Saracen Announces New Ariel 30 Elite & Updates to Existing Range

Apr 12, 2024 at 3:32
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PRESS RELEASE: Saracen

A new addition to the Saracen line-up for 2024 is the Ariel 30 Elite. A top end short-travel trail bike sticking with the brand’s signature TRL suspension design and 6013 alloy frame, the Elite is a brand new model taking performance up another notch with a killer spec that’s built for fun but still has glimmers of XC in its DNA.

Aside from the new Ariel 30 Elite, there are updates and additions across the Ariel range. From feedback over the past year all pedal Ariels now come equipped with a longer 170mm dropper post as standard (150mm for size small) and every bike has had a rad new colourway added to the range too.

Andrew Ayers, Senior Product Manager at Saracen, said: “We are super excited to introduce the brand-new Ariel 30 Elite to complete the Ariel 30 line-up. Now we have a seriously top-spec short travel trail bike that is perfect for big days out or ripping it up at a trail centre. Alongside this new model, the rest of the Ariel range gets new colours added to each model so make sure you check out the best-selling Ariel 80 and award-winning Ariel 60 – we reckon it’s our best-looking range to date!”

Saracen Ariel 30 Elite
The new Ariel 30 Elite, RRP £3,999.99.

The Saracen Ariel range still comes in three different travel options, each designed with different riders in mind. The Ariel 30 is the trail-ready, downcountry bike that is still designed to have a good time when descending. As well as the new Elite, there are new colourways of the Ariel 30, 30 Pro and Ariel 30 X frameset for anyone wanted to build it their own way.

Saracen Ariel 60 Elite
The Ariel 60 Elite colourway, RRP: £4,399

Fan favourite, the Ariel 60 is back with the addition of three new incredible colourways. If you’re looking to go full enduro, take on wilderness epics and even laps of your favourite trail centres then the Ariel 60 has you covered. A bike tested, ridden and raced by some of the fastest riders on the planet still has three fantastic offerings for every budget in the form of the Ariel 60, 60 Pro and 60 Elite. There is also a new colour for the frame only Ariel 60 X.

Saracen Ariel 80 Pro
The new Ariel 80 Pro colourway, RRP £3,499.99.

For riders wanting for more travel, more stoke and more fun you’ll be pleased to hear the best-selling Ariel 80 also gets two new colours added to the range for 2024. It’s the continuation of what was created to be the perfect ‘Park Bike’ with a massive 180mm travel leading the charge on a tried and tested set-up you won’t have to worry about. This model comes in two specs, the Ariel 80 and slightly higher specced Ariel 80 Pro.

Whether you’re out on the singletrack with the Ariel 30, going full enduro with the Ariel 60 or sending it down the black runs at your local park with the 80, the Saracen Ariel is a bike that’ll be your willing companion no matter where you want to ride.

And while the Ariel 80 is a pure-bred 27.5 machine, the 30 and the 60 come in mullet builds for the small and medium sizes, and as 29ers for L and XL. But wanting to give you options, both models come with additional push links so you can go 29 front and back if you want to swing that way.

Last but by no means least, the Ariel Jnr has had a fresh new paint job added to the line-up, utilising the bigger Ariel platform this really is a scaled down version designed for young riders who really want to go all the way as they progress their riding. For full race feel there’s even Maxxis Minion DHR II tyres and ODI Elite Motion Grips.

For more information, pricing and to buy one head to www.saracen.co.uk. International orders should contact customerservice@saracen.co.uk to discuss shipping costs or check the international stockists section of the website. Follow Saracen Instagram for more information and the latest on the new bikes.

