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 Post subject: A Tale of Two Saracens
PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2018 8:51 pm 
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Every time I use my local tip and find a nice bike in the sale section that needs rescuing I find it pretty hard to leave it there, sometimes even if I've already got the exact same model of bike already. As a result I've ended up with two pretty much identical 1995 Saracen Forcetrax's. One I've had for a little while and has been out on a couple of Retrobike rides and looks like this.

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Not really the best model in Saracens line up, in fact fairly near the bottom in terms of the spec sheet but I like it and I've definitely enjoyed riding it. The one I picked up recently has been stripped down and now looks like this.

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My initial plan was to give it a quick rebuild and sell it on here but it's not really that valuable so seemed like a lot of work, especially as the seatpost is stuck and I don't really like selling bikes anyway! I wanted to build something out of it for myself but didn't want two bikes the same so I started looking for other Saracen frames that would be suitable to swap all the parts on to. That way I'd have two similar but still different bikes.

I couldn't really find anything that seemed suitable until a friend of mine offered me a a Saracen e stay that he'd had in his garage for a while. He was never going to get round to doing anything with it so said I could have it. Enter what I think is a 1991 Traverse Competition Hydrotech but without the hydrotech.

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It's not in bad condition but the original white paint had been oversprayed with a different shade of white paint and was starting to peel off in places. I did try to polish it up a bit but it didn't really look great. If it was still original with stickers still on I probably would have tried to save it but it isn't so I've sent it off to the powder coaters to have a completely new look.

I'm a bit unsure if I'm doing the right thing in putting a load of slightly newer and cheaper components on a frame that I think would have initially worn something like Deore DX, but then I tell myself that I'm getting two bikes back on the road that otherwise would have either been dumped at the tip or sitting in a garage?


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:48 pm 
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Picked up the frame from the powder coaters, unfortunately I made the mistake of giving them two jobs to do at the same time and they've painted the forks the wrong colour, in fact they painted them the wrong colour twice. Anyway I'm happy with the frame, teaser shot here,


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:04 pm 
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they've painted the forks the wrong colour, in fact they painted them the wrong colour twice


Hence, two not happy bunnys?


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:38 am 
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xerxes wrote:
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they've painted the forks the wrong colour, in fact they painted them the wrong colour twice


Hence, two not happy bunnys?


Exactly, although I think they're more unhappy as they thought the parcel was something for them.

Anyway, couple more pics,


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:44 am 
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Great colour


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2018 8:33 pm 
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I started off thinking that this was going to be a simple component swap and it wasn't going to cost me anything but I've already started spending money. The bottom bracket from the donor bike didn't fit very well and the rim tape had split so got some new bits.

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Also the original tyres, whilst they had loads of tread left the sidewalls were absolutely shot. Luckily Planet X had a sale on.

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So started to get a bit of progress at the weekend.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2018 4:31 pm 
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Good work there fella, not keen on the colour but who cares. 8)


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:15 pm 
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Looking great, love the Saracen E stays. Looking forward to seeing it finished:)


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:31 am 
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Thanks guys, yeah pink is always a bit of a love it or hate it type of colour, I wanted purple but they didn't have it so ended up with pink.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:42 am 
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Finally got the forks back from the powder coaters and in the right colour this time. Stuck them on and then realised the steerer tube is a bit short and with the headset from the donor bike I can't fit the brake hanger / headset spacer in. I was in two minds if I should get a new stem anyway as I didn't think the original silver saracen one would look as good as a black one so I'm going to look for a new one with a built in brake hanger.

Anyway at least the bike is now back on two wheels.


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