Saracen - Rush DH 1999
Saracen - Rush DH 1999
Saracen - Rush DH 1999
Saracen - Rush DH 1999
Saracen - Rush DH 1999
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Saracen - Rush DH 1999


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DMR Maxxis Spank Sram
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Frame Saracen Rush 1999 DH
Rear Shock Stratos Helix Pro
Fork Stratos MX6 165mm travel
Stem Race Face Chester 31.8
Handlebars Spank Spike 800 Race Riser Bar Not rated yet
Brakes Shimano Mt200
Shifters SRAM X.5 Trigger Shifter Not rated yet
Rear Derailleur Sram X.5 Rear Derailleur Not rated yet
Chain Device RSP Post mount
Cranks SRAM SX Eagle 32 chainring
Chain Sram PG1015 10 speed
Cassette / Rear Cog Sram PG 1030 Cassette Not rated yet
Pedals DMR V8 Flat Pedals Not rated yet
Front Rim Raleigh enduro rim
Rear Rim Spank Spoon 32 hole freeride rim
Hubs Shimano Deore 10 speed (rear) Formula DH (front)
Front Tire 2013 Bontrager Big Earl 26 x 2.5
Rear Tire Maxxis High Roller II Not rated yet
Seatpost Planet X standard
Seat ETC trail saddle
This is my dads 1999 Saracen Rush frame that came with a Stratos Helix Pro shock, Stratos MX6 forks (165mm travel), planet X seatpost, planet X stem (which we swapped because bar diameters have changed since then), and a cane creak headset. The bike sat for years and my dad never had chance to build it up, and since then he sadly passed away in 2015. In 2020 in lockdown my brother and I started to get really into mountain biking, and we remembered we had this frameset, so we got it out from storage and had a look at it and instantly decided we would build it up. We started to build the bike in November 2020 and have finally finished it as of early January 2022. Since on a limited budget the bike doesn't have top spec DH components, but we managed to get all the components to be mostly for enduro, but some for trail so at least the bike is rideable. We had the rear wheel custom built to the spec we wanted to make it as strong as possible and it is wrapped in a Maxxis High roller 26 x 2.3 tire. Also the front tire is a 2013 Bontrager Big Earl team issue (will be swapped to a Maxxis tire, probably a Minion DHF soon), which came off my dads 2013 Trek session 9.9 as he always used Maxxis tires. The bike is 26" wheels and rides well, but in the biggest travel setting (6 inches/152mm) the seat tube hits the rear tire when the shock bottoms out on big hits, so we run it in the medium travel setting (5.5 inches/140mm) to stop that happening. The forks leak oil like nothing else but that's typical Stratos for you, but they have good support when riding rough downhill tracks. We put a few stickers on the bike of the brands we use, as the bike came with no decals at all. We have already taken this bike to Leeds Urban bike park, Stainburn forest, Kilburn, and plan to take it to Fort William later this year as well as other bike parks.

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