You can built it up as a lightweight racer or alternatively kit it out as a more hard-hitting all-mountain trail crusher, ready for a full day of riding in comfort. It’ll be available in both Tange Prestige steel and titanium versions, with geometry to accommodate a 120mm fork.
The production version of Saracen’s Ariel 140mm full-suspension bike features revised CNC-machined linkages to provide extra stiffness, a tapered (1.5-1-1/8in) head tube, and Fox suspension front and rear.
The top-of-the-range Ariel 3 retails at £2,599.99 and has a Shimano XT drivetrain, Race Face Evolve chainset and Respond finishing kit, Deore M595 disc brakes, Syncros DS28 rims, Maxxis Larsen TT/High Roller tyres and a Fizik Gobi XM saddle.
The lower spec Ariel 2, pictured below, has Shimano SLX shifting with a Race Face Evolve chainset for £2,099.99. The basic Ariel 1 costs £1,599.99 and has a downgraded Deore chainset. Delivery of the first production bikes is expected at the beginning of April.