Fabien Cousinié's Polygon Collosus DH9 - Ultimate Bike Check

Apr 8, 2016
by Paul Aston  



Fabien Cousinié is a multi-talented 29-year-old: proprietor of the Polygon United Ride team, mechanical engineer, test rider, international level racer and previous snow-bike World Champion. Top 20 finishes in World Cup downhill and Enduro World series are a testament to his speed especially considering his racing has been sidelined over recent years while running the UR team, and developing Polygon's mountain bike range using his expertise in mechanical engineering. We take a look at his 'murdered out' Polygon Collosus personal dream machine...


Bike and Build


All black Polygon DH9 XL 13.86kg 30.55 pound articles images.
All black Polygon DH9 XL 13.86kg 30.55 pound articles images.



Specifications

Frame: Polygon DH9 Size XL
Fork: BOS Idylle FCV 37mm
Shock: BOS Void
Handlebar: Spank Spike 800 Vibrocore
Stem: Spank Spike 25/30 DM Team Edition
Brakes: Shimano XT/XTR
Rotors: 220mm
Crank: E*thirteen LG1 Race carbon
Chainguide: E*thirteen LG1 Race carbon
Chain: KMC X10SL DLC/BLACK
Wheels: E*thirteen LG1 Race carbon
Tires: Kenda Honey Badger DH
Cassette: E*thirtheen 7-speed integrated
Pedals: VP Harrier Ti
Derailleur: Box Components
Shifter: Box Components
Seat & Seatpost: Reverse Components prototype
Bolts: tisprings.com

Weight: 13.86kg / 30.55 pounds
Fabien Cousini s Polygon Collosus DH9


bigquotesLike many bikers, ever since I opened my first MTB magazine; I got the bike part fever. When you are so passionate about bikes and performance, the weight quickly becomes an obsessive factor! I bought my first DH bike in 2001, it was a Taillefer Zenix, and I remember it weighted 22kg.

Since then, every year, I was lucky to enjoy the benefit of lighter and lighter DH bikes, but I was always wondering how far we could go? We worked hard with all our sponsors, team staff and riders to improve the products and this year I felt it was good timing for this dream bike project.
- Fabien


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The cockpit uses a Spank Spike Vibrocore bar cut to 790mm and a 25mm Spike direct mount stem, both have one-off black graphics. Gripping duties are from ODI and their new single collar 'Elite' series lock-ons.

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All black Polygon DH9 XL 13.86kg 30.55 pound articles images.

The Colossus is a hot-bed of prototype components as Fab and the team worked hard with various brands through the design, manufacturing and testing process. The 7-speed BOX Components shifter and derailleur have been seen before, but will they ever make it to market?

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This prototype e*thirteen hub uses a 7-speed cassette that is integrated with the freehub body. There are no after-market spacers taking up valuable space, and the hub flanges have been widened for a stronger wheel.

Fabien Cousini s Polygon Collosus DH9
220mm rotors increase braking power and improve heat dissipation.
Fabien Cousini s Polygon Collosus DH9
Fab also uses IceTec pads in the XT calipers to help keep things cool.

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'Cous'tom graphics...

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The E*13 tubeless valves are the perfect finishing touch to the carbon wheelset from the same brand.
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The garage is full of Kenda prototypes with varying carcasses and compounds. This Honey Badger is cut down for better rolling resistance for the dry and dusty conditions that predominate the Queenstown bike park.

Fabien Cousini s Polygon Collosus DH9
How many prototype, black, super lightweight components could one man wish for? This seat and post from Reverse Components certainly does not look comfortable, but who sits down on a DH bike?

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Fab has fallen in love with the land of the Silver Fern and says it was the country's national identity that helped to inspire this build. Note he is using XTR Trail levers. A few riders prefer to use the Trail version as there is no 'Servo Wave' mechanism - this means less modulation but a smoother lever action.

