Carrera Kraken 2020 vs Voodoo Bantu

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Carrera Kraken 2020 vs Voodoo Bantu

Postby mtbsk2 » 10 Jun 2020, 3:40pm

Hello, new to the forum and planning on upgrading from a broken £200 Decathlon Rockrider to a better bike, which should make a world of difference considering my main area is in the moors of the Peak DIstrict, on and off road. After ringing around local shops to check stock, which there isn't a lot of at the moment, I have decided to buy one of these two, since they are coming into stock in my local store this month. I know that these are very similar bikes, with hydraulic disc brakes, good forks with 120 mm of travel and great gear range, but since there is a price difference of £50, I was wondering if there is anything that is better between the two bikes that I should be aware of. I have attached the specs of both bikes...
Thank you in advance :)

Carrera Kraken:
https://www.halfords.com/bikes/mountain-bikes/carrera-kraken-mens-mountain-bike-2020---blue---s-m-l-xl-frames-347654.html
Voodoo Bantu:
https://www.halfords.com/bikes/mountain-bikes/voodoo-bantu-mens-mountain-bike---16in-18in-20in-22in-frames-445828.html

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Re: Carrera Kraken 2020 vs Voodoo Bantu

Postby LinusR » 10 Jun 2020, 10:02pm

mtbsk2 wrote:Hello, new to the forum and planning on upgrading from a broken £200 Decathlon Rockrider to a better bike, which should make a world of difference considering my main area is in the moors of the Peak DIstrict, on and off road. After ringing around local shops to check stock, which there isn't a lot of at the moment, I have decided to buy one of these two, since they are coming into stock in my local store this month. I know that these are very similar bikes, with hydraulic disc brakes, good forks with 120 mm of travel and great gear range, but since there is a price difference of £50, I was wondering if there is anything that is better between the two bikes that I should be aware of. I have attached the specs of both bikes...
Thank you in advance :)

Carrera Kraken:
https://www.halfords.com/bikes/mountain-bikes/carrera-kraken-mens-mountain-bike-2020---blue---s-m-l-xl-frames-347654.html
Voodoo Bantu:
https://www.halfords.com/bikes/mountain-bikes/voodoo-bantu-mens-mountain-bike---16in-18in-20in-22in-frames-445828.html


Difficult to choose between the two. I have a Voodoo Bizango which is a slightly higher specification and I have no complaints for the £500 I paid for it three years ago. The brakes are very good. I would try each bike first before buying one or the other.

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Re: Carrera Kraken 2020 vs Voodoo Bantu

Postby mtbsk2 » 10 Jun 2020, 10:11pm

LinusR wrote:
mtbsk2 wrote:Hello, new to the forum and planning on upgrading from a broken £200 Decathlon Rockrider to a better bike, which should make a world of difference considering my main area is in the moors of the Peak DIstrict, on and off road. After ringing around local shops to check stock, which there isn't a lot of at the moment, I have decided to buy one of these two, since they are coming into stock in my local store this month. I know that these are very similar bikes, with hydraulic disc brakes, good forks with 120 mm of travel and great gear range, but since there is a price difference of £50, I was wondering if there is anything that is better between the two bikes that I should be aware of. I have attached the specs of both bikes...
Thank you in advance :)

Carrera Kraken:
https://www.halfords.com/bikes/mountain-bikes/carrera-kraken-mens-mountain-bike-2020---blue---s-m-l-xl-frames-347654.html
Voodoo Bantu:
https://www.halfords.com/bikes/mountain-bikes/voodoo-bantu-mens-mountain-bike---16in-18in-20in-22in-frames-445828.html


Difficult to choose between the two. I have a Voodoo Bizango which is a slightly higher specification and I have no complaints for the £500 I paid for it three years ago. The brakes are very good. I would try each bike first before buying one or the other.


Yes, it’s very hard to choose between the two, while I would order both and test ride them, it’s only available for click and collect due to the shortages at the moment unfortunately. The voodoo seems to be well respected within the budget MTB market, while the Kraken hasn’t yet come out, so that’s one positive for the Bantu. A positive for the Kraken would be the gears which are further along the Shimano hierarchy being Acera, with an XCR fork which I’m told is more up to date than the XCM in the Voodoo. Thanks a lot for your help!