Polygon Enter the eMTB Market With The Entiat

Polygon Enter the eMTB Market With The Entiat

PRESS RELEASE: Polygon Bikes

For over 25 years, Polygon Bikes has been driven by a vision and fueled by dedication to create bikes that spark the imagination of riders around the world. Polygon Bikes strives to offer high-quality bicycles with leading-edge technology that bring a unique experience to all who ride them.

Entiat-E is the 1st Polygon’s pedelec (pedal electric bicycle) trail mountain bike supported with an electric pedal-assist system component starting to operate through rider’s pedaling power. With the help of the attached system, riders don’t need to pedal as hard as riding a conventional bike but still possibly doing trail adventures and enjoying the same fun rides quicker and further.

Entiat-E is the perfect choice for riders looking for a more confidence-inspiring e-bike. Built around a lightweight aluminum frame adopting new boost standards with 120mm suspension fork travel, this bike is equipped with Shimano STEP E8020 drive unit offering powerful, quiet assist system and easy to read computer display controlling the internal battery, assist mode, current speed and ranges indicators. Entiat- E’s frame geometry has been adjusted to be suitable to a more aggressive riding style; top tubes have become longer and seat tubes have become shorter supporting riders in a more neutral position and allow them to attack even on the steepest trails. This black on black pedelec is provided with 27.5+ tire for greater improved traction and ready to be converted into tubeless, enhancing grip and comfort when running low pressures on rougher trails.

Entiat-E is capable to hit almost any terrain. Fully customisable power-assist settings for quicker and further adventures even to places riders couldn’t previously reach! Polygon’s first pedelec trail bike is available for USD 3599. Check the full information about Entiat-E at Polygon Bikes online

About Polygon :
For over 25 years, Polygon Bikes have been designing, building and engineering world class bicycles in partnership with engineers, industrial designers, creative thinkers and professional riders based in North America, Europe, and Asia. We are passionate about innovation and work hard each season to produce fresh and authentic designs with global relevance. We are one of the few global bike brands that own our manufacturing facilities allowing us to control all aspects of the manufacturing process from the craftsmanship of hand welding our frames right through to our industry-leading assembly and painting facilities. Those facilities also allow us to leverage significant cost efficiencies that most brands are not able to achieve. This results in our ability to offer an extensive range of high-quality bicycles you can depend on at some of the most competitive pricing available in the market. Polygon offers an extensive range of high-quality bikes with leading-edge technology to help you take your riding to the next level.

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Northern Grip MTB Festival 2018

Northern Grip MTB Festival 2018

PRESS RELEASE: Northern Grip Mountain Bike Festival

So… what’s happening at Grip this year then?

Er… we can’t tell you.

Well, we can’t tell you yet. There are several multi-million dollar deals awaiting sign-off before we can release all the details.

All we can say for now is that Northern Grip 2018 will be the same as the previous two Grips, but different.

A lot of familiar faces, demo bike brands, vendors, caterers, beer pumps, musicians, DJs, dancers and of course Lee Quarry routes will be returning for 2018’s Grip. But they’ll be joined by a whole load of new stuff.

Northern Grip

Keep an eye on Pinkbike, the Northern Grip website, Facebook and Instagram to be the first to hear about 2018 Grip stuff as it gets confirmed.

One thing we are going to try this year is to kick people out more.

By that we mean we’re going to be using Stubbylee Park as mission control. A base for getting people out into the wider world of Rossendale. The trails, the people, the pubs, bike shops, quirky culture spots and more.

Far too many people zip into the Rossendale Valley to session Lee Quarry and then zip off again. Or they pass through it on the good ol’ mild Mary Towneley Loop.

These quarry players and the Mary T sloggers both miss out big time on what the area has to offer mountain bikers. Northern Grip will show you all what you’ve been missing. You lucky, lucky people.

Date: 7.7.18
Location: Stubbylee Park & Lee Quarry
Tickets: Adults £15.00, Under 18s £5.00

Cotic Launches SolarisMAX Steel 29er Hardtail

Cotic Launches SolarisMAX Steel 29er Hardtail

Cotic SolarisMAX 2018 - Cosmic Black
Cosmic Black


This week we launch the brand new SolarisMAX. This is our big wheel hardtail, using our premium Reynolds 853 based tubeset and compatible with 29er or 27.5 Plus wheels. For 2018 it features our Longshot geometry, and new colour schemes.

