NBD: Yeti SB140, Orbea Wild, Transition TR11, Saracen 2023, Cotic x Never Strays Far

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New Bike Day! There’s been a flurry of new bikes announced this week. Get up to speed below with new Yeti trail bike, Orbea full-fat ebike, Transition’s downhill bike, next year’s Saracens and a colourful Cotic colab.

Pressfest ahoy!


Yeti SB140 and SB140 LR

Following on from the recent launches of the Yeti SB120 and the Yeti SB160, here’s the 140mm travel trail bike Yeti. This looks like a really solid trail bike offering from The Big Turquoise Brand and we’re doing our best to get one in for a decent amount of time for proper review.

We’ve had a brief go on one a week or so ago but it wasn’t really long enough to say anything particularly insighful about it!

Trail bike? Yes, and…

Yeti SB140 C1 Sangria

SB140

THIS IS THE MOUNTAIN BIKE YOU REACH FOR WHEN THE TRAIL IS UNTAMED AND UNRELENTING, IN BOTH DIRECTIONS. “TRAIL BIKE” IS A TERM THAT GETS USED PRETTY LIBERALLY IN THE INDUSTRY, SO WE DESIGNED THE SB140 TO BE EVEN BETTER SUITED TO GO DEEP AND FIND OUT WHAT’S ON THE OTHER SIDE.

140MM FRAME TRAVEL
150MM FORK TRAVEL
14% LEVERAGE RATE
29″ WHEEL SIZE
65.4 °HEAD TUBE ANGLE
77.5° EFFECTIVE SEAT TUBE ANGLE

FRAME HIGHLIGHTS

NEW Threaded bottom bracket
NEW High-clearance downtube
NEW Dual-density downtube protection
Universal Derailleur Hanger (UDH)
Secure, fully enclosed internal cable management Compatible with long dropper posts
100% standard sealed Enduro Max bearings Floating collet axle pivot design Compact-wishbone shock extender
Boost spacing
Sizes S-XXL

SB140 LR

Yeti SB140 LR C1 Turq

140MM FRAME TRAVEL
160MM FORK TRAVEL
14% LEVERAGE RATE
29″ WHEEL SIZE
65° HEAD TUBE ANGLE
77° EFFECTIVE SEAT TUBE ANGLE

SRP: £6999 – £8499

silverfish-uk.com


Orbea Wild

The brand’s new enduro ebike. As often seems to the case, Orbea are arguably way ahead of most other brands when it comes to addressing what ebike riders actually want.

Well, apart from the thru-headset cable routing but hey.

Orbea Wild 2023

Beyond Power

Wild’s perfect balance of geometry, kinematics, performance, and lightweight, combined with the autonomy and power of the new Bosch CX-R and CX motor system, take the full-power e-bike category to new heights.

The new Wild is, first and foremost, an enduro bike where everything has been designed with a clear focus: performance on the trails. Geometry, kinematics, stiffness and weight make it behave like the best enduro bike.

Integrated battery for maximum performance.

The new Wild is a whopping 51% stiffer than its predecessor and up to 32.5% lighter, with a complete bike weight of less than 21 kg.

In addition, all models come with the choice of two battery options: 750Wh or 625Wh.

The new Wild is more slack and longer than ever. Its 64° head angle and 450mm reach (size M), 25mm longer than its previous version.

For the steepest climbs, the 77.5° seat angle. Wild has been designed with the shortest chainstays in its category: 448mm in all sizes.

Steep ‘N’ Deep concept. That is: the ability to mount long-travel telescopic seatposts.

The new Wild features 160mm of rear travel, while users can choose a 160mm or 170mm fork via MyO.

The biggest changes are in the middle part of the travel, where there is more support than its predecessor.

While all Wild models include air shocks, its progressiveness makes it compatible with coil shocks.

SIC stem

Bosch’s new Mini Remote offers wireless control and the Sealed Internal Cables, SIC system gives a cleaner, quieter cockpit than ever before.

With the SIC system the cables are routed through a spacer in the headset, reducing visual distractions, noise and cable movement while ensuring the cable entry and exit points are fully sealed. Thanks to the design of this system it is as easy as ever to change a cable, stem or handlebar. The only time extra work would be required would be to change the headset bearings, and to make sure that doesn’t happen very often the upper bearing is made from stainless steel to give the longest lifetime.

