Seb has been riding mountain bikes for a bit over 20 years. He started it as a way of escaping university lectures, and has been using it as an excuse to skip off work ever since. With six years in bike retail and another 15 as a freelance bike photographer and writer, Seb's racing career isn't a highlight. His best result was a beer-fuelled fourth in the singlespeed category at the Cheddar Challenge, but that was too long ago to count. He has racked up more miles than he cares to remember on hundreds of test bikes all over the world.
Long the underdog of British MTB manufacturers, Claud Butler have been quietly turning out some well specced, well designed hard tails for a few years now. The Spectre is this small British company's entry in the budget full sus trail bike stakes.
We normally prefer to test the same factory-fresh bikes that you'll find at your local bike shop, but we had to make an exception with the Saracen Ariel 1. The pre-production bike we rode varies in several subtle respects
Trek's successful Fuel design has been around for a few years, spawning longer-travel offshoots as well as high end cross-country race machines. The Fuel 70 is true to its roots,