Pole Bicycles Machine

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 Revolutionary bike in both geometry and readability. Tested over 24 miles and 2700ft of climb/decend in Northern GA with Pole Demo Tour. One of the easiest climbing and fastest descending bikes I've ever ridden. Absolute game changer!
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 If you wanted a quintessential "do it all" or "pedallable dh" bike, this is it, look no further. All the cons listed below are well worth putting up with for what you get.

Pros:

- Climbs stuff you think you cant climb, all while being seated, without really any special technique - just sit and crank, and you go up.

- Descends like a DH bike, insanely smooth and stable especially with 2.5 tires and coil shock. The first time you will take a steep roll will erase any fear of hucking this thing off of anything.

- Can run 29x2.8 tires for that 29+ ride.

- Disconnecting upper pivot link makes the entire chainstay pivot forward and reduce the footprint of the bike. Haven't tried this, but its probably possible to carry the frame, sans the wheels in a large suitcase.

- Very laterally-stiff rear end, which makes the rear feel very precise.

- Doesn't feel that extreme when you ride it despite the radical geometry. You can still bunny hop it, reposition the rear wheel, thread it through corners on tight singletrack.


Cons:

- Has all the "cons" of a longer travel enduro bike with slack head angle. Floppy at low speed, suspension is designed for more compliance than efficient pedaling, weighs more than a trail bike for burliness and stiffness.

- Hard to manual. You have to throw your weight back harder to take some low speed drops, and even harder if you want to hold a manual.

- Stand up pedaling while climbing makes rear loose traction easier, due to long chainstays. The bike prefers sit down pedaling, even when you feel like you need to stand up. You can still stand up pedal if you actively try to keep your weight back instead of leaning over the front.
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Pole Bicycles Machine (MSRP $6800) —

Specifications Compare to other All Mountain/Enduro/XC

Price $6,800
Travel 160mm
Rear Shock RockShox Super Deluxe Air RCT
Fork RockShox Lyrik RC2 180mm, 51mm offset
Cassette SRAM XG1299 Eagle 10-50t
Crankarms SRAM X01 Carbon DUB 170mm 32t
Chainguide OneUp
Rear Derailleur SRAM X01 Eagle
Chain SRAM XX1 Eagle
Shifter Pods SRAM XX1 Eagle
Handlebar Truvativ Descendant carbon, 800mm
Stem Truvativ Descendant 40mm
Grips Ergon
Brakes SRAM Code RSC
Wheelset Mavic Deemax Pro
Tires Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5 (f) / DHR II 2.3 (R)
Seat Ergon
Seatpost BikeYoke Revive

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