Is The VooDoo Bantu Mountain Bike Stylish And Multifunctional?
It has a nice design, large tyres that immediately look up to the job, a lightweight aluminium frame and a full specification. Let’s break this down to see whether buyers agree with this sentiment and if anything appears to be missing.
How beneficial has this VooDoo Bantu been for riders and does it hit this mark on that promise?
Starting with those show-stopping looks, it is interesting how many buyers do comment upon this in their reviews. It seems to go beyond the initial appeal as some are still impressed with it each time they take it out.
Naturally, it has received compliments from other riders too. A lot of this comes down to the finishing touches on the paintwork and finer details. Also, the shape looks good with that rugged mountain bike feel paired up with a smarter road bike.
On that note, there is also plenty of praise for the dual functionality of this model. There are plenty of people that are able to use this on the road with ease during the week and then test it to its full capabilities on the trails at the weekend.
Some say that this is largely down to the locking suspension over the front wheel, the responsive nature of the bike and the speed.
Key components here are the 27.5” wheels for speed and manoeuvrability, the Maxxis Ardent tyres for the mud, the Tektro hydraulic disc brakes for sharp stops and the Shimano Altus 27 speed gears.
So where do the problems lie with this VooDoo Bantu MTB?
Of those three factors mentioned in the sales promise, the only one that we haven’t come back to yet in the comfort. This is is clearly where the bike fall down a little. There is minimal comfort on the seat which has led to purchases of gel covers and there is poor suspension on the rear wheels.
Other problems with the VooDoo mountain bike comes via the assembly not those that decided to do it themselves, but those that paid to have it assembled for them. Some arrived with wonky handlebars, parts not attached properly or at all- and no greasing on the seat post.
Those that do it themselves and pay more attention to what has, and has not, been included in this package have also noted some omissions. Some say that it could do with a mud guard for those tough trails in wetter weather. Others would like to see a guard for the chain to stop it slipping.
Summary: how do these negative issues affect a final recommendation for this VooDoo Mountain Bike?
There are a few areas where this bike would become a 5 star model rather than a 4 star one in the eyes of many. There is the sense that if the designers had spent more time considering the additional features and conveniences, like the guards, it would be less hassle for some riders.
However, that may come at the cost of the looks, which are clearly very important here. Either way, this VooDoo bike still offers a great performance and most rider would recommend it preferably with self-assembly and a careful eye.
Find out what other people are saying about the VooDoo Bantu Mountain Bike on Halfords here.