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With a lengthy heritage to the name, we review the latest iteration of the classic Saracen Kili Flyer to see if it lives up to the legend.

saracen kili flyer elite mens mk
Best for...
Hitting the UK trails at speed
Overall Score
They have brought the Kili Flyer name bang up to date with great trail riding capability

Anyone with a lengthy history in mountain biking will recognise the Saracen Kili Flyer name, it being one of the original mountain bikes available in this country and a legendary performer over the years. Of course that original hardtail has developed, evolving into a very capable and hardcore full suspension 27.5" wheeled machine for 2018.

It is now made from carbon, with 130mm travel in both the frame and the Fox 34mm forks. These are both from the Performance range from this legendary suspension manufacturer, so while you aren't getting the super slippy Kashima coating, they still do the business on a budget. The frame is still evolving of course, and it has a longer and slacker front end this year than previous, giving it more reach and control through technical ground.

This is definitely a trail friendly machine which will be very at home in the UK style of riding, also coming with a wide bar and short stem to sew up what is a very well specced cockpit area for technical riding.

The components spec has been done on a budget too, but since that involves roping in our favourite workhorse - Shimano SLX - we are quite happy to see that. It works, and it works well - and it lasts - without costing the earth.





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