Hybrid bike - SARACEN URBAN ESCAPE M/W - ALU frame, rigid fork, Shimano TX + EZ fire, 700c - £179.99 delivered + Quidco @ Rutland Cycling - HotUKDeals
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ALU frame, rigid fork, EZ fire shifters, Shimano TX, Santour Chainset, 700c ~12.5kg - IMO great value, cheap commuting bike . RRP £299. The bike is listed on Saracen's website
http://www.saracen.co.uk/

Quidco / TCB cashback ~ 3%

womens version http://www.rutlandcycling.com/281905/products/saracen-urban-escape-womens-hybrid-bike.aspx

FRAME Urban 6061 Lightweight Hydroformed Alloy tubing
FORK Oversize Rigid Urban Unicrown
REAR SHOCK N/A
HEADSET Neco A-Headset Cartridge
SHIFTERS Shimano STEF51 EZ Fire 7x3 speed
REAR DERAILLEUR Shimano TX35
FRONT DERAILLEUR Shimano TX51
CHAINSET Suntour XCC-T208 28/38/48T 170-175mm
BOTTOM BRACKET Thun Sealed Cartridge
CHAIN KMC HV-500
CASSETTE Shimano 7-speed freewheel 14-28T
RIMS Saracen Doublewall Alloy Black 32 hole
HUBS KT Alloy Black 32 hole nutted front / rear
SPOKES Steel 14g
TYRES Fast City 700x35c
BRAKES Alloy V-brake
LEVERS Shimano STEF51 inc EZ Fire Shifters
HANDLEBARS Steel low-rise bar 620 mm wide / 30mm rise / 6 degree bend
GRIPS Saracen dual-density grip
STEM Saracen 6061 70-105mm A-Head / 7degree rise / 25.4 clamp
SADDLE Saracen Custom Urban
SEATPOST Alloy Micro-adjust / 27.2 mm
PEDALS Resin Non Slip Platform

http://www.saracen.co.uk/bikes/urban/esc-mens
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34 Likes
Thanks for the deal Op. Heat added

Sadly though, here they come....

http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n233/brianellison913ossilwwjd/cover1_zps2daa0735.jpg
17 Likes
jemo
Does this bike have a reverse gear?
Yeah it's beside the handbrake.
10 Likes
'great value, cheap commuting bike' does not mean great bike. Great bikes cost much more.
However, the selection of components used in this built is very good and the brand is known for decent stuff.
TBH the bike is a huge compromise (and had to be due to the price level) but at least someone who created it, knew what was doing and did not contaminate it with crappy suspension fork or a no-name crank-set that was made out of cheese.This is fine commuting bike, probably in line with Halford's Carrera

http://i61.tinypic.com/2qsm8g6.jpg


Edited By: 7777777 on Jul 17, 2014 00:19: a
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http://s30.postimg.org/me7uvj9tt/esc_mens.jpg




Edited By: 7777777 on Jul 16, 2014 15:13
6 Likes
I'm a bike snob. This is a great deal.

Rutland Cycling are very reputable. People would be correct to state that Saracen "Isn't what it was", but this is still a cut above the Halfords offerings at the same price, and a mile above Argos / Sports Direct etc.

It is what it is, and it's cheap for what it is. I'd expect it to last so Hot if a reliable, low cost, half-decent quality commuting and leisure-riding bike is what you want.

Edited By: Dan Gray on Jul 16, 2014 17:29

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9 Likes #1
http://s30.postimg.org/me7uvj9tt/esc_mens.jpg




Edited By: 7777777 on Jul 16, 2014 15:13
#2
Excellent deal........... Heat.
#3
Don't know anything about bikes but want one to get from Uni and back, a 15 minute ride. What makes this a great bike?
10 Likes #4
'great value, cheap commuting bike' does not mean great bike. Great bikes cost much more.
However, the selection of components used in this built is very good and the brand is known for decent stuff.
TBH the bike is a huge compromise (and had to be due to the price level) but at least someone who created it, knew what was doing and did not contaminate it with crappy suspension fork or a no-name crank-set that was made out of cheese.This is fine commuting bike, probably in line with Halford's Carrera

http://i61.tinypic.com/2qsm8g6.jpg


Edited By: 7777777 on Jul 17, 2014 00:19: a
1 Like #5
Have to say that is an excellent spec'd bike for the money. HEAT!!!

