1988 Saracen Trekker

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1988 Saracen Trekker

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In an attempt to catch up on several long overdue build threads I've been searching through folders, pumping up tyres and charging up the camera to document a few more bikes from my collection.

This one is a Saracen Trekker from 1988. I can't remember who I purchased this one from but it was some time in mid to late 2018. So thirty years since it first appeared in the Saracen range for that year.

I think it's all original apart from the BB and grips so I haven't really done much to it other than fit a set of Duro amberwall tyres, and wipe it with an oily rag. There are a few scratches here and there, the decals are a bit tatty, but I like the patina on this one and I'll leave it in it's survivor state.

A huge bonus for me is the inclusion of the original colour contrasted yellow Saracen bottle cage. It's those sorts of details that I really like.

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1988 Saracen Trekker - The sensible 88 Saracen graphics before the Saracen design team briefly dabbled and then fully discovered rave culture by 1991.
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1988 Saracen Trekker - Faded and slightly tired. But enough about me...
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1988 Saracen Trekker - Head-tube decal : Remember when everything was made in England? No, me neither.
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1988 Saracen Trekker - Not just double, but triple butted tubes.
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1988 Saracen Trekker - Look past the XT U-brake to that massively reinforced fork crown.
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1988 Saracen Trekker - Chainstay decal ; Let everyone know about all those new fangled indexed gearamajigs.
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1988 Saracen Trekker - What?! Where's the back brake...?
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1988 Saracen Trekker - There it is. That's a really practical design solution huh?
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1988 Saracen Trekker - Four fingers of MT-60 fun.
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1988 Saracen Trekker - Shimano Deore MT-60 thumbshifter. Back when 3 multiplied by 6 was the only sum you needed to figure out.
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1988 Saracen Trekker - You've got to protect your assets. The classic MT-60 Deore rear mech and factory fitted mech guard.
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1988 Saracen Trekker - MT-60 Deore chainsets never die. Biopace was not so enduring...
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1988 Saracen Trekker - MT-60 Deore hubs with a 6 speed Uniglide cassette.
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1988 Saracen Trekker - Araya rims. Black rims, silver spokes and amber-wall tyres. Does it get any better?
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1988 Saracen Trekker - Original ITM bars and stem.
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1988 Saracen Trekker - Slightly battered sprung Saracen Mountain saddle and ITM seatpost.
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1988 Saracen model range included for reference

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Pretty good price considering it has two XT U-brakes.
 

Iwasgoodonce

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Bad grammar on the advert but a really nice bike there. I was just getting into it and had taken delivery of my way too large Dawes around that time.
 

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A school friend has one of these from new and I had to <bleugh> 'upgrade' it to 8spd about 19 years ago.

Despite my best efforts it remains that way but it is in good condition.
 

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Looks great. I have a 1988 Saracen Limited next in the queue for a rebuild. Where did you find those tyres?
 

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Augustus":i2vxfar9 said:
Lovely.

My second MTB, and I loved it.

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Great to hear from you Gus.

Iwasgoodonce":i2vxfar9 said:
Was that the model that Nick Craine used to go up those mountains on?
The Crane brother's used Saracen Conquests.

MRGRUMPY":i2vxfar9 said:
Where did you find those tyres?
Can't remember exactly but they were on eBay. They are just cheap steel bead tyres. Branded and Duro but made by Cheng Shin.
 

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I found a snap of me and my '88 Trekker from 1988 the other day. Ahem, on reflection the bike was nicer than my sunglasses.
 

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Here’s my 1988 Trekker, in Langdale about 1989-90...awesome bike, still have it in parts :cool:
 

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