Saracen Kili Flyer – First look

Fresh 650b trail bike

Of all the bikes presented at the London Bike Show, this little Saracen certainly deserves a mention. The Kili Flyer is the company’s new 130/120mm travel 650b rig and it’s so fresh it doesn’t even feature in their 2013 catalogue.


The undeniably Yeti-like paintwork helps set the bike apart from other full suspension Saracens, while a tapered head tube, thru-axles at each end and relaxed geometry ensure it’s up to a lot more than its travel might suggest. Like the rest of Saracen’s full-sus 2013 bikes, the Kili Flyer’s frame is made from 6066 grade alloy – stronger than the more common 6061 type.

The Kili Flyer is available in one build and for a retail price of £2,799, and Saracen have made sure to include a selection of good kit – you can check out the full spec listing below. Keep your eyes peeled for a first ride of the Kili Flyer on BikeRadar.

The undeniably yeti-like paintwork helps to set this bike aside from other saracen full suspension models: the undeniably yeti-like paintwork helps to set this bike aside from other saracen full suspension models
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Complete bike specification

  • Frame:  Custom butted series 3 6066 tubeset, CNC Taper 1 1/8″ to 1.5″ headtube, 120mm travel running on 30mm main pivot cartridge bearings and 15mm NorglideTM linkage bushings / 12x142mm dropouts
  • Rear Shock: Fox Float CTD
  • Fork: RockShox Revelation RLT, tapered steerer, 130 mm travel 
  • Headset: FSA 57     
  • Handlebar: Saracen 318 alloy OS 740 mm wide, 15 mm rise, 9-degree bend
  • Brakes: Shimano M596 180/160mm rotors
  • Brake levers: Shimano M596
  • Front derailleur: Shimano SLX M676-D
  • Rear derailleur: Shimano SLX M670
  • Shifters: Shimano Deore M591 Rapid Fire 
  • Cassette: Shimano HG62 10-speed cassette, 11-36T
  • Chain: Shimano HG-54
  • Bottom bracket: FSA BB-7000
  • Hubs: F: Formula sealed bearing black 32-hole / R: Shimano FH-M475 black 32-hole 
  • Rims: Sun Inferno 25 650b black 32-hole
  • Tyres: Maxxis Ardent/Crossmark 650b x 2.1in
  • Saddle: Kore Fazer EX
  • Seatpost: Alloy micro-adjust, 30.9 mm
  • Stem: Saracen 318 6061 60-70 mm A-Head, 7-degree rise, 31.8 mm 
  • Grips:  Saracen lock-on, dual-density grip