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PostPosted: Tue Dec 10, 2019 10:35 am 
BoTM Winner
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Looks a solid build and like the colour but the Yeti logo is a step too far IMO...


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 10, 2019 11:52 am 
Dirt Disciple

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For me the Saracen brand has a lot of nostalgia and would want to keep that branding and also I know absolutely nothing about Yeti except it's a top mountain bike brand. I guess its something like people who buy cheap forks and peel off the original stickers and then put Rockshox stickers on instead to give their bike a branding upgrade but personally I like the Saracen branding.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 10, 2019 10:55 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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It's going back to Saracen. The yeti decals were something I had in the tool box for years and I stuck them on for a larp. Team Saracen are multi world dh champs - quite some pedigree I agree.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 17, 2019 11:18 am 
Dirt Disciple

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Got some contemporary Saracen decals for it.

Took it out for a shakedown blast over the weekend a few . The left fork leg is still losing air but I think I've found the leak and it should be an easy fix. They turned into 50mm travel forks with 60mm of very squishy sag. Didn't really spoil the ride though.

The front hydraulic brake is coming back to the bar untill you pump it up for some reason. These are brand new and shouldn't need bleeding.

Stand out was how good the £7 Trailpac tyres were. It was super slippy and muddy but they were rock solid performers.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 17, 2019 4:31 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Looks a sweet bike, especially now the Saracen branding is back.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2020 5:31 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Took the xcile out for its first bit of serious gravity today. Couldn't stop the original dnm air forks leaking so swapped them out for some squelchy 120mm marzocchi exr comps. Rides well, super stiff frame. Stacked it hard within 10mins. Few pressure tweaks at the front and it stuck like glue all day. Rear brake is not working well though, must be contaminated.


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retrobike rider / Gold Trader
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You riding that "normal xc". Is it a bit stiff?

Love the colour. Fork swap makes sense too


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2020 11:50 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Super stiff frame definitely describes it well. They seem to have designed in no flexing at all even the rear disc brake gets extra reinforcing between the two stays. As I said previously Saracen really gave their customers fantastically engineered frames for a very low price. It looks like they were designed for zero warranty returns. Definitely a bit of an extra workout though as not light frames.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2020 11:58 pm 
retrobike rider / Gold Trader
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For 4x and dual slalom it's all about quick runs for 3 minutes or so. Every second counts so a stiff responsive frame makes the difference. Comfort over 20 miles isn't a priority!

Glad you are enjoying it


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