Saracen Pylon 2 bike, £209.99 delivered from Winstanleys

Saracen Pylon 2 bike, £209.99 delivered from Winstanleys

Found 17th Aug 2010
This is an ideal bike for those who need to get about town.

I get annoyed at the £150 bike shaped pieces of metal that are posted on here so went looking for a great starter bike for people to consider.

These are low maintenance and good for getting about town. You won't win any races but for simple enjoyable transport it is a good bet.

18" frame, probably a decent fit for most average sized people.

Upgraded from the Entry-Level version, this Pylon 2 Features 3-Speed Hub Gears and a Rear Coaster Brake for Maintenance-Free Urban Assault. The Pylon Series is Saracen's Hardcore Tarmac & Urban Assault Street Machines. The Super-Strong Aluminium Frame has a Profiled design for Maximum Strength where it is needed and thinner tubing to Reduce Weight at the minimal stress points. The Oversized Cro-mo Power Forks are Awesome & will withstand anything you throw at them. The 44T Front Sprocket has an Alloy Guard for Grinding & Attacking anything that gets in your way, feeding the Power to the Shimano Nexus 3-Speed Hub Gears. The BMX-Style Platform Pedals give you Maximum Grip & a Large Landing Platform for those Big Air Tricks, and a Front Disc Brake provides Maximum Braking Power in All Conditions. This bike is finished off with Street Bars & Stem, plus a Durable, Multi-Stitched Seat with w/Pressure-Release Zone for Maximum Comfort.
# Frame: Hardcore Street Aluminium - Profiled, Shaped & Reinforced w/Mounts for Mudguards & Rack
# Fork: Saracen Oversized Cro-mo Power Fork
# Cranks: Suntour Single, 44T w/CNC Alloy Guard
# Bottom Bracket: Sealed Cartridge
# Pedals: BMX-Style Aluminium Platform
# Gears: Shimano Nexus 3-Speed Hub
# Shifters: Shimano Nexus 3-Speed Revo Shifter
# Cassette: Shimano 16T
# Chain: KMC410
# Front Hub: Alloy Disc
# Rear Hub: Shimano Nexus 3-Speed
# Rims: EX-S Super Tough Alloy
# Tyres: 26" x 2.5" Slick Urban Street
# Front Brake: Tektro IO w/180mm Rotor
# Rear Brake: Coaster Brake
# Brake Levers: Alloy Front Lever (Coaster on Rear)
# Handlebar: Alloy Street Low Riser Bar
# Headset: Sealed, Threaded
# Stem: Forged Alloy 4-Bolt
# Grips: Krayton Knurl
# Saddle: Multi-Stitch Saracen Durocover w/Pressure-Release Zone
# Seat Post: Alloy Micro-Adjust, Black
# Sizes: 18" or 20"
# Colour: Matt Silver
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At last, somebody willing to put their money where their mouth is. Most bike snobs come on here thinking they're Lance Armstrong and look down on anyone considering anything that costs less than a grand. This is the first time one has ever posted an almost viable option. This looks like a lovely sturdy bike. Next step is to get the price down. The reason so many people go for bikes that are under £100 is simply because they can't afford a more expensive one. Once it goes and doesn't fall apart at the sight of a pothole, then it'll do.
Agree with OP and above poster. Far too many bike snobs about, even more so with the Boris Bikes kicking around now. Glad to see there are others who don't like them like me! I find it hilarious when people fully kitted out head to toe in unnecessary bike gear with expensive bikes think they are somehow better than you when they cut in front at the lights, only to get overtaken by me in my normal clothes and my £200 road bike moments later!!

Anyway, I used to have a Saracen bike before I bought a Carrera Road Bike, decent bikes and very solid (if a little heavy and slow). Seems a decent bike for people who just want a bike and not a status symbol.

nice find, just what i was looking for, cheers OP!
that's a nice looking bike. i thought it was missing a rear brake when i first looked at it, but it's got a 'coaster brake', i guess that means it brakes when you're not pedalling...?

anyone looking for a bike to go up hills etc, check out evans, they have a few bikes around £250, this gary fisher stood out:…161
This is a very interesting and well priced bike, I think. Tempted to add to my "fleet", but really can't justify it!

Coaster brakes require active back peddling, and extremely effective they are too, with the added bonus of minimal maintenance - especially valuable in winter. Hub gears have the same benefit.
Sorry to dissapoint you guys, I am a bit of a bike snob with two top end bikes. However my favorite and the one I use most is a £100 used rigid mountain bike I got from ebay!

Where's the snobbery in recognising that a pile of crap is a pile of crap, regardless of how heavily discounted it is?

This is not a pile of crap and, if your need is for a low maintenance bike-about-town and it fits you well, this will be a worthwhile addition to your garage.

Being a 3speed is a little limiting but, if you live in a fairly flat area, should pose no problems.
Edited by: "Duggie_22" 22nd Aug 2010
I have a Pylon 3 in matt grey. Ive turned it into a dh/trail bike. I have 160mm Rockshox with lockout (colour coded) on the original EX-S double walled extra tough alloy rims. Bigfoot Handlebar thats wider for dh and a 4bolt stem both in matt black. Continental Diesel 26x2.5 tyres. Truvativ crankset. BMX pedals. DMR Bikes chain slap guard. Mudspat's all round. 10,000lm twin headlight setup. DELT's sissy bar wrap kit (handlebars). I paid £289.99 from a dealer and had it for 6 years and I still love getting her out as it gets noticed everywhere. Mine is set more for xc/dh/trails but within a tyre change and flicking the lockout key I am ready for the road journeys (I have a set of Innova 26x2.50 road/urban slick) I adore the bike and Ive spent money on upkeep but.... not much. My Boardman Pro Comp fs mtb has been the biggest drain on funds.
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