- Saracen Ariel 16X
The geometry looks great and the suspension system rides really nice (I’ve ridden a 2011 Ariel a lot), so I was considering one myself.
But the contact function on the Saracen site didn’t work, there was no phone number listed and when I emailed Madison I got no reply.
So I went with a different bike.
Did you see the cheap Mega frames? Very similar geo to the Alpine apparently.
EDIT: To say it’s not just me they’re ignoring then! Smart way to sell bikes eh?Posted 5 years agomatt007Member
I ordered one as my bro works for a shop and got a killer deal on it, its arrived at the shop so I should get my hands on it tomorrow. Took a real gamble having never ridden one, but for the price I paid….
Won’t have it built up for a week or so due to being away, but I’ll post a review once Ive been out on it.Posted 5 years agostevedeMember
If your looking for a cheaper alternative to the Alpine 160 i’d say the Nukeproof Mega should definately be on your list (reduced in yellow and silver) http://www.stif.co.uk/mtb/product/nukeproof-mega-am-frame-2012/10780Posted 5 years agonoideaMember
Got to agree about the mega,i owned an 09 Alpine 160 before it and much prefer the mega.It climbs much better and descends just as well as the alpine.
Twelve50 bikes have them for £638 for the black and silver and £598 for the yellow,my wife has just bought one to replace her Remedy.Posted 5 years ago
I looked long and hard at the Mega, but was put off by the short top tube on the small and long reach on the medium. I’ve demoed an Alpine and It’s the most fun bike I’ve ridden, but I can’t afford a new frame and the s/h ones tend to come up just as my Passat needs another grand spending on it, I.e. every couple of months. Covert is an option, as is the new, slacker El Guapo.Posted 5 years agomuddyfunsterMember
Know someone who’s ridden one, said it was kind of like a Commencal without the flexy rear end, but I’d be interested in other opinions.
That’s funny considering the back end is about as stiff as a bag of custard. Just grab the wheel and torque, you can see the entire rear triangle flex in a very distressing fashion. No wonder they break.Posted 5 years ago
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