Fabien Cousini s Polygon Collosus DH9
Cous uses Crank Brother Mallet pedals when clipping in, but is conscious to continue using flat pedals to keep his skills solid. VP's Harrier pedals with extra long pins at the corners, but no pins in the middle or at the front and rear edges.

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Lightest downhill bike ever?



Setup and Setting


Fabien Cousini s Polygon Collosus DH9

At a whisker under 180cm, Fabien rides an XL frame which has a reach of 447mm in the low setting. A Spank Spike direct mount stem set at 30mm and his handlebar height from the floor is 1055mm.

Fabien Cousini s Polygon Collosus DH9
The fork sags to 25% of its 200mm travel.

Fork - BOS Idylle
175 psi
Sag: 22%
Rebound: -14
LSC: -9
HSC -27
Fabien Cousini s Polygon Collosus DH9
22mm of sag at the shock shaft relates to 29% sag in riding position.

Shock - BOS Void
165 psi
Sag: 29%
Rebound: -2
LSC: -9
HSC: -24

Fabien Cousini s Polygon Collosus DH9
The XL size Colossus has a 1260mm wheelbase.

Fabien Cousini s Polygon Collosus DH9
The head angle slightly over 63 degrees...
Fabien Cousini s Polygon Collosus DH9
...but under 62 in riding position.

Fabien Cousini s Polygon Collosus DH9
The bottom bracket sits at 352mm unweighted...
Fabien Cousini s Polygon Collosus DH9
... and falls to 290mm under 29% sag.

Fabien Cousini s Polygon Collosus DH9
Nothing crazy in the brake lever department.
Fabien Cousini s Polygon Collosus DH9
The XTR brake levers are set 20mm in from the grips.
Fabien Cousini s Polygon Collosus DH9
Flat lever, which he finds more comfortable.
Fabien Cousini s Polygon Collosus DH9
Handlebar height from the floor is 1055mm.

bigquotesBased on all the bikes that I could test from different brands and riders I've known and worked with over the years, I found the best for me was a bike that rides really neutral, nothing crazy. Not too slow on rebound and not too fast. Not too much weight on the front, and not hanging off the back of the bike. Not too long or too short.

I set the bike to gain as much control as I can, if I want the bike to be poppy, it is me that will pop and use my body. I don't really want the bike itself to be poppy. If I want to stick to the ground, then it's going to be me that has to work for that too. This is the way I feel I'm riding with the most confidence, when I can do what I want on the bike.
- Fabien

Fabien Cousini s Polygon Collosus DH9

Checking the weight distribution with the rider in position shows that 42.5% of total weight including the bike is on the front wheel. With the average gradient of a World Cup downhill track being 5% this shows that Cous should have close to 50/50 weight distribution when riding. (Credit: This weight balance theory was explained to me by Jason Marsh - Santa Cruz Syndicate mechanic)

Fabien Cousini s Polygon Collosus DH9
Fabien Cousini s Polygon Collosus DH9

bigquotesIn the back of my mind I think it's a small shame that at the World Cup level we have bikes that you can buy in the shops. For sure, it's nice for privateer racers to be able to battle with similar weapons, but surely that's not the best product that bike industry could engineer. You can not buy anything close to an F1 car in the shops. Here, we tried to get an inside look at one of the most exclusive and lightest bikes we could, and I hope this is just the first of many we'll be showing you this year... - Paul Aston

Fabien Cousini s Polygon Collosus DH9


MENTIONS: @urteam / @Polygonbikes / @BOSsuspension / @AlpinestarsMTB / @iXSsports





147 Comments

  • + 529
 Best bike check ever. 10/10 guys.
  • + 60
 Well presented, good display of all the measurements. Puts Steve Jones to shame, sorry.
  • + 18
 Can't agree more! Show us some numbers Smile
  • + 41
 Awesome write up. They mis-spoke about the brake levers, though. Those are XTR Race levers pictured. The XTR Trail version DO have servo wave.
  • + 6
 @ninjatarian: Yes, those are the Race levers with the carbon blades.
  • + 6
 @ninjatarian: what types of rotors were those?
  • + 8
 That was exactly the type of bike check we want! So much info! Awesome!
  • + 3
 @ninjatarian: Yup, did a doubletake, thanks for confirming it for me. My brain went "My buddy has those brakes... they sure felt like servo wave...?"

