Saracen NZyme (from Halfords) - A 1st Impression

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  1. Memyselfi

    Memyselfi Guest

    This bike is reviewed in August 2003 edition of 'What Mountain Bike' and gets a blue star for 'Best
    of the Test'.

    Bought one this evening at Halfords for £289.99 and got £50 worth of free accessories (applies to
    all bikes over two hundred quid).

    Came in a big box partially assembled and my friend built it up in about half an hour,

    We went for a run and it performs really well. I love it. Very lightweight too. Even I can lift it.

    Steering is aggressive - but after five minutes you soon get the hang, and it adds immensely to the
    fun factor. Large chunky tyres hold the road well.

    Worth checking out. It's got lots of alloy bits and brand names. Oh, and 24 gears from the
    usual stable.

    It also goes in the back on a very small car - VW Polo (if you fold down the rear seats take the
    front wheel off). Stern first is best.

    Thanks to all in this group who helped me make this decision.

    Sheila

    PS Only one prob...Where on earth does the front (clear) reflector go? Round which 'bar'? ;-)
     
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  2. Michael Kent

    Michael Kent Guest

    On Sat, 09 Aug 2003 02:04:03 GMT, MeMyselfI <[email protected]> wrote:

    >This bike is reviewed in August 2003 edition of 'What Mountain Bike' and gets a blue star for 'Best
    >of the Test'.
    >
    >Bought one this evening at Halfords for £289.99 and got £50 worth of free accessories (applies to
    >all bikes over two hundred quid).
    >
    >Came in a big box partially assembled and my friend built it up in about half an hour,
    >
    >We went for a run and it performs really well. I love it. Very lightweight too. Even I can lift it.
    >
    >Steering is aggressive - but after five minutes you soon get the hang, and it adds immensely to the
    >fun factor. Large chunky tyres hold the road well.
    >
    >Worth checking out. It's got lots of alloy bits and brand names. Oh, and 24 gears from the
    >usual stable.
    >
    >It also goes in the back on a very small car - VW Polo (if you fold down the rear seats take the
    >front wheel off). Stern first is best.
    >
    >Thanks to all in this group who helped me make this decision.
    >
    >Sheila
    >
    >PS Only one prob...Where on earth does the front (clear) reflector go? Round which 'bar'? ;-)

    I think i'm gonna have to dissagree with you there. I work in a halfords store and everyone of these
    that we have sold has had problems.

    You could have got a GT Agressor 3 for the same money and its a better bike.

    But good luck with the saracen I hope it works ok for you.

    Cheers Michael Kent

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  3. Memyselfi

    Memyselfi Guest

    On Sat, 09 Aug 2003 09:30:21 +0100, Michael Kent <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On Sat, 09 Aug 2003 02:04:03 GMT, MeMyselfI <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >>This bike is reviewed in August 2003 edition of 'What Mountain Bike' and gets a blue star for
    >>'Best of the Test'.
    >>
    >>Bought one this evening at Halfords for £289.99 and got £50 worth of free accessories (applies to
    >>all bikes over two hundred quid).

    snip

    >>PS Only one prob...Where on earth does the front (clear) reflector go? Round which 'bar'? ;-)
    >
    >
    >I think i'm gonna have to dissagree with you there. I work in a halfords store and everyone of
    >these that we have sold has had problems.

    What sorts of problems - specifically? Been out on this one today and it seems to work just fine.
    Was I just lucky then? Or blissfully bad at recognising faults? ;-)

    >You could have got a GT Agressor 3 for the same money and its a better bike.
    >
    >But good luck with the saracen I hope it works ok for you.
    >
    >Cheers Michael Kent
     
  4. Michael Kent

    Michael Kent Guest

    >What sorts of problems - specifically? Been out on this one today and it seems to work just fine.
    >Was I just lucky then? Or blissfully bad at recognising faults? ;-)

    Badlly made stems that wont tighten round the bars. Really badly made wheels and chain stay paint
    really thin get some protectors if you dont want scratches all over the chain stay

    Cheers Michael Michael Kent

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  5. Al Ford

    Al Ford Guest

    > >Came in a big box partially assembled and my friend built it up in about half an hour,

    Did Anyone offer to build it for you? If not complain, they should offer to PDI all new
    bikes. Complain.

