If talk of the Third Way of wheel sizes has got your interest piqued and you’d like to know if getting in the middle is the future, then here’s your chance to win a complete 650B wheeled 2013 Saracen Zen hardtail.
Saracen distributor Madison has hooked up Britain’s largest cycling exhibition, the 2013 Cycle Show at the NEC to offer one lucky Singletrack reader the chance to win the latest incarnation of their Zen long travel hardcore hardtail.
Combining a tough but light custom butted 6061 aluminium frame with 130mm X-Fusion Velvet RL fork, 10spd Shimano drivetrain and a KS dropper post, the Zen uses 650B wheels to offer a mix of the rolling ability of 29″ wheels with the flickable and lively feel of 26″ bike.
The Cycle Show is going to be held on the 28th to 30th September at the NEC Birmingham, with a Trade Only day on the 27th. With exhibitors ranging from giants such as Specialized and Trek to smaller brands such as Brooks and Pashley. There’s also going to be a test track for you to try all the latest bikes on, loads of competitions going on, even more famous riders and general cycling celebs and whole load of exciting bike-based stuff for all the family.
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“650 – what? Another standard? Actually not quite. 650B sits slap bang in the middle of 26” and 29” wheels and has been around for some time. Current thinking is the 650B wheel is perfect for mid to long-travel suspension bikes. We evolved this thinking into our award-winning Zen trail hardtail bike. Ride feel is very similar to a 26” wheel bike but rolls over small bumps like a 29er. Perhaps the best of both worlds – playful and flick-able, fast rolling and smooth. We certainly think it’s something you should try before you make your minds up based on armchair research. We give you the future of long travel. The Saracen Zen: ready to redefine a category it already wrote.
FRAME: Zen 650b lightweight custom butted and formed 6061 alloy tubeset / UK-specific design with custom CNC Taper headtube / ISCG 05 mounts
FORK: X-Fusion Velvet RL / 130mm travel / 15×100 axle / Taper Steerer
HEADSET: FSA Orbit No.57
SHIFTERS: Shimano Alivio M591 Rapid Fire 10×3 speed
REAR DERAILLEUR: Shimano SLX M670
FRONT DERAILLEUR: Shimano SLX M676
CHAINSET: FSA Comet Mega EXO 24/38T 170-175 mm
BOTTOM BRACKET: FSA BB-7000
CHAIN: Shimano HG-54
CASSETTE: Shimano HG62 10-speed cassette 11-36T
RIMS: Sun Inferno 27 Black 32 hole
HUBS: Formula Sealed bearing Black 32 hole front / Shimano FH-M475 Black 32 hole rear
SPOKES: Stainless steel 14g
TYRES: Schwalbe Nobby Nic Performance Front / Racing Ralph Performance 27.5 x 2.25 inch rear
BRAKES: Shimano M505 180/160 mm rotors
BRAKE LEVERS: Shimano M505
HANDLEBARS: Saracen 318 Alloy OS 720 mm wide / 15 mm rise / 6 degree bend
GRIPS: Saracen Lock-on dual-density grip
STEM: Saracen 318 6061 60-90 mm A-Head / 7 degree rise / 31.8 mm clamp
SADDLE: WTB Volt Comp
SEATPOST: Kind Shock DropZone 125mm with remote 30.9mm
PEDALS: Alloy MTB