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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2008 11:27 pm 
South West Deputy AEC
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Iwasgoodonce wrote:
I reckon you are right Heathy. Will need you to help with photographs and measurements for gil.


No probs mate, just let me know when you need them :wink:


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 Post subject: Sahara Elite
PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 7:35 pm 
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hello everyone, congrats on the site.

I've just bought a black Sahara on an ebay whim, sight unseen for 20 quid and change. I think it's been sitting in a garden shed for several years; paintwork is pretty poor in places and there's more surface rust than I'd have hoped for. Downtube in particular bears the scars of a crudcatcher or similar. There's an unsightly dent in the top tube as well (maybe 20 x 5 x 3mm deep).

Saddle & seatpost are both very scruffy, but came out without complaint. Most of the kit seems pretty original or fair-to-middling quality, even if cosmetically challenged: BIOPACE / Exage 400LX, Deore thumb shifters & canti brakes w/ Richey Logic levers etc. Wheels are original and in good nick; front tyre is a nice old Tioga which may scrub up well.

A couple of questions :
Can anyone date it accurately (I'm thinking circa 1991 - the missus has a similarly-equipped Rock Hopper of that vintage); and where did the 'Sahara Elite' fit within the range?

Also... What should I do with it now? My plan was to just add a pannier rack & skinny semi-slicks and use it as my winter commuter (less than 5 tarmac miles a day). However, now I have it, I'm tempted to strip/powdercoat/restore -- so what do you think, worth the effort to save it from the street salt?

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 Post subject: Re: Sahara Elite
PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 7:36 pm 
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retrobike rider / Gold Trader
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Hello and welcome to the site and of course to Saracen Lovers anonymous :lol:

Looks in very good codition, I would keep it / restore especially if you can keep the original paint and decals. But its your choice.

Front tyre looks an FJ Nephew !

Nice to see another Saracen


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Classified Mod / Lincs, East and South Yorks AEC
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The Sahara Elite had Saracens own elastomer suspension fork which mine had originally in 1993.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 01, 2008 9:53 pm 
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Superb, folks! Keep 'em coming!


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retrobike rider / Gold Trader
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Anyone seen this puppy ?

Looks sweet and would be an easy entry to the thread :lol:

http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=43699


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Here`s a picture of my 19.5" Kili Racer 1992................am trying to sell it but can`t get the interest :( :?:


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 02, 2008 6:58 pm 
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Marmite King wrote:
Here`s a picture of my 19.5" Kili Racer 1992................am trying to sell it but can`t get the interest :( :?:


Nice...!

D'you know, I wasn't sure when I started this thread. I thought people might have been embarrassed to admit their love, but it seems I was right, there ARE a lot of us out there!


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Here's yer catalog scan.


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