Saracen Launches New Ariel 50E eMTB

May 28, 2021
by James Smurthwaite  

Hot on the heels of refreshing its mountain bike range with a discipline-spanning range of Ariels, Saracen has now given its eMTB an overhaul too.


The 50E replaces the Ariel E and it definitely looks like a much cleaner package than its rudimentary predecessor. Much like the new Ariel range, the formula for this bike is simple, take the model number, add 100 and get the travel amount. Pair that with an aluminium frame, a 160mm fork, a Shimano motor and an integrated 504Wh battery and you have the foundations of this bike.


The wheel size of the bike depends on sizing with the small and medium sizes of each bike running a mixed mullet set up (29" front wheel and 27.5" rear wheel), while the large and extra-large sizes bump up to 29" wheels front and rear. Both the Pro and Elite builds of the bike run Shimano's EP8 motor with 85Nm of torque, while the base model gets the E-7000 motor from the Japanese brand that offers 60Nm.

The frames offer roomy geometry with a reach in excess of 500mm in size large that grows to 525mm in extra-large. Combine that with 465mm chainstays throughout the size range and you get some fairly sizable bikes. Other key figures from the geo chart include a 65° head angle, 76° seat tube angle and 25mm bb drop.
Saracen Ariel 50E Details

Frame material: Aluminium
Intended Use: All mountain
Travel: 150mm
Wheelsize: 29" front/27.5" rear (small and medium), 29" front and rear (large and extra large)
Motor: Shimano Steps EP8 (Pro and Elite builds)
Battery: 504 Wh
Head tube angle: 65°
Price: £4,499.99 - £6,499.99
More info:

Geometry for a size large.

Three builds are available starting at £4,499.99 for the base model that comes with a mix of Marzocchi and Fox suspension, a Shimano Steps E-7000 motor and a mix of Shimano Deore and SLX groupset components. The range tops out with the Elite model that comes with Fox suspension including a coil shock, an EP8 motor and XT level groupset components for £6,499.99. All the models of the bike are in stock now and apparently ready to ship from Saracen direct. More info, here.

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  • 59 0
 I am sorry, I don't understand this part:

"All the models of the bike are in stock now and apparently ready to ship from Saracen direct"

that doesn't make any sense.
  • 35 0
 They have one of each, be quick.
  • 38 0
 What is this phrase 'In Stock'?
  • 35 0
 Apparently all the models of the apparent bike are apparently in stock (apparently now) and are apparently ready to ship from apparently Saracen apparently direct, apparently.
  • 16 0
 @mi-bike: Whoa, hold up there buddy, you are sounding a bit too sure of your position there.
  • 1 1
 @Patrick9-32: Seemingly it is just feigned.
  • 3 0
 Fake news. Some sizes not in stock.
  • 16 1
 "Saracen's new Ariel eMTB is much cleaner than its predecessor".

Sounds like this bike was a collaboration with that detergent brand
  • 7 1
 They collaborated with Specialized to create a hidden stash compartment in the downtube...except it is only used for Tide Pods.
  • 1 0
 @Warburrito: People who ride MTB, “Put your Weeeeed in there”
  • 12 1
 I bought an ariel 30 on release day, it was delivered 2 days later and has been great ever since. if you want an e-bike, there's probably much worse things to get.
  • 1 0
 What size? The mullet sized ones? How is it? Reach on a medium at 580 seems loooong? Especially with a 50mm stem up there.
  • 1 0
  • 1 0
 Im fairly tall, but got a large (was in their sizing for XL). My previous bike had a 450mm reach, but a way slacker seat tube, so seated the length is about the same (+3mm ett), as the tube on the Ariel is so steep.

Love the bike. The only poor spec is the 150mm dropper (switched out to a 210mm), everything else works perfectly after around 1000km
  • 9 0
 Great marketing movie, no Goats or Rock Monsters just a dad and son having fun ripping around on the eMTBSmile
  • 11 2
 nice bike apart from battery size
  • 4 3
 Pretty heavy considering the smallish battery..52 lbs.
  • 2 12
flag Chewy66 (May 28, 2021 at 10:28) (Below Threshold)
 Nice bike apart from the battery , the motor and the weight
  • 6 2
 Super picky point but I really wish bike companies would colour code the battery plate on the downtube!
  • 5 0
 covers are usually made from plastic. You can try and use the same shade paint for it as the frame and FAIL because it just will not be the same. Or leave it black.
  • 2 0
 If the Ariel 30 is "the bike most people in the UK should be riding "*. I'd like to see a good, proper, review of that one please. If anyone is listening?

