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PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 9:28 pm 
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what a cool little bike!!!


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 9:40 pm 
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zetecmk2 wrote:
what a cool little bike!!!



cheers :mrgreen:

i have a loads more coming for it just now....
purple ck headset in the post
purple gear cable in the post
got a purple superstar post sitting (the uno bar & stem have faded badly)
need a black hope stem
need a purple bar still , quite fancy a raceface one)
need a purple chainring
and a set of purple jockie wheels , that'll do for now :lol:


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 24, 2013 1:00 am 
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done a little bit on the saracen in the last few weeks 8)

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and with the wee ones hotrock
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2014 6:34 pm 
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done a wee bit more to the saracen so just a little update 8)

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full spec is......

2000 saracen x-ess frame (removed brake bosses)
marzocchi all mountain4 fork
halo sas rims on hope pro2 evo hubs
maxxis hookworm tyres
m975 xtr brakes
hope floating rotors
m975 xtr rear mech & shifter
chris king headset
easton stem
raceface bars
octane one grips
superstar chain device
race face chainset
dmr v12's
blackspire 36t ring
superstar seatpost
hope seatclamp
wtb seat

i also built my 8yr old girl a matching bike from a saracen mania (same frame but for 24" wheels)

this is when i first got it , i built/fitted the wheels for the picture

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mid way through the build , never had forks for it at this point
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and finished for now
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i spent about £600 on it but she loves it and uses it :D


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2014 7:22 pm 
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They look really cool together!


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2014 9:53 pm 
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coomber wrote:
They look really cool together!


the frames just a cut down version , same size steerer , same 30.4 seatpost ect

we do get some funny looks :lol:


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2014 10:23 pm 
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Very nice indeed. Did you paint them yourself as well?


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2014 10:32 pm 
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sure did , mine is satin and the wee ones is gloss 8)


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2016 10:24 am 
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Google threw up this thread and I immediately registered to this forum!

I spent most of my youth perched on the back of my Saracen x-ess. Then I got my driving test and got out of mtb for about ten years during which time I gave my bike to my younger brother. He managed to mangle it and hand it back in bits, in which state it has lay in my outhouse for years.

Currently ride xc on a rock-hopper but with an uplift service at a local trail I want to get back into some gravity assisted riding. The rock-hopper has reached the limit where I have to inspect it at the bottom of each run to for a damage report, so I want to pull out my old x-ess and get it built up into something that can take a hammering.

Your thread is a real inspiration as to what potential there is in it.

I'm a bit of an amateur at this and literally came up with this idea on my way into work this morning so I can't even remember what condition the components are in. I know the derailleur got caught in the back wheel so the wheel, derailleur and hanger are all knackered. Also the forks were never serviced in 15 years and I'm more interested in functionality that nostalgia so I want to swap them out - how do I find out what forks fit?

I'd say my to-do list will look like this:
- derailleur hanger
- front and back wheels
- forks
- front brake (rear was updated to hydraulic disk which might be salvageable)
- new gears (might keep the "grip-shift")
- paint the lot

When I figure out what I'm at and gather up a few parts I'll start a build thread, but it will likely just be to ask for help / advice!!


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2016 12:46 pm 
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Thanks for the inspiration ....


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