rear shock. the shock did its job but eventualy broke like all things suntour do. thats down to suntour not halfords. ive now got an 09 verion of the rock... (read more)
Written on: 20/01/2011 by hondawillmore (1 review written)
I have had a Carrera banshee for just less than one month now, been on it 3 times. The bike is great but they is a few things I would advise on first, it needs a chain protector as the chain knocks the hell out the frame, next is the one i'm complaining with at halfords as I want a new bike, please let me know what you think;
I was riding my bike as you do third time out on it not a long trip I hit a bump and the rocker that the shocks attatches to piviots, well when they gave me my... (read more)
Written on: 13/09/2010
Do not buy one of these bikes, was so happy with mine but after a 2 outing up cannock chase chain snapped replace chain with a sram one..
up graded th erear shock as iit dosent lock out. then after owning bike for 3 mths rear subframe snapped .. clean in half, found out that its seem most of them keep snapping got a new frame thats meant to be sorted but dont trust it now..
save ya money dont buy one.. (read more)
Written on: 27/07/2010
Where do I start with this bike, first i bought the Carrera banshee. As an avid mountain biker looking to get back into the sport after a two year absence i was assured it was a nice ride and capable. On the first ride i buckled the back wheel which was not made of metal more like jelly, I was merely performing a small stoppie but it squished way out of line, along with the headset playing a lot with the raidon forks which were pants.
Anyhow, halfords said if i pay the difference they would... (read more)
Written on: 21/11/2009
Carrera Banshee X
Some of you people cant be looking after you Banshee properly! I'v had my banshee X for 1year now and not had one problem with it. to be fair once i got it from halfords i stripped it and re set everything my self, and locktight on every bolt. i have used it a min of 1ride to 4rides a week at Glentress red/black routes and have not had one problem with any of the mecanicals on the bike.
stuff to do that i found worked:
1. set of pedals (i went for DMR V12's) lets face it... (read more)
Written on: 16/08/2009
Carrera Banshee X is high spec good value nice to ride (read more)
Written on: 26/06/2009
When I go ' off roady' then my 2007, 27 spd carrera banshee with rock shox and pearlecent blue/grenn flip paint HAS to come out. next project is a Koni stinky due to it being the superier to the banshee...
still will keep the banshee thow (read more)
Written on: 11/06/2009 by karl hart (1 review written)
ive ridden bikes worth double the Carrera Banshee X this felt a lot better and a lot more safe bit heavy but your fitness adjust to your bike any way it has realy good control and its so fast down hill. (read more)
Written on: 08/06/2009 by 97BLADE (1 review written)
Just hope you don't need any spares for it! Halfords can only get 'complete frames' all i need is a few suspension bushes and screws... Complete waste of time! Basically, either buy a new frame or buy a new Carrera Banshee X bike, don't bother, i'll stick with me cannondale... (read more)
Written on: 06/06/2009
Have had my Carrera Banshee X for just over a week and all in all a really good bit of kit. Takes Light free ride well and absorbs 3 -6 ft drops ok I have recemtly taken it for a 22 mile ride and with some extra pressure in the shocks it road well. The only thing to beware of is the rear shock as i have already broken the lock out !!! (read more)
Written on: 19/05/2009
i an looking forward to getting the Carrera Banshee X 2009 model great bike (read more)
Written on: 19/05/2009 by sf2k9
Carrera Banshee Xs a great bike (when it works) I took it to hamsterly forrest and the sprocket knackerd so i went to halfords and got it fixed and they had done nowt to it and the problem was still their so i took it in and shouted at them and got it fixed agein i was going to ride down to the shops what are 100 m away and hald way down the sprocket caught in the spokes and ripped the wheel to shreads and when i was on the downhill track at hamsterly (after new sprocket new weel and new... (read more)
Written on: 10/05/2009
I rode my mates and its the best bike ever, either a heavy downhill bike, or a nibble hardtail. Carrera Banshee X awesome bike, never seen a better piece of kit. A bargain. (read more)
Written on: 10/04/2009 by Danny 1 (1 review written)
the carrera banshee x is a brillant bike it can take hucks 5 to 6 feet high no problem and soak up all the down hill tracks and drop offs and more my mate has a santa cruz Vp Free and i ride the same stuff as he does. the banshee can hold its own with the best its not the bike its the rider a bad workman alwalys blames his tools. for the money you can not buy a better bike. (read more)
Written on: 19/01/2009 by smellyfish22
If you are in to mountain biking seriously but dont want to pay a heafty price the Carrera Banshee could be a good choice, however I would recommend that you put locktite on the crank bolts as they can somethimes come undone easily
If you are into mountain biking and are looking for something that you can throw down a hill at speed and not have to worry about it, may I suggest looking at something a little more expensive. (read more)
Written on: 30/11/2008
I took it up Snowdon and down the rangers path which gives you both extremes of MTBing. It handled the conditions better than the xc bikes that came with me. Use your gears on those climbs and relax into it on the down hills. Bikes a lot of fun until you can afford to spend £1500 on your next one. (read more)
Written on: 19/10/2008 by rob1304 (1 review written)
The bike is a lovley ride and i am so glad i brought one. You defiently get ur moneys worth with this bike and i don't regret buying one (read more)
Written on: 12/10/2008
A lot of money spent, worth every last penny though, Halfords should have made a XXX that year, that frame deserved better parts than it got. The bikes weight means it isn't much good for climbing anyway, but point this thing downhill and feel its potential. (read more)
Written on: 04/10/2008 by HammyHamster (1 review written)
The Carrera Banshee X is a very good strong and sturdy bike LOVE the forks, brakes, rims and the sram x7s! HEADSET beware... also crank comes lose after a while! Im puutting it in for a service at halfords...right or wrong thing to do? help please... (read more)
Written on: 21/08/2008
All round very good bike looks good and handles wouldent swap for any other bike (read more)
Written on: 19/08/2008 by Mallory44 (2 reviews written)
No communication from Halfords ( they'd lost my contact details apparently )...Ventured into the store to be told my bike was unrepairable and they'd built me up a new bike...
