There’s only one thing in life better than a new bike, and that’s two new bikes. If you thought you’d have a moment to breathe after the launch of the Ariel LT last year, then you’re sadly mistaken.

The design team have been locked back up in the cupboard and told not to come out until they had two new bikes for us. Happily, they obliged, and we’re super excited to announce the Ariel E and the Traverse, two more bikes you’ll want to own.

Hide your wallets under the sofa and shred those credit cards, because here come the details.

ARIEL E (£5,299.99)

E-bikes! You might have heard of them. They’re not coming anymore, they’re well and truly here, and anyone who’s anyone has some skin in the game by now.

But we’ve been watching and waiting, ready for the perfect moment to unleash our latest creation, knowing that we didn’t want to do it quickly, but do it really bloody well.

And that’s because making an e-bike is far more than just taking your existing frame and sticking a motor on it.

You want to make an e-bike that feels like you’re not riding an e-bike, with the same feel and characteristics as your favorite trail bike. Just with a little more juice when the going gets tough and you need to turn those pedals.

Take all of that, mix it up and carve it into a bike and you have the Ariel E.

The Ariel E is built around a Series 3 custom butted and hydroformed 6013 alloy front triangle paired with a carbon swingarm and linkages which help to keep the weight down while taking nothing out of the ride.

And crucially, the pivot points and geometry are close enough to the existing Ariel that you’ll think you’re riding the same bike, and you won’t feel like you’re trying to guide a barge down a twisty trail.

Drive system comes courtesy of Shimano, in the shape of the E8000 STEPS motor. STEPS is one of the best drive units on the market, and its three power modes – Eco, Trail, and Boost – give you power when you need it, but preserves battery life when you don’t.

Charging is 5hrs for 0-100% or up to 80% in just 2.5hrs, and you look forward to up to 100km of supported riding on a single charge.

Suspension is handled by a Fox 36 fork up front and a Float DPS shock at the back, giving the type of performance that’ll leave you wanting more. And, if you want to get back to the top double quick, you have a motor to take give you a helping hand.

Full spec

Frame

  • Series 3 custom butted and hydroformed 6013 alloy front triangle / Shimano E8000 specific / Toray UD carbon swingarm / ZS44-ZS56 tapered headtube / 37mm main pivot bearings / 28mm linkage bearings / UD carbon linkage / signature TRL suspension design / internal cable routing / 12 x 148mm Boost dropout system / 150mm travel

Drivetrain

  • Shifters / Shimano SLX M7000 Rapidfire Plus 1×11 speed
  • Rear Derailleur / Shimano SLX M7000 Shadow Plus
  • Front Derailleur /
  • Chainset / Shimano E8000 32T / 170-175mm
  • Cassette / Shimano M7000 11 speed cassette 11-46T
  • Chain / KMC X11EL
  • Bottom Bracket / Shimano BB-E8000

Brakes

  • Calipers / Shimano M6000 180/180mm
  • Levers / Shimano M6000

Suspension

  • Fork / Fox 36 Float Performance / 160mm travel / GRIP 3-pos damper / 3 position adjust / tapered steerer / 15QRx110 Boost
  • Rear Shock / Fox Float DPS Performance / EVOL / 3 position adjust

Wheelset

  • Rims / WTB Scraper i35 TCS 29
  • Hubs / Formula DC-711 Boost sealed bearing 32h front / Formula DCL-348S sealed bearing 32h rear / Saracen Taper-Lock axle
  • Spokes / Double-butted stainless steel
  • Tyres / Maxxis Forekaster EXO/TR 27.5 x 2.6&qout; front / rear

Cockpit

  • Headset / Prestine PT-1860D-616
  • Bar / Saracen OS 6061 DB alloy riser bar / 780mm wide / 25mm rise / 5 degree up bend / 9 degree back bend
  • Stem / Saracen 6061 CNC alloy / 45mm / A-head / 0 degree rise / 31.8mm clamp
  • Grips / Saracen lock-on grip
  • Saddle / Kore Fuze II
  • Seatpost / JD YSP07L dropper post / 150mm travel / internal cable routing / 30.9mm (125mm on S size)

Geometry

TRAVERSE (£2,999.99)

The Traverse was designed with two principles in mind: make it fast, and make it playful. Swing a leg over the Traverse and it won’t take you long to figure out that we’ve nailed both of them.

