This gravel bike has a dropper post and suspension fork

We take a look at the Saracen Levarg to see if it blurs the boundaries between gravel and XC

Is the Levarg just a gravel bike or can it do more?

In September 2018 we first saw the Saracen Levarg — which is ‘gravel’ backwards, for those wondering — and thought it looked fairly tasty.

Featuring a Fox 32 AX Step Cast fork with 40mm of travel, a 120mm dropper post, and suspiciously MTB-like geometry, we’ve asked the question: “how close is it to a mountain bike?”

Alex has been riding bikes since he was knee-high to a grasshopper. He first raced back in 2003, winning the Juvenile category on a sketchy hard tail Planet X bike. Alex lived in the Alps for seven years so isn't shy of a climb or two and loves getting out in his bike in all weather. His favorite thing to ride is steep loamy tracks with loads of opportunities to slam the bike into turns and really give it some frame bending welly! He's broken his fair share of frames, so any bike between his knees is going to get a right seeing to.
  • Discipline: DH, Enduro, XC, BMX, Road
  • Preferred Terrain: Epic descents covered in the world's finest loam and hero dirt
  • Current Bikes: Nukeproof Mega 275 / Giant Anthem Advanced 275 1 / LeMond Reno / Deluxe Pro 2 BMX
  • Dream Bike: Giant ATX 1 DH (1999 model)
  • Beer of Choice: Teetotal
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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