February 15, 2010
We’ve had a preview from our underground bike monkeys within the Saracen organisation… Here’s a little taster of the new Saracen Ariel 140mm trail bike that Saracen will be unveiling the covers from at the icebike* tradeshow at the end of the month.
Changes from the prototype you’ll have seen a few months back (original story here: http://www.singletrackworld.com/2009/10/the-saracen-ariel/) include the new 1.5”-1,1/8” tapered headtube and new CNC’d linkage which helps shed a bit of weight whilst helping stiffen things up at the same time.
More details of the linkage updates can be found here: http://www.saracen.co.uk/blog/?p=232
Pictured is the range-topping Ariel 3 @ £2599.99srp with XT drivetrain, Raceface Evolve chainset, Deore M595 disc brakes, Syncros DS28 rims, Maxxis Larsen TT/High Roller tyres Raceface Respond finishing kit and topped off with a Fi’z:k Gobi XM saddle. Below the Ariel 3 will sit the (yes, you guessed it J) Ariel 2 @ £2099.99srp and the Ariel 1 at a wallet friendly £1599.99srp. All bike are suspended front and rear by Fox. With QR15 forks on the Ariel 2 and 3.