London Bike Show 2012: Highlights from Saracen, Genesis, On-One, Titus and Transition

Following our first roundup of the latest products on display at the London Bike Show over the weekend, here’s another batch of new bikes

Saracen

Inside the giant Madison stand was the new Saracen Ariel 143. This bike pictured cost gets a Shimano Deore XT groupset, Fox F32 RLC QR15 forks, dropper post, Rocket Ron tyres and a good looking finishing kit, all for £3000.

Lurking behind was the newly introduced Ariel 162. Taking the 143 and increasing travel from 140mm to 160mm with slacker angles (a 66.5 degree head angle) with a revised build kit to reflect the tougher riding the bike is capable of. So there’s a Fox 36 Float Fit RLC fork, e13 LG+ chain device, Sun Inferno rims, KORE components and a Kind Shock dropper post. Cost? £2999.

On-One

On-One’s stand featured the Fat Bike. If you’ve been intrigued by the growing trend (can we call it that) of massively fat tyred snow bikes recently, then Planet-X have built this complete bike for £999.99 that is ready to go.

They describe it as a “mega-tyred unsuspended uber-fun bike for big-grin rock-bashing; riding sand and snow; and flattening small Welsh villages.” Sounds like fun to us. We want to get one and sling it down some steps around the City!

Titus

Also on the Planet-X/On-One stand was the Titus El Guapo 29, which the UK company picked up the rights to the brand last year. The El Guapo 29 costs £899 and for that you get a long-travel 29er, one of the few longer travel 29er bikes currently available, that promises to be great fun. There’s 120mm of rear wheel travel and it’ll take a 140mm fork up front.

Remember that Titus Rockstar 29er we told you about a while ago? Well here’s the first one in the UK, available now costing £999 for the frame, or £1999 built like the one pictured.

Genesis Bikes

Madison brand Genesis Bikes were showing the Fortitude 29er which is available in a choice of three build kits; singlespeed, 1×10 race-ready and an Alfine 11, this last one is covered in mounts for bottles, racks and mudguards.

So if you want an adventure, this is probably the right bike for you. All are fitted with a rigid fork.  We were also interested in the new more affordable CdF cyclo-cross bike. Like the Croix der Fer, it’s fitted with disc brakes and will take mudguards, so if you’re looking to fill a gap in your bike collection or fancy a new commuter, this £900 bike is worth a look. Lovely blue paintjob too.

Good to see a 1×10 option in the range. We reckon this is the pick of the range, simplicity but with a decent spread of ratios.

Transition Bikes

Transition had the new TransAM 29er hardtail on their stand. Looks good on a ‘it doesn’t look like a 29er’ sort of way. Kinked down tube, curved seat tube and braced top tube/seat tube junction.

Got any comments on these bikes? Which one do you like the best? Let us know in the comments box below.


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