New Saracen Amplitude CR3 might just be the dirt jump bike bargain of the year

A complete dirt jump bike for not much more than some companies' frames? Yes please! The Saracen Amplitude CR3 costs just £699.99, but this is no bargain basement offering that's going to fall to bits the moment you take it down the trails, or give you a hernia with the strain of getting its crippling mass airborne.

It's got a chromo frame that's had some “subtle geometry tweaks” for 2013 based on input from team rider Blake Samson. And it's kitted out with some decent-looking bits, including a 100mm Suntour Duro DJ fork, steel two-piece cranks and Schwalbe Crazy Bob tyres. This might just be the dirt jump bike bargain of the year – check out the photos to find out more.

Saracen like to keep things low-key on their dirt jump bikes and BMXs, with Amplitude branding to the fore. Picture by James Costley-White

Saracen like to keep things low-key on their dirt jump bikes and BMXs, with Amplitude branding to the fore

The CR3 frame is made from 100% 4130 chromoly. Picture by James Costley-White

The CR3 frame is made from 100% 4130 chromoly

Those headtube gussets should help shrug off cases and crashes. Picture by James Costley-White

Those headtube gussets should help shrug off cases and crashes

There's decent clearance out back, even with chunky 2.35in treads. Picture by James Costley-White

There's decent clearance out back, even with chunky 2.35in treads

The singlespeed drivetrain pairs a 25-tooth chainring with a 12t rear sprocket. Picture by James Costley-White

The singlespeed drivetrain pairs a 25-tooth chainring with a 12t rear sprocket

Looks like that chain could do with some tensioning! Good thing there are chain tugs attached to the Taper Lock rear dropouts. Picture by James Costley-White

Looks like that chain could do with some tensioning! Good thing there are chain tugs attached to the Taper Lock dropouts

Saracen do a cheaper Amplitude CR2 but we reckon the dirt-jump-specific Suntour Duro fork is worth paying extra for. Picture by James Costley-White

Saracen do a cheaper Amplitude CR2 but we reckon the dirt-jump-specific Suntour Duro fork is worth paying extra for

The two-piece cranks are another worthwhile upgrade. Picture by James Costley-White

The two-piece cranks are another worthwhile upgrade

Plastic pedals are lighter than metal ones and easier on your shins. Picture by James Costley-White

Plastic pedals are lighter than metal ones and easier on your shins

It's good to see some name-brand rubber on the Amplitude. The 32-hole double-wall rims are Saracen's own. Picture by James Costley-White

It's good to see some name-brand rubber on the Amplitude. The 32-hole double-wall rims are Saracen's own

Saracen also provide the chromo bar, alloy stem and dual-density grips. Picture by James Costley-White

Saracen also provide the chromo bar, alloy stem and dual-density grips

That's definitely not a seat for long days in the saddle. But then that's not what the Amplitude's been made for. Picture by James Costley-White

That's definitely not a seat for long days in the saddle. But then that's not what the Amplitude's been made for

There's no front brake but the rear Tektro hydraulic disc should provide ample stopping power. Picture by James Costley-White

There's no front brake but the rear Tektro hydraulic disc should provide ample stopping power

All in all, the Saracen Amplitude CR3 looks like a pretty sorted ride for the money. Picture by James Costley-White

All in all, the Saracen Amplitude CR3 looks like a pretty sorted ride for the money

More info at www.saracen.co.uk.

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