Saracen Trace 2 2008 - any good or should I play safe?

Bluemoon39
Bluemoon39 Posts: 168
edited January 2010 in MTB buying advice
Hi All

I'm a newbie and have been spending the last couple of weeks reading forums and deciding what to spend my max £450 from Evans on (must be Evans)
I am using for Trails and XC, I am 6ft 1" with 34" inside leg
I had ordered a GT Avalanche 1.0 disc 2008 but they have all gone :(

I noticed this http://www.evanscycles.com/products/sar ... e-ec001196

which has a big reduction and the spec seems really good, however I can't find anything about them on the internet and I have read that Saracen aren't very good.

Can anyone tell me if this bike is a good deal?

My other options are:

http://www.evanscycles.com/products/can ... e-ec000096
http://www.evanscycles.com/products/kon ... e-ec017216
http://www.evanscycles.com/products/gen ... e-ec017148

Budget options are

http://www.evanscycles.com/products/mon ... e-ec000855
http://www.evanscycles.com/products/spe ... e-ec016012
http://www.evanscycles.com/products/tre ... e-ec016489

Thanks
Mongoose Tyax Super 2008 with just a few upgrades...

Comments

  • Saracen is a good bike nice and study things!
    i have a saracen raw 3 and it has everything a bike needs hydrolic disc brakes and all!
    The person who said saracens are rubbish has never ridden one ! :evil:
    you should 100% buy a saracen :D
    I have had this bike for a year and a bit now not broke once!!!!

    that bike that youhave posted is good go get it!
  • missmarple
    missmarple Posts: 1,980
    Saracen is a good bike nice and study things!
    i have a saracen raw 3 and it has everything a bike needs hydrolic disc brakes and all!
    The person who said saracens are rubbish has never ridden one ! :evil:
    you should 100% buy a saracen :D
    I have had this bike for a year and a bit now not broke once!!!!

    that bike that youhave posted is good go get it!

    They said they were rubbish, because frankly up until they changed their retail strategy a year or so ago they were utter cack. Their old models were fantastic, like the Raleighs and Diamondbacks.

    A decent set of forks and a reliable transmission on this bike coupled with the 'relative' comfort of the SDG Bel Air should make for a fairly decent budget bike. As you're new to the sport I presume you haven't yet differentiated into the different realms of cycling, i.e. FR, DH, XC etc.

    For me, personal choice would be the Gensis or the Kona, only due to the styling. It really is a "go into the bike shop and have a go" sort of deal, bikes - believe it or not, can and will most certainly feel different as you ride them more and more.

    Hope this helps, and welcome to the forum! Any problems, queries or wonderings - just post here or PM and someone will come to your rescue. :P
  • Blimey this is an old thread!
    I ended up saving a few quid and buying the Mongoose Tyax Super and I have been absolutley delighted with it.
    I've had it since April 09 and it's been well and truley tested round the Peaks.
    All I've done is upgrade the seat post, skewers, grips and stuck a Nobby nic on the back.
    I am now dreaming of upgrading the forks to something like a Tora but $$ too tight, so the XCR will have to do for a bit longer.
    Then again I might just buy a decent FS when I can instead.
    Mongoose Tyax Super 2008 with just a few upgrades...
  • missmarple
    missmarple Posts: 1,980
    Bluemoon39 wrote:
    Blimey this is an old thread!
    I ended up saving a few quid and buying the Mongoose Tyax Super and I have been absolutley delighted with it.
    I've had it since April 09 and it's been well and truley tested round the Peaks.
    All I've done is upgrade the seat post, skewers, grips and stuck a Nobby nic on the back.
    I am now dreaming of upgrading the forks to something like a Tora but $$ too tight, so the XCR will have to do for a bit longer.
    Then again I might just buy a decent FS when I can instead.

    Stick with the HT for now, FS bikes under a grand simply aren't worth the trade-offs.
  • Yeah I will, but I might get a decent FS (circa £1500) when I can rather than spend on upgrading the forks on my Goose.
    Although I love the feel and intensity of the HT I think my old bones will thank me for a FS in a year or so.
    I'm well into it now so it's worth waiting I think.
    Mongoose Tyax Super 2008 with just a few upgrades...
  • supersonic
    supersonic Posts: 82,708
    Plenty of decent sub 1k full sussers about if you look about.