Hello there, Well today I'm gonna be giving you my opinion on the carrera Kraken 2010 version. Not the newest model, but i wanted to give you something from my firsthand experience.
So here we go;
The frame of the Carrea Kraken is a thing of beauty, even at the low low price it was sold at in the shops, it has top quality fishscale welding and a cracking paint job. When I first saw the bike inside the dull, dark, badly presented stands in Halfords, I wasn't keen, however in the sunlight the paint comes alive. All I can say is, Awesome.
Moving on, the Sram X5 drivetrain is a thing of beauty. It may not be the best looking set but it is very effective. The only time I've experience slipped rings and clicking is in extremely thick mud and horrendous storms. A sure fire reason to take a look at the bike. I must say that I am very impressed with the mid-range products from Sram, easily worth the cash.
My biggest qualm with the bike is the Suntour fork. The spring is far too light and bounces away like there's no tomorrow. A bit of a shame really, I'd have reaaly like to see this bike with an air fork, I feel it would have really helped with the overall performance.
Well that's it really. I've seen this bike absolutely smashing cannock chase, and it performed really well.
So if you're looking for a cheap and trusty steed and don't mind a slightly older bike, get yourself on ebay and have a look. Or upgrade to the newer model which i believe has had a decrease in braking technology but an upgrade in the fork department.
Thanks for reading, hope I have been of some help, till next time T'ra