Pole Bicycles is a Finnish company that recently made headlines after canceling their carbon frame making plans due to the environmental impact. Instead they are machining their frames out of aircraft quality aluminum, with two pieces being cut and then bonded together using a process similar to how airplanes are manufactured. After machining, the scrap material is sent back to the factory for reuse.
The manufacturing process is unique, as is the bike’s geometry and kinematics. The Machine is a 180mm front/160mm rear travel 29er with a 63.9-degree headtube angle and extremely steep 78-degree seat tube angle. Chainstays can accommodate up to a 3.0 tire.
In speaking with the brand’s brain trust Mtbr learned that they have created a very progressive frame while spending significant time on the shock and spring tunes, and reducing kickback for deep travel events. Due to the manufacturing process, they can constantly evolve the design, as there are no molds to consider. Claimed frame weight in 7.3 pounds and comes with a lifetime warranty.
Pole is also working on a 200mm travel 29er downhill bike, which we should see later this year.
Also on display at Sea Otter was Pole’s Chainmail jersey, featuring slash-proof material on the outer arms and cuffs to protect from thorns and branches, and cool the rider by conducting heat away from the body. This Cutlon Polyethylene is the same material used for butcher’s gloves. The torso is made of Coolmax, to wick sweat. Price is a lofty $180, yet it could save considerably more money if you tend to slash your sleeves while riding.