Saracen Pylon 2 review

Fat-tyred beach-front cruiser look-alike

Our rating 
2.5 out of 5 star rating 2.5
GBP £300.00 RRP

Our review

A great idea but one that needs work – and a freer-running hub
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The Pylon 2 looks like a reincarnation of the fat-tyred beach-front cruisers and US paperboy bikes of yesteryear.


The tyres are huge: 2.5in street treads that monster-truck over kerbs and potholes. They’re heavy, though; 2.35in Schwalbe Big Apples would be lighter and smoother running.

A three-speed hub gear is near perfect for flatter towns – in theory. This one is over-geared by its large chainring/small sprocket: a better setup would be 32×18. It’s also as rough as bag of spanners: there’s too much friction when pedalling. As freewheeling performance is fine it’s probably the gearing rather than the coaster brake.


Braking by back-pedalling takes some getting used to, especially on steep hills, but it becomes handy for trimming your speed. For real power you need to stand up or haul on the front brake too. However, pedalling is such hard work you’re unlikely to be going very fast. A final moan: the frame looks funky but lacks rack eyelets.

Product Specifications


Name Pylon 2 (07)
Brand Saracen

Brakes Nexus Roller Brakes
Shifters Nexus
Year 2008
Rear Tyre Size 26x2.5
Rear Tyre Street
Front Tyre Size 26x2.5
Front Tyre Street
Available Sizes 18 Inches 20 Inches
Weight (kg) 14.1
Stem Aluminium
Seatpost Micro Adjust
Fork Cromoly
Saddle Durocover
Rims EX-S
Rear Hub Nexus
Pedals Platform
Headset Type Threadless
Handlebar Aluminium
Front Hub QR
Frame Material 7005 Aluminium
Handlebar Type Low Rise