Saracen Ariel 30 Elite


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  • 31 0
 Tough week to launch new products in a sea of new & shiny things.
  • 38 1
 what Otter options do they have?
  • 21 9
 They ran demos of these at a UK bike park. The guy sorting out the bikes recommended tightening the flip chip bolt every ride. He forgot once, frame trashed. Wouldn't go anywhere near them
  • 6 0
 Loctite, or alternative, doesn't work?
  • 4 6
 @FaahkEet: nope, just seems a very poor design. You don't want to use red loctite, as it's the flip chip bolt. Blue isn't strong enough. I was shocked when he said you need to check it after every descent at the park.
  • 1 4
 @Endo79: Yikes, that is definitely no bueno. Thanks for the heads up!
  • 44 0
 @FaahkEet: I mean you would need to fact check that claim first. Everyone’s got a story these days. Not saying he’s wrong but it’s got a definite whiff of Pinkbike mysticism.
  • 3 6
 @thenotoriousmic: no, it's real. Antur stiniog demo a few weeks ago. We were more surprised the guy (was a guy and a women rep'ing) admitted the design flaw. Because he forgot to tighten it after a descent, bolt bent, frame moved at an odd angle and dug right into the seat tube, frame knackered.
  • 9 1
 @Endo79: Way to absolutely blow up this poor guy's shit.
  • 2 0
 I didn't think they had flip chips hence supplying them with extra links to change the back wheel? The eebs definitely don't and are super solid.
  • 4 0
 @Endo79: but there isn’t a flip chip on the Saracen frames!
  • 2 6
flag Endo79 (Apr 12, 2024 at 15:52) (Below Threshold)
 @threehats: push links, flip chips, same same. The bolts that hold that in place are the issue
  • 2 2
 @threehats: I'm just saying what I saw and what the actual Saracen rep told us at antur. He looked genuinely embarrassed. Not a chance I would be bolt checking after every descent. That's just not a reasonable thing to expect on a production bike
  • 4 0
 @SaracenBikes Care to comment on this to set the record straight? The last thing anyone wants is a failure that leads to an injury or worse.
  • 6 0
 Ive had an Ariel 30 for 3 years, which is the same basic frame design as the 80 although with less load and rotation on the pivots, not had to do the bolts up any more than I would expect to (twice in total I think)
  • 1 0
 @thenotoriousmic: Of course, but it gives a bit of an advanced warning to check that if you get to test ride one.
  • 2 0
 @Endo79: ether way safe to say the sales reps going to have some tricky question to answer when the office reopens on Monday morning.
  • 2 1
 @thenotoriousmic: indeed. Fair play to him for being honest, but does seem to be very counter productive to what he should be doing
  • 5 0
 and now the poor rep has lost his job
  • 2 0
 @averagerug: Poor guy and as if the industry isn't struggling enough, someone wants to destroy them even more!! No words sometimes.
  • 2 3
 @glorydh20: erm, I'm not destroying anything, the poor quality frames are what is destroying them. I wouldn't be saying anything if what happened at the demo day didn't happen
  • 6 0
 @Endo79: just saying you’re a bit hamfisted pointing out the rep like that. The guy was being forthcoming and will live to regret it.
  • 3 0
 @Endo79: has this guy stolen your girlfriend or something because he’s in the shit now!
  • 1 2
 @smith888: presume he doesn't want his job then, as he was telling everyone and showing people the trashed frame. I would rather let people know what I was told and saw, than let people spend hard earned money on something which looks to have a big flaw
  • 3 0
 @Endo79: it sounds to me like he’s trying to get sacked to me. Either that or he doesn’t know how threadlock works.
  • 5 0
 @Endo79: The amount of time you have commented tells me you definitely have a motive to destroy either the rep or the manufacturer. 3 of my mates have Saracen's and never had a problem. Not sure I agree with talking bad about things you haven't experienced yourself.
  • 3 2
 @glorydh20: no motive, just stating facts. As I said, would rather say what I see and potentially save someone spending hard earned cash on something that's not fit for purpose. Maybe the rep was disgruntled, maybe the frame was a one off. It wasn't me riding that bike, but rep is who tolde.wjat happened and I did see the damage. To just ignore negative feedback and say this couldn't possibly be the case seems the more silly side of common sense.
  • 3 0
 You try and warn people about something you saw and everyone shits all over you. Sounds like the rep said the issues out loud to multiple people. That’s on him.
  • 3 0
 @Endo79 Weird. I rode two prototype/samples that used production spec linkages for weeks and had no problem with anything loosening. X2 shock spilled it’s guts, but no frame hardware issues..
  • 1 1
 @PtDiddy: exactly. Madness really.
  • 8 0
 Thank you for the feedback and we would like to clarify as there has been some miscommunication here. We have used this bolt configuration for 13 years without issue and can reassure you there is no design flaw. It is the same configuration that we have on our Myst downhill bike raced by the Madison Saracen team at World Cups. At this particular demo the bikes were box fresh, the first time they had been ridden by anyone and any new bike needs time to bed in. We thoroughly check bikes after each use at a demo event for safety but this does not mean there is an issue with any of the bikes. We hope this clears it up and if you have any questions, please get in touch via our website or on social.
  • 6 0
 @SaracenBikes: we’d like assurances here at pinkbike that the loose lipped gobshite from the demo team has been adequately flogged.
  • 2 0
 His lips have been Loctited shut
  • 9 0
 Myst out anything about whether there is a new DH bike.
  • 1 0
 Excellent pun. Also stay tuned...
  • 5 0
 All that talk about being a short travel bike, and about how one model has different travel than another, and yet no mention of how much travel each bike actually has, or geometry, or god forbid, weight. Bravo all involved.
  • 4 0
 Sorry we didn't do into more detail for you. The Ariel 30 has 130mm travel, the Ariel 60 has 160mm travel and the Ariel 80 has 180mm travel. If you'd like full information including full spec and geometry across all models, please head to www.saracen.co.uk
  • 5 0
 Saracen seems to be using a very similar suspension platform to the old Santa Cruz APP design. Bike looks good

