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Opinion on Polygon Siskiu T8

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Opinion on Polygon Siskiu T8
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Posted: Dec 2, 2021 at 10:07 Quote
So the bike comes very well equipped at $2500. Fox front and rear. SLX drivetrain. Modern geo and it’s very nice looking. Any and all opinions welcome.

https://www.bikesonline.com/2022-polygon-siskiu-t8-dual-suspension-mountain-bi

Posted: Dec 2, 2021 at 19:11 Quote
Hit or miss on build quality, tolerances being out of whack, non-stop creaking from what a friend told me about his friends (yeah yeah I know), he ended up selling it since it was so bad after a year of use.

Posted: Dec 2, 2021 at 19:44 Quote
MadMaxxMTB wrote:
So the bike comes very well equipped at $2500. Fox front and rear. SLX drivetrain. Modern geo and it’s very nice looking. Any and all opinions welcome.

https://www.bikesonline.com/2022-polygon-siskiu-t8-dual-suspension-mountain-bi

Two guys I ride with have one, both with the 27.5 wheel option. One is completely stock I think, and the other is stock with the exception of having switched to RT66 rotors to take a different pad material and a handlebar he likes for ergo reasons. It's a great bike on its own, but it is an exceptional value at that price.

Posted: Dec 2, 2021 at 21:12 Quote
Amazing bike besides the brakes. Buy one, and replace the brakes, and you’ll have as capable a bike as any other. I had one for a year before going to a Ripmo v2, but honestly, the Ripmo isn’t that much better

Posted: Dec 4, 2021 at 7:18 Quote
I got one 5 months ago, happy with it. It’s the first good/new bike I’ve owned so I don’t have a lot to compare it with, but it’s really solid for climbing and descending, I feel very confident riding it (I ride mostly flow trails, some tech, a little air). Things I’ve changed:
- Swapped rear tyre (Vee snap) for something faster rolling. Felt sluggish climbing.
- Got riser bar. My XL had the handlebars lower than saddle and I found it heavy on the hands
- Considering volume spacers to play with fork progression. Inexperienced with setting up suspension but my sense is that I can get more out of it (I’m 200 lbs)

Was odd that it came with metal pads but rotors for resin. The brakes are fine, a big improvement on my old bike, but upgrading rotors is on my longer term upgrades list

Posted: Dec 7, 2021 at 11:04 Quote
MuddyBrit wrote:
I got one 5 months ago, happy with it. It’s the first good/new bike I’ve owned so I don’t have a lot to compare it with, but it’s really solid for climbing and descending, I feel very confident riding it (I ride mostly flow trails, some tech, a little air). Things I’ve changed:
- Swapped rear tyre (Vee snap) for something faster rolling. Felt sluggish climbing.
- Got riser bar. My XL had the handlebars lower than saddle and I found it heavy on the hands
- Considering volume spacers to play with fork progression. Inexperienced with setting up suspension but my sense is that I can get more out of it (I’m 200 lbs)

Was odd that it came with metal pads but rotors for resin. The brakes are fine, a big improvement on my old bike, but upgrading rotors is on my longer term upgrades list

Thanks man, i will be getting the XL as well but i am 6'2" 250lbs so i will most likely have to add some tokens to the fork and rear shock but we will see, i cannot wait!

Posted: Dec 7, 2021 at 11:06 Quote
borlowski90 wrote:
Hit or miss on build quality, tolerances being out of whack, non-stop creaking from what a friend told me about his friends (yeah yeah I know), he ended up selling it since it was so bad after a year of use.

From what i read its good practice to re-grease a bunch of things bc they dont ship with much in them, ill be doing that as i put it together

Posted: Dec 8, 2021 at 10:33 Quote
A friend I ride with has one, he likes it and hasn't had any issues in a season of moderate riding. I took it for a short ride and liked it, felt similar to my Ripley. He changed out tires to some faster rollers suitable for our trails which made a nice difference.

Posted: Dec 8, 2021 at 15:25 Quote
I have the T7 and pretty amazed on what you get for $2k. T8 is even better.

Our first ride review and a couple other videos on this bike. Happy to answer any questions.

https://youtu.be/jO5tI_9OZ50

https://youtu.be/z56x3-_IQ5E

https://youtu.be/wVImUidBHdI

Posted: Dec 8, 2021 at 22:28 Quote
meSSican wrote:
I have the T7 and pretty amazed on what you get for $2k. T8 is even better.

Our first ride review and a couple other videos on this bike. Happy to answer any questions.

https://youtu.be/jO5tI_9OZ50

https://youtu.be/z56x3-_IQ5E

https://youtu.be/wVImUidBHdI

Yea I’ve actually watched these videos before. Good review!

Posted: Dec 24, 2021 at 5:35 Quote
Hello, probably great bike as long as you don’t need anything from polygon. I have a n-9 bought new in 2019, bike is great but experience with polygons customer service is terrible. I am in the US. Count on 6 months to resolve any problem you may have (COVID excuse for everything). Good luck just trying to buy anything for the bike as they don’t stock anything. Comes from Indonesia in shipping container (nothing shipped by its self). (Checking with there mechanic is what they will tell you). Make sure your backup bike is ready for action. Other than that enjoy a great bike.

Posted: Dec 29, 2021 at 12:33 Quote
I received my T8 M 27.5 in April (took about 2 months) .

It's my first full suspension after many, many years on a giant hardtail (manitou fork, xt derailer).

The T8 is a great bike- slightly burly as far as trail bikes go but an exceptional value (was also considering a Canyon). I have thoroughly enjoyed it and am doing a few upgrades. Converted the 2.6 tires to tubeless and it mows through the rooty & rocky trails.

Mine arrived in great shape, except a slightly wavy front rotor which I was able to straighten out.
Also greased parts to be sure.

Fwiw- I replaced the bar with a one-up carbon, new pedals, grips. Will soon be adding some volume spacers in the fork, a new saddle, a shimano chain, and when the pads wear down- new rotors and metallic pads for some better brake function.

Have not had to source any replacement parts, but hoping they're available- or at least not as bad as anybody's else's.

Still, completely thrilled with how it performed out of the box, and highly recommend it.

Posted: Jan 17, 2022 at 5:04 Quote
I have a T7 and have been happy with it overall. They did a shit job assembling the wheels and I ended up snapping some spoke nipples right off the bat (had a local shop rework the wheels and Polygon reimbursed me for for most of it). In hindsight, I should have just bought the T8 as I've already swapped the forks from the crappy Recon to the Lyrik. Out of the box, I was not impressed with the grips. In the summer, I tend to not wear gloves and the grips got slick when they got wet so I had to death grip them which made for an uncomfortable ride. I'm 50/50 on the seat, but that's personal preference. I haven't replaced it yet, I went with better riding shorts instead and it seems to have helped. As mentioned, the brakes are OK, nothing spectacular. I just swapped out the factory 180 front rotor for a 200, hopefully that helps out a bit. Otherwise, it seems to be a solid bike. I really enjoy riding it, I have no creaks or groans after 6 months. For the price, I think it's a great value. I didn't want to buy used because I don't know how to properly check over a used bike. This one shipped to my door and assembly was a breeze.

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