Eurobike 2016: Folding Enduro Bikes by Pole

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This is the Pole Evolink 176 downhill bike.
This is the Pole Evolink 176 downhill bike.

Apparently, Pole have the longest mountain bikes at Eurobike 2016, and looking at the one above we can believe it. Not only that, they fold! Founder Leo Kokkonen demonstrated their Evolink bikes, and took us briefly through some of the features. Spanning enduro bikes to full on DH monsters, all are long in the frame, with slack headtubes and steep seat tubes (Leo runs an angleset in his to make it even slacker).

Read on to see some of the clever features they’re building, and to see a video of one folding.

Pole Bicycles Evolink 140
The Evolink 140 is a 29er trail bike.

One really nice touch is that while all the frames have ports for internal cable routing, they also have bosses on the stays and top tube for those who prefer external cables.

Pole Bicycles: external bosses
Internal through the chainstay, external on the seatstay!
Pole Bicycles: external bosses
Here shown upside down, these two cable clamp bosses are on the underside of the top tube.
Pole Bicycles Evolink 140
Finishing kit is all Easton and Raceface…
Pole Bicycles Evolink 140
… including a Turbine Dropper post.
Pole Bicycles Evolink 140
Some clever shuffling of front triangle elements means all bikes in the range can run the same rear end, with travel varying from model to model between 110mm to 200mm.
Pole Bicycles Evolink 140
Steep seat angles make sure they can still be ridden uphill.
Pole Bicycles Evolink 140
All the bikes in this range have the same rear triangle and linkage. Tweaks to the front triangle change the bike geometry for different purposes.

 

Pole Bicycles Evolink 140
DT Swiss hubs keep you rolling.
Pole Bicycles Evolink 140
A frame is so long only one end is in focus!
Pole Evolink 176
200mm travel at the back.
Pole Evolink 176
Drivetrain is a mix of Raceface SixC cranks and SRAM X01 seven speed.
Pole Evolink 176
The Evolink 176 DH is the only bike in the range to have DVO suspension. The similar FR has Rockshox, both run 27.5 wheels.

All of them have the same linkage and swing arm, and get this: they’re foldable! Here’s a demonstration:

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Pole folding enduro bike
The whole process took a leisurely 40 seconds.
Pole folding enduro bike
Company founder for scale.
Pole folding enduro bike
If this were mine, I’d probably get paranoid and pad under the chain.
Pole folding enduro bike
All that’s needed are a couple of allen keys to remove some linkage bolts.
Pole folding enduro bike
A bit more work on the stem and it looks like it’d slip straight into a bike bag…

As well as that, the swing arm has hub spacers for boost and non-boost hubs.

Pole Evolink rear
The black spacers give it standard spacing, and without, it takes boost hubs.
Pole Evolink rear
JCB Yellow seems to be very in this year.
Pole Evolink rear
Take your boost spaced swing arm and push one of these spacers in each side…
Pole Evolink rear
… and hey presto! Non-boost.
Pole Evolink rear
A couple of washers space the brake from the stay depending on your choice of hub.

Comments (2)

    I’m still wondering why the fold? Stash it in yer bag with the full face for the climb on the inflatable hardtail?

    The folding comes with the design so why not? It is not a feature we were originally after. It’s just a plus because the lower link is concentric with the cranks.

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