With 29” wheels, 100mm travel at the back and 120mm at the front, the Saracen Traverse is a seriously fast trail weapon. The Series 3 custom butted alloy front triangle give the bike a solid platform, and it has been matched to a Toray UD carbon swingarm at the back.

That swingarm also uses ‘Flex Stay’ technology, which reduces weight by eliminating a rotational pivot and securing hardware.

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You’ll also notice that we’ve opted for a 142mm rear hub, offset to a boost chainline which means we’ve been able to conceal the rear caliper inside the stays, keeping the bike nice and narrow at the back and offering plenty of heel clearance.

Up front, a Fox 34 fork helps to keep you on an even keel, and it’s complimented perfectly by a custom tuned Fox Floast DPS shock at the rear. Drivetrain is Shimano’s 1×11 SLX which will keep your momentum on the way up, and the Maxxis Forekastertyres will keep you rooted to the dirt on the way down.

Full Spec

Frame

  • Series 3 custom butted and hydroformed 6013 alloy front triangle / Mitsubishi UD carbon flex swingarm / ZS44-ZS56 tapered headtube / 30mm main pivot bearings / UD carbon linkage / signature TRL suspension design / internal cable routing / 12 x 148mm Boost dropout system / 100mm travel

Drivetrain

  • Shifters / Shimano SLX M7000 Rapidfire Plus 1×11 speed
  • Rear Derailleur / Shimano Deore XT M8000 Shadow Plus
  • Chainset / Shimano SLX M7000 30T / Boost / 170-175mm
  • Cassette / Shimano M7000 11 speed cassette 11-42T
  • Chain / KMC X11L
  • Bottom Bracket / Shimano BB-MT800B

Brakes

  • Calipers / Shimano M500 180/160mm
  • Levers / Shimano M500

Suspension

  • Fork / Fox 34 Float Performance / 120mm travel / GRIP 3-pos damper / 3 position adjust / tapered steerer / 15QRx110 Boost
  • Rear Shock / Fox Float DPS Performance / EVOL / 3 position adjust

Wheelset

  • Rims / WTB STP i25 TCS 29
  • Hubs / Formula DC-711 Boost sealed bearing 32h front / Formula DCL-348S sealed bearing 32h rear 142mm / Saracen Taper-Lock axle
  • Spokes / Double-butted stainless steel
  • Tyres / Maxxis Forekaster EXO/TR 29 x 2.35&qout; front / Maxxis Ikon EXO/TR 29 x 2.35&qout; rear

Cocpit

  • Headset / Prestine PT-1860D-616
  • Bar / Saracen OS 6061 DB alloy riser bar / 760mm wide / 25mm rise / 5 degree up bend / 9 degree back bend
  • Stem / Saracen 6061 3D-forged alloy / 50mm / A-head / 7 degree rise / 31.8mm clamp
  • Grips / Saracen lock-on grip
  • Saddle / Kore Connex
  • Seatpost / JD YSP12L dropper post / 125mm travel / internal cable routing / 30.9mm (100mm on S size)

Geometry

New Ariel E-Bike and Full Suspension 29er

New Ariel E-Bike and Full Suspension 29er

“Building great bikes is what we love to do; bikes we want to ride and bikes you’ll love. It was the usual labor of love with these two new beauties from initial design to testing and then finally into production. It’s safe to say all of us at Saracen are super excited to add these new steeds into our stable!”

-Simon Wild, product manager at Saracen

 

www.saracen.co.uk