New Polygon DH Bike Sighted at Whistler

Aug 10, 2017
by Vernon Felton  
Polygon DH Bike

Crankworx 2017 has hardly begun and already we have the first iPhone-enabled sighting of a prototype bike that someone at some company would really rather nobody see. Well, let's not be coy: It's a Polygon and, yes, it definitely appears to be configured around the Naild's R3ACT suspension design that debuted on Polygon's Square One EX9 and has since become the foundation of several Marin models, such as the Wolf Ridge.

If you've read anything about the R3ACT design, you've doubtless heard the Internet chatter about how it can magically endow long-travel bikes with XC race whippet climbing abilities. The bikes are said, in some quarters, to fairly levitate and multiply two fish into a seafood platter for thousands... You know, the usual mad-prophet-in-the-desert variety of raving. Check out Levy's review of the Polygon for a measured view of the bike. It's a good read.

So, what do we know about this new Polygon?

Nothing. Yet.

We've just dashed off a phone call, email and a white raven to Darrell Voss--the man behind the design, to get some more background on the bike.

In the meantime, here's another photo. Feel free to pontificate. Ready, set, go....

Polygon DH Bike



116 Comments

  • + 208
 Message to bike companies: sell these cool ass prototype paintjobs!!!
  • + 4
 yes that would be awesome!!!
  • + 18
 Yes! So many cool paintjobs BITD (fades, stripes, splatters, smoke effects etc etc) and these days they are all boring as hell.
  • + 6
 The paint job is cool, and the bike itself looks good too.
  • + 26
 Just hire a homeless dude in Bellingham. They all have these cool ass paint jobs.
  • - 6
flag cbourdrez (Aug 10, 2017 at 22:18) (Below Threshold)
 It adds lots of cost to the bike, it's expensive.
  • + 18
 This is literally the only paintjob they could have done to draw your eye away from the hideousness of that swingarm. Hail Mary pass... Good job!
  • - 2
 Bike brands love playing "car company" with their prototype camouflage paint jobs. *rolls eyes in annoyance
  • - 7
flag lkubica (Aug 10, 2017 at 23:57) (Below Threshold)
 But you realize that this looks cool on this Polygon precisely because it makes this bike less visible (thus you are less likely to vomit which makes this sh*t's look above your expectations)? It would be impossible to find a bike that looks better in this "stealth" mode than a Polygon Wink
  • + 3
 @Nordicskier1
Then how will you make difference between production and prototype?
  • + 2
 being able to customize paint w/o voiding the warranty would be much much better
  • + 0
 @ismasan: Being able to customise paint without voiding warranty means making your warranty cover bikes with the heat treatment f*cked up or the surface scratched to hell or chemically altered. You can't tell what's under a new paint job and what the customer has done to remove the old paint. The paint finishes on bikes have to be very tough to withstand what we put them through which means they are basically impossible to remove without at least partly damaging the frame. Painting on top of the original finish doesn't really work if you want it to look professional.

