Saracen Myst goes full carbon for 2016

Lighter with increased standover and room for big volume air shocks

The eagle eyed among you may have spotted that the bike Manon Carpenter rode to second place at last weekend's DH World Champs wasn't her usual Saracen Myst. Instead, Manon and her fellow Madison Saracen Team riders were aboard a new, full carbon version of the Myst downhill bike.

Saracen has since confirmed details of the bike – the appropriately named Carbon Myst, which will feature in the company's 2016 lineup.

A switch to carbon for the front triangle and suspension linkage components makes for a considerable saving of 670g (1.48lbs) over the current semi-carbon Myst chassis. Unlike the alloy triangle of the existing Myst, the Carbon Myst's shock mounts at the down tube – Saracen has kept quiet about the impact of this on the bike's kinematics but says the design makes for improved standover clearance and a lower centre of gravity. Another plus from this configuration is the Carbon Myst has room for the latest generation of big volume air shocks.

We first saw the carbon myst on display at last month's eurobike show:
We first saw the carbon myst on display at last month's eurobike show:

As well as a weight saving of 670g (1.48lbs), the Carbon Myst frame will accept large volume air shocks that the current Myst cannot

The design team at Saracen have also incorporated the ability to fine-tune the front-centre length -/+5mm with its custom head tube and headsets. Other notable features are a rear brake hose that's internally routed through the chainstay, and integrated bumpstops to protect the frame.

Production bikes will be available to buy from winter 2015 and will retail for £4,999.

Oli Woodman

Section Editor, UK
With more than 10 years of experience riding mountain bikes, Oli knows the good from the bad when it comes to gear. He's a total bike nerd and loves few things more than fettling with spangly riding bits. Also, he seems to have a talent for crashing hard but emerging unscathed.
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