Behold The Pole Machine

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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.

The red decals make it faster, right?

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.

 

Channels are machined into the downtube for cable routing
Natural finish as standard.

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)

 

Single sided shocks. There’s an air shock and coil shock version

 

The zip tie game here is strong

 

The frame design is nearly finished – the shock hardware here isn’t final though.

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.

 

 

Long enough for you?
There’s a coil version too.

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.

 

 

 

 

You can see a lot of the bolts that help join the two halves of the frames

 

There are nine machined pieces in every frame
With the saddle down , you can see how long the bike looks.

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.

Comments (5)

  1. Jeez what an abortion of bike! Those brackets holding the shock on, they’d look out of place on a £250 BSO let alone a multi-thousand $$$ “super bike” (not to mention putting torsional loads due to an offset shock into the top tube is just stupid from an engineering perspective…….)

  2. “putting torsional loads due to an offset shock into the top tube is just stupid from an engineering perspective”

    The frame is made in halves so why not make one side with that in mind. You could do that with carbon and CNC lets you use Al in a way you couldn’t with tubes. Flip that shock to TT mount over to get a different geo. Seems reasonable to me. The whole CNC thing, well if it works and tests OK, why not.

  3. As the story says, those brackets are the bits that aren’t finished yet, Max 🙂

  4. Dayum, good job you’re around Maxtorque, you know, I bet they hadn’t considered how the shock forces went into the frame… You could have just saved the day!

  5. $3K+ for 3.3kg frame. News making cos it’s a daft laborious way of making one.

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