If it is 12.5kg then that's noticeably lighter than the Halfords Subway models.

Edited By: ninjin on Jul 16, 2014 15:49
2 Likes #6
Better deal than the Carrera Crossfire 1 hybrid that was on here for £200 (now £230)...... and its 2 kilos lighter than the Crossfire.
Plus about a fiver cashback from Quidco & TCB.
#7
sounds good, would have preferred a better mech but for the price brilliant. just make sure you get yourself a good helmet and lock
#8
Do you have to build this? Still a nice looking bike.
1 Like #9
Gooner77
Do you have to build this? Still a nice looking bike.

Yes, although its not really a build.
Attach pedals, front wheel, & possibly the seat and straighten bars.

Piece of p***

Edited By: Biker Jeff on Jul 16, 2014 16:00
#10
Gears & brakes may need slight adjustment as well.
#11
Amazing value. Heat added
34 Likes #12
Thanks for the deal Op. Heat added

Sadly though, here they come....

http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n233/brianellison913ossilwwjd/cover1_zps2daa0735.jpg
1 Like #13
I have the older version of this model, it's a very nice bike.
#14
Just what I need. If I only had the money :(
3 Likes #15
Biker Jeff
Gooner77
Do you have to build this? Still a nice looking bike.

Yes, although its not really a build.
Attach pedals, front wheel, & possibly the seat and straighten bars.

Piece of p***

I know next to nothing about bikes but bought a HUKD commuter bike from Rutland a few months back (Giant Roam), assembled it but got the local bike shop to give it a once over for £25 or £30. Even they said they couldn't compete with Rutland for price, but they know a fool like me will return for servicing and bits and pieces etc. The LBS guy told me that between me and Rutland, we'd got the air pressure in the tyres right.

Not a fat lot else, though.

So if you're new to biking (or an old fart returner, like me), it's worth budgeting to get it checked over and get all the important bits tightened properly.

P.S. I'm still waiting for the Topcashback payment from Rutland six months later, too.



Edited By: djc0367 on Jul 16, 2014 16:46
#16
How many Gears does this have?
#17
thegamingkinginfo
How many Gears does this have?

7x3
#18
Only 14" and 15" frame sizes left in the womens
#19
18" or 21" frame for 6'1 / 33" inside leg?
#20
AnimalMagic81
Only 14" and 15" frame sizes left in the womens

no other sizes were available

ohreally
18" or 21" frame for 6'1 / 33" inside leg?

I would go for 21'' , just in case look at the 'geo'metry chart http://www.saracen.co.uk/bikes/urban/esc-mens or speak to Rutlands


Edited By: 7777777 on Jul 16, 2014 16:50
#21
Decent deal. As mentioned above, some will have to factor in a cost to have it set-up properly. It's no great deal to those who are handy with a bike, but it can be daunting to the inexperienced.
#22
Is this the 2014 model or selling of 2013 models cheap?
#23
djc0367
Biker Jeff
Gooner77
Do you have to build this? Still a nice looking bike.

Yes, although its not really a build.
Attach pedals, front wheel, & possibly the seat and straighten bars.

Piece of p***

I know next to nothing about bikes but bought a HUKD commuter bike from Rutland a few months back (Giant Roam), assembled it but got the local bike shop to give it a once over for £25 or £30. Even they said they couldn't compete with Rutland for price, but they know a fool like me will return for servicing and bits and pieces etc. The LBS guy told me that between me and Rutland, we'd got the air pressure in the tyres right.

