Flow’s First Bite: Polygon Collosus DHX

Words by Flow | Images by Flowtographer

The not-so-minor details

Product

Polygon Collosus DHX

Contact

Bicycles Online
www.bicyclesonline.com.au

Price

AUD4,748.00

Weight

17.26kg

Positives

Price.
Spec.

Negatives

Not sure yet. We'll have to wait until we hit the trails.

Us

With Mick and Tracy Hannah on board, it’s little wonder that people have begun paying a lot attention to Polygon in the last few months. Indeed the pair both won the National Champs earlier this year on this exact frame.

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17.26kg is pretty impressive out of the box. A quick look over the geometry chart reveals solid and sensible numbers too.

This Indonesian based manufacturer produces bikes that are pretty absurd value for money – the bang for the buck of the Collosus is unquestionable, with a full Saint groupset, Mavic Dee Max and top-shelf FOX suspension for under $5K. But component spec is only one part of the equation. It’s geometry, suspension performance and ride quality that actually win races.

We’ll be giving the Collosus a solid run over the coming weeks to see if it’s just as impressive on the trail as it is in the catalogue. In the meantime here’s a run down of some of the key features and components.

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Holy metal, Batman! There’s a fair old bit going on down there in the FS2 linkage, but the weight is low and central.

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Here you can see how the lower link pivots around the bottom bracket. We haven’t headed to the hills yet, but the suspension is super sensitive, breathe on it and it moves.

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Shimano’s Saint groupset adorns the Polygon; 10-speed, solid as hell and with brakes that can turn you inside out. The I-Spec shifter and brake lever is tidy too.

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Wheelbase adjustability is part of the package too, allowing some customisation for different conditions.

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Mavic Deemax wheels are the most desirable out there. The Polygon comes set up tubeless too! Kore provide the bar and integrated stem, plus a T-Rail saddle/post combo.

Them

In only its first outing the Polygon DHX is the bike that was ridden to victory at the 2013 Australian Downhill Championships twice! Mick Hannah taking out the mens elite and, his sister Tracey, taking the top spot on the podium for the womens elite. See this video for a wrap up of the weekend

Hutchinson UR Team / Australian National Champs from Hutchinson UR Team on Vimeo.

The DHX is the king of the mountain, in Polygon’s downhill lineup. No expense has been spared in putting together this incredible bike. This bike features the latest in Polygon’s frame technology with the ALX Floating Suspension 2 Downhill frame that delivers incredibly active small bump compliance with amazing pedaling efficiency. With its now lower center of gravity due to the new FS2 frame design, the Collosus DHX delivers a rock-solid ride at any speed and has a bottomless suspension feel and highly predictable handling that gives you the confidence you need to dive hard into corners, commit to faster lines and spend less time on the binders.

Outfitted with a FOX 40 Kashima fork with 8 inches of travel, Shimano Saint drivetrain, Shimano Saint hydraulic disc brakes and Mavic Deemax UST Wheels, the Polygon Collosus DHX lets you ride as fast as you dare and possibly even faster.

See the 2012 video below, the 2013 version coming soon!

KEY FEATURES

  • ALX Hydroformed Downhill Frame with Floating Suspension System 2 technology (FS2)
  • Full Shimano Saint 820 componentry
  • Fox 40 Fit RC2 front fork w/ Kashima Coat
  • Fox DHX RC4 rear shock w/Kashima Coat
  • Kore Torsion handlebar and stem
  • Kore T-Rail Torsion saddle
  • Mavic Deemax Ultimate UST wheelset
  • Schwalbe Muddy Mary UST 26′ x 2.35′ tyres
  • Free chain stay protector and spare drop out included.
  • Weight 17.4kg (medium frame, excluding pedals)
  • 5 Year Warranty on frame
  • 2 Year Warranty on parts
MODEL 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Collosus DHX SIZE HEAD TUBE ANGLE HEAD TUBE LENGTH in mm HEAD TUBE DIAMETER in mm SEAT TUBE ANGLE SEAT TUBE LENGTH (C-T) in mm TOP TUBE ACTUAL in mm TOP TUBE EFFECTIVE in mm FRONT CENTER (FC) in mm REAR CENTER (RC) in mm BB HEIGHT (BB DROP/ RISE) REAR WHEEL AXLE in mm SEAT POST SIZE in mm
 Small 15 64 110 44 x 55 74.5 380 514 527 698 435/440/445 5 150 30.9
 Medium 15 64 110 44 x 55 74.5 380 544 560 733 435/440/445 5 150 30.9
 Large 16.5 64 110 44 x 55 74.5 419 580 610 783 435/440/445 5 150 30.9
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