*i read that quote about it somewhere
  • 1 0
 Singletrackworld did one
  • 2 1
 This wheel size thing is driving me mad. I hate Mullets and I hate 29ers. I need a medium frame with 27.5 wheels which should be easy to buy. But it isn't anymore! The choice of frame size and wheel size is getting more and more limited. Just offer 27.5 in medium and cater for everyone.
  • 1 0
 Check out banshee bikes
  • 1 0
 @freerabbit: Love Banshee bikes I've owned one few years back. Keith Scott the designer is a top bloke too.
  • 1 0
 Got mine bought, yeah, went for the large elite and what a bike it is.. it’s a Dh destroyer I absolutely love everything about it apart from the dodgy rear xt hub which I’ve now replaced with a hope pro 4
  • 1 0
 Specialized lawsuit in 3.... 2.... 1.....
  • 2 0
 Looks like a Commencal Meta Power..
  • 5 9
flag ad15 (May 28, 2021 at 7:44) (Below Threshold)
 but ugly..
  • 2 0
 Looks like a meta
  • 3 2
 You won’t be fitting these on a bike rack anytime soon!
  • 5 3
 1304mm wheelbase and 505mm reach in size L... What the actual f***... At 1m80 (5.9ft) i already find my Knolly Fugitive long with a reach of 477mm and a 35mm stem !
  • 3 0
 No kidding, my wheelbase is 1264mm and it’s just baaaarely staying on my Superclamp (and almost poking out further than my mirrors but that’s another problem). Any bigger and I think I’d have to order another rack or a roof mount
  • 1 0
 My 1up rack fits my 1320 wheelbase no problem.
  • 2 1
 Instead of designing a bigger Large bike they just moved the “L” sticker to the XL frame
  • 3 0
 Just spin the bars 180 and on she goes
  • 2 1
 why do companies even make bikes with a 500 W battery anymore?
  • 1 4
 504 Wh battery on all models, even the top spec. For the price of these bikes, my money would be going elsewhere (such as the Vitus e-Sommet), much better spec for the money. I don't know why, but Saracen just seems a bit uncool to me aswell. So if I were to seriously consider one, I would expect the price to be a lot more competitive, or the spec to be better.
  • 3 4
 UK company with compromised brake routing for people who live the in the UK. Genius.
  • 1 1
 Looks like a sessioned meta
  • 2 4
 Lets see.... 465 chainstay- no. Small battery- no. Shimano motor instead of Bosch-no. Reach for large at 505 is dare I say too long. Other than that looks great.
  • 1 2
 465mm chainstays. Sorry, but I’m out.
  • 3 1
 Manuals for days.
  • 1 3
 Available to buy in the year 3267. Out of stock until then.
  • 1 4
 Weight: If you have to ask…
  • 2 1
  • 6 2
 @ethlikesbikes: respectable for price
  • 2 11
flag MrNibbles (May 28, 2021 at 4:46) (Below Threshold)
 @ethlikesbikes: ~53lbs. Yeesh. 4 years ago, ok. But today, this kind of thing is just ridiculous.
  • 4 0
 @MrNibbles: What should it be nowadays out of interest?
  • 5 1
 @Woody25: It should weigh 38 lbs, have 170mm travel, all the best components and cost $4,000 (in my dreams). Sadly, Bikes are becoming something for the rich. YT raised their top of the line Ebike $1,500 from last year and its the same bike!
  • 1 1
 @Woody25: The Kenevo and Levo SL, as well as the Orbea, have set the bar for the light end of the spectrum. But this is still on the 2017 end of the spectrum. Might as well follow Rob's lead and build an arguably much better setup with a carbon frame, for even less:
  • 1 4
 Is the battery sealed, or would I halt and catch fire in the rain?
  • 3 0
 Unless you're made of potassium you should be ok.
  • 4 7
 shut up and take my money
  • 3 1
 Out of stock already!
  • 1 2
 @theoskar57: Coming Soon: DUE IN STOCK EARLY JUNE 2021
  • 2 4
 I couldn’t care less
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