Barracuda Colt review

Barracuda certainly win the 'my frame's got more going on than your frame' game, with extensive working of almost every tube.

Our rating 
3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0
GBP £350.00 RRP
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Our review

Flashy looks and great kit, but crippled by uncomfortable frame and fork.
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Barracuda’s Colt certainly wins the ‘my frame’s got more going on than your frame’ game, with extensive working of almost every tube. Disc-specific design means a clean rear end and a seat quick release makes saddle height adjustment easy.

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Chassis

It doesn’t take long to realise that the idea of a long touring ride on the Barracuda isn’t a good one. While actual dimensions and basic handling are fine, all the shaping in the frame squeezes out any shock absorption or subtlety from it. Even the smallest rocks and roots feel like they’re swinging a lump hammer straight into the base of your spine. The fork also recoils back with a vicious clank from bigger hits, and despite the listed 75mm, the greasy tidemark never got pushed beyond 60mm of actual travel.

There are some great aspects if you can grit your teeth and hang on though.

Equipment

There’s certainly no loss of power through flex, and while the Barracuda definitely comes with slow tyres, it’s not too heavy so it accelerates pretty well. There are some kit highlights, too.

The fork spring rate is actually okay for comfortable cruising, and despite the single piston design, the hydraulic brakes still feel impressively responsive and totally squish-free compared to cable anchors. The offside thumbwheel means you can take up pad wear without tools, too.

Verdict

Finishing kit is generally okay too, although the steel handlebar certainly needs changing, as it’s a big part of the bone jarring ride feel.

On-trail performance definitely lets the Barracuda down. While brakes and gears are great, the stiff frame – with loose cannon fork and steel handlebar – create a ride that’s endured rather than enjoyed.

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Product Specifications

Product

Name Colt (07)
Brand Barracuda

Fork XCT 75mm travel
Frame Material Aluminium
Frame Model Hydroform
Front Derailleur Acera
Handlebar Steel
Rear Derailleur Acera
Shifters Rapid Fire
Weight (kg) 14.29
Available Sizes 16 Inches 18 Inches 20 Inches 22 Inches
Front Tyre Size 26x2.1
Rear Tyre Size 26x2.1
Year 2007
Handlebar Type Riser