With suspension that was already well established, the setup was fairly easy. A simple change of rear damper spring rate and then 86 psi upfront, the Fox really is an easy one to make right.
With some good bike time on some proper downhill courses this bike would soon have a good shake down. The first thing that was noticed was the slight lack of urgency that the Myst has, it seems to take some effort to get the bike up to speed.
At first I thought it was the tyre pressures or maybe some more setup was required but this was all checked and nothing was off. After a few laps and some comparison to a different bike the sizing really seemed to be the issue. The size L that was supplied has reach numbers of 445mm. This in my books would be classed as a medium. If you compare this to the Canyon Sender which has a 440mm reach for size M, the more cramped riding position did not help the feeling.
When talking about fatigue on a downhill bike it is slightly more interesting. Just think, you do not need the energy to climb back up the hill afterwards. This is an all-in, three-to-five minute thrash. Even in this short period though, the feeling of the chassis and harshness on big hits will sap energy. The Saracen Myst does cope with this well. The PRO brand cockpit has a great feel when taking big hits, match this up with a good set of Fox dampers then it keeps the points of contact high quality. The carbon chassis is stiff but the components make for the flex needed keeping the fatigue low. I’m not saying you will be feeling fresh after sprinting this beast mind.
The Myst really is not a bad machine though – look at the spec that is given for the £5,699. Fox dampers, DT Swiss wheel set, Shimano Saint all round. Nothing to be changed here. The Saracen Myst does chew up the terrain when you do get up to speed, taking Revolution Bike park and Antur Stiniog at its leisure. This is mainly down to the rear suspension system. The same as you will find on its shorter travel stablemate the Ariel. This is a smooth and fairly simple design that just works well.