I do think it's interesting that he went to a non-standard rotor size instead of to a stronger caliper(like Saint.) I can see the argument though. brake rotors, especially ones with aluminum spiders, aren't really that heavy, & I'm betting this config is lighter than a 203 & a Saint caliper.

That said, I wonder if that's because we haven't seen a new Saint group in a long time, maybe we'll see some new parts this year, with lighter bits.
  • + 2
 Yeah, this was awesome! I feel like I need to get a second scale now to check my weight distribution on my bike.
  • + 6
 I concur. More bike checks of this caliber please!
  • + 5
 giphy.com/gifs/BYhoMtJMQsYVy

HOW I FELT AS THE ARTICLE WENT ON
  • + 1
 masterpiece of beauty !
  • - 1
 derp
  • + 2
 @graeme187: One coherent sentence was all that was necessary. Mission accomplished with first sentence!
  • + 5
 YEAH! PB keep THAT kind of good work! Smile
  • + 4
 Yeah, just like that, don't stop
  • + 1
 @Deville64: those are modded formula rotors
  • + 58
 Lighter than my trail bike Big Grin
  • + 6
 I was thinking the same, that is SUCH a light DH bike!!
  • + 20
 and it s ALUMINIUM ????????????????? i still can t believe it
  • + 2
 you can have a pretty nice trailbike and that will still be lighter!
  • + 2
 30 pounds.......wow
  • + 4
 I've seen people take more in their carry-on luggage.
  • + 2
 Lighter than mine too! I suspect mine is a bit cheaper...
  • + 1
 @RedBurn: the rear triangle is carbon. i have a polygon dh9, by far best rig I've owned.
  • + 41
 I vote that every bike check from now on includes scale shots, tape measures, pressure settings etc. Best bike check ever
  • + 19
 And a white background
  • - 1
 @bigburd: WTH is with a black bike on a grey background? Photo fail.
  • + 5
 @bigburd: You're wrong, it needs to be on a black back grounds, blacks on blacks on blacks
  • + 26
 That bike is so stealth it's hard to see with that black background!
  • + 12
 The best bike check for sure.

I am really interested in the rebound settings so I just want to check that I understood them correctly.

Does -14 mean 14 clicks from full slow?

Also it is interesting that there is a big difference between the fork (-15) and shock (-2) rebound settings.
  • + 1
 Always counting from fully closed (slowest) as it is the most acurate mode to count the settings. You always run the rear slower then the front. Having a BOS damper on my own, -2 is extremely slow. Is it a typo?
  • + 4
 @Monarch87: Other articles that I've read usually go from fully open. Neat.
  • + 2
 @spinko: Yeah, but fabrication tolerances (it could happen that you have a different number of clicks to another damper) it is always better to count from fully closed
  • + 12
 179 tall and riding an xl frame? Surely they need to make frames bigger.
  • + 2
 At 184 cm tall and probably around 10 cm of ape of ape index... I'm thinking the same thing.
  • + 3
 He's also riding a quite short stem. Could have ridden an L size but with a longer stem. That's a personnal preference. Bryceland preferes the shorter L V10 (not even 430mm of reach) to the XL but with a 60mm stem in order not to have too much "bike" up front (that's what he says) but being able too put a lot of wheight on the front wheel. And Josh is taller than Fabien (6'1" or 6'2").
  • + 1
 The polygon frames are smaller than average, it says so on there website as there made in Asia and were originally for Asians Smile
  • + 1
 I am Asian and I feel that their sizing is too small. I am 170 cm and my M-sized Collosus AX (all-mountain/enduro bike) runs with 70mm stem.
  • + 1
 i'm 5'8" which is about 172cm, i ride a large wilson carbon but my mates XL version doesnt feel too big. some of us just prefer riding a bigger bike. i hate that cramped feeling you get when riding a frame size that the size chart says is right for you.