In order to protect the frame, Orbea includes a Spin Block limiter for the headset rotation.

A final key detail is the ergonomic charging port, a detail which is so often overlooked.

Also available in aluminium.

SRP: £5,299 – £10,999

orbea.com


Transition TR11

Transition’s latest version of their gravity fuelled sled. Anyone else feel an urge to get a massive bike and just spend the day shoving up and hurtling down until the sun sets (or the ambulance arrives)..?

Transition TR11

The TR11’s DNA has a healthy strain of big freeride hits, DH speed and bike park inspiration. It will help you live all of your gravity fed dreams with the confidence of a 29” wheel up front while not giving up the flickability on jumps or in tight corners with a 27.5” wheel out back.

This bike was designed to let you party on the trails rather than worry about the small details. The new TR 11 frame is aluminum, so throw it in the truck or blast through a rock garden without hesitation. It has shown its capability and versatility on the biggest lines in Alaska, RedBull Rampage, the UCI World Cup DH series, Whistler bikepark and pretty much everything in between.

The rebirthed TR11 won’t pigeonhole you into one discipline, so can revel in the world of gravity fed adventures.

Simplified cable routing
Straight 56mm head tube
Adjustable chainstays
148 Boost
Integrated bumpers

UK SRP: £TBC.

transitionbikes.com


Saracen MY23

This news came somewhat out of the blue but it’s always good to see what Saracen have done with their full suspension offerings. The Myst is understandably popular privateer DH bike and we’ve always had fun on Ariel bouncers.

Saracen Myst Pro

Myst (‘Downhill’)

THE MYST HAS BEEN A WORLD CUP WINNING MACHINE FOR NEARLY A DECADE! FROM MANON CARPENTER TO DANNY HART AND MATT WALKER, FROM 26 TO 27.5 AND EVEN 29-INCH WHEELS, THIS BIKE HAS BEEN PROVEN TO BE ONE OF THE FASTEST OUT THERE. DEVELOPED BY THE PROS AND LOVED BY BRITISH PRIVATEERS, THE MYST IS THE FULL PACKAGE.

SRP: £3,999.99 – £5,399.99

Saracen Ariel 80 Pro

Ariel 80 (‘Park’)

WHETHER IT’S WHISTLER, THE ALPS OR BIKEPARK WALES, NOTHING BEATS THE FEELING OF SHREDDING LAPS WITH YOUR CREW. BIG TRAVEL MEANS BIG GRINS WITH EVERY WHIPPED JUMP, SCHRALPED TURN AND FIST BUMP.

SRP: £2,599.99 – £3,499.99

Saracen Ariel 60 Elite

Ariel 60 (‘Enduro’)

BETWEEN THE TAPES OR RACING YOUR MATES, OUR ARIEL 60 IS MADE TO GO FAST EVERYWHERE! PLOUGHING THROUGH BOULDER FIELDS, GOING FULL SEND AND LANDING TO FLAT IS WHERE THESE BIKES ARE COMFORTABLE.

SRP: £2,599.99 – £4,399.99

Saracen Ariel 30

Ariel 30 (‘Trail’)

LOCAL LOAM, TRAIL CENTRES, ALL DAY EPICS – OUR ARIEL 30 CAN HANDLE THEM ALL. READY TO CLIMB BUT BUILT TO GET LOOSE WHEN THE TRAIL POINTS DOWNWARD, THIS IS THE PERFECT BRITISH ALL-ROUNDER. SOME STICK A LONGER TRAVEL FORK ON AND CALL IT DOWN COUNTRY… WE WENT ALL-IN AND DOUBLED DOWN!

SPR: £2,499.99 – £3,299.99

saracen.co.uk


Cotic x Never Strays Far Colab

Cotic has collaborated with David Millar and Conor Brady to bring you a one-off art bike in the colours of the Velopark Cyclocross National Trophy Nov 2022 this weekend.

Cotic x Never Strays Far Colab

I [Cotic Cy] got to talk to David a few months ago about collaborating more generally, but we both got excited about the idea of doing something cool and special to celebrate the first event Never Strays Far has supported. Conor is the brilliant graphic designer behind the look and feel of Never Strays Far, and the fantastic artwork supporting this weekend’s race. Our in-house graphic designer Kelvin worked with Conor to make his vision a bicycle shaped reality, and our amazing light wrangler Richard Baybutt is responsible for the photos.

