First Look: Pole's Voima eMTB Has 190mm of Travel and a 725Wh Battery

Jun 25, 2021
by James Smurthwaite  

After being largely developed in public sight, we now have the full details on Pole's new Voima eMTB and its Sensei suspension system.

The Voima is Pole's first step into the eMTB world and it certainly hasn't done things by half. Rather than take an existing model and slap a motor on it like a lot of brands did when first crossing over into the electric world, Pole instead took a step back and constructed a new frame and linkage to best suit the bike's intentions.
Pole Voima Details

Frame Material: 7075-T6 aluminium
Travel: 190mm front and rear
Wheelsize: 29" front and rear
Head Angle: 63.5°
Motor: Brose S Mag (90Nm)
Battery: BMZ V10 (725Wh)
Weight: 23.5kg/51.8 lb (size K2, no pedals)
Price: Frame - €5,990; Full build - €8,990


We're starting to see two distinct categories develop in the eMTB field. Firstly there are the lightweight bikes with a bit less power and weight designed to better mimic regular bikes while the other category contains the beefed-up machines that are designed to get you to the top of the hill as fast as possible and are happy to take a weight penalty to do so. This bike comfortably falls into the latter category.

There's room for two water bottles on the Voima with mounting points on either side of the downtube.

Voima means 'power' in Finnish and this bike has it in spades. Pole specced Brose's 90Nm S Mag motor as they believe it offers the best power transfer without being overpowered. The motor is paired to the BMZ V10 battery that was launched last year and uses 21700 style cells to produce 725 Wh of power.

Pole has taken great care to protect the electronics in this bike. The motor itself is totally cocooned inside the frame and the battery is loaded from the top of the downtube to prevent dirt ingress. Rather than fitting a charging point near the battery, Pole instead put the power inlet close to the head tube of the bike to protect it from debris and allow for easier charging. The motor also has a four-year manufacturer's warranty.

This bike also benefits from a new manufacturing process that will allow Pole to double its capacity

Sensei suspension

This is the first bike to use Pole's new Sensei suspension linkage. The system was originally designed to provide kinematics suitable for a bike with a motor or a gearbox but we've also seen Pole testing it on more regular bikes too.

The double bearing links mean the rear end is stiff without needing a bridge.

The linkage is a four-bar system that Pole says has a virtual pivot point that hovers near the chain line. The new system apparently offers improved anti-squat values and is progressive enough to be run with an air or coil shock. The linkage uses a sideways mounted shock to minimize the stress to the bushings and help the suspension work. Put together, the whole system provides 190mm of travel for the Voima, which is matched to a 190mm fork up front. Pole has apparently been waiting to build a 190mm travel bike for some time but has just been waiting for a fork to match its ambitions.


Construction and Geometry

Despite eMTBs being a new venture for the Finnish brand, there are a lot of similarities to Pole's previous bikes here too. As you might expect the bike is machined from 7075-T6 aluminium in Finland and uses the same construction method as previous Poles with the bike machined in two halves then bonded. This same construction method is now also used on the linkage as well as the front triangle.

The other thing you may recognize from other Pole bikes is the envelope-pushing geometry. The bike is available in four sizes with the reach topping out at 535mm for its biggest size. The entire range has a head tube angle of 63.5° and a seat tube angle of 80°. Interestingly, the bike has zero BB drop despite rolling on 29" wheels front and rear - this means it bucks the longer, lower, slacker trend and has a higher bottom bracket than most bikes in its class.


Pricing and availability

Pole is susceptible to the same delays as the rest of the industry so the Voima will be produced as a frameset only for the time being with complete builds coming later in 2021/early 2022 when the global supply chain levels out. Framesets will cost an introduction price of €5,490 and complete builds coming in at €8,490 and will arrive in early 2022. After the introductory period, framesets will be €5,990 and complete builds will be €8,990. Production is due to begin in autumn, with only K2 and K3 framesets available on a limited basis. Frameset build slots can be secured now for a €200 deposit.


More info, here.


195 Comments

  • 235 7
 oh my god just use a dual crown
  • 6 2
 derp lol
  • 29 6
 no way. trust fork is the right move here.
  • 77 0
 @shredddr: Looks like they already installed the trust fork as the rear suspension.
  • 4 1
 Its possible that its dual crown compatible. The prototype non-ebike frame is I think, according to some posts on facebook.
  • 15 13
 I'd be afraid of the dual crown ripping the head tube in half...
  • 10 17
flag hamncheez (Jun 25, 2021 at 9:17) (Below Threshold)
 I've been on the enduro-dual crown bandwagon for a while, but my buddy (who still actually owns a dual crown, no dropper post, narrow range cassette true DH bike) that his 180mm zeb performs every bit as good as his boxxer, and even the heaviest zeb is still lighter than the lightest Boxxer. So now I'm confused haha. Dual crown forks still use either 20mm thru-axles or boost 20mm thru-axles, making it harder to swap around front wheels/hubs. The only advantage for this application seems to be a more efficient axle to crown height.

