May 2, 2014
Saracen Kili Flyer gets out there.
Saracen is making a big noise about its new Kili Flyer range, which gets its official launch today with a new video. The video, shot over the winter with Manon Carpenter in a number of UK locations, shows that Saracen intends the Kili to be a one-bike-fits-most solution for all UK trail riding needs. If you want bigger, they have bigger, and if you want hardtails, they do that too, but the Kili Flyer sits right at the spot that most UK trail riders are keen on. We’re big fans of the Kili range here at Singletrack, having recently given the Kili Flyer our prestigious Editors’ Choice Award – and the 2014 model, with its carbon back end, is making wallets twitch. We have a Kili 123 on test at the moment, so stay tuned for a review in Singletrack soon.
Now, sit back and enjoy Manon rampaging around the UK countryside. Bonus points for identifying all the riding locations.
Saracen’s enthusiastic press release is below:
We started development of the 120mm travel Kili Flyer in 2012 and we were one of the first bike companies to bring a 27.5in trail bike to market in 2013. It took a while for component manufacturers to catch up and offer a good choice of parts that were not just gravity orientated.
It’s pretty funny hearing the conspiracy theories about 27.5in but people need to get over the fact that this wheel size is not just hype created to sell more product, but a wheel size that 90% of the population could ride and that offers rolling advantages on rough terrain that, when timed on a stopwatch, is faster than our much loved 26in.
The 2014 Flyer is the next step in the development of what we feel is an ideal trail bike.
We’re a small team designing great bikes that can be ridden anywhere in the world. Our headquarters is home to some of the wettest weather on the planet so we get to test the bikes in the muddiest and grittiest conditions. That’s where the “designed for UK trails” comes from, knowledge that your bike can handle wet weather as well as dry, dusty trails.
The Flyer features our own custom butted and formed 6013 Alloy front triangle with a Toray carbon rear triangle for stiffness, strength and weight saving over the original full alloy bike. The Toray carbon rear has been designed from knowledge we gained while developing the Toray carbon swingarm on our Myst DH race chassis. We call the suspension platform, on all our bikes TRL. It’s simple really: Tuned Ride Link. Single pivot for stiffness with a linkage driven shock for great suspension performance and combined together with a long top tube and relatively slack head angle for perfect trail manners.
The Kili Flyer range starts at £1999 (for the full alloy model) and tops out at £3199 with a framekit option at £1599.
As Manon Carpenter recently said on one of our shoots, “If I could only have one bike, this would be it.”
Kili Flyer – A bike for all Trails. A bike for all seasons.
Kili Flyer 123 – £3199.99
Kili Flyer 122- £2599.99
Kili Flyer 121 – £1999.99
Kili Flyer 12X Frameset – £1599.99