Saracen Hack in Black first look

Saracen's latest and greatest adventure road rig

Saracen has just revealed its 2017 bicycle line, among which was this – a new range-topping addition to the brand’s Hack adventure road bike line.


Saracen Hack highlights

  • Shimano 105 5800 hydraulic disc groupset
  • Proven alloy frame with carbon thru-axle fork
  • Halo H-Block 38mm Twin Rail tyres
  • Rack and mudguard ready

The cheekily named Hack in Black is of course a nod to rock legends AC/DC, and with a retail price of £1,399 and an impressive spec sheet, it’s a bike that could soon draw its own crowd.

Proper, 38mm Twin Rail tyres from Halo are fitted as standard
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The Hack in Black uses a repainted version of Saracen’s proven Hack alloy frame. It’s a no-nonsense affair that pairs large tyre clearances with internal cable routing and a regular threaded bottom bracket.

There’s a regular quick release axle at the rear and a brake mount inboard of the rear triangle. Mudguard eyelets and rack mounts mean practicality is only an accessory away. Also the same for this year is the thru-axle, tapered carbon fork at the front of the bike. 

We found the current Hack to be agile and involving and, giving that this is the same chassis, we’ve got high hopes for this model.

Despite being astonishingly ugly, Shimano’s ST-RS505 shifters blend 11-speed shifting and hydraulic braking at a reasonable cost
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Impressively, the Hack in Black is equipped with full Shimano 105 5800, and that includes the hydraulic disc brakes with Shimano’s not-so-pretty RS505 levers.

Formula sealed bearing hubs feature at the centre of the 32 spoke Araya branded wheelset. Saracen has also gone full fat with its tyre choice for the Hack in Black, opting for 38mm Halo H-Block tyres with retrotastic tan sidewalls.

Unfortunately we didn’t have our scales to hand and so we’ll have to wait until we get one in to confirm a weight.

To us, this looks like the bike plenty of people have been waiting for, we’ll soon have one in to test.


Saracen Hack pricing and availability

£1,399 available soon from local Saracen dealers