The Pole bike company (confusingly from Finland) has always done things a little differently. And rather than go to Taiwan to make a carbon premium frame, it decided to machine the whole thing from billet aluminium and put it all together in Finland.
Having announced the Machine, back in November last year, Pole was showing the final pre-production models at Sea Otter. The bike is different to anything on show here, being machined from solid billet 7075 aluminium and then bolted and bonded together.
It’s not just the construction of the bike, but the design is pretty unique too. The Machine is a long travel 29er, with 180/160mm travel. The asymmetric suspension bike also features some pretty radical geometry, with a super-long reach (longer than a ‘Long’ Geometron)
The Pole Machine features a 63.9° head angle and a super steep 79° seat tube angle. Why so steep? The bike has some long reach figures and it’s to keep your weight over the front wheel more. How long? This Large frame has a 510mm reach and a 1336mm wheelbase.
Pole reckons that the frame weight will be around 3.3kg without shock. Complete bikes will be around €6950, with the air-shock version going for €3450 for the frame.
Pole’s Machine has been one of the most talked about bikes at this year’s Sea Otter. It’s refreshing to see that you can still make a splash without having to have a carbon fibre super bike.