With an impressive spec sheet that feels like it's been copied and pasted from a £1k hardtail, the Fury is certainly well dressed. But do the smaller 27.5in wheels and tall seat tube hold it up when the going gets rough?

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Score 8

Carrera Fury


  • Best fork in class. Powerful, light action Shimano brakes. Wide-ratio ten speed gears. Dropper post


  • Harsh ride quality. Only three frame sizes. Tall seat tube. 27.5in wheel size only


Carrera Fury review


Price as reviewed:

Carrera Fury

Carrera Fury

When unboxing the Carrera Fury our first thought was that Halfords must have made a blunder. How could the Fury possibly have an air-sprung fork, wide-range Shimano Deore 1×10 drivetrain, Shimano hydraulic brakes and a dropper post and still hit our £600-700 target price range?

Sounds impossible right? Obviously not, as the Carrera Fury is indeed £680 with no hidden catches or loyalty cards required. It clearly has the best specification in this category then, so what’s the catch? Well, it is the only bike in this test with 27.5in wheels, so they don’t roll over bumps as effectively as 29in wheels, or 27.5in wheels fitted with Plus size (2.8-3.0in) tyres. This translates to a harsher ride, especially when combined with the Carrera’s skinny 2.25in tyres. 

Carrera Fury

The Fury’s tall seat tube is a compromise when the going get rough or steep

But there are also advantages of smaller wheels, like increased strength and reduced weight. They also make it easier for smaller riders to get off the back of the bike on steep descents without buzzing their bums on the rear tyre. Carrera hasn’t really lent in to this advantage though, as the size L frame is really tall, both in top tube height and seat tube length. The 510mm seat tube is so tall in fact, that at 5ft 11in, even with the 125mm dropper post slammed in the frame, the saddle height was still borderline too high.

Carrera Fury

The external cable and hose routing may look dated but it means a quiet ride it’s easier to work on

And while the older 1⅛in head tube instantly dates the frame, it’s not a big deal, as most of the bikes at this price point use 1⅛in forks anyway. And the Fury has the best fork in class. No, the real limiting factor here is that the bike is only available in three frame sizes, S, M and L and fewer options mean lower costs for the brand, hence the ability to splurge on the parts. 

Carrera Fury

The Carrera Fury sports an air-sprung fork with a bolt-thru axle and rebound adjustment


Being air-sprung, the spring rate on the 120mm travel Suntour Raidon LO-R fork can be matched precisely to the rider weight with nothing more than a shock pump. It also has externally adjustable hydraulic rebound damping, so the return rate of the fork can be matched to the spring rate. Confused? Don’t be. This simply means the fork on the Fury offers the most controlled action in its class. It’s the most sensitive, so it offers the best grip and comfort too.

Alloy upper tubes save weight and the icing on the cake is the stiffer Q-Loc 15mm bolt-thru axle. There’s definitely a knack to removing it, but once you get the hang of it it’s one of the fastest systems we’ve used for removing the front wheel.  

Carrera Fury

A dropper post is a game-changing component and rarely seen on a bike at this price point


It’s hard to know where to start here, so let’s go with the dropper post. Being able to adjust your saddle height on the fly by up to 125mm, is genuinely game-changing. Slam the saddle for descending, or lower it by 10mm for technical climbing. It’s fast, easy and efficient. Okay, so the post on the Fury is a little sluggish in action, but it’s still 10x faster than using a quick release seat collar. And while dropper posts typically add 500g to the weight of a bike, the lighter alloy fork and smaller wheels on the Fury mean it’s still competitive in this category. 

Carrera Fury

Wide range Shimano Deore 11-46t cassette is ready for all terrain

Now for the drivetrain. Shimano’s 10-speed Deore with the wide range 11-46t cassette means the Fury has the legs for steep climbs and steep descents. So it’s the only bike here with a 1x drivetrain that’s ready for all terrain, and more importantly, all fitness levels. 

Carrera Fury

Shimano MT200 brakes have a smooth, light action, with power to match


For a bike with small, strong wheels, it’s actually pretty hard to ride the Carrera Fury in anger. And that’s primarily because the frame has dated geometry and proportions. So even with the dropper post slammed, you’re always conscious of the frame getting in the way. 

There’s also no escaping the harsher ride quality, which could be due to the frame, tyres or wheels, probably all three combined. And in a cruel twist of fate, the smoother action of the superior fork only serves to highlight the shortcomings elsewhere on the Fury.


With 27.5in wheels the Carrera Fury really should be the muck about bike of the bunch. Instead, it’s more like a gangly teen who hasn’t grown into their proportions yet. And it’s the proportions that really hold the Fury back. With a slacker head angle to calm the steering at speed, a lower top tube to make it more chuckable, and fatter tyres to dampen the ride, the Fury could be an absolute ripper of a ride. It already has the best fork, the best drivetrain and the best brakes, it just needs the rest of the build to fill out.


Frame:6061 aluminium
Fork:Suntour Raidon LO-R Air, 120mm travel
Wheels:Formula 100/141mm hubs, Carrera alloy rims, WTB Trail Boss 27.5x2.25in tyres
Drivetrain:Prowheel 32t, 175mm chainset, Shimano Deore Shadow Plus derailleur and 1x10sp shifter, Shimano Deore 11-46t cassette
Brakes:Shimano MT200 2-piston, 180/160mm rotors
Components:Carrera 760mm bar, Carrera 45mm stem, Carrera 125mm dropper post, Carrera MTB saddle
Sizes:S, M, L
Weight:14.41kg (31.77lb)
Size tested :L
Head angle:68°
Seat angle:74.3°
Effective seat angle:74.3°
BB height:304mm
Front centre:740mm
Down tube:713mm
Seat tube:510mm
Top tube:625mm