A re­vamped Ariel is the l ag­ship model in Sara­cen’s up­dated off-road range

Mountain Biking UK - - UPLIFT -

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.

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