What someone needs to do is make custom vinyl wraps for frames like they do for cars. That would let you customise the colour scheme without affecting the structure of the frame. I would love to chrome my bike like I did with every car in GTA V. images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51ndfuEM8TL.jpg
  • - 2
 Yeah but a cool paint job on this bike is like putting perfume on a pig.
  • + 3
 @qreative-bicycle: use boring stock paintjobs on the pre production bikes duh.
  • + 1
 @wallheater: Ken Blocks custom paint job was the best yet!!
  • + 2
 Company: We hope no one will see this new prototype at Crankworx.
The same company: Let's paint it so it looks like nothing else on the market so everyone will notice it immediately!
  • + 144
 I see lots of polygons in this picture
  • + 90
 pedals like a xc and descends like a dh. longer lower slacker, double boost DH rear axle for 15% more stiffness, can be 29 or 27.5, room for plus tires and plus plus tires and road wheels, Aaron Gwin will get 5 million dollars to ride this frame for one race. #teamrumours
  • - 9
flag milanboy1986 (Aug 10, 2017 at 21:52) (Below Threshold)
 According to Aaron Gwin's taste, I don't think he would ride this thing at all, even for 5 million dollars.
  • + 7
 could 100% see sram coming out with boost DH*
  • + 11
 @acetasting1992: you're late to that one
  • + 6
 @acetasting1992: I think it was DVO first this time. Either way, were already there.
  • + 4
 So wait a minute, if a wc race can be won chainless, why the need for xc performance?
  • + 11
 @Lts3000: because you aren't gonna win chainless at cairns
  • + 1
 @kleinblake: Too right mate!
  • + 1
 Hoping it's not the other way around... I kid
  • + 44
 It's no Session.
  • + 2
 looks like a marin? #makememesgreatagain
  • + 22
 Mick Hannah came really close to winning last year at Cairns. If this is designed for more efficient pedaling while retaining DH capabilities, he has an even higher chance on winning this year's world champs...also at Cairns.
  • + 11
 Pretty sure he kicked as much ass as he thought he could. I asked him if he thought Bruni using a semi-slick was the difference and he said NO. My impression was he felt like he gave it everything and the result was because of the rider, not the equipment. He's a very honest, no bullshit guy.
  • + 2
 Mick and co. are supposed to be in town preparing for the World Champs, I'll be keeping an eye out for a prototype cruising around that's for sure.
  • + 2
 I'd like to this this win some races, that'd shut all the naysayers up. Besides, the pot-bellied look of the r3act suspension might actually look good for DH bikes. Can't really tell from the photos, but it looks really low slung
  • + 1
 @blackthorne: If the I see the bike I'll pull some ninja photography moves and post the pics.
  • + 1
 Last pedaly straight has changed a little for WC, theybhabe put booters and gaps and tables down the straight, so won't be an all out sprint
  • - 1
 @aushred: Wish they hadn't done that. Kind of nice to see a raw power sprint on that gravel. Now it will look like the motorway at Ft. Bill, minus the speed
  • + 2
 @aushred: literally just finished a run on the worlds...the bottom section is epic. Better practise your scrubs guys...
  • + 23
 Eddie van Halen's new signature DH bike.
  • + 17
 "First iPhone-enabled sighting of a prototype bike that someone at some company would really rather nobody see"