TL;DR: Current dual crown is heavier with no other benefits (that is, until the new Formula enduro DC comes out....)
  • 5 1
 @Leo48333: if it can rip off the headtube it can rip off the csu as well.

i advocate dual crown for stiffness and resultant steering accuracy. have a dorado and can't say i trust it, 38+mm stanchioned doublecrown or bust. and that's coming from someone who has only 130ish pounds
  • 6 0
 @baca262: same. also dual crown look good
  • 9 10
 @hamncheez: 95% of us probably can’t tell much of a difference and even if we could I think we have more problems with our riding than the stiffness of our forks
  • 5 0
 @doublecrownaddict: theyre talking about double crowns on e-bikes the absolute pinnacle of human engineering and youre nowhere to be found??
  • 5 0
 @hamncheez: so why aren’t WC riders riding Zebs?
  • 2 0
 @baca262: those 190 single will creak like mad in no time !
  • 4 0
 Put a lauf fork on it haha
  • 1 0
 @toad321: uh..yeah, THIS
  • 1 0
 @toad321: 100% spot on..
  • 1 3
 @Plasticpylo: Because they need 203mm, not 190mm!

Why aren't Enduro riders riding Boxxers?
  • 2 0
 @Matt115lamb:
They sure do. Ask me how I know.
  • 1 0
 @brassinne: how do you know ?
  • 1 0
 @Matt115lamb: Because mine does.
  • 1 0
 @brassinne: my zeb 180’s do 2
  • 1 1
 @baca262: most people with this bike wont be worring about fork stiffness with a rear end like that
  • 131 4
 Let's all take a moment to appreciate that this is significantly less expensive than the Specialized Kenevo SL. I know it's not the same, but just show how ridiculous that Specialized is priced.
  • 22 1
 If you want to experience full ridiculousness take a look at the Levo SL frameset for only 6.999€
  • 90 4
 One major difference: Specialized works on the basic principle of "You take my money. You give me bike."

