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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 9:01 am 
98+ BoTM | BoTM | Gold | Rider
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Location: Kingdom of Ringlé
Picked this up the other week and have done not that much to it but clean it up and replace a few of the more worn parts [drivetrain & cables mainly]. Reverted it back to thumbies and stuck some nice period tyres on him 8) Whipped it around Richmond Park last night before a coupla pints by the river; I used to own one of these BITD and it was great to be re-united.. And them brakes.. :twisted:

Big thanks to retrobikeguy 8)

Frame: 89/90 Saracen Trekker Comp Tange MTB
Fork: Cro-Mo

Headset: Deore II
Stem: Saracen
Handlebar: Answer Hyperlite
Grips: Ritchey WCS Foam
Barends: N/A

Brakes: Deore XT II U-Brake in.c U-II Booster
Brake Pads: Aztec
Brake Cables: Shimano
Cantilever cable hangers: Shimano
Brake Levers: Deore XT II 2 Finger SLR

Shifters: Deore II 7sp Thumbshifters
Front Derailleur: Deore II
Rear Derailleur: Deore II
Derailleur Cables: Shimano
Cassette: HG90
Chain: HG91
Cranks: Deore II
Chainrings: Deore II Biopace
Bottom Bracket: Deore II

Rims: Wolber AT18
Hubs: Deore DX
Tyres: Tioga Farmer John's Cousin

Saddle: Selle Italia Flite
Seatpost: Saracen

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 10:00 am 
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Location: Out here in the perimeter...
Loving all the Saracen steel emerging on here recently....... :)


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 10:00 am 
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Love the twin U brakes, proper vintage kit! 8) 8)


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 10:15 am 
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Yet another bit of classic British steel. 8)


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 7:00 pm 
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yummy! i have a 91 crosstrax which is fairly similar but with normal brakes. tyre clearence is so small. cant wait for the winter!!


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 7:37 pm 
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Nice, like it alot :D :D :D


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 7:41 pm 
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More Saracens around of late. Out of interest, what is the rear dropout spacing? Isn't that the bike the Crains (?) did a lot of their expeditions on?


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 7:49 pm 
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Location: Camping,with Slade.
Absolutely loving this bike.Nick Crane and his cousin,did use Saracens to climb kilimanjaro and to cross the Atlas mountains.remember watching a tv programe about the Atlas trip in 89 i think,and there are some pics. of the kilimanjaro trip in Richards Ultimate Bicycle Book from 1992,which i have had from new and is full of retro stuff,more saracens on here pleasse. :D :D


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 8:18 am 
98+ BoTM | BoTM | Gold | Rider
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Thanks for the comments guys :)

It really was great to bring back good memories [ones that didn't involved U-Brake clogging mud :wink: ], although the handling was a little sharper than I'm used to! 71/74, 22"ish TT, 135mm stem with 1.85" fork rake made it quite twitchy at speed :lol:

Rear spacing is 135mm Iwasgoodonce


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 7:51 pm 
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Old Saracens rule 8)

I would have snapped this one up if it wasnt for my Trekker project at the time, I love the fact that it has the unusual dual U brakes and also remember wanting of these back in the day.

Do the brakes work well ? and are they any better than std canti's ? I always liked U brakes in the dry.

I took the trekker for a proper blast at the weekend and it rides like a dream.


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