It’s no secret that there are some seriously expensive mountain bikes kicking around in 2020. What with all the SRAM AXS wireless stuff, Fox Live Valve automated suspension and carbon whizz-bangery. Oh, and the fact that many are now coming with an electric motor now too. Add in a tanking Aussie dollar and fluctuating global currencies, and the price for the cutting edge continues to rocket skywards.
Seeing as it’s the premium end of the market that typically enjoys all of the media hype, it can be easy to forget that entry-level mountain bikes have been evolving and improving too though. Now more than ever, the technology we see at the top-end has been quietly trickling its way down, and as a result we’re seeing better and vastly more capable entry-level bikes. Case in point – this new 2020 Polygon Siskiu D6.
What Kinda Bike Is The Polygon Siskiu?
Indonesia’s Polygon has had the Siskiu in its lineup as far back as 2016, when it replaced the Recon as the brand’s popular full suspension trail bike. Highlighting the popularity of the platform, the Siskiu has since split into three distinct versions with differing amounts of suspension travel, and differing intentions;
- Siskiu D = 120mm travel Trail bike
- Siskiu T = 140/150mm travel All Mountain bike
- Siskiu N = 160/170mm travel Enduro bike
Within each platform you’ll find various spec levels, which are denoted by a number. The higher the number, the higher the spec (and the price).
We’ve tested all three platforms over the past few years, including the Siskiu D8, the Siskiu T8, and the Siskiu N9, all of which have offered stonking value for money. It’s been a while since we’ve had a Polygon in at Flow HQ though, and having caught wind of a new changes to the Siskiu D platform for 2020, we decided to get one in to see how exactly what’s changed, and just how good this sub-$2,000 full suspension bike really is.
Any Changes For 2020?
Loads! At its core, the Siskiu D remains as a value-packed alloy trail bike, which uses a single pivot suspension design with a linkage-activated rear shock. Travel sticks to 120mm front and rear, though the kinematics have been updated to provide a more progressive leverage rate. Overall it’s designed to provide good pedal efficiency for the climbs, with enough cush to make the descents more comfortable, and more fun than a hardtail.
Frame geometry has also had a hefty refresh. The head angle is slacker (now 67.5°), the seat angle is steeper (now 76°), the bottom bracket is lower (now 326mm), and the top tube has been made longer to facilitate the use of a shorter stem. And by moving to Boost 148x12mm rear dropouts, Polygon has also tucked the chainstays in further (now 436mm).
The geometry and suspension updates also mean there’s now room for a water bottle inside the mainframe, just below the rear shock. Su-weet!
Err, How Much?!
We don’t normally harp on about price here at Flow, but it’s impossible not to mention that when you’re talking about a full suspension bike that sells for less than most carbon wheels on the market. For 2020, there are three spec levels available in the Siskiu D range. We’ve got the Goldilocks D6 model on test, which is sandwiched by the D5 and D7;
- Siskiu D5: $1,499 AUD
- Siskiu D6 : $1,799 AUD
- Siskiu D7: $2,199 AUD
Worth noting is that the cheapest Siskiu D5 only comes in S-L frame sizes and with 27.5in wheels. In comparison, the D6 & D7 models spec 27.5in wheels on the Small size, while M-XL sizes come with 29in wheels.
Now if you’ve read any of our Polygon reviews before in the past, you’ll know that the bikes are sold direct-to-consumer in Australia via Bicycles Online, a big reason why the pricing is so sharp. It also means that if you do decide to purchase one, it’ll turn up on your doorstep in a cardboard box, and requires a small amount of assembly to get it rideable. It’s all pretty easy, and Bicycles Online has some great video resources on how to carry out the various steps required to get you rolling on the trail. There is an additional shipping cost though, which is calculated based on your postcode.
Siskiu D6 Highlights
We’ve only just finished building up our test bike, but already we’re impressed with the attention to detail that Polygon has gone to. For a start, you’ve got air-sprung suspension front and rear with adjustable rebound damping, which means a shock pump is all you need to increase or decrease pressures to set the bike up for your weight and riding style.
There’s also an internally routed KS dropper post, 760mm wide handlebars and a stubby 45mm long stem. And while the wheels may not be tubeless ready out of the box, Polygon has spec’d double-wall alloy rims with a 25mm internal width to support the 2.25in tyres. Props for the ‘Spiderbait’ tyre name too – we love it!
You’ve also got Shimano hydraulic disc brakes, along with a Deore 1×10 drivetrain – an excellent choice that delivers a much cleaner setup than a 2x drivetrain, and that’s allowed Polygon to spec a proper under-the-bar remote for the dropper post. All good stuff that isn’t necessarily standard fare on a bike of this price.
But while there are certainly lots of nice details and plenty of value to be found, but just how good can a sub-$2,000 full suspension perform? Are you better off with just getting a better-spec’d hardtail instead? Those are questions we hope to answer over the next few weeks as we get stuck into our new Budget Bouncer. In the meantime you can check out the full specs below, and make sure you shoot us through any questions.
2020 Polygon Siskiu D6 Specs
- Frame | ALX Alloy, Link-Activated Single Pivot Suspension Design, 120mm Travel
- Fork | SR Suntour XCR 32 LO R, Air-Sprung, 120mm Travel
- Shock | X-Fusion O2 PRO RL E2, Air-Sprung, 2-Position Lockout, 190×45mm
- Wheels | Alloy Hubs & Entity Double Wall Alloy Rims, 25mm Inner Rim Width
- Tyres | Entity Spiderbait 2.25in Front & Rear
- Drivetrain | Shimano Deore 1×10 w/Prowheel Charm 32T Crankset & SunRace 11-42T Cassette
- Brakes | Shimano MT201 Hydraulic Disc w/180mm Front & 160mm Rear Rotors
- Bar | Entity Sport Alloy, 760mm Wide
- Stem | Entity Sport Alloy, 45mm Long
- Seatpost | KS Dropper Post, 30.9mm Diameter, Travel: 125mm (S-M), 150mm (L-XL)
- Available Sizes | Small (27.5in), Medium, Large & X-Large
- RRP | $1,799 AUD + Shipping
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