Pole works on the principle of "You take my money. You might give me a bike... one day... maybe... "
  • 41 8
 @Hogfly: and that bike may...stay in one piece...
  • 1 0
 lol
  • 1 0
 Whatever the market will bear....
  • 12 2
 But the Kenovo SL weighs 40lbs. Don't think it is very comparable. There are other bikes that are more comparable in the same price range that I think look much better than this one.
  • 2 0
 @ReformedRoadie: but probably not
  • 2 4
 @salespunk: def not a pole. itr would just break
  • 1 3
 Ok, it's cheaper. But then you're stuck with this! It's like those Confederate motorcycles. Different just for sake to be different. Not better. Just different. Stamina is unbelievably beautiful bike compared to this one
  • 3 0
 51.8 lbs vs 40.9 lbs. Nope, not the same at all.
  • 8 1
 11 lbs weight savings is significantly more heavy. Let's all take a moment to appreciate how hard comparing apples to apples is hard aint it? Also this bike looks like shit.
  • 8 1
 @NorCalNomad: No argument there. Even if the Knevo and the Pole weighed the same, cost the same and were backed by the same customer service, I'd buy the Knevo, put it in turbo mode and pedal the hell away from that Pole as fast as I could.
  • 1 0
 @ReformedRoadie: maybe you could add some zip ties around the entire frame.
  • 1 0
 @shredddr: Hack or Bodge?
  • 119 8
 I think Pole is on its way to become the most hated bike on pinkbike.
  • 51 0
 Which is funny because prior to their bendy snafu they had a bit of a cult following on here from the Scandinavians
  • 19 0
 @rbarbier12: I think the Stamina models are gorgeous. I was very close to ordering an Evolink last year but after joining the owners group and seeing some of the failures and subsequent lack of support from Pole I’m glad I made a different choice. From the owners group, the cult following is still very much alive.
  • 27 1
 Bandwagon mostly is my read on it. I had an Evolink 140 and it was awesome - rode great, tough as nails and was still looking mint after 2 years. I sold it but would happily get another one.
  • 10 2
 @russthedog: Evolink 140 is honestly their best bike: descends DH tracks better than many 170mm bikes and you can do marathon xc days in a pinch.
  • 46 2
 ...as Ellsworth fades from our collective memories.
  • 8 1
 @mrpfp: Exactly! I also think they are gorgeous and I myself dont hate any honest brand (much less a bike brand). The engineers put so much effort into development. Really hope they succeed and make good bikes for lots of people.
  • 6 0
 @ReformedRoadie: the King is dead, long live the King
  • 6 0
 @russthedog: evolink 150 here and totally agree, bought it just to test future geometry but end up liking many other things, geo is not even in top 3 of what I like about it.
  • 9 2
 This bike looks sick! It has more power, more battery, clean lines, simple rear arm, and the weight is about the same as other bikes. I would take this eMTB over everything else on the market currently. Give me more power and bigger batteries.
  • 18 3
 @rbarbier12: Pole still has a good following. We just don't comment here because the comments get overrun with trolls. From the FB group, everyone who buys a Pole is extremely happy with it, and customer service has improved.
  • 4 2
 @TwoHumanPower: Now is that the Official Pole Owners group or the secondary group that was started because unpleasant posts were being deleted by admins?
  • 7 0
 @TwoHumanPower: haha yeah, people post trash without a clue. I emailed them last year after I put in an order, asked for express shipping. They had my bike in Colorado within 5 business days. This was mid pandemic summer when nobody was getting shit from bike companies. Haters hate.
  • 2 0
 @rbarbier12: And American's like me. Wink
  • 6 2
 @jpwvy5: let us all know how you go when you have a warranty issue. I garauntee you won’t have the same response time.
  • 5 0
 @russthedog: same. Had a a Machine for a year, it was a great climber (for its segment), fast descender and I had zero issues or problems with the bike at all. Looks are personal taste, but from the riding perspective it was great.
  • 2 0
 @jpwvy5: we believe you received your order, post a picture when you are done building it?
  • 3 0
 @Turboute: i dunno, a mate had a couple of issues with his Pole and they resolved them all pretty well. Later on they had an argument about a failure but I think it was actually the riders fault - he wasn't happy when I said that to him lol
  • 1 0
 @russthedog: I also had a mate with one. Had some issues with the frame and the response from pole was less than stellar
  • 91 4
 Came here for Friday Fails, was not disappointed.
  • 3 2
 Classic. If I had more upvotes, I'd send them...
  • 47 5
 Haters gonna hate, but I think they nailed it.

In my eyes, the perfect ebike should:

1) Strongly favor descending in both geo, travel and components, because you get climbing for free.
2) Big ass battery and motor; no need to skimp on weight cause again... you have a motor.
3) Be golden so I can wear my purple leopard pimp suit.
  • 4 2
 And lose the stupid pedals already - it has a motor.
  • 3 1
 And soooo environmental friendly - carbon not good, environment, blablabla - battery all fine - what an irony.
  • 44 5
 With this bike, you'll have the most twattage on the trail.
  • 3 1
 Comment gold
  • 3 1
 Comment gold
  • 50 22
 I honestly don’t think it looks that bad!
  • 9 2
 I agree. I love the simplistic look of the rear suspension, a classic swing arm look with a more sophisticated linkage.
  • 16 13
 It's OK to be wrong sometimes. Embrace it! Wink
  • 8 2
 Jesus, it looks like it ate too many grim donuts!
  • 3 5
 Looks like a lemon
  • 23 2
 So much hate for what, aesthetics? This sucks...
From the Engineering perspective, this is far from the trivial approach that most of brands apply.
  • 18 0
 "...and uses 21700 style cells to produce 725 Wh of power."

I wish electric car/motorcycle/bike reviewers would stop screwing this up. Power is measured in Watts, energy is measured in Watt-Hours (or Joules if you are using SI). Batteries store energy. Battery-Inverter-Motor systems produce power. Therefore, this battery uses 21700 style cells to store 725 Wh of energy.
  • 1 0
 I wish both of those c*nts would just stick to amp hours - which has been the standard "capacity unit" for decades in pretty much every type of batteries.
  • 3 1
 @Nygaard: that's only useful if all the batteries use the same voltage.

Do all ebike batteries use a standard voltage?
  • 2 1
 or have a nice lunch and use calories to set your fuel range
  • 1 0
 @cavegiant: Power tools generally use voltages somewhere between 10 and 48 volts - and every single one of them has battery capacity rated in Ah.
  • 7 1
 @Nygaard: yes, and it means that the capacity of the batteries can't be directly compared because a 12V 4Ah battery has half the energy capacity of a 24V 4Ah battery.

Two batteries with the same amount of Wh have the same amount of energy storage, regardless of voltage.
  • 2 1
 @AgrAde: is bang on the money. We use watt hours because it tells you the actual capacity of the batteries. Ampere hours only gives you a small amount of the information about the battery.

