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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 10:53 pm 
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Thank you, I am in fine fettle with one lady owner.


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Is this not a fledgling Saracen? 8)


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Very nice. 8) Love the paint fading.

Not a fledgling saracen though We_are_Stevo.

FW Evans did have a Conquest model at the same time as Saracen, which were the same frames with different badges on, but a few years before this.

Image courtesy of Nevadasmith from his Saracen Conquest build.

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And Konagliders F W Evans.

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Probably this I was thinking of...

'Early 1984 F.W. Evans ATB/Saracen ATB? (Manufactured by Bluemels).
In 1982/3, Richard Ballantine asked London bike shop F.W. Evans Cycles to build up two Ritchey frames he had brought from the U.S. for Tim Gartside's and Peter Murphy's ,February 1983, Saharan expedition. Evans were curios and persuaded Bluemels to build some bikes based on what they had seen. The resulting FW Evans ATBs were mostly silver and branded under the shops own marque. The Bluemels’ own Saracens bikes were identical, apart from being painted black.'


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As stated above this came after the Saracen/F.W Evans attempts.

I know a couple of people who worked at Evans when they were just one shop at The Cut, exciting times for MTBs in the UK and they have some intriguing stories.


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Lovely bike, love the paint. And really nice components especially the wheelset. Is the rear hub 130mm spacing?


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It is 130mm, I have another couple of pairs, one is 135mm.


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* I will be fitting different grips and brake blocks as and when.


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Rod_Saetan wrote:
* I will be fitting different grips and brake blocks as and when.


And selling your stem to me.

Looks good Roly!


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Looks lovely Roly. 8)


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