Exclusive: New Production Carbon Saracen Myst

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There have been photos flying around the internet of a new full carbon prototype frame that the Madison/Saracen team has been testing at the Val di Sole World Cup – well, the bike is far nearer production than many people thought.

In fact, it is a production bike. And we got some exclusive photos of it on a recent visit to Madison. As you might expect, the carbon frame helps drop a pound or so from the weight of the bike. Plus it looks awesome.

Lots of work has gone into this over the last couple of years

 

Carbon, carbon and, carbon…

 

 

The head badge is about the only non-carbon bit…

 

 

The production bike, as you see here, is going to be £4999

 

Chipps

Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

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