he may have a similar preference on frame size to me. i like room to move about in between the wheels.
  • + 1
 Preference is indeed an opinion but the point id like to make is that the 5'9" guys are riding the biggest bikes and I've got a solid 3 inches on those guys. I like to wiggle personally so smaller is alright but I don't have an option to get a lounge chair sized bike...
  • + 2
 @rarrity: the solid strike in l/xl size is super long from memory. it may be worth a look.
  • + 6
 @paulaston Very well put together article. A lot can be said in regards to "I think it's a small shame that at the World Cup level we have bikes that you can buy in the shops." I think this fact gives more credit to the rider's ability more so than the bike itself since it levels the playing field a bit. If bikes became more like F1 cars, would only the top, elite racers be able to enjoy the sport then? Now I need to go brush up on my metric conversions.
  • + 6
 There was a time when DH bike WERE like F1. Anyone remember the Sunn Chipie bikes which were destroyed after the season ended? Proto Bos forks and shock? How about the Honda bike Minnaar used to have?
  • + 8
 That's a proper bike check pb. None of this have a few pictures business. Keep it up Salute
  • + 8
 13.86kg / 30.55 ??? WOAW!!! black everything, this bike belongs to the Ghost Rider!!!
  • + 1
 AND ALUMINIUM
  • + 5
 wow, wow, wow, however polygon should recalculate sizes, xl for average person does not sounds right, cause what tall riders should choose?
  • + 1
 I was thinking that. I know racers go up a size but he's about the same size as me and I ride a medium... Although I'm probably on the borderline between medium and large, and my ape index is pretty much 0, where as he looks to have considerably longer arms than me...
  • + 1
 i have that same model in a large, where i previously ran a giant glory in a medium. The medium cockpit on the polygon felt cramped but the length of the bike was ok, i opted for size large and its perfect and the length of the bike gives hell great stablity at high speed. Though i am running a shorter stem to compensate for the added reach
  • + 4
 Great article. I'm pretty sure if you managed to get a Santa Cruz Syndicate bike check with Peaty, Ratboy and Greg the Pinkbike would go into collective fanboy orgasm.
  • + 3
 Centimeter, Millimeter. Kilo-gram! If it wasn't for MOUNTANBIKING, I would have no clue of metric measurements to the American standard measurements.
  • + 6
 And it is aluminum!
  • + 5
 Pinkbike that was an awesome article.
  • + 1
 How does he get 27 clicks of HSC out of a total of 24, or is the 2016 RCV different to the 2015 RCV? I wanna try his settings. He seems to run slowww rebound, loads of LSC, & no HSC. its taken a while to get used to BOS calling fully on clockwise Zero.
  • + 2
 Great article! We need more stuff like that! This part with measuring tape is the best! Smile I think that it would be a great idea to do all bike checks in this way in the future.

BTW...Lovely bike! Wink
  • + 5
 That's what I call a proper bike check!
  • + 4
 What a bike!
A few questions: tire pressure? Why xt brakes with 220mm rotors over saints with 203mm?
  • + 1
 Weight maybe? Reliability?
  • + 30
 Sorry, average tyre pressures are 1.7bar front and 1.8bar rear. After this week's developments, I will only be quoting metric pressure readings. No psi sorry.
  • + 7
 Don't know for non european readers but it's such a pleasure to have all measures in metric units.
  • + 2
 The brakes had me scratching my head as well. Would love to know the theory behind it, as it's the opposite of what most pros are doing, bigger more powerful calipers on smaller rotors. If I had to guess I'd say it's a modulation thing.
  • + 1
 Im guessing its a weight thing. they are supposed to be pretty powerfull out of the box so maybe with the 220 rotor it makes them near the saints power but with less weight?
  • + 2
 @paulaston: not Pascals? Blaise Pascal was a rad guy.
  • + 1
 100% guaranteed the custom brake setup is for reliability reasons.

