Riding a really long Pole all day long
sorry have just recovered from a good bouncy dirty ride on a …. I’ll stop now.
The bike was great. 140mm rear travel 29er. I tested it for 3 hours in Åre bike park here in Sweden where I normally take my downhill bike. I wasn’t blown away with the length of it, or indeed any of the geometry, perhaps because of the DH bike riding. It just felt right really, a good thing.
its a stiff pole (titter) and the back end has a brace between the chain and seatstay on the non drive side. apparently this is a new edition and the back end really was very stiff. there have been a couple of big guys with really long poles (tee hee) that have broken the rear bolt through axle due it the stiffness apparently.
it really needs to be leaned over in corners, you cant just ‘steer’ it. i was surprised that it was decent in switchback turns. not amazing but yeah decent.
i also took it on some fireroads xc between lifts for a peddle test and it was grand. decent weight too.
the lyric fork was a bit stiff for me so the really rough stuff i wanted my dh bike
it was hard to manual and wheelie but then so was my DH bike until you get used to it. i didnt try and 180s i’m afraid but it was really stable in the air, due to its length and girth ( snigger )
I’m 184cms and it was a medium with a 50mm stem but Kaisa from Pole cycles said i was in the size border and i could have gone large with a 35mm stem. i quite liked how it the 50mm put me in a more aggresive position.
Kaisa said she had had no problems with the shock and maintains it like any other ( she would say that though of course) She said you can turn the shock around on the latest model and the guy she was riding with (*sadface) had done that.
really positive thoughts on it. i liked it alot. it does come in black too. loads of people looked at my Pole too which was a real ego boost 😆Posted 8 months ago
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