Not a fat lot else, though.

So if you're new to biking (or an old fart returner, like me), it's worth budgeting to get it checked over and get all the important bits tightened properly.

I bought one of those Giant Roams, I like the bike but the setup from Rutland was hideous - (hesitant/skipping gear changes, chain rubbing, brakes pulling on one side, rear wheel wobbling due to not being installed properly, cable not secured under the crank case... and more) cost me £40 to sort it out. My LBS owner seemed genuinely livid that they where selling them so cheap.

You are dead right to suggest factoring the extra cost in.

Edited By: spaceinvader on Jul 16, 2014 16:53
#24
7777777
AnimalMagic81
Only 14" and 15" frame sizes left in the womens

no other sizes were available


Ah fair enough. Those are quite small frame sizes aren't they? Other half is 5ft 2 but i think a 16" frame would be the best fit.
#25
hazeyblue
Decent deal. As mentioned above, some will have to factor in a cost to have it set-up properly. It's no great deal to those who are handy with a bike, but it can be daunting to the inexperienced.

I would advise to get 'handy' with the basics anyway as there are no maintenance free bikes (aside from these parked permanently in the garage)


AnimalMagic81
7777777
AnimalMagic81
Only 14" and 15" frame sizes left in the womens

no other sizes were available


Ah fair enough. Those are quite small frame sizes aren't they? Other half is 5ft 2 but i think a 16" frame would be the best fit.

I think you are correct

Edited By: 7777777 on Jul 16, 2014 16:58
#26
Very good deal and decent spec,shame about frame sizes as I would require a 23 in frame for my 6tt 3in height.heat anyway.
2 Likes #27
At last a proper bike deal on a machine that genuinely was for sale at the original rrp and was worth that rrp in the first place. :)
1 Like #28
spaceinvader
djc0367
Biker Jeff
Gooner77
Do you have to build this? Still a nice looking bike.

Yes, although its not really a build.
Attach pedals, front wheel, & possibly the seat and straighten bars.

Piece of p***

I know next to nothing about bikes but bought a HUKD commuter bike from Rutland a few months back (Giant Roam), assembled it but got the local bike shop to give it a once over for £25 or £30. Even they said they couldn't compete with Rutland for price, but they know a fool like me will return for servicing and bits and pieces etc. The LBS guy told me that between me and Rutland, we'd got the air pressure in the tyres right.

Not a fat lot else, though.

So if you're new to biking (or an old fart returner, like me), it's worth budgeting to get it checked over and get all the important bits tightened properly.

I bought one of those Giant Roams, I like the bike but the setup from Rutland was hideous - (hesitant/skipping gear changes, chain rubbing, brakes pulling on one side, rear wheel wobbling due to not being installed properly, cable not secured under the crank case... and more) cost me £40 to sort it out. My LBS owner seemed genuinely livid that they where selling them so cheap.

You are dead right to suggest factoring the extra cost in.


Unfortunately some LBS' tend to overcharging people. No initial adjustment of the bike should cost £40, this is half an hour job max. for sensible technician. Initial safety check at one of the Glasgow's best independent stores (Billy Bilsland Cycles http://www.billybilslandcycles.co.uk/servicing ) cost £25

Edited By: 7777777 on Jul 16, 2014 17:20
#29
Also available on their ebay site with free postage
#30
I had the previous model, great all round bike doesn't have the best of component mostly low end but still great.
3 Likes #31
greenfinger
Also available on their ebay site with free postage

The shipping is free anyway. Please do not support money grabbing ebay unless you have no choice :)
6 Likes #32
I'm a bike snob. This is a great deal.

Rutland Cycling are very reputable. People would be correct to state that Saracen "Isn't what it was", but this is still a cut above the Halfords offerings at the same price, and a mile above Argos / Sports Direct etc.

It is what it is, and it's cheap for what it is. I'd expect it to last so Hot if a reliable, low cost, half-decent quality commuting and leisure-riding bike is what you want.