Shimano brakes have issues with varying lever throw (all models) and excessively long lever throw in Saint/Zee variants, especially after a season of bikepark use. This doesn't happen to every single brake which is why some people rave about them - they do work great when they work - however having seen multiple failures, leaks, and inconsistencies, it's obvious that the problems are fairly common and not isolated cases.

Mike Levy never notes this in his myriad of Shimano ball-licking brake reviews (funnily enough PB did notice these issues in the latest XT brake; in reality these issues have existed ever since the M785 came out, it's a lottery). In the real world these problems are very common - many world cup mechanics forcibly top up Shimano brakes on a daily or twice-daily basis on pro bikes to keep them from becoming dangerous, and there's a good reason Gwin ditched them. There's also common issues with caliper leaks (mysteriously contaminated pads? it's mineral oil from the pistons...) but that's unrelated here. Anyway, the setup pictured addresses some issues in a clever way - by reducing the power at the caliper (smaller total slave piston area vs. Saint/Zee), the lever throw is decreased. By removing servo-wave functionality from the lever ( XTR Race instead of Trail lever), total lever throw is again decreased. This means that the brake has a nice short lever throw so you don't have to set the reach uncomfortably far out OR have issues with the lever hitting or getting scarily close to the grip. It also adds a buffer for any potential throw-variation issues. However at this point, the overall braking force has been reduced at two points - first by not using the Saint/Zee caliper, and second by not using servo-wave.

This is counteracted very simply by increasing the mechanical leverage via a larger diameter rotor. Unlike increasing braking force via hydraulic leverage (using larger total slave piston area for a given master piston area) or via mechanical leverage at the brake lever (servo wave, longer lever, etc), both of which increase lever throw (and also magnify any dynamic lever throw variations); the rotor size increase is a "clean" braking force increase with no negative side-effects aside from weight and ground clearance concerns. Heat dissipation is improved inherently, and the weight increase of the whole system is negligible (very likely this system is lighter than an M820 system, since caliper/lever/pads are all lighter even though the rotor is heavier).

Finally, I believe those are Hope rotors. Formula did make some but sadly they don't in their current line up - it would be nice if they did again, as their current two-piece rotors use advanced construction methods (cold-forged 7075 spider with precision machined slots for the rotor to remove shear loading forces from rivets - something that no other two-piece rotors do) and as a result are class-leading in weight. If Formula made a 220 or 225mm rotor, this kind of brake setup would be very viable.

Bottom line: using mechanical leverage at the rotor to increase braking force gives the net result of a more reliable and predictable brake with superior heat dissipation and a substantially shorter lever throw / free stroke.
  • + 1
 So your saying Gwin left shimano due to performance issues....then went to TRP?
  • + 1
 @nismo325: Yep, I'd say because he wanted to work with a small company he could actually influence. I believe he wanted Shimano make changes and they simply weren't interested.
  • + 2
 Unfortunately your guesses don't mean a whole lot with out facts to back them.
  • + 1
 @nismo325: I know for a fact that Brendan Fairclough and Neko Mullaly's mechanic is bleeding and force-overfilling their M820s on a daily basis to keep the excessive throw from being a problem, and numerous other high-level racers who have had similar regular problems.

Believe what you want though, these are facts.
  • + 3
 Very VERY interested in the 7speed system an the integrated cassette an driver, one piece is the future for small blocks like DH an 4X
  • + 3
 A thought: if this catches on, I predict we'll start seeing narrower rear ends on DH bikes. that cluster takes up a lot less space(less even than old school 7 speed) & even with longer spokes for 650b, I'd bet you could still build VERY strong wheels in a 142 with that small cluster. Racers like those narrower rear ends, Specialized ended up making demos in 135mm rears for a long time because their racers liked it, & even had a year or two where the low end models were 150mm, & the S-works was 135.
  • + 2
 @groghunter: or wider hub flanges for a stronger wheel. Atomlab have one out
  • + 2
 Also if there's a 135 x 12 rear end a hope trials hub can be used with 6speed
  • + 2
 @nojzilla: They're already doing wider flanges on that e*thirteen wheel, my point is that they may have hit the point of diminishing returns. I'd love to do the math, but I don't know how short that 7 speed freehub is. However I bet you could get damn near the flange spacing of a normal 150x10speed hub in a 142mm axle width. Pretty sure a lot of downhill racers would pick that over a really really wide flange spacing.

