Saracen brings back the back-to-front named Levarg gravel bike and it looks great value

The mountain bike brand gets competitive in the gravel market with it's latest range of off road bikes

The Saracen Levarg SL pictured in full on a muddy road with trees and fields blurred in the background
(Image credit: Saracen)

Best known for it's mountain bikes, British-brand Saracen has brought back Its  Levarg range of budget friendly aluminium gravel bikes. If you hadn't spotted it already, Levarg spells the word 'gravel' backwards. 

In a direct challenge to some of the best gravel bikes on the market, the team at Saracen has made it clear that the Levarg range of bikes come firmly from an off-road background. Hardly surprising considering the British brand was behind the one of the first 'mullet' downhill bikes, and is currently title sponsor of Madison Saracen Factory race team.

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Hannah Bussey

Hannah is Cycling Weekly’s longest-serving tech writer, having started with the magazine back in 2011. She has covered all things technical for both print and digital over multiple seasons representing CW at spring Classics, and Grand Tours and all races in between.

Hannah was a successful road and track racer herself, competing in UCI races all over Europe as well as in China, Pakistan and New Zealand.

For fun, she's ridden LEJOG unaided, a lap of Majorca in a day, won a 24-hour mountain bike race and tackled famous mountain passes in the French Alps, Pyrenees, Dolomites and Himalayas. 

She lives just outside the Peak District National Park near Manchester UK with her partner, daughter and a small but beautifully formed bike collection.