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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:47 am 
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legrandefromage wrote:
Nice Nishiki

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Is that what it's called, I often wondered !

On a more serious note, it has to be the Saracen for me. Yes some of the others are more blingy but to my mind Saracen wanted an affordable stylish bike to go to people who would ride it and could actually afford one.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:43 am 
Lincs, East and South Yorks Deputy AEC
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Thanks for the feedback so far and as I guessed the Saracen is coming up top for me. That and the Nishiki Arial, which of course I owned a few years ago and sold, like an idiot hehe.

I would have never even considered an aluminium one. Way too risky for me, not strong enough and prone to cracks, even on a standard frame.

Keep your opinions coming.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:34 am 
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^ If you are tall - check the TT on a Saracen e-stay is long enough for you. I found them fairly short compared to most.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:56 pm 
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This one, whatever the flip it was...


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:49 pm 
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Don't know if its the best, certainly not the rarest or most expensive, but I like my Saracen

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:05 pm 
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:16 pm 
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I always like the steel Saracens, they were bomb proof throughout the range, a little heavier for it, but still, proof in the pudding is in the eating i guess.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:40 pm 
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From 2007 to 2017 my Panasonic MC-Comp was my main rider. Very strong, well made, nice paint, good geometry - a Japanese quality product. Without any doubt a Brave Warrior or similar will be good too and possibly a bit lighter.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:56 pm 
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You are all mistaken..... though there are some nice examples in this thread. I think you'll find the BEST EVER retro e-stay frame

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Carrera Katalyst 8)

Here's a lovely example: https://www.gumtree.com/p/bicycles/carr ... 1254444284


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Yum - looks like a copy of something more expensive that begins with Nis....


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