Words: Ieaun Williams Images: Callum Philpott
Intro – Shape and Fit
Polygon have been around for some time now but have almost been under most people’s radar. They are no strangers to top flight racing though and have had Aussie’s Mick and Tracey Hannah in the saddle since 2013 with the Hutchinson United Racing team. It’s also worth a mention that this new bike has been about for a while now having a near identical prototype model seen at the first round of the world cup in Pietermaritzburg South Africa back in 2014.
With the likes of Kurt Sorge winning RedBull Rampage last year aboard the DH9 we were really looking forward to getting out on the bike. With two different specifications available ranging from £3,900 to £5,350, four sizes from small to extra large and two bottom bracket heights there is some real promise here. We went for the cheaper model in the largest size.
The DH8 model comes equipped with RockShox BoXXer Team fork, as a lower spec bike that’s a good fork to come bolted to the front they seem to work well on the front of the Giant Glory advanced that was recently tested. The rear end is where the big changes come compared to previous model – the DHX. The lower pivot no longer stems from the bottom bracket housing with a large clumsy casting, it is now just above the bottom bracket with a separate pivot mount this should save weight and make for a more reliable system.
The Rock Shox Vivid RC2 damper works well with the new linkage but once again that ugly top out problem rears its head. I think maybe it is time that this issue was addressed by the manufacturer.