Certainly does - really odd that they happen to be the right year. It seems to have been an old boy's neighbourhood cruiser since around 95. He said he'd bought it that way and I believe him - he didn't know what he had & it was a steal. Couldn't see the drive side on the ad so was slightly...
Excuse the rough photo, but here is your missing link - a 1993 picked up earlier this week! Your thread was a really great help in identifying this - it seems the frame is identical to the 94. Distinguishing frame details include the distinctive 'triangle' top tube braze ons and the same thick...
Nice to see it up and running - a bit of a Trigger's broom until you've established a theme!
I like that you put modern gears and tyres on like a rider though - 2 extra cogs never upset the retro ethos imo.
I can't decide why the P2s look so wrong, are they bent?
Thanks, I thought it went under the radar a bit..
I've spent loads of time with it now & I really think these frames were gems - it's probably the same as the Protrax, and as someone else mentioned that was full Tange DB for 97. I have to say the Charge Splashbacks are more show than go...
Nice to see you're cracking on! Mine's been sitting a year or so.
Are those 410mm P2s? I think the shorter ones would be better suited to the geometry, but then there's a school of thought that it makes no difference..
Also, is it me or does the rake look massive?
I'm in favour of...
I have one of these awaiting attention too!
Looks to be original except shifters, forks and handlebars - originals are titanium I believe.
Nice 'sleeper' bikes & good to know the frame was the same up the range, so well worthy of some better components. Apparently it's more or less the...
All the Saracen colours of this era were basically gorgeous!
I can see this replacing the Lava Dome as my go to bike - it's already 2lbs+ lighter.
The Kona also has a rattle can bodge paint job courtesy of the previous owner, so there's that going for it too..
OK - so this is only really 'early' in the sense that any later it would have been a garish 40lb monstrosity, but:
Freshly built and surprisingly light for a Tufftrax at a shade over 24lbs! Worth it for the powder...
Just been out on the maiden voyage - first impression is that it's a fast bike!
Acceleration and climbing are snappy, even if I do live in a county with no hills..
I can't believe how light it is for steel too - I thought these frames were a bit lardy, but it's built up into a respectably...
After mothballing my '97/8 Kili last year due to regretting lacquering the polished frame, I was left with a Saracen itch to scratch.
My first decent MTB was a '96 Hardtrax which was stolen - crap, but a Rolls Royce to my 12 year old self. I have fond memories of the Ritchey Z-Max amber wall...
Little update on the Magical Mystery Kili then..
I dropped Saracen an email with the serial number from the frame in an effort to pinpoint exactly what this started life as. There's a slim chance I might get something useful - Kona have given me an obscure seatpost size in the past. Both...
I think effective top tube will be about 22" - I'm usually happy with around 23" but it should still be OK, especially for a more chuckable bike for shorter rides.
I'm thinking suspension forks for this - that will give me a bit more top tube - I've got some unknown Rockshox from the...
That's more or less what I picked it up for when you factor in the value of the other bits that came with it!
I'd take the steel versions over it any day, but it will be cool to have some aluminium in the stable. Thought it would be lighter though - the Easton Elan Kona...
He said he'd been on here to identify it, but I couldn't find anything..
I had a feeling someone here would recognise it!
It's touch and go as to whether it's going to fit - I'm 5'10" - so if it's not for me I know where to find you.
You mean on separate listings? Sorry to spoil your fun then!
I think it was a bargain since the guy wasn't 100% sure what it was. Oddly he mentioned to me it might be a Saracen but didn't put it in the listing.
I got quite lucky identifying it myself; I wasn't aware there was an...
I suppose I probably would have liked one back then, but now I know better!
Still, I've got loads of lovely heat treated steel already and the price was right.
The 853 Kilis look great, always fancied one myself!