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cvand mikekazimer's article
Jun 22, 2014 at 9:54
Jun 22, 2014
Polygon Collosus N9 - Review
A massive low speed compression would be like coming into a blind gully g-out with too much speed, that "oh shit" moment when you just have to let off the brakes, lean back and just let the bike take it? A harsh g-out at the bottom of a long stair set, or when you hear someone buzz their seat on the lip of a jump? Classic low speed compression hits as opposed to high speed compression like pinning a whoop section or rock garden. It's the speed that the oil is pushed through the circuits and valves. Race bike chassis are tuned for flex, like race skis. Long gone are the day of sloppy linkage, bushings, etc. The front and rear end are engineered to work together now and at the world cup level super stiff bikes don't track as well, they skip and lose traction on chattery corners and have a "dead" feeling - shitty dynamism. The great bikes have a lively ride quality, a balance of many things like compliance and stability that tracks better and is confidence inspiring at the limit. Vouilloz was a pioneer of this level of tuning and was notoriously "ahead of his time" which is why he has to many titles to his name.
cvand mikekazimer's article
Jun 20, 2014 at 16:28
Jun 20, 2014
Polygon Collosus N9 - Review
now open up...this is a very capable bike at a great price point compared to what you're dreaming up. In reality it's more about how you ride than what you ride to get the wind in your face.
cvand mikekazimer's article
Jun 20, 2014 at 16:18
Jun 20, 2014
Polygon Collosus N9 - Review
i'm sorry to hear that
cvand mikekazimer's article
Jun 20, 2014 at 16:14
Jun 20, 2014
Polygon Collosus N9 - Review
I beg to differ on a flexy frame that can't handle drops. Have you ridden one or even seen one in person? This is nothing compared to what I heard from people while we developed the Cannondale Jekyll a few years ago. How many people spray about that bike now? In my experience it's a good idea to actually ride something before formulating an opinion on it.
cvand mikekazimer's article
Jun 20, 2014 at 16:08
Jun 20, 2014
Polygon Collosus N9 - Review
well, atleast you can still fit pebbles in the bars and frame
cvand mikekazimer's article
Jun 20, 2014 at 16:04
Jun 20, 2014
Polygon Collosus N9 - Review
Mike, thx for the reply. Crazy how much less clearance you appear to have than my Spank and Maxxis 2.4 combo. I haven't had clogging issues yet, but duly noted. Did you play with the pressure or CTD modes much? As you know, suspension setup is a very personal thing and a lot of it depends on riding style. With stock valving I've always run a firmer setup than recommended. Suspension is always an interesting conversation for me, generally I've found that firm is fast. As far as I know, no world cup dh or ews race has ever been won on a "soft" setup.
cvand mikekazimer's article
Jun 20, 2014 at 15:26
Jun 20, 2014
Polygon Collosus N9 - Review
Yes low speed compression as in g-outs and lips at speed. Ask anyone who's ever stood on a world cup podium about dynamic tracking. Especially legendary testers like Vouilloz and Barel.
cvand mikekazimer's article
May 28, 2014 at 10:59
May 28, 2014
Polygon Collosus N9 - Review
I've been thrashing this bike in the Peruvian Andes for over a month now. Real riding, Claw, Buehler and I climbed and descended 60,000' through the gar in 9 days. You guys will see more on that soon. I have killed many bikes down here over the years in the name of product testing and I'm loving the N9. This bike should be ridden before being bashed by the peanut gallery. C'mon guys, ride first - spray later.. Pinkbike, I'm glad to read that you guys picked up on the light and nimble trail feel, dynamic tracking and grip in your test rides. I'm curious about a few things though, I'm running a 2.4 Maxxis Highroller 2 in the back and have never had a mud clearance issue. In the Amazon jungle. I'd wage anything that the N9 I've been testing has seen more abuse that you guys were able to dish it on this test. Especially huge high and low speed compression hits pinning these 9,000' rocky, muddy descents. In my humble opinion N9 loved em, and pulled on everyone down these monsters. Curious about your suspension settings?
cvand Diverb32's video
Dec 11, 2013 at 21:03
Dec 11, 2013
video
Awesome on so many levels brother!

cvand SheGNARnigans's article
Sep 4, 2013 at 5:42
Sep 4, 2013
Teaser - The Salvadorian Way
Looks great, can't wait!!
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