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PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 3:19 pm 
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Went for a nice drive today to pick up another 90's saracen, to go with my Traverse.

Thanks to Rod for 1st dibs.

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Picked up Saracen #3 today, was watching it as soon as it was listed and as the seller had no BIN had to wait a week before I knew it was mine.

170 mile round trip and a little clean later here she is (with a borrowed seat post and saddle until a suitable replacement is sort).

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 3:22 pm 
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Lovely. They ride great you wont be disappointed.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 11:11 pm 
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^ Nice car too!

Are these old Saracens especially beefy old things? Someone else had a go on my Tufftrax the other day and acted as though it was the ark royal on wheels! Stuck it on the bathroom scales and its about 16kgs (not that I care, I got it exercise not to win the TDF!)


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 8:17 am 
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"Are these old Saracens especially beefy old things?"

Vary from model to model obviously - but many bikes from that era are on the hefty side!


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 10:08 am 
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The frames are pretty solid, that's why so many are in good condition, but weight in that era was more down to components, groups sets below deore were mostly steel not alloy so that added tons of weight. Fixing up an old Saracen frame with dx or xt parts will make for a very nice bike.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 11:37 am 
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Picked up this 1988 Blizzard locally yesterday .....to be honest I only bought it as I needed the front cantis for my 88 Cannondale project. Had a quick scoot around the block on it this morning and its actually very nice to ride. Got a matching fluo pink zefal to go with it. :D

Unfortunately it will probably find its way into the for sale section. :roll:


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 12:09 pm 
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Picked up this 1988 Blizzard locally yesterday .....to be honest I only bought it as I needed the front cantis for my 88 Cannondale project. Had a quick scoot around the block on it this morning and its actually very nice to ride. Got a matching fluo pink zefal to go with it. :D

Unfortunately it will probably find its way into the for sale section. :roll:


Ah at last its outed. Was a bargain that, shame he wouldnt post.

Are there any more details on it? Not seen another one. Can you take more photos?


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 12:39 pm 
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Yeah I was hoping it would go under the radar until I managed to get to see it ... :D There was actually another on ebay recently that went for £10!

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Saracen-Blizz ... 7675.l2557

It also appears there isn't an 1988 catalogue..doesn't show up in the 87 or 89 ones either. Frame looks to be the same as the Tuff Trax....but with a better spec groupset. Happy to take a few more piccys over the weekend. :D


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Antstark wrote:
Picked up this 1988 Blizzard locally yesterday .....to be honest I only bought it as I needed the front cantis for my 88 Cannondale project. Had a quick scoot around the block on it this morning and its actually very nice to ride. Got a matching fluo pink zefal to go with it. :D

Unfortunately it will probably find its way into the for sale section. :roll:


Ah at last its outed. Was a bargain that, shame he wouldnt post.

Are there any more details on it? Not seen another one. Can you take more photos?


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 12:54 pm 
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I've just picked up a 1988 saracen as well, like you say, no catalogue which is a real shame.

Looking forward to more pictures


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 10:32 pm 
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I've not seen or was aware of the Blizzard before now.
Definitely agree that it is most likely a 1988 model, as the Blizzard doesn't appear in any of the other catalogues.

It could potentially be a Halfords exclusive model like the Eiger. An 87 or 88 Tufftrax frame sold under a different coloured alias perhaps.

It's a shame all these old Saracens are so big.

I like it. My dad probably still thinks I'll grow into that one...


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