Taken at the biggest MTB event of the year....
  • + 3
 Just a good marketing move, keeps people talking about the brand
  • + 4
 And the photo has no exif data, so who knows if it was really shot with an iphone.
  • + 1
 Fact. And there are other pics out there too on vital's site and others. Definitely a marketing ploy.
  • + 10
 Having just re-read the Pinkbike review of the trail bike version, it sounds like the platform might be best suited to a DH race bike.. so not sure why all the negativity here, its worth a try at least? Go Mik. I'd love to see him win Worlds on home turf with this.
  • + 3
 Looks pretty amazing to me
  • + 14
 They are changing designs faster than we can buy them.
  • + 8
 am I the only one who actually likes it? the rear end shape is as is so it is not in the way of the chain.
This one looks much better than the earlier shown trail model, both of which are different looking than what we are used to too.
maybe it is the paint job?
  • + 1
 Yep, looks like you are the only one Big Grin
  • + 12
 Kill it with fire
  • - 3
 Poor Mic being forced to ride a bike that looks like its designed to take Batteries.
  • + 6
 Other than the sweet paint job and the relished R3ACT suspension system... this thing is ugly as sin! IMO
  • + 3
 Looks awesome up until the rear triangle, or lack thereof
  • + 2
 @VPS13:
My sentiments exactly
  • + 6
 Vernon's cynicism is always awesome!
  • + 2
 Since Polygon has the deal with React...sorry, R3ACT, I get why they'd want to design a new DH bike around the tech, but even before that deal doesn't it seem like they were doing a new DH bike every year? Are they that popular that they can afford constantly churning R&D like that?
  • + 5
 I have high hopes for this to change the suspension game.
  • + 6
 Sick paint!!
  • + 1
 I thought this suspension layout was for helping long travel bikes climb well? Is adding the complexity of slider etc. (plus not looking very smooth) in linkage worth it if nobody is going to climb this bike anyway?
  • + 11
 If it works well for sprinting then it might help racers get back more time on the flat stuff
  • + 8
 PB review of the trail bike, Mick Hannah said it had a ton more traction than anything else.
  • + 2
 What's up with the moto looking brakes?/the extra cable coming off the bars with the valve attachment?
  • + 2
 That's just a shock pump sitting on the handlebars. The doodad on the end of a shock pump is a no-loss valve.
  • + 2
 /@bogey: Where can you get one of the doodads
  • + 0
 @bogey: So they fprgpr to disconnect the no loss valve and are about to go do a lap? hah
  • + 0
 forgot
  • + 3
 If the claims are true, I wouldn't really care how it looks. :-/
  • + 3
 Santa Cruz Super 8 Swingarm
  • + 2
 Collons !!!! Bring us alu (truly) afordable R3act pedalable bikes...who cares "the look"? damn it !!!
  • + 3
 The giant curved swingarm reminds me of the Honda.
  • + 1
 Ugly as sin! I'd be interested to see how accurate a statement XC race whippet climbing abilities is
  • + 1
 I love the Kashima Werx logo on the stanchions. Must make the first bit of travel ultra smoooove!
  • + 3
 XquarOne... seriously? just name it like you were not f*ckin retarded, please!
  • - 1
 @Ohlalaa: or a 14 years old kid from 2009
  • + 0
 @ORTOGONAL555: i usually don't get hung up on such stuff, but this is an entirely new level of stupid. even among the stupid marketing shit of the 2000s you would be hard pressed to find something that matches XquarOne...
  • + 2
 When I first saw this bike it reminded me of the K2 Animal.
  • + 2
 it looks like a Marin Bike. model Wolf Ridge. what do you think?
  • + 1
 nope again this is trunnion mount marin is standard eye-mount and marin has a window in the mount
  • + 2
 Don't think it's got enough brake line.
  • + 1
 Be thankful. At least its not a 29er.
  • + 1
 Shouldn't the headline read: New Polygon DH Bike "Sighted" at Whistler
  • + 0
 Let's have one of these iterations have more reach, stack and steeper ESTA.
  • + 1
 Looks like it's just the AM bike with a DH fork and cool paint to me.
  • + 1
 nope ...

the AM bike (square one) has the shock mounted to the top tube

this frame appears to have a down-tube trunnion mount ....

clearly a different bike ...
  • + 1
 2 diff suspension companies on a prototype????
  • + 7
 Polygon UR team uses Suntour, which explains the fork. As far a the shock, you'll notice Polygon riders running a variety of options, because Suntour doesn't currently make a race-worthy shock.
  • + 2
 @YouHadMeAtDrugs: Except for the prototype air shock that SikMik has been using
  • + 1
 That bike better get Mick and Tracey some wins....
  • + 1
 Literally first though; how goddam ugly can this be?
  • + 1
 Enduro Bike Boost ? lol
  • + 1
 Kok Soyo EULEKKKK....!!
  • + 0
 Oh but it's too ugly. It'll never catch on...
  • - 1
 Does the swingarm have to look like a geometry project gone wrong on these react bikes?
  • + 1
 Squareone project 2018.
  • + 0
 what is that dangling cable supposed to be attached to?
  • + 10
 mini horn to get Joey's out tha way
  • + 0
 It's so ugly they had to camo it!
  • - 2
 Looks like an orange
  • - 3
 Oh no, it's breeding! Kill it with fire before it spawns even more hideous creations!
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