Spotted: World Cup Champion Matt Walker's New Saracen Myst

Apr 12, 2021
by James Smurthwaite  

Downhill World Cup overall champion, Matt Walker, has posted a photo of a new Saracen downhill bike on Instagram.

Despite Saracen producing a full carbon bike, Matt was riding on an aluminium bike last season, including at World Champs and his title-winning runs in Lousa. That bike paired a stretched version of the Myst Al front triangle, which offered 20mm extra reach, with the carbon rear end of the Myst Team. This allowed Matt to race a bike that fit him better while taking advantage of the more adjustable rear end of the carbon bike for a mullet set up with short chainstays.

Matt's championship-winning bike from 2020 also had an aluminium front triangle but note the different headtube junctions, seat mast brace and downtube shape.

Once again, it looks like Matt is mixing carbon and aluminium on his 2021 bike but this year it looks like he'll be running a totally new aluminium front triangle. There are clear differences on this new frame from Matt's 2020 bike in the shape of the downtube, the headtube junction and the seat mast but the rest of the bike, including the carbon rear end, linkage and mullet set up looks the same as last year.

We suspect that this new aluminium front triangle is a refinement on the setup Matt was running last year with some extra room up front and geometry that's specifically designed to accommodate a mullet set up. We've reached out to Saracen for more information and will update this article if any comes through.


  • 52 12
 Sorry guys... . . . It doesn't look like a Session
  • 18 4
 Depends on how you look at it... I see 29 inch wheels...
  • 12 7
 True but it does look Like Session red paint!
  • 2 1
 maybe a older Foes Mono ....almost
  • 9 0
 Sessions look like Konas anyway
  • 4 0
 doesn't need to, he never Myst a beat last year
  • 30 2
 Another aluminum DH frame. Are the tides turning . . . ?
  • 12 17
flag Krzymndyd (Apr 12, 2021 at 13:11) (Below Threshold)
 if its rough I would rather ride aluminum so its not such a harsh ride
  • 4 1
 The bike he was on last year was alu already. It had a lenghtened front triangle.
  • 14 1
 If you're only selling a few hundred models a year, carbon is a pretty expensive tooling investment.
  • 6 1
 Rear triangle was carbon so the tides are stationary. Its like half way between high tide and full tide but I wouldn't call it mid tide either....its just not up to anything.
  • 3 13
flag Boxmtb (Apr 12, 2021 at 17:04) (Below Threshold)
 No the brands just don't care about their racers enough to give em carbon, lol
  • 9 0
 @Boxmtb: seems like racing is all brands care about. If they cared about freeride you could still get 27.5 DH bikes.
  • 3 0
 @hbar314: slack tide has you covered here
  • 16 1
 I've always dreamed of changing my last name to Saraza*, move to Sarasota, Florida and buying a Saracen bike..

*Saraza=Bullshit in Argentinian slang.
  • 15 1
 Spotted?? Do you mean posted on Instagram?
  • 13 2
 Can't say that I'm mystified by the fact that everyone is going back to metal bikes.
  • 9 0
 Spotted: World Cup Champion Matt Biker has a New Walk
  • 9 4
 Geez, they really need to rename the "World Champs" to something like 'Nations Cup'. All of the terminology for UCI champions is as clear as mud.
  • 6 9
 As Roskopp has suggested, I'd do away with World Champs altogether. The best racer of the year is the one who wins the World Cup overall title.
  • 2 4
 @shredddr yeah and then give the rainbow jersey to the overall winner. Much easier to understand
  • 9 1
 @shredddr: It's not difficult to get your head around the World Cup / World Champs distinction - and World Champs gives DH parity with the same event in road disciplines, where the rainbow jersey has always been a one-day event.
  • 6 0
 So this with a 38, dropper and proper gears is going to be the new ‘superenduro’ thing to have...
  • 3 0
 IS the amount of DH bike sold is enough to offset the cost of carbon production? I see more rider buying Enduro bike these days....
  • 5 0
 Nice to see they've made room for a water bottle
  • 3 1
 Why are downhillers still running 471's vs the 511's seems like the same but bigger/better???
  • 2 0
 Narrower rim makes the tire more round on top, rather than more square as it would be a wider rim. Apparently makes it corner better because the side knobs are more angled (atleast according to Bruni)
  • 1 0
 @mtb-wyatt: Does it only apply to Maxxis tyres
  • 4 0
 For me personally I prefer the 471 as the narrower rim gives both a better tyre profile and holds the tyre on better. Also lighter and arguably stronger (my DH ones have been indestructible). For reference I'm running Schwalbe Magic Mary's with tubes, around 24F/27R PSI. Run this set up across all bikes.
  • 2 0
 Looks like a nukeproof mega no wait... definitely a session
  • 2 0
 just one beautiful bike and the coil!!!!
  • 2 0
 No floating rear brake mod like Danny Harts old bike?
  • 2 2
 They had to add 20mm because the CEO is a wuss in doing correct sizing
  • 1 0
 saddle model??
  • 2 0
 PRO - Stealth Off-Road (Short and comfy) also available in carbon
  • 1 4
 uhm, looks like a session with misplaced shock?
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