by Marc Basiliere
May 12, 2014
Available consumer-direct in the US, Sea Otter gave us our first in-person look at Indonesian brand Polygon’s new Collosus carbon fibre line. Substantial-looking despite their carbon fibre construction, the Collosus is available in two different models: the T8 and N9.
The T8 is a 140mm travel trail bike, said to be built (nearly) as much for climbing as for descending. The dual short link FS3 suspension design is shared by both models, each tuned for its intended use. Interestingly, Polygon is using a nicely-machined shock extender to allow a stock Fox rear shock size to work with the scheme’s painstakingly-placed pivots. The T8 comes with an XT double build kit, 140mm Fox 32 Float, and a RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper for $4,500 (£2,675).
Up a notch, Polygon’s N9 enduro/all-mountain model looks quite similar but is said to be built with a bit more material and an eye to the descents. A Kashima-coated Fox Float piggyback shock and 34 Talas fork each deliver 160mm travel and the head angle steps out to 66.3º . The XX1 drivetrain seems just about right and XT brakes are hard to argue with. Complete with another Reverb Stealth, the N9 retails for $5,800 (£3,450).
Polygon bikes aren’t yet available in the UK- but do have distribution in France and Germany. Some of the frames’ details are a bit heavy-handed, but the company does look to be taking mountain biking seriously. Squint a bit and a bit of Whyte can be seen in the suspension layout- it’d be interesting to see how one handled the trail.