Twenty years ago today I collected my brand new Saracen Tufftrax from the Edinburgh Bike Co-op, thrilled at the state of art 21 speed Shimano Hyperglide gearing, Deore thumbshifters and Mountain LX mechs, Biopace chainrings, cantilever brakes, full Cromoly fork and double-butted frame and handbuilt wheels with black anodised rims.
£332.95 it cost me, and That Was A Lot Of Money In Those Days.
Still in daily use today though, and the frame, forks, shifters, mechs, seat, seatpost, bars, stem and grips are still original.
This baby has accompanied me down trails in the Rockies, a run from Edinburgh to Orkney, up countless hills/mountains, in a collision on a roundabout in Portobello and to the shops. Here's to the next 20 years!
That's a fantastic tale, RealKW!
After 20 years, a proper British mountain bike is still giving good service. My Saracen's a mere
16 years old, but I can still remember the thrill of wheeling it away from the bike shop to the "tick-tick-tick" sound of the freehub. As many would agree on this website, "they don't make 'em like they used to".
1993 Saracen Sahara Elite (with a few mods...)