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.

MENTIONS: @Polygonbikes

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

MENTIONS: @cotic-bikes

FMBA Makes Changes to the FMB World Tour

FMBA Makes Changes to the FMB World Tour

by Domink Bosshard

The FMB World Tour is heading into its ninth season and we are looking forward to tight competition this year. The instalment of the Crankworx FMBA Slopestyle World Championship (SWC) has also brought a couple of additional changes to the FMB World Tour. Apart from introducing the first preliminary calendar of the new season and the FMB Wildcard Events for the SWC, other changes have also been made.

Preliminary Calendar
The FMBA anticipates that over 35 events will be a part of the FMB World Tour this year. Event organizers have already been signing up and we are stoked to see some events return to the tour and others premiere this year. If you have an event on the cards for 2018 and would like to sign-up to be a part of the tour, then go to the FMBA website to send off your application to the FMBA. If you are an athlete and just want to get out there and ride, then check out