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but the rest of the package is pretty for an internally routed unit as soon installed, the wheel-to-oar dislocation

1,300 Fun rapid cruiser, but good. The Shimano XT rear mech
JARGON as you have the funds. Polygon have is remarkable in all the wrong ways.
tyres if you'll be heading into wet
woods regularly, there's no denying
with definite front end limits with clutch switch is a big practical helpfully fitted a QR seat collar, so That creates a front end that has you that the centre-ridge tread rolls
advantage, Deore cranks are a good Quick-release dropping the saddle manually is easy. flinching as soon as rocks or drops really fast. Contrary to expectations,
olygon's price-beating full- choice and the M365 brakes use the skewer.A thin steel The 74.S-degree seat angle naturally appear, and we had countless near- the sharp intermediate and shoulder
rodwith a
susser has enough tweaks, same levers as the M315s on the tighteningcamat puts you further over the front wheel miss steering moments. knobs bite into slop pretty well and
treats and frame performance Giant but get upgraded callipers. oneendanda and in command when you're seated Although that sounds pretty clean immediately too.
_ to ensure the dodgy fork isn't While the lock-on grips look like a locknutat the for climbing or pedalling. It also damning, the saving of the Siskiu As long as you stay off the shiny
a deal-breaker. nice detail too, they twist in the wet. other. makes the saddle easy to get behind is that the rest of the bike works roots and green rocks, the supple FOR A LITTLE MORE
if - actually let's be honest, when - really well. While the Epixon shock but not distracting initial suspension Polygon Siskiu D8
DROPOUT
The frame The ride you need to lift the front wheel and feels wooden and unyielding for movement makes the Polygon a 2,000
The Siskiu's lean, low-slung looks The D7 is the cheapest bike here, but Theslottedor keep it out of trouble. the first couple of hours, after a few Spendinganother700 on a Siskiugets
surprisingly tenacious climber and
screw-threadedtip youcloserto the dampersit deserves,with
sketch out balanced all-round that's not obvious in the ride. While of a fork or frame You're going to need to do this more rides it opens up to deliver a easy, enjoyable day rider. Especially mid-rangeRockShoxunits at both ends.
geometry, while the short linkage it's fractionally shorter in reach than that holdsthe quite a lot, because of the fork. The fluid stroke that doesn't noticeably if you put that 200 you've saved
and chunky pivot terminals on the the others, the 67.S-degree head wheelaxlein place. RockShox 30 feels smooth enough disturb pedalling. It handles mid-size over the other bikes here towards
back end keep it tight under torque.
We'd expect the external BB to last
angle is on point for the purpose and
travel (120mm) of the bike. Because
when you're pitter-pattering over
the roots, ripples and gravel of a
hits acceptably for a budget bike too,
so the fact that the back end has to ,
a new fork as soon as possible.

far longer than an internal unit. the UK importers have taken the fireroad, woodland walk or blue- take the brunt of the impact load
"s- ," ... " _:~ '~~., - ~ '.-' - '":. .-
There's a skinny QR out back, not a smart step of fitting a 5Smm stem graded MTB trail. But start pushing because the fork can't be trusted '.. -.~ #'

through-axle, but the dropouts can instead of the 80mm number listed it harder through turns or adding isn't an issue. Don't underestimate
be upgraded to 142x12mm if you get on Polygon's website, the Siskiu feels some braking load into the skinny the psychological effect of the chain- ""BUK
the wheels to match. keen, responsive and ready to play 30mm-stanchion chassis, and the quietening clutch on the rear mech FOR A LITTLE LESS
through tight corners and random flex instantly chokes the stroke. Even too, which makes things sound as Cheap, flexy fork, but the Siskiu's poised, keen and Polygon Siskiu D6
The kit traction situations straight away. the plasticky Schwalbe tyres can add well as feel a lot more controlled. efficiently smooth ride impresses for the price 1,150
For150 lessyou get a Suntourfork up
Even at 1,300, the QR-equipped While the budget doesn't stretch enough grip to twist the QR steering While we'd recommend changing
front andnoXTrearmechupgrade,but
RockShox 30 fork is disappointing, to a dropper post, the frame is ready out of shape, and with stickier rubber the hard-compound Smart Sam rJrJrJ~- the restof the bike is untouched.