Cycling Plus - - FIRST RIDE -

It’s a sub­tle grey for Sara­cen on its Hack, de­signed for ‘road, gravel and ur­ban en­vi­ron­ments’. The alu­minium frame is paired with a full-car­bon UD fork with ta­pered steerer. Bags of ver­sa­til­ity is fac­tored in, with rear rack mounts, front and rear mud­guard mounts and loads of clear­ance. In­ter­nal ca­bling cre­ates a very clean look. There are no thru-axles for the Hack, but you’ll need an Allen bolt to re­move the wheels. De­spite a wide 31.6mm di­am­e­ter seat­post, the more com­mon size is 27.2mm, it’s still a su­per-com­fort­able ride. The cable disc brakes are okay, con­sis­tent and con­trolled if not ul­tra-pow­er­ful. Shi­mano Sora works well and of­fers a good gear range. The car­bon fork, lovely suede/gel bar tape and slightly flat­tened bar top pro­vide a very com­fort­able front end, the 1031mm-long wheel­base cre­ates great sta­bil­ity and the tyres smooth out just about any sur­face you can throw the bike at. Yes. It’s tough, prac­ti­cal, ver­sa­tile, com­fort­able, eas­ily hacks pot­holes and jump­ing kerbs, and good for long days out. A de­cent weight and price add to an ap­peal­ing pack­age.

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