One of the lightest bikes in the whole 2019 Hardtail of the Year test

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Score 9

Saracen Zenith Pro


  • Superb handling, parties hard on the singletrack


  • Poor quality suspension fork with only friction damping


Saracen Zenith Pro review


Price as reviewed:


With its double-butted aluminium frame, the Saracen Zenith Pro is one of the lightest bikes in the whole 2019 Hardtail of the Year test.

>>> Best Hardtail Mountain Bike 2019: best reviewed mountain bikes under £375, £500, £750 and £1000

It also has some nice touches, like the Crud Catcher mounts under the down and Chip Slot dropout, which is basically a modular design that lets you fit other axle standards.

A big reason the Zenith Pro is rapid is the 120mm travel RST Omega MLC 29 fork. Yes it’s only coil sprung and friction damped but at least you’re not blowing through the travel riding down a kerb.

With Saracen looking to future with the shape and attitude of the Zenith Pro it’s odd to see a front derailleur and double chain rings fitted from the past. The Side-Swing design is neat but we’d rather see a single ring to reduce complexity and cost.

The Zenith Pro is a modern hardtail with up to date geometry but one thing stops it getting top marks – sort that fork and Saracen could be looking at a test winner in 12months time.


Frame:Series 2 6061 aluminium
Fork:RST Omega MLC 29, 120mm travel
Wheels:Joytech hubs, Araya rims, Schwalbe Nobby Nic/Racing Ralph 29x2.25 tyres
Drivetrain:Shimano Alivio chainset, r-mech, f-mech and shifters
Brakes:Tektro HDM-275, 180/160mm
Weight:13.85kg (30.53lb)
Sizes:S, M, L, XL
Size tested:Large