A revamped Ariel is the l agship model in Saracen’s updated off-road range
While Saracen’s new Ariel may bear the same name as its more trail-focused predecessor, the UK brand have been back to the drawing board and used their Myst downhill bike as inspiration to create a fullcarbon, long-travel, 650b-wheeled enduro beast.
Rear wheel travel has been upped from 150mm to 165mm, and the suspension platform is a direct crossover from the Myst, as is the +/- 5mm reachadjusting headset. The old Ariel’s carbon rear end is now matched to a composite front triangle, and this has been made longer and slacker than before. The top-spec Ariel LT will cost £4,999.99. There’ll also be an Ariel Elite, with an alloy front end, at £3,299.99.
There are several other new models worthy of note in Saracen’s range. For general trail riding, the Kili Flyer remains, but it’s complemented by a more affordable alloy version, priced at £1,849.99. If 29in wheels are your thing, you may be interested in Saracen’s new 100/120mm-travel all-rounder, the Traverse, though this isn’t going to be released until February 2018. There’s also a new 29er hardcore hardtail, the carbon Zenith. Save for a new paintjob, the Myst downhill bike remains unchanged – while the team have been testing 29er prototypes, there’s no plan to bring the big-wheeler into production just yet.