Right my Halfrauds vouchers (cycle2work scheme) should be with my this time next week so been searching searching searching for bikes to order. Have £400 in vouchers to spend on the bike. Now I was looking at ordering in another bike such as a GT Avalanche 2.0 or similar but at the moment Halfords are offering £50 cycle accessories on any bike you buy from their current selection thats over £250. Now this £50 would come in bloody handy for the helmet & lock, so after much thought about it all I've decided to go with either of these - Carrera Kraken 18" http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/...rumb_33980-33957-82393_parentcategoryrn_82394 GT Aggressor XC2 18" http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/...rumb_33980-33957-82393_parentcategoryrn_82394 From the reviews I have read they seem fairly good bikes and seem to be equivalent to anything else like the Avalanche series etc, they'll be used for commuting 4 mile round trip to work each day with a blast or two around some easyish XC on an evening/weekend. Then be takin them to other parts of the country to do some more hardcore trails once my staminas improved a bit more. Any opinions on either one? Cheers for the help. P.S. I "tried" (cant call sitting on a bike with deflated tyres tried, asked the chap if he can pump them up to get a real feel but said he wasnt allowed. The bike shop part was on the 2nd floor of this building so it wasnt like I was going to leg it down a huge flight of stairs... fckin useless service) in the shop and they both felt good to sit on.