Photos: Toby Martin

Saracen have released an aluminium version of the Myst downhill bike. The Myst had previously been a carbon only model but this new material brings it to a lower, more affordable price point. The bike is modestly specced to go along with the cheaper material and is now a viable option for a rider who wants to dip their toes into the world of downhill racing. 

Saracen Myst AL spec

Frame Series 3 custom butted 6013 alloy tubeset / UD carbon linkage 
Fork X Fusion RV1 / 203mm travel  
Rear Shock X Fusion Vektor Coil RC 
Drivetrain Shimano Zee / 1x10 speed / MRP G4 CS 
Rims Kore Tension SL 
Hubs Formuula DHL 92 sealed bearing 32h front / Novatec sealed bearing 32h rear 
Tyres Maxxis Highroller II / 42a SUper Tacky / 27.5 x 2.4" 
Brakes Shimano MT501 203/203mm 
Sizes S/M/L 
Weight 18.21kg 

With a price point of £2,599, it's £1,300 cheaper than the lowest spec carbon model, a decent saving in anyone's book. You're also looking at a bike that goes head to head with the Sender Al and the YT Tues  Al as one of the most affordable downhill bikes on the market. 

Saracen have specced the bike wisely with a suspension coming from X Fusion, finishing kit and wheels from Kore, and further money saved on less important areas like the drivetrain. 

In terms of shape we're looking at a bike modelled on what the Saracen downhill team currently ride. The team have been running slightly altered gemoetry to the former production Myst but this aluminium bike, and the updated carbon versions, match their bikes perfectly. The suspension system is the same too as the carbon link, the only bit of carbon on this otherwise aluminium bike, is carried over.

Also new this year is the option to buy a 29" version of the Myst, which has been ridden by Matt Walker all year. The big-wheeled version is only available in the carbon Team spec though, this aluminium version is 27.5" only.

For more information visit: saracen.co.uk