Yep, that is me in this month's MBR Magazine ( August 2015 ) rocking the 2016 Saracen Bikes Kili Flyer!
|The Saracen Ariel 143 outside NWMTB|
Along with getting my body in condition, I needed to get the trusty Saracen Ariel in shape to get me down that crazy mountain.
So with the help of the insanely good crew at The North West Mountain Bike Centre ( support your local bike shop folks, your bike will thank you! ) the bike has had some loving...
First off, I've finally caught up with the world of 1x10 and had fitted out back a Shimano SLX 10-Speed cassette and Zee Rear Shadow Derailleur ( Clutch Mechs rule! )
|1x10 Courtesy of Shimano Out back|
Taking care of business out front I have opted to keep the chaps in Barnoldswick happy and gone for the 32 tooth Narrow Wide Hope Retainer Ring.
|Hope Narrow Wide Retainer Ring 32T|
Along with a new chain, some new cables and outers, this tidies the Burgtec cockpit up nicely ( Enduro Stem and RideWider Bars ).
|Tidy Burgtec Cockpit|
That means the current build is as follows:
FRAME: 2012 Ariel custom butted tubeset featuring signature Tuned Ride Link (TRL) suspension /CNC Taper 1 1/8" to 1.5" headtube / 140mm travel running on 30mm main pivot cartridge bearings and 15mm NorglideTM linkage bushings
FORK: Fox 32 Float RL FIT / Taper steerer / QR15 / 150mm travel ( just serviced by NWMTB )
REAR SHOCK: Fox RP23 BV XV ( just serviced by NWMTB )
HEADSET: FSA Gravity XX - ( this will need some love pretty soon.)
SHIFTERS: Shimano SLX M660 Rapid Fire
REAR DERAILLEUR: Shimano Zee Shadow+ 10sp M640
CHAINSET: Hope Narrow Wide 32 Retainer Ring ( will need chain guide at some point )
BOTTOM BRACKET: Shimano SM-BB70 HT2
CHAIN: SRAM PC1031 10sp Chain
CASSETTE: Shimano SLX CS-HG81 10sp Cassette
RIMS: Sun Inferno 27 Black 32 hole ( still rocking the 26"! )
HUBS: Formula Sealed bearing Black 32 hole front for 15mm axle / Formula Sealed bearing Black 32 hole for 12 x 142mm axle rear
SPOKES: Double butted stainless steel 14g with alloy nipples.
TYRES: Schwalbe Hans Dampf 26x2.35 Snakeskin Trailstar ( definitely will need something dual ply for the race )
BRAKES: Shimano SLX M666 180/160 mm rotors
LEVERS: Shimano SLX M666
HANDLEBARS: Burgtec RideWider Bars 780mm 15mm Rise
GRIPS: Saracen Lock-on dual-density grip.
STEM: Burgtec Enduro Stem 50mm AM
SADDLE: Charge Spoon
SEATPOST: Kind Shock 125mm with remote
PEDALS: Shimano XT Trail M785
MUDGUARD: NWMTB Custom Pro Model
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I'm reporting on the Mega for Ride.io - expect some epic GoPro footage!
Thanks to the crew at NWMTB
Been playing with a Panasonic G6 camera over the winter. Not bad considering the size. Here is my landscape attempt ( with some Photoshop help ).