Heck, gwin's epic "tireless run" was done on a regular 135mm wheel.
  • + 1
 Probably the best stealth bike out there.....but definitely not the lightest. Make that frame out of carbon, add on some carbon bars and other goodies and it'll drop well below 30 lbs. If I'm not mistaken a Trek Session 9.9 and Pivot Phoenix hold the record for lightest bike at just under 28 lbs Eek
  • + 1
 Great to see such a detailed bike check, and love how it really is murdered out.
Although it's a 26" so not really comparable, here's a 12,65kg/27,89lbs Session built a few years ago for anyone interested. Ended up at about 12,75kg with different rotors since the carbon ones was one of the worst things ever put on the market - they sucked so bad haha.
www.pinkbike.com/photo/9430332
  • + 1
 I have been in the biking industry for 17 years now. And I have had the pleasure of seeing and riding a bunch of DH bikes. Well a lot of them. And I do not think that I have ever been so excited as I am now about a bike. WOW. Polygon you have done right with this one.
  • + 1
 All that bike porn only for us ?.! Thanks PB ! Thanks for all these numbers too, everything we need to learn how to setup and play around our suspensions and cockpit setup.
What an awesome piece of build... such a masterpiece of good taste. Fabien, you entirely got it ! From snowboard worldchamp to this fine tuned colossus build.

Respect.
  • + 5
 Damn - lighter than my all mtn/trail bike!
  • + 4
 Lighter than my general duty steel hardtail.
  • + 1
 Mine is almost 15kg size L dual ply tyres... And am happy with it ! From 2012
  • + 3
 Amazing bike check - top notch. So good to see the rider's height and weight too! Well done.
  • + 2
 He's only 5'11" and rides an XL? What about people over 6ft? Seems like they're hung out to dry when it comes to frame sizing.
  • + 1
 30 pounds!!!! That's 10 pounds lighter than my DH bike....... Thirty pounds was light for a trail bike when I got into mountain biking. What the hell... those polygon bikes are so dope. Jeez.
  • + 5
 Take my money!!!!
  • - 1
 Well Fabien, mon p'tit Fabien, j't'aime bien, I like you well, but carbon sucks, you know, and weights issues are kind of secondary, unless you're too old to pedal and handle it, which is not your case we all know. I like the involvement of your researches but the excessive use of carbon without real perspective except weight gain sounds so far from what a bicycle is, at first...
  • + 1
 What's is with the black bike and components with a dark grey background? Was the photographer for CreatUR visually impaired or was it planned?
  • + 3
 THIS is a bike check ! Thank you PB and thank you couscous! Amazing bike!
  • + 1
 Two things of interest in this article: 1. The BOX Components shifter and mech. 2. A team is running BOS Suspension this season!
  • + 1
 Think i will mention Cous Cous ... everyone forgot who rides the damn thing? Ought to be damn quick with him on it. No excuses haha
  • + 2
 AND CousCous manages to do nosewheelies with that kind of head angle. Jeez. The guy is a bloody maniac, and I love him!
  • + 1
 how does he ride when his bars are only 790??? We were told wider the better!

