Words and Images: Adam Wight
Saracen are no newbies to the bike world. Started in 1983, they built some of the first UK mountain bikes, in 1984 two of them even got ridden (read potentially carried) to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. In the late 90’s and early 2000’s, I had a couple including the bulky but indestructible Xile and Xess jump bikes with a set of RST triple clamps proudly bolted to the front end – I snapped those RST’s nosing it in too early to a sizeable dirt jump, the frame however, straight and true ready for another hammering. The brand then went quiet for a few years, until Madison picked them up in 2009 which changed things up with fresh ideas and significant financial reinvestment.
Back in July, Madison invited us to a day at Revolution Bike Park to cut some laps on their new 2018 range, namely the new Ariel enduro bike and the revised Myst DH rig. We sent Adam along to get re-aquainted.
Anyone who has ever visited Rev’s, will be fully aware of its status as one of the UK’s only ‘real’ DH parks. In the rain – nearly every visit – it’s intimidating to say the least, massive holes which are ever evolving and intentionally not filled in and polished roots galore, strewn across steep chutes and often covered in scree like shale. Intentions were clear and set literally in stone – ‘you’re here to ride the tyres off our new bikes’. Challenge accepted!