Edited By: Dan Gray on Jul 16, 2014 17:29
#33
7777777
spaceinvader
djc0367
Biker Jeff
Gooner77
Do you have to build this? Still a nice looking bike.

Yes, although its not really a build.
Attach pedals, front wheel, & possibly the seat and straighten bars.

Piece of p***

I know next to nothing about bikes but bought a HUKD commuter bike from Rutland a few months back (Giant Roam), assembled it but got the local bike shop to give it a once over for £25 or £30. Even they said they couldn't compete with Rutland for price, but they know a fool like me will return for servicing and bits and pieces etc. The LBS guy told me that between me and Rutland, we'd got the air pressure in the tyres right.

Not a fat lot else, though.

So if you're new to biking (or an old fart returner, like me), it's worth budgeting to get it checked over and get all the important bits tightened properly.

I bought one of those Giant Roams, I like the bike but the setup from Rutland was hideous - (hesitant/skipping gear changes, chain rubbing, brakes pulling on one side, rear wheel wobbling due to not being installed properly, cable not secured under the crank case... and more) cost me £40 to sort it out. My LBS owner seemed genuinely livid that they where selling them so cheap.

You are dead right to suggest factoring the extra cost in.


Unfortunately some LBS' tend to overcharging people. No initial adjustment of the bike should cost £40, this is half an hour job max. for sensible technician. Initial safety check at one of the Glasgow's best independent stores (Billy Bilsland Cycles http://www.billybilslandcycles.co.uk/servicing ) cost £25

Yeah, my LBS is damned expensive. You should see the price of his bikes and accessories, I know our local council does squeeze small businesses pretty hard, but still. Very limited choice here tho, I ride a motorcycle so I cant really take it to any other bike shop. I'm learning how to maintain it myself from now, wasn't impressed with his work anyway.
#34
what frame best for a 5'7 man?
#35
Thanks OP and contributors, I have gone for this bike for my son
#36
Thanks -ordered the 16" for my 5' son -hope it's a good fit.
#37
any idea how much a bike shop would charge to build this out of the box?

Edited By: Bal on Jul 16, 2014 17:55
1 Like #38
dingdong
what frame best for a 5'7 man?

I would go 18''

Joltek
Thanks -ordered the 16" for my 5' son -hope it's a good fit.

could be a bit big, if I was you I would buy this one instead http://www.rutlandcycling.com/211953/products/mongoose-crossway-200-hybrid-bike.aspx or 14''.I would speak to Rutlands about sizing

Bal
any idea how much a bike shop would charge to build this out of the box?

I wouldn't pay more than £30, build it yourself and take it for adjustments only. Halfords charges £15 but some of the technicians are clueless .


Edited By: 7777777 on Jul 16, 2014 18:32: a
#39
Another frame size question (sorry!) I am 5'9 but with short (29") inside leg.

It's been ages since I bought a bike - my last one was a 10-speed road one and (I think) that was 21"

BTW How does this compare to the Decathlon B'TWIN offerings - seeing as Halfords get pasted quite often!
#40
Dan Gray
I'm a bike snob. This is a great deal.

Rutland Cycling are very reputable. People would be correct to state that Saracen "Isn't what it was", but this is still a cut above the Halfords offerings at the same price, and a mile above Argos / Sports Direct etc.

It is what it is, and it's cheap for what it is. I'd expect it to last so Hot if a reliable, low cost, half-decent quality commuting and leisure-riding bike is what you want.

I would agree, although not a bike snob, more a safety aspect realist, knowing that a lot of bikes from Argos, Sports Direct etc barely pass any sort of safety standard or have even basic reliable componentry, unfortunately those of us that lambast those sort of deals get lambasted as "bike snobs".

I think your comment should be liked to death to be pushed to the top of this thread, it sums it up perfectly, and sensibly.





Edited By: cicobuff on Jul 16, 2014 18:19

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