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 Post subject: 1989 Saracen Tufftrax
PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2008 8:41 am 
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Went to an old mate's house down in Hampshire with the Missus at the weekend for dinner, and pulled this out of the shed on the Sunday morning.. He's had it since new and replaced broken parts along the way.. A classic bike and great deal for the time: Mountain LX, Deore Thumbies, Tange MTB frame 8)

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No, it's not for sale :wink:


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2008 8:59 am 
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Oh man! I've been looking for one for ages. I had a 16 inch one back in the day with full XT and Tange Switchblades and absolutely loved it to bits. It was such a great little bike and I did thousands of miles touring on it. Thing is I can't remember getting rid of it, I remember stripping it down but cannot find the frame at dads anywhere.
I remember the paint was bombproof and never had so much as a mark on it.
If you ever decide to sell I'm your man!


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2008 9:47 am 
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Sort that straddle cable out! :lol:

Do like the old Saracens. :D


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2008 9:58 am 
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Geoff wrote:
Sort that straddle cable out! :lol:


Yeah I said the next time I was down I'd give it a good service for him. To be fair, I didn't want to do anything to it yesterday since he uses it quite a bit and hasn't let him down yet!


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2008 11:06 am 
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Dam! Saracen could make good bikes once. 8) That's a real piece of UK MTB history.....cool.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 6:24 pm 
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Wow freetime and a browse on the internet, I've just found this site:-
Yeah a cool bike, my second mountainbike was a Saracen Eiger SE 18" approximately the same vintage (bought used from a mate in 94) and in the same tough powder coated blue, complete with Deore DX groupset, I changed the heavy rapid fires for XT thumbies and SS5 brake levers, changed the heavy Saracen stem with a lighter alloy one (Zoom I think....old memory crashing) which was a slightly shorter length to fit me, 48 teeth chainwheel changed to a 46T (Shimano LX) and a dinky granny gear 24T? I think. It was nicked from my garage in the summer 1996, and replaced with a Kili Comp which i still have.
However there's something about how well the old Saracens ride, 5 yrs ago to give me something to take my mind off the b***h I was divorcing, I bought a frame off ebay for 99p......slowly it was built up as cheaply as possible using old bits I had and EBAY, to this day its been my hack for nipping to the shops or along the lanes around home....

will post a pic when I work out how to do it...

have fun stay safe
jon


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2008 12:38 am 
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One of my old riding mates had the same one. Very nice.


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