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sprockets mikelevy's article
Jun 19, 2017 at 16:41
Jun 19, 2017
Is Polygon's Square One EX9 the Elusive 'One Bike'? - Review
I was lucky enough to have been able to ride the first two prototypes of the Naild rear suspension and have had a short time riding these Polygon Square One's. Here's a couple of nuggets I had to get my brain wrapped around from the early days up to this now production version. About 4+ years ago proto #1 had 160 mm fork / rear travel and was tested alongside bikes with 140 - 150 mm DW Link and FSR rear suspensions in Kern, CA. Testers were in the same height range so we swapped bikes and would repeat sections. The proto was the heaviest bike in our test by a long shot (probably a good 6-8 lbs more). After a while we were catching each other trying to be sneaky and grab the heavy proto when it came time for long uphill transfers. It went downhill awesome too but the thing that amazed us was how much more efficient it was at getting us through sections that meant pedaling despite the weight. Fabien Cousinie (aka Cous Cous UR team manager) used his Square One for the dual slalom at Sea Otter this year. There were a number of pro's that are known for being slalom type riders that did not qualify into the final 32 riders. Cous Cous qualified 20th and I'm told ended up with one of the fastest times on the blue course (had a mechanical on the red), final rank 22nd. Here's what stood out to me.... It's a 180 mm bike in slalom and no offense to him but he's not known for being top notch at that discipline these days (managing the team will slow you down a bit). Point being....it was a 180 mm bike in a discipline where you're supposed to be on a hardtail or short travel 100-120 mm slalom ripper. Plus he seemed just fine with it on the jumps & berms too. It's kinda of a real head scratcher. I got to ride the Square One for a while with some other riders one thing that is noticeable is that while pedaling the shock only moves when you hit something and it can be quite small and still activate it. If you follow another rider around pedaling sections the shock does not move until there is something to move it on the trail. There doesn't seem to be any resistance to movement from the crap your riding over yet it still won't move around from your body's pedaling movements. There's no platform to the shock only the design of the frame doing that. It just seems to balance compression and tension forces like nothing else I've tried. The freaky good traction comments from Mike are spot on from my experience too but not just from cornering, descending angle. The real eye opener is being able to stay on the gas in technical sections. It just moves out of the way of stuff you're going over but you can just keep pedaling. Best analogy I've heard applied to this design is it's like a hydrofoil boat. The water below it is choppy but the hull of the boat is calm and not bouncing around. I haven't seen a bad review on this design yet (Marin or Polygon). I've seen a lot of people not understand why it's doing what it's doing but test editors from all over seem to get to the conclusion it's doing what it claims to to.
sprockets SRSuntour's article
May 6, 2017 at 7:42
May 6, 2017
SR Suntour's Perception Changing Tour: Demo Our Best Suspension
It takes years to keep the name and build it up. The VitalMTB survey has been going on since 2010. SR Suntour didn't even register on "what fork are you going to purchase" in 2010 but has been gaining ground up to 5th place brand on the 2016 survey squeaking in front of X-Fusion and Manitou. http://www.vitalmedianet.com/pdfs/Vital_MTB_Audience_Survey_2016.pdf
sprockets RichardCunningham's article
Apr 13, 2017 at 11:35
Apr 13, 2017
Polygon Square One EX9 and its R3ACT Suspension - Where it Came From and How it Works
@DrPhibes: http://mombat.org/MOMBAT/BikeHistoryPages/Klein.html See the 1989 ad. He used climbing shoes for the better grip of the rubber on the pedal back then....way before 5.10 haha
sprockets takosa56's photo
Apr 5, 2017 at 0:36
Apr 5, 2017
Would be cool if you could do the spacers, stem, bar somehow to integrate the look. Like you hit a yellow paint can while riding.

sprockets vernonfelton's article
Mar 23, 2017 at 21:53
Mar 23, 2017
Here's the Latest Long-Travel 29er Fork – Taipei Cycle Show
Sounds easy enough but works only if there was enough material planned for...safety first. If optimized for 15 mm it wouldn't leave enough to go 20 mm.
sprockets vernonfelton's article
Mar 23, 2017 at 21:51
Mar 23, 2017
sprockets urteam's article
Mar 19, 2017 at 22:18
Mar 19, 2017
2017 Polygon UR Team Launch - Video
Git - UR - Dun!! Stoked for another season of Dream Ride Share from UR. Good luck!
sprockets YTIndustries's article
Mar 15, 2017 at 11:44
Mar 15, 2017
YT Nabs the Director of Good Times
@Rucker10: ha ha classic Tippie joke "The grip".
sprockets SRSuntour's article
Feb 4, 2017 at 8:42
Feb 4, 2017
SR Suntour Partners with the Polygon UR Team World Cup Team
@IllestT: Auron's have an adjustable air volume. Early versions had a simple yellow elastomer that could be cut down to make less ramp / more linear feel. If you haven't done anything to the stock one cut 1/3 off and test it out. Current versions are more slick with 11 mm spacers (like Rock Shox Tokens) that can be pushed together so you can run however many you want. If you haven't modified anything I'd suggest get two of these http://www.envelo.cc/sr-suntour-feg270-11mm-air-volume-spacer.html
sprockets SRSuntour's article
Feb 3, 2017 at 8:10
Feb 3, 2017
SR Suntour Partners with the Polygon UR Team World Cup Team
@Cefn: Well yes Shimano Tourney and Acera works but within it's intended use, pavement and light trail riding. ....same goes for the SR Suntour stuff like an XCT or XCM you might find with those Shimano parts. It's when somebody expects a XCT or XCM to morph into a dirt jump fork that expectations are not met.
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