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PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2008 10:13 pm 
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yes 'Saracen of the Month' sounds awesome :D :D :D :D :D :D :D


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...I joined this forum...cos I have the same...problem. There, said it.

Seems I can't get early Saracens out of my system either.

Am looking for one as per my wanted ads etc.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2008 12:06 am 
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Corduroyboy wrote:
Gravy Monster wrote:

I like the "Handbuilt in England" decals , Saracen certainly dont make em like they used to :shock:

Cheers


Were the frames actually made in England then? And if so, where were they built and when did they stop? I was became suspicious of companies BITD stating things like 'Handbuilt in England' when all they were doing was assembling the components here.... :roll:


In the early 90's I lived near the guy who owned, but I dont know if he formed, Saracen bikes and remember him saying that the factory wasn't too far from his house, so it must have been somewhere in, or very near to Warwickshire. Also, in connection with my built, but not made, in Warwick theory, I did meet a guy in Warwick who claimed to still have a Saracen MTB that he bought new in about 1985/86 which was directly connected to Saracens founder. I did inform him of this site at the time I met him so I am very surprised he hasn't posted any pics of it on here as he was enormously enthusiastic about it when I was talking to him.

If anyones interested in looking him up you'll find the guy selling model cars and bike stuff at Cape Road car boot sale behind Warwick Police Station on a Saturday morning between May and September. He's about 5'6 with white hair and a white beard, late 50's and quite athletic looking. I think this thread needs pics of his bike. He was very keen to talk about that bike and seemed to know quite a bit about Saracens history.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2008 9:39 am 
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fluroforks wrote:
In the early 90's I lived near the guy who owned, but I dont know if he formed, Saracen bikes and remember him saying that the factory wasn't too far from his house, so it must have been somewhere in, or very near to Warwickshire


They were definitely in Warwickshire. Early bikes may have been 'made' in England but later models were deffo made in the Far East and brought back to Warwickshire for assembly....hence 'Hand built in England'.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2009 12:57 pm 
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dirtjumper_dmr wrote:
Here's my '97 TerraTrax pictured up at Haldon Hill... minus decals as they fell off.... the headtube one and the 'Handbuilt in England' ones are still there :)
Saracen were very helpful with catalogue scans enabling me to verify it's year and also providing ideas for my next Saracen project :D :D :D


I've just got a very similar looking frame off ebay. Has yours got 80mm forks on? Handle them ok? Also do you have contact number or email at Saracen. Would be appreciated!


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2009 9:48 pm 
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Hi, I don't see the problem with liking early saracens. Like Raleigh, bitd they were bikes that were built well and lasted unlike the china inported crap that we see now under the same badges! I have had my Kili Pro from new (1992ish i think) and still have it, due to needing some bits for a temp build, it's in pieces at the moment, but it's (was) still running on most of the original parts. Ok i admit thats down to shimano, but the point is it will outlast any Halfords, argos crap thats out there now.


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I'm defo gonna have to have a bit of '91 Saracen action at some point in the future. :wink: 8)


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More pics, I have been for a quick rip on the Trekker today with my boys 8), and got some more pics of bike and decals

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Just found this thread. Very nice indeed!


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Lovely colourway, is it og?


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