Saracen are making a comeback to the mountain bike world, and if the new Kili Flyer hardtail and Ariel full-suspension models are anything to go by, the reincarnation of this once-popular brand is going to be a successful one.
Sitting at the top end of Saracen’s hardtail range, the Kili Flyer is being built by
We can see the Kili Flyer being built up as a lightweight race machine as well as a do-it-all trail bike, and it’ll be available in both Tange Prestige steel and titanium versions.
Saracen brand manager Simon Wild said: “The Kili Flyer is handmade in the UK, fillet brazed using Tange Prestige – just like the original Prestige model but with all-new geometry built around a 120mm fork. Light enough to race. Comfortable enough to ride all day. And in original Aquamarine finish with polished details.”
The steel Kili will be available in two spec levels – a Shimano SLX/Fox F120 RL fork version at around £2K and a more expensive Premium version with XT/XTR.
We’ll bring you pics and more details of the titanium version very soon. There’ll also be a non-UK-built Kili which will cost around £850 with Deore groupset and RockShox Recon fork.
This is the 140mm travel Ariel model we teased you with in September – and we think you’ll agree that if this thing rides anything like it looks it’s going to be a belter.
Built for all-day riding in the mountains it’s got a linkage activated single pivot suspension design, an ISCG mount for a chain device and can be run with forks with up to 160mm of travel.