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 Post subject: saracen crosstrax 1991
PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2008 8:19 pm 
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picked up a new bike yesterday, a near mint 1990's saracen crosstrax
spec is as original with full exage 300 lx groupset and loads of saracen finishing kit. frame is tange infinity lite and the forks judder like mad under heavy breaking!


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2008 9:06 pm 
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I think that might be a 1991. I had a 1990 Tuff Trax and the graphics we different. Pretty sure that the follow year they changed to the ones on your bike


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2008 9:09 pm 
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I like it. You probably need to toe the blocks in.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2008 10:04 pm 
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its not the brakes juddering, you can actually see the fork flexing back towards the frame! they are so skinny! am going to replace the blocks tomorrow as they are the originals! and have gone a bit hard! ooh er!

thanks for the date update! the chap i bought it from assumed it was a 90 from the frame number!


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 27, 2008 3:32 pm 
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nice old ride sir !! :lol:


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Very cool. That takes me right back. 8)


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2008 9:00 am 
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just went for first 'proper' ride... my god its comfy but my god those forks flex!! forgot how much fun canti's are to ride with! now all i have to decide is keep it faithful or add some xt v's and lighter wheels (ringle rear screw on on mavic 221, deore front on same rim)?


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 7:19 pm 
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Maybe some fork flex can be expected with hard impacts but I wouldn't expect it under braking, this will be worse again if you replace those old cantis with V brakes.
Is the headset bearing properly adjusted? I'd strip and check the headset bearings more than likely totally shot if they're as old as the frame....

cool bike though.....
handbuilt in england..... <like everything else now history.....


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 9:56 pm 
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The Tufftrax I had BITD did the fork flex and judder thing especially when laden with camping gear and panniers as it often was- I put a pair of Tange Switchblades on it which transformed it.
Really loving all these old Saracens that are turning up- I loved mine,such a great little rig with bombproof paint that still looked new five years on. I think tracking one down might be on the cards :wink:


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2008 8:54 am 
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I reckon 1991 too, same year as mine :wink:


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