But really, sick bike and sick coverage pinkbike. stoked for the race season to be back!!
  • + 2
 awesome article! odd rebound in the rear? or is this normal? Could be custom shim stack so the numbers are irrelevant.
  • + 3
 now that's a stealthy blacked out bike done right Big Grin
  • + 3
 wow.. specs.. tacular Smile

#funtasteam
  • + 3
 XTR Race levers, not Trail. Trail still has Servo Wave!
  • + 2
 "With the average gradient of a World Cup downhill track being 5% "

Is this right? Smile
  • + 4
 Well, I don't know how average Lourdes is, but taking the stats from the Essential Guide (Length 1780m, Drop 432m) and doing some mathematical magic, my calculator says it has an average gradient of about 25%
  • + 3
 Strava says Fort William's avg gradient is -19%, and even Pietermaritzburg is -7%, so I'm not sure on -5%...
  • + 1
 maybe leogangs traverse brings the average down
  • + 2
 The flatish sections can have a huge impact on the average percentage. I have a local 7 minute Dh that averages 24% but has long sections that are around 40%.

5% seems really flat.
  • - 1
 Nice looking build. But my V10 is under 31lbs and that's not an insane build (coil shock!). Plus, it's totally fine on any track you can throw at it (it's had everything from Whistler to Wales to the Alps) so it's not decked in single ply tyres and road wheels!

There are some sub 30lb V10's but they have dropped to single speed which I think is a bit much!
  • + 1
 Amazingly sick looking and almost as light as my trail bike that's just insane!!! If there was ever a dh bike I'd want that would be it. I'm glad it's not all neoned out too
  • + 2
 How can I get a Polygon DH bike in the states? I've been drooling over them for years now!
  • + 14
 www.polygonbikes.com ... order online we ship to your door ...
  • + 2
 So much Tech stuff recently! I love it!
  • + 2
 I like this type of bikecheck. Thnak you pb.
  • + 1
 Someone should get him carbon fiber shoes, and socks, they look heavy as f*ck. If it were me I wouldn't wear socks.
  • + 2
 The average gradient of a WC Track is only 5%?
  • + 2
 Hold on 30lbs on metal bike, that scale seems a bit sketchy!
  • + 2
 Now this is what I call a proper bike check - absolutely awesome!!!
  • + 1
 Ha! Thought I was reading Vital for a minute there. Nice, more like this plz
  • + 1
 Thumbnail Fabian looks like a rebel alliance pilot.
  • + 1
 I wonder how many PB readers care for these millimeters.
  • + 2
 I do. And a lot.
  • + 1
 Bet it would be lighter with a metric shock.
  • + 1
 What rotors are those....
  • + 1
 Formula
  • + 1
 179 CMs and rides an XL????
  • + 1
 @duttonmike how good do those stealth bar graphics look?
  • + 1
 Gone for the murdered out look I see
  • + 1
 ... That's a clean black stealth bomber
  • + 1
 nice bike check! same weight that my enduro Damper 650b !! ouch
  • + 1
 just the air pressure ...then i'll call it a perfect bike check!
  • + 1
 best bike check and setup the cockpit!
  • + 2
 I want the red bull!
  • + 1
 haha disc brakes from different brands ??
  • + 1
 Well if Batman was ever looking for a bike....
  • + 1
 Exactly...unique size, unique look, zero info... Strange considering how thorough the rest of the article is.
  • + 1
 AL front triangle, Carbon rear? That's new.
  • + 1
 13,86kgs!!! DH bike with an trail bike weight!!!
  • + 1
 This is phenomenal, you set the bar now
  • + 1
 Damn, you guys and Queenstown!
  • + 1
 Not the lightest though, wasn't there a 29lbs trek session few years ago?
  • + 1
 I'm pretty sure you're right, I remember seeing that too.
  • - 1
 The way he moved those brake calipers out to accommodate for the 220mm rotors looks scary. Would he be using longer bolts there?
  • + 2
 Batman approves
  • + 1
 huh...talk about stealth
  • + 1
 Bat,ans bike
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 Black Chain Metal
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 Black beauty...!
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 Where is the review bazooka
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 Got Redbull?
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 amazing bike.
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 Smell the Glove.

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