The new bike had a lot more scratches, and scuffs than my 'old' one. And also the main sprocket was very loose..
Its now developed an itermittant random TICK TICK noise which is very annoying.. (read more)
Written on: 27/07/2008 by Mallory44 (2 reviews written)
Disappointed is the word I'd use at this moment in time to describe my experience with the Carrera Banshee X
Ecessive play in the Headset, which after a bit of messing about with managed to correct. Warped front disc. Noisey Crankset.
Returned it to Halfords for repair, recieved a phonecall to say it would now need a new Crank Spocket because they'd knackered the head of the bolt when stripping the Cankset down and would take a few more days longer to rectify.
I'm awaiting with baited... (read more)
Written on: 23/07/2008 by nickyboysacko (1 review written)
Paint job, my girlfriend has rode hers 6 times and the laquer has been rubbed away from the cross bar, its back at halfords now who are replacing.
Well done halfords for admitting to floors. It was a no quibble swap for new frame. (read more)
Written on: 13/07/2008 by tim bov
Halfords first service is a waste of time; my BB had worked its way loose due to over-spray of paint in the threads and I asked them to tighten it up, then apply threadlock - which they say they would do, but when it came loose again a month later I decided to buy the tools to dismantle it myself and, lo and behold, no threadlock applied. BB is fine now that I have done it properly. 2007 model. (read more)
Written on: 19/06/2008
I think this bike is amazing i am geting new forks for it ..;)
should be good fun when i get them..:) light
good for down hill
can go fast..;) (read more)
Written on: 10/06/2008
Overall very good bike havent broken it. Good bike works well but watch halfords they got crank wrong would catch frame when riding and rear shock mounted upside down and some in store were allso upside down beware (read more)
Written on: 30/05/2008 by scott yz35 (1 review written)
Gets the job done. Won't find a bike for better value or spec for the price. Copes with DH and FR. Ideal for UK trail centres. Goes uphill as well thanks to the lock out on the shock. As for Halfords construction, apart from a gear adjustment (cable stretch) I had no problem. Better than a rival competitor who built my last bike! (read more)
Written on: 26/04/2008
Overall, a very nice bike, could be smoother at times, but no wobble when at speed, and nice smooth landings with the bomber shocks. (read more)
Written on: 23/04/2008 by maverick69 (1 review written)
This bike is some serious kit for the price you pay but get a good bike shop to build it for you coz Halfords don't know their behind from their ear!
Its competed against my mates Mongoose BlackDiamand Double and GT i-drive 5.0 and lived to tell the tale. I've put this baby through some serious freeride/idownhill pain and its pulled through!
Nice! (read more)
Written on: 15/04/2008 by 03mdelli
It looks good but i just havent bought it yet im going to put triple clamps on it and use it for the dose any one no if it will be ok. It look good in black and white (read more)
Written on: 17/03/2008 by smokyhaze
All in all this is a brilliant bike. i was surprised i could afford to buy a bike like this i d recommend this bike to anyone weather u like the road the hills and the woods its never let me down if you do get one make sure you check the bike over and make sure they set it up properly and you ll have a good time (read more)
Written on: 03/03/2008
Great spec for the money but watch out - mine was badly set-up - untightened pivot bolts on the rear suspension arms and aheadset play ! check every nut and bolt before u ride. SRAM 7 Gears jumped a bit due to one or two stiff chain links. chain lub sorted it out. Disk brakes a little tame at first (not as positive as some cantilevers) but I guess will improve. Rear sus is superb and u can lock it out on road runs. With all those pivot points and that you will have to keep it clean and... (read more)
Written on: 29/12/2007
Its a classic bike to come, good alrounder(especially off road) but do not attempt of buying if you are unable to keep up the maintinence. Does need regular cleaning an maintinance, do not keep out side. keep indoors in a dry invironment. sertain componenys of the bike are prone to rust...over all 10/10 (read more)
Written on: 10/11/2007 by drfeelgud (1 review written)
If only for the sake of the cost on parts, get one of Halfords service deals. I owned mine for 2 days and had to have a new chain, and 2 weeks later a new center sprocket on the crank due to the original one bending, both were caused by an incorrect build at the shop (see bad points). Depends on what you want out of the bike as to choose. For the same price (almost) a friend got a hard tail Specialized with a much lighter frame, but with lower grade gears (his are SRAM5s). (read more)