Putting this post up in the hope that it will prevent anyone else buying a CBR Red Rock bike (available from Littlewoods catalogue) as, IMHO, it could well be a deathtrap.
Dan (aged nearly 13) was in need of a new bike and because I couldn’t afford to go out and buy one outright I ordered the CBR Redrock mountain bike from the Littlewoods catalogue. Bike arrived but was faulty – the disc brake pads on the front were sticking out too far for me to actually mount the front wheel on the forks. So bike went back and another was ordered. This one was much easier to put together and everything about it seemed fine. Dan loved it and spent a couple of weeks riding it.
Last night he came home in floods of tears. He had gone to brake but the front brake lever had locked up and then literally sheared off in his hand. The plastic bracket that attached the brake lever to the handlebars simply snapped off. Luckily Dan was only riding slowly and on the pavement at the time. If he had been going fast, or was in traffic, then the result could have been catastrophic.
I’ve now phoned Littlewoods to ask them to collect this deathtrap of a bike and remove it from my account, and we will be going to a proper bike shop at the weekend and buying a proper bike that is going to be durable and safe and fit for purpose.
So …. if you’re looking for info on the CBR Redrock mountain bike my advice would be to steer well clear of it, it’s not well built and it’s not fit for purpose. In fact, it has design faults that make it downright dangerous. My lad could have had a serious accident on this bike. I’d hate to think it could happen to anyone else.
UPDATE: Littlewoods assessed the bike and claimed that the front wheel had been put in the wrong way round which is why the bike failed. That’s complete rubbish ….. this bike had disc brakes, in other words there re calipers on one side of the forks and a disk on one side of te front wheel and the wheel has to be mounted so that the disc sits in between the brake pads. If you put the wheel on the wrong way round you’d have the brake pads on one side of the wheel and the brake disc on the other side! So I know the wheel was correctly mounted … otherwise how would the brakes have locked up, there’d have been nothing to lock up on!!
Anyway, Littlewoods did deign to give me a full refund despite denying any responsibility for the bike’s failure. Interestingly, they no longer stock it …