www.pinkbike.com/news/santa-cruz-app-press-2010.html
  • 2 0
 Check out Foe's mtbs, very common linkage
  • 1 0
 Quite like the look of those and for the money they seem decent. Need some seriously good PR though as nearly everyone in the UK still associates Saracen with £200 POS bikes and I doubt barely considers one when wanting to drop £3k+ on a trail bike.
  • 2 0
 Reminds me of the first generation of the Kona Process bikes, always thought it was a sweet layout for standover height
  • 2 0
 @pleasus: ah shit didn't realize they had one before the one I was thinking of. The 2017 generation was what I meant to reference
  • 3 0
 No US distributorship or ability to order... bummer.
  • 3 0
 Do consumer direct brands have distributors? I think you just need to contact them to buy one to sort it out.
  • 2 0
 @rc303: They specifically state on their website they do not sell outside the UK.
  • 1 0
 @dmackyaheard: they also specially state on the website this so it seems they have a solution.

Based outside of the UK and Europe and want to get on board a Saracen? Please contact us and together we can figure out how best to make that happen.
  • 1 0
 One day! If you are interested in buying a Saracen (we like your style by the way) you can drop us a message via our website and we can certainly look into it for you. Thanks for the comment!
  • 1 1
 OK, any geometry numbers, key features...? Even after checking the website, I don't see anything significantly informative...
  • 4 0
 It's all on the website, you just have to scroll down quite a long way.
  • 1 0
 @Fix-the-Spade: Indeed... on a computer, as trying to find this on a mobile phone is a bit more epic let's say.
  • 3 0
 @danstonQ: That's really helpful feedback for our web team. We'll see what we can do to make full specs a bit more mobile-friendly.
  • 1 0
 Not for the US market ~ Per their web site the EU is the only place you can purchase them
  • 3 0
 per their website it also mentions just contact them and can figure it out.
  • 2 0
 Looks like a trek? Its commencal! lol
  • 1 0
 Surprised this wasn't upvoted more. All of these bikes look similar to Commencal models
  • 1 0
 Well at least they didn’t launch on Super Tuesday
  • 1 0
 The Ariel X should really have 8" of travel minimum.
  • 1 0
 reminds me of the old Kona's
  • 1 0
 Great bikes, so sad they are impossible to buy…
  • 4 4
 Superboost hub spacing? I'm out.
  • 4 1
 Why? 1.5mm wider chain line than boost and good mud clearance for tire, chainstay and chain ring. what is not good about the benifits?
  • 3 0
 Were you ever in?
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