    > >
    > >We went for a run and it performs really well. I love it. Very lightweight too. Even I can
    > >lift it.
    > >
    > >Steering is aggressive - but after five minutes you soon get the hang, and it adds immensely to
    > >the fun factor. Large chunky tyres hold the road well.

    > I think i'm gonna have to dissagree with you there. I work in a halfords store and everyone of
    > these that we have sold has had problems.
    >
    > You could have got a GT Agressor 3 for the same money and its a better bike.
    >
    > But good luck with the saracen I hope it works ok for you.
    >
    > Cheers Michael Kent

    I used to work in Halfords, did so for 10 years until march this year. Saracen are one of the worst
    brands we sold. In a lot of cases Apollos were more reliable than them pound for pound.

    I agree with Michael about the GT. You could also have gone for a Carrera which are GTs in
    all but name.

    Michael did they get rid of Dione at Two Wheel Sales during their purge?
     
  6. Michael Kent

    Michael Kent Guest

    >I used to work in Halfords, did so for 10 years until march this year. Saracen are one of the worst
    >brands we sold. In a lot of cases Apollos were more reliable than them pound for pound.
    >
    >I agree with Michael about the GT. You could also have gone for a Carrera which are GTs in all
    >but name.
    >
    >Michael did they get rid of Dione at Two Wheel Sales during their purge?

    Nope shes still there. Is she really that infamous among staff? What stories do you have? Talking to
    her loads at the mo cause madison seem to have a component shortage no seven speed revoshift
    shifters till november whats going on there?

    Cheers
    --
    Michael Kent

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  7. Memyselfi

    Memyselfi Guest

    On 9 Aug 2003 14:48:00 -0700, [email protected] (Al Ford) wrote:

    >>
    >> >Came in a big box partially assembled and my friend built it up in about half an hour,
    >
    >Did Anyone offer to build it for you? If not complain, they should offer to PDI all new bikes.
    >Complain.

    Yes...the two young lads did offer - but we graciously declined, because, built up, the bike would
    have been more difficult to get into the car.

    (Haven't got a rack yet y'see).

    However, though I hear what you guys are saying, I am really delighted with the Saracen Nzyme.
    Since last contributing I've been out on it again, and my good impressions are now only better
    than before.

    It seems pretty well engineered to me, but I suppose time will tell huh?

    Sheila
     
  8. Al Ford

    Al Ford Guest

    > >Michael did they get rid of Dione at Two Wheel Sales during their purge?
    >
    >
    > Nope shes still there. Is she really that infamous among staff? What stories do you have? Talking
    > to her loads at the mo cause madison seem to have a component shortage no seven speed revoshift
    > shifters till november whats going on there?

    I have only good things to say about Dione. Always mega-helpful, lovely voice (Grrrrrrrrr!), down to
    earth and easy to talk to.

    Tell her to email me at [email protected] - Tell her Gregs missing her!
     
  9. MeMyselfI wrote:
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    > On 9 Aug 2003 14:48:00 -0700, [email protected] (Al Ford) wrote:
    [snip]
    >
    > However, though I hear what you guys are saying, I am really delighted with the Saracen Nzyme.
    > Since last contributing I've been out on it again, and my good impressions are now only better
    > than before.
    >

    That's all that matters, my >£2500 Orange Sub5 got slated in a recent MBR review (top tube too long)
    but I've ridden loads of high spec bikes & I wouldn't change the Sub 5 for anything.

    Enjoy the new bike & if some of the bits do fall apart, just a few sensible upgrades are
    always good fun.

    I'd take the advice on a chainstay protector though, if the paint is thin this will stop some pretty
    horrible chips.
     
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