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Saracen Kili Flyer Elite

Saracen’s Kili Flyer Elite is light and well-shaped for fast and far riding all year round, but its sticky suspension and frame flex are obvious in technical sections.

The frame

The full-carbon frame’s layout hasn’t changed for 2018 but Saracen have modified the mould to let them stretch the front end. That means the medium is as long as last year’s large. The back end is now Boost width, with a bolted axle and directmount mech for stiffer shifting and tracking, and the head angle is a degree slacker. Saracen have also specced a lighter compression tune on the shock. The 30mm main pivot, ISCG-05 tabs and optional front mech mount stay the same. There’s a lot of stiction in the linkage bushings, which makes swingarm movement notchy even with the shock removed.

The kit

While its price has dropped by $300, the Elite’s spec is now closer to that of last year’s cheaper Pro model. That means you get a ‘Performance’ grade Fox fork and shock, not Kashimacoated units, and a 1x11 Shimano SLX tra…

Manon Carpenter’s Saracen Myst

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SARACEN ARIEL 152

SARACEN HAVE GONE back to the drawing board for the 2014 Ariel, retaining the playful yet aggressive ride feel that won previous incarnations a loyal following, while acknowledging that the modern trail bike landscape has shifted once more. The result is a much more refined-looking frame complete with this year’s must-have 650b wheels.