Polygon Siskiu D8
NICK EE | 20th Dec 2016 | PRODUCT REVIEWS
Local brands should never be doubted when it comes to quality, as we all know that the majority of bicycle frames are now proudly made right here in South East Asia, so a lower price tag now does not equate to a more inferior product, in fact I believe that manufacturing and quality control standards should actually be better now since production have increased for this region.
Indonesian born brand Polygon has gained quite a good foothold in the global cycling market with their very broad range of bicycles matched with more affordable prices and superior performance and quality as an added bonus. They have already enjoyed very good success with their agressive downhill bikes in Europe, and now they are offering their latest XC and trail mountain bike, the Siskiu D8.
The Siskiu D8 is a full suspension mountain bike that is designed and built for a very wide range of riders, so whether you are a full on hardcore trail blazer or a newbie cyclist taking on the local bike trails for the first time, you will not go wrong with this new bike. Classed under their T-Pro range of offroad bikes which feature frame geometry design and usage of frame materials and selection of components that have been taken into serious consideration to empower the rider to climb easier and descend smoother and faster. The ALX Alloy frame is a unique blend of aluminum that is more durable and lighter than other competitors, and for extra strength and durability, the 6061 triple butted tubing is heat treated, resulting in frames that will last for a long long time. This frame also features Polygon’s FWG frame geometry where the top tubes have become longer and seat tubes shorter, therefore providing a bike that is more suitable for a more agressive riding style, and with a more neutral position, it also allows them to even attack on the steepest trails. The one piece linkage that is attached to a Rockshox Monarch RT Solo Air rear shock increases stiffness and reduces overall weight while still providing 120mm of suspension travel and with the optimized Faux Bar suspension platform, the longer shock stroke allows the rear wheel to track better when going through rough trails, polymer bushings and a shorter linkage also reduces the amount of maintenance required so that you spend more time on the trails instead of in the workshop.
At the front of the bike, a Rockshox Recon Gold Solo Air fork has been fitted together with a remote to control the front damping, it is attached to the frame via a tapered 1-1/2″ to 1-1/8″ head tube which provides a better weld between the head tube and the top and down tubes, which eventually makes for a much stiffer and more durable frame. Components wise, most of it is from Shimano SLX’s range, with the exception of the rear derailleur being Deore XT for added shifting smoothness and weight savings, so that you will be able to easily shift throughout the 22 speeds, with a 11-42T cassette that is linked to the a 24T crank, you will definitely find a gear that will suit any riding condition. Mavic Crossride 27.5″ wheels fitted with Schwalbe Smart Sam clincher tyres provide good grip on tough terrain, and the 2.25″ wide tyres gives you added traction as well. Contact points are Entity Xpert alloy for added strength while reducing the overall bike’s weight, all cables are also internally routed, this not only makes the entire bike’s outlook look sleeker, it also makes cleaning the bike much easier too, especially after a day of hard riding through dirt and mud.
This bike has been speced and fitted very well considering the affordable price tag for it, this bike not only rides very well and performs excellently even when ridden hard and fast, you can only expect very good things out of this bike and there is no doubt that anyone getting this bike will not be disappointed.
The Polygon Siskiu D8 is available at all Rodalink Stores in Singapore.