Yeah saw this review, quite frankly the review blew me away! It's really that good? No offence to anyone, but I always thought that Saracen's were just not as good as other bikes!! But I am serious going to find somewhere to try this out!!
I have heard proper rave reviews of the saracen zen. Got to be worth a look. I'm not sure what price Cotic BFe builds start at, but the frame is awesome, I am soo in love with mine!
Hi there northern matt is right there was someone looking for the same sort of bikes a while ago and it was me. Still not got my bike yet but ive got it down to saracen zen x and on-one 456evo (not out till mid may) they are doing and X5 spec with 140mm RS sektors for around £700 or an X9 with 140mm or 140mm RS revelations for £1000 so im waiting till they come out to make my mind up hope this help abit
Ok. Update! These are the three I'm looking at:
Commencal Ramones AL1
Ragley Piglet x7
Saracen Zen X - I'm having a ride of this tomorrow!!
Let me know what the zen x is like if you dont mind mate
Sure, no worries Bleasy.
Ok, so I tested the Saracen Zen X today. What did I think? Well it's a good looking bike, if a little shinny. Seriously overbuilt with thick wielding around the headset and extra brace on the seat post. But having said that it felt surprisingly light. Although none of the kik says so I would say its pretty much all deore (except for slx rear mech) in all but name, including the hollow tech bottom bracket & crackset. The top tube has a great angle about it and the slight riser bars are seriously wide.
I have to say it felt great to ride, I only got to try it down a few back streets, up & over a few curbs but it felt lively & responsive and very controllable under yourself. I felt securely planted over the bars rather than over the back wheel. I bet it's a blast on the trail. The sektor R forks felt & looked good but it's a shame there's no lockout as I think the extra bounce the long travel it gives Syou may annoy over long distance xc.
I short I actually really liked it and it felt alot like my old Marin B17. Of course a a friend of mine with whom I do alot of riding with just cannot get over the fact it's a Saracen and he just sees Saracen's as the hideous Halfords **** they were for a while.
Thing is can I get over that opinion that others may look down their nose at me with? Yeah probably, ****'em, I don't know much about bikes other than what makes me smile when I'm riding it. And I feel that when I'm on the trail I'll probably have a big **** eating grin smeared across my ugly mug.
Last edited by Freerider; 28-Mar-2012 at 08:09 PM.
Oh btw, the frame has a lifetime warranty