The dropouts are commonly available - little point adding cost in tooling up to have something that looks different but offers no real advantage. 90% of Aluminium bikes made in Taiwan use common dropouts.
The Carrera has a similar seat tube gusset as ours, yes. But i can guarantee the things that really make a difference such as tube dimensions / wall thicknesses and geometry will be different.
It's a bit like saying Carerra's 4-bar FS bike is the same as a Specialized FSR, they have similarities in the way most steel road frames look similar but the ride can vary hugely. I do appreciate there's a lot of bikes out there that look initially similar though. The thing to watch out for is it's the small details like 1/2" of BB height plus a half degree on the head angle that can seperate average bikes and great bikes, details that you need to look beyond first impressions to notice.
Carerra are a Halfords brand so they have one less layer of margin than us so they will always undercut an IBD-sold brand. We sell via Cytek-qualified IBDs as we appreciate the level of service and set-up that they can give.
Interesting to read, thanks. I guess I don't see bike frames in the same amount of granularity as a frame designer\builder would, I was just flicking through the halfords options and thought 'I've seen one of them before'.. I understand why independant brand bikes are more expensive, and it really wasn't a dig, It was just surprise as a lot of the 'features' that made the bike stand out when looking at pictures looked the same.
In reality, I was a bit sorry I couldn't get any of the more burly Genesys bikes under the C2W scheme (ever thought about packaging one up with budget bits to get it in under a grand?) and figured there might be a decent budget alternitive