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Saracen Ariel Pro 2016

Product Reference: VARRN6321
  • Now $2,278.85
  • Saracen Ariel Pro 2016: 150/160mm travel enduro/trail bike
  • Aluminium main frame/ carbon rear triangle
  • Marzocchi shock and fork
  • Shimano 1 x 10 drivetrain
  • Gamut chain device
  • Shimano disc brakes
  • Kore/ WTB finishing kit
  • Kore rims on bolt through hubs
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The refreshed for 2016 Saracen Ariel Pro is a lot of bike for not a lot of money.

Using the same frame is its more expensive sibling, the Ariel delivers 150 mm of travel via its Tuned Ride Link (TRL) design rear suspension which utilises high quality Norglide bushings and a 30 mm main pivot bearing to give smooth and reliable long term operation.

Absorbing everything that trail and rider can throw at this bike are Marzocchi suspension units front and rear; the acclaimed 350 fork provides 160 mm of buttery smooth travel at the front thanks to its espresso coat stanchions, and provides ample tuning potential with external rebound and compression damping dials. The rear shock goes even further, featuring both high and low speed compression damping, rebound damping and gate valve adjustments.

Drive is provided by the super tough Shimano Zee crankset and Gamut chain device, with shifting taken care of by the superb combination of Shimano 10 speed Deore shifter and SLX rear mech, providing the perfect combination of functionality and affordability. 

Brakes are Shimano M615 units clamping on to 180 mm Shimano alloy bodied rotors; world renowned for their stopping power, positive lever feel, reliability and ease of maintenance. 

The role of dropper post is filled by the simple but very effective KS drop zone post. The under saddle lever means no cable to get filled up with crud and stop working, and keeps the handlebar area refreshingly clear of excessive numbers of shifter/brake/dropper/lockout hoses and cables.

Wheels are made up of 27.5" WTB vigilante tyres on Kore XCD rims, running on sealed bearing hubs front and rear, the rest of the spec list is filled by good stuff from Kore, WTB, FSA, KS and Saracen.

Want to see the Saracen Ariel Pro in action? This video from Pinkbike will allow you to review just how well this brilliant bike performs in the real world.

Specification:

Frame: Ariel 27.5 custom butted tubeset featuring a new carbon fibre swingarm using signature tuned ride link (trl) suspension / cnc taper 1 1/8" to 1.5" headtube / 150mm travel running on 30mm main pivot cartridge bearings and 15mm norglideTM linkage bushings / 12x142mm dropout

  • Rear Shock: Marzocchi 053 S3C2R
  • Fork: Marzocchi 350CR / 160mm travel / expresso stanchions / tapered steerer / 15mm Axle
  • Headset: FSA Orbit No.57
  • Shifters: Shimano Deore M610 Rapid-Fire 1x10 speed RH
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano SLX M675 Shadow Plus
  • Front Derailleur: Gamut Trail S
  • Chainset: Shimano Zee M640 34T 170-175mm
  • Bottom Bracket: Shimano SM-BB51 HT2
  • Chain: Shimano HG-54
  • Cassette: Shimano HG50 10-speed cassette 11-36T
  • Rims: Kore XCD SW 27.5 black 32h
  • Hubs: Sealed bearing black 32h front for 15mm axle / sealed bearing black 32h for 12mm axle rear
  • Tyres: WTB Vigilante TCS 27.5 x 2.3
  • Brakes: Shimano M615 180/180mm
  • Brake levers: Shimano M615
  • Handlebars: KORE Durox 760mm wide / 20mm rise / 8.5 degree bend
  • Grips: Saracen lock-on dual-density grip
  • Stem: Saracen 6061 60mm a-head / 6degree rise / 31.8mm clamp
  • Saddle: Kore Durox SL
  • Seatpost: KS Drop Zone
  • Pedals: KS Drop Zone
  • Weight: 14.12 kg
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