SARACEN HACK 01
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.