Cotic SolarisMAX 2018 - Dark Metal
Dark Metal – Perfectly Matches the awesome Cane Creek HELM29 fork


Cotic SolarisMAX 2018 - Cotic Green Gloss
Classic Cotic Green Gloss with Orange Details

As with the rest of the range, the new SolarisMAX has adopted Longshot geometry. It followed on from the work on the recent Gen5 BFe and Soul bikes, as well as the 2018 FlareMAX and Rocket drop full suspension bikes. Here’s a bit more about the development ideas behind this new bike.

The SolarisMAX has been in the range for 6 years now. We weren’t quick to jump on the 29er bandwagon; I wanted to wait until forks and tyres began to sort themselves out so I could do a proper job of the frame. The bike has always been compatible with to up 120mm forks, but one of the questions we are most often asked over the last couple of years is about fitting longer forks to the SolarisMAX, or asking for a longer travel 29er hardtail. There is clearly a demand for slightly more fork capability, so I tweaked the structure of the new bike so it is now designed to run 120mm-140mm forks. With 140mm forks fitted this bike is so capable I just don’t see a separate long travel 29er hardtail being justified, so hopefully, this will be good news to those of you looking for a full speed hardtail trail slayer!

On the flipside of that, the SolarisMAX has always had that other, more long distance side to its personality too, and we haven’t sacrificed this at all in the search for more speed. With 120mm forks it’s lovely and incisive through the singletrack, and with its big wheel, big tyre capability it’s still a real smoothie for big miles. For this generation we have added an extra set of bottle bosses to the down tube, so you can either carry two bottles, or the lower sets is right down by the cranks so you can run one bottle and a frame bag. The Longshot geometry is just a suited to long rides in the hills as it is to picking apart a technical descent. The space in the cockpit keeps you nice and comfy, and the slacker head angle to go with the short stem means it’s nicely stable for long-haul trucking.

With all this in mind, last summer I ordered myself a Longshot FlareMAX shaped hardtail. Roughly speaking it was same as the 2017 SolarisMAX from BB rearwards – same BB height, same chainstay length, same big clearance stays and Boost148 spacing – but with a new FlareMAX shape for the front triangle. Another change was the seat angle. Compared to the previous versions it’s now a little steeper to position your weight more central in the bike to go with the Longshot geometry. It’s not crazy steep – 74 deg with the rider on board on the 120mm fork. We have tried super steep seat angles and we just don’t get on with it. It’s a preference thing, and most of us run our saddle in the middle or towards of the rear of the rails on the new bikes anyway, so if you do want to be a little further forward I definitely see that as an option within the adjustment you have on the saddle rails.

I think the bike is an absolute blast to ride! Plenty of space to move, lively and fun, but so confidence inspiring at speed. The sharp steering you get from the short stem balances the slacker head angle, so it’s still completely ridiculous what you can get away with on this bike with big 29er or 27.5 Plus tyres installed. With a couple of small tweaks, what I was riding then is what you see now in production.

Here are some more detail images:

Cotic SolarisMAX 2018 - Cosmic Black


Cotic SolarisMAX 2018 - Dark Metal


Cotic SolarisMAX 2018 - Cotic Green Gloss

As usual, we have brought in a handful of frames for sale right now, but most have been picked up by our subscribers who get first pick at new products. Once they go, we have orders open for delivery in mid-June when the next shipment arrives. You can read all about the new bike, the geometry, specifications and get into all the details on the product page.

Frames are £599 in the UK, approximately US$790 or approximately EUR715 and available now. All prices include shipping. We ship anywhere in the world from England.

Bikes start from £1799 in UK. Worldwide pricing can vary depending on how we ship the bike. Contact us for details.

Order your new SolarisMAX today: Click here

Cotic SolarisMAX 2018 - Cosmic Black


Cotic SolarisMAX 2018 - Dark Metal


Cotic SolarisMAX 2018 - Cotic Green Gloss

I would love to know what you think about the new bike. I’ll be around in the comments for the next few days to answer any questions you might have.


Cy Turner
Founder and Director, Cotic Bikes
A Truly Independent Bike Company since 2003

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