This is the result…..

Holding up light stands at the top of a Peak District hill in 40 kph winds not pictured. No vans were (seriously) damaged in the making of these photos….

The bike is based around our current – already Limited Edition – Reynolds 853 tubed Escapade gravel bike. It’s what we at Cotic call a Life Bike. A subtle steel bike that just fits into your life, for work, fun or escape. It will take you to the office, to the shops, on holiday, to the hills, on adventures, or just to that quiet place where you get some headspace.

Super versatile, the Escapade is a road bike without limitations. A gravel bike for the lighter side of life. Disc brakes all round. Drop bars. Tyres 650b, big and floaty, or 700c, narrow and fast. All the fittings for two bottles, rear rack, fork mounted luggage and full mudguards are included, because why limit yourself and your bike to just one thing?

For the build, some Italian flair is rolled in with Campagnolo EKAR, ably supported by HUNT wheels. WTB tyres and saddle to bring some CX sensibility to the build. As with every single Cotic bike, it was assembled at our UK base. It has been custom painted by Five Land Bikes (the same people responsible for our flagship UK made RocketMAX enduro frames), and is genuinely unique.

cotic.co.uk


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  • NBD: Yeti SB140, Orbea Wild, Transition TR11, Saracen 2023, Cotic x Never Strays Far
  • oldfart
    Full Member

    My god that Orbea is ugly 😳 thankfully my Rise hasn’t got cable through the headset despite them saying it’s easy to change 🙄 Wonder why they used Bosch instead of Shimano?

    kayak23
    Full Member

    My god that Orbea is ugly

    😂 I was just thinking it looked pretty nice, although I’ve seen other pics where it looks fugly.
    Not sure if they’ve changed the angle of that brace bar near the shock 🤔

    I’ve got the current one which I think doesn’t look that bad in eeb terms, but that looks clean to me.
    If they’ve got rid of the ridiculous massive button and display on the bars I’d be happy too.

    Having said that, I wish I’d got the Rise now as I think I’d prefer a half-fat eeb.

    Wonder why they used Bosch instead of Shimano?

    The current Wild fs is Bosch. The Rise is Shimano.

    oldfart
    Full Member

    kayak half fat Rise works for me 👍 Had a full fat for 3 years just felt it was unnecessary for my riding , didn’t want a carbon bike so when the alloy version came out I knew it was going to be the right choice for me .

    nickc
    Full Member

    I’ll have one of each thanks

    apart from the road bike with fat tyres,  obvs, that can get in the sea.

    kayak23
    Full Member

    They’ve made the battery non-removable on the Wild. Bad move for those of us that use it in place of an uplift day.
    Also, it is fuglier having seen this video.
    I’m out.

    tmays
    Full Member

    Those Saracen press releases are very cringy.

    zerocool
    Full Member

    So what happens if there’s a battery fault or failure on the Orbea? Do you have to send the whole bike back and wait for them to replace the whole thing? And recycling/reusing it?
    And if you buy it second hand and the battery goes duff, are they basically saying that ebikes are not repairable, but are indeed disposable?

    IdleJon
    Full Member

    the brilliant graphic designer behind the look and feel of Never Strays Far, and the fantastic artwork supporting this weekend’s race.

    seems to have only had a handful of broken, left-over crayons to work with. Hopefully, it looks better in the metal.

    welshfarmer
    Full Member

    Not sure if Saracen realise that Myst (OK Mist) translates to shite in German…. 🙂

    andrewreay
    Full Member

    Do you have to send the whole bike back and wait for them to replace the whole thing? And recycling/reusing it?
    And if you buy it second hand and the battery goes duff, are they basically saying that ebikes are not repairable, but are indeed disposable?

    The battery is removable and replaceable! Just not on the fly. Looks like you have to drop the motor then the battery can be popped out through the gap.

    Orbea Wild Smart Battery System

    FWIW I rather like the look of it. And 21kg for a Bosch motored beast is pretty cool. Full Fat bike that can still be lifted over styles ‘gates’ and almost roof mountable.

    Think it has a lot going for it.

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