Norwegian Isak Leivsson will be racing at Fort William aboard what may be the longest downhill bike currently in existence* – the Pole Machine 200. It's still in the prototype stage, but the bike is constructed using the same techniques as its more trail-oriented sibling
, with two machined pieces of 7075 aluminum bolted and bonded together to create this eye-catching frame.
The bike has 29” wheels, and the 200mm of travel is delivered by Pole's Evolink suspension design, which has a link that rotates around the bottom bracket, and another that connects the downtube to the seat stays. The polished frame itself is enough to turn heads, but the massive wheelbase is also hard to miss. It measures 1360mm, which dwarfs every other DH bike on the market. The chainstays are a sprawling 460mm, and the head angle is 63-degrees.
Rider: Isak Leivvson
Height: 187 cm (6' 2")
Weight: 85 kg (187 lb)
Bike: Pole Machine 200
Wheelbase: 1360mm wheelbase,
Chainstay length: 460mm chainstay
Head angle: 63°
Rear shock : Fox DHX2
Fork: Fox 40 GRIP2 200mm
Brakes: SRAM Code
Wheels: Newman Evolution G-30
Tires: Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5" (25 psi front / 27 psi rear)
Weight: 18 kg / 39.7 lb
Even the handlebars are oversized – Isak has added in extentions to bring his bar width up to 830mm. It's probably a good thing that most of the trees in Scotland were cut down centuries ago... There also a stubby, 10mm stem in place, with a healthy stack of spacers underneath. At a hair under 40 pounds the Machine isn't especially light, but Isak says that that strength and durability are more important to him than counting grams.
Two sections of machined 7075 aluminum are bolted and bonded together to form the front triangle.
There shouldn't be any lack of stability with those big wheels, long front center, and 460mm chainstays.
* Nicolai's XXL G15 and G16 bikes do have longer wheelbase numbers, but when it comes to downhill bikes, at the moment it looks like the Machine is the longest.