Some of the battery packs we make at work are also ~720WH. Some run at (nominal) 36V, some run at 18V. The 36V battery has 20AH storage and the 18V battery has 40AH of storage. Yet they both have identical capacities. I even made one at 14.4V that has 50AH of storage, but it’s still got the same 720WH as the other two.
  • 22 4
 I’m surprised they gave Pinkbike a test bike! Probably no Huck to flat test allowed
  • 16 0
 A pole and an ebike. Almost perfect for a PB meltdown.
  • 14 2
 Looks like the frame is having an allergic reaction to having a battery jammed into it.
  • 10 1
 First bike in a while where you can see the whole kinematics also from the driveside. And, damn it looks good
  • 14 6
 First look, first gag. Woof.
  • 10 4
 "bUt ItS nOt PrEtTyyy" comes the crying from the PB nursery...

The geo looks spot on, but we are ready to judge before even seeing a ride review..
  • 7 1
 190mm Travel with a 725Wh Battery - Finally a bike company gets its! Just need it in MX wheels pls.
  • 11 4
 Voimit
  • 3 0
 It reminds me of when Jeff Bridges emerges from the rubble in that bad CGI suit in the first Iron Man movie.

"Tony Stark was able to build this in a cave! With a box of scraps!"
  • 6 0
 Real talk - why does higher anti-squat matter on an ebike?
  • 4 0
 So the translated name for this is the Pedal Power?

That’s a bold choice for an ebike.
  • 1 0
 I’m struggling to understand how the wheelbase is so long on this bike: the geo chart doesn’t seem to add up. Compared to a Santa Cruz bullit, this has the same reach, 0.5 slacker HTA, and 6mm longer CS, but 44mm longer wheelbase overall for the K1/Medium.
  • 1 0
 The smallest frame is supposedly as long as any of Norco's large frames.
  • 1 0
 Also longer fork. Bullit comes stock at 170mm. This comes set at 190mm, so fork is 20mm longer (at ~60 deg HA to make the math easy = ~10mm longer wheelbase)
  • 8 3
 IT LOOkS LIkE A KTm!
  • 1 0
 No more session look a like bikes. Here's the ktm era.
  • 1 1
 @3riders: Maybe not a session but definitely a Trek Diesel.
  • 9 4
 That is fugly
  • 5 3
 Hard to believe someone made a bike that looks worse than an orange
  • 2 4
 @filryan: Oranges are a special bike. I personally love the look of an orange and many others do to.

This is different.
  • 2 2
 @Facepalm66: by special do you mean old and dated design. Mostly see old fat guys on them, I guess they think as they are made of girders the frame will handle all the fat sat on it
  • 2 1
 Seems like a generous article - bike partially concealed by shrubs, no clear profile shot, no non-driveside shot showing what the hell is going on with that rear brake routing.
  • 3 0
 Hold my beer while I draw a bike frame in MS paint using only the circle tool
  • 4 0
 I must be in the minority that I think the frame design looks good.
  • 3 0
 In the vid it looks like it works well too.
  • 2 0
 "There's room for two water bottles on the Voima with mounting points on either side of the downtube."
That'll be comfy. Got any pics?
  • 4 1
 It's the swing arm... eeeek.
  • 3 2
 Do you really need 190mm front and back for trail riding? I can’t think of too many trails where I would want that much travel.
  • 10 0
 But you ARE on an e-bike here, what do you lose by having so much travel? Might as well, no?
  • 3 1
 Come to southern California. You will enjoy the boulders or go home.
  • 4 1
 A lot of these comments are negatively charged.
  • 2 0
 The chainstay snapped clean off. Smile

If the weight is accurate it's lighter than it looks.
  • 2 1
 Seriously Pole, step it back half a notch. Aesthetics is a personal thing, but this rear triangle is the epitome of fubarized.
  • 1 0
 0mm BB drop means about a 378mm BB height. I wonder what the thought process was behind that. Suppose you could throw a 27.5 in the rear to get the BB at least a bit lower.
  • 2 0
 The reasoning for higher bb is to increase agility based on the podcast where Leo was interviewed.
  • 1 0
 I really don’t wanna see any of the latest stuff……bikes included!! Not until we can actually buy whatever we’re shown!!!!
  • 4 2
 Cheese, its even uglier than OrangeSmile Smile
  • 3 1
 Always been a fan of how poles looked but WOW!!! This is horrible looking!
  • 2 0
 It's giving me major praying mantis vibes
  • 3 1
 My god what are they thinking with that frame design?
  • 2 0
 I read "vomina", really sorry for that.
  • 1 0
 Reminds me a bit of the old Marin Quadlink bikes like the Quake except the links are longer and positioned farther back.
  • 3 0
 The gold is #bikeporn
  • 3 1
 Orange Bikes are giggling
  • 2 1
 I didn’t even read the article I came straight to the comments. As usual I wasn’t disappointed.
  • 1 0
 It’s cool that the whole aluminum frame will serve as a heat sink for the electric motor.
  • 1 0
 Designers after overbuilding the rear swingarm. : "That'll shoe the haters, this won't break"
  • 1 0
 With that wheelbase I think I would just buy a KTM E-freeride. I'd have about the same amount of agility on my local trails.
  • 1 1
 Other manufacturers of ebikes: "we've created a great bike but it looks absolutely horrendous! Nobody will create an uglier bike. Ever!"
Pole: "hold my beer"
  • 2 1
 So how many tons does this weight ?
  • 4 1
 0.0253575
  • 4 0
 0.023
  • 4 0
 @ravenracinginc: Really? thats actually pretty good for an ebike.
  • 3 3
 For this price and intended use, get yoursel a 250cc second hand and braaaappp for real !!!!
  • 5 4
 Nice and early Friday Fail!
  • 1 2
 so true...
  • 1 0
 The all new pole "smoker"
  • 1 0
 Can't break chainstays if they don't exist.
  • 1 0
 i like it....i'd not sped that much on one though....yet.
  • 1 0
 That thing looks like the bike version of bicentennial man!
  • 1 0
 The only aesthetically pleasing Pole is their fat bike.
  • 1 1
 What has happened to Pole? New management? New design team?

They've suddenly started making some disgusting looking bikes!
  • 1 0
 It’d appeal to me more if it was named ‘Dancer’ instead of Voima.
  • 1 0
 if i ever see someone riding this its on sight
  • 1 0
 All I can see is a Grasshopper = ready to leap
  • 1 0
 Yeah, but why does it have to look like that.
  • 1 0
 European design at its finest.
  • 3 2
 That just looks fucking awful.
  • 1 0
 That rear seatstay and rocker looks like a grasshopper leg
  • 2 1
 Just cause you can, doesn't mean you should!
  • 2 1
 When you come for the comments and arent dissapointed
  • 1 0
 With a face only a mother could love!
  • 1 0
 When I see this it reminds me of Mountain Cycle bikes from the 90's
  • 2 2
 MY EYES!! Where’s the bleach?!?
  • 3 3
 They doubled their production fellas. They're gonna sell 2 now.
  • 3 2
 Looks like an... Orange
  • 1 1
 that second riding photo looks like the start of a friday fails submission
  • 1 1
 another fugliest bike 2021 contender
  • 1 1
 Frame price 6,000 euros...that's a cracking deal!
  • 1 3
 Simplify the swingarm, go with a single pivot like Orange. No fuss, no muss, one set of beefy pivot bearings, no monkey motion to keep clean.
  • 1 1
 Blah blah blah....nope...nope....nope....fugly fugly fugly....
  • 1 2
 Going with a Brose motor is a big mistake. Ask any Levo owner how many motors they're burned through.
  • 3 2
 That is one ugly bike
  • 2 2
 I was just sick in my mouth…..thanks
  • 1 2
 Most Brose motors fail 2-4 times a year, so this was a very bad decision by Pole.
  • 1 1
 how can a bike be that ugly
  • 1 1
 Never thought I'd say that about a bike...but it looks disgusting.
  • 1 1
 need to draw the line between mtb and moto
  • 4 5
 Hey we have the worst looking bike let's make it even worse
  • 5 6
 It will go down in history as the first bike that weighs more than a rider
  • 2 0
 23kgs??
  • 2 1
 @ravenracinginc: 23,5-25 kg in K3 (M)! without mounting specifications
  • 1 2
 @ravenracinginc: And anyway it was a joke .........
  • 2 1
 This bike has nothing on the Banshee Scream. That with a Monster T was brutal. But I still wanted one.
  • 2 2
 that is really ugly
  • 1 2
 Voima, Pole'ish for Vomit?
  • 1 1
 Looks like an Orange.
  • 2 4
 nothing to see here, just another motorbike for all those people with weak legs
  • 1 1
 Fuck no.
  • 1 1
 what a pig
  • 1 1
 Barfs inside
  • 2 4
 Pole is a bike for absolute tubes
  • 4 5
 Looks like a s..shit
  • 4 7
 Then it will actually look like the motorcycle it is
  • 1 3
 Hahahahahahahahaha
  • 4 6
 MOPED
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