Ah ha! so the mystery of the Blizzard is now solved....it was playing on my mind all night until I remembered where I had seen it.....MBUK vol1 no1 (1988).....there is a test on it.
A quick look at some adverts in the same mag reveals it was a model up from the Tufftrax, one down from the Trekker. It retailed for £360 and looking at the test article it looks like mine is pretty original apart from the tyres and saddle....even down to the mech bash guard. Apparently it also came in 17 1/2" with 24" wheels
You are right about the size Paul.....but remember bikes were much bigger back then (a bit like Wagon Wheels
). I am 6ft 2 and the one i picked up is a tad small. I will get some photos up later.
edit.......More pics added
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...