Saracen Cycles, known simply as "Saracen" is a bicycle brand sold in the United Kingdom, Europe and Asia. Originally based in Warwick, England, the company is best known for its range of mountain bikes.
Started in 1983, Saracen was a market leader during the early 1990s. In 2009, the brand was acquired by Madison, a significant distributor of bicycles, parts and accessories which in turn is part of the H. Young group of companies. Madison, based in Stanmore, Middlesex, also owns the Genesis and Ridgeback cycle brands. The Saracen brand is now operated out of Madison premises in Milton Keynes.
Madison Saracen Downhill Team
Since being acquired by Madison the Saracen brand has undergone significant investment and development, helped in part by the formation of the Madison Saracen Downhill Team. This development-focussed team launched in 2011 and has a number of notable accolades to date including multiple World Cup podiums, a 2011 Junior World Cup winner, 2011 Junior World Champion and a Bronze medal at the 2012 World Championships, thanks to team rider Manon Carpenter.
In January 2013 the team announced the addition of Sam Dale to the team, with Manon Carpenter, Harry Molloy and Phil Atwill all staying on the team.
Downhill Team Roster
The team rides on the Saracen Myst downhill bike.
Saracen was famous for its MAD trails display team, up until 2006 when it was sold.
UK Dirt Jumper Lance McDermott signed for Saracen in 2010 on a 3 year deal. Blake Samson joined Lance McDermott on the dirt jump team in 2012. Blake is a regular fixture on the Animal Bike Tour with fellow Animal rider, Martyn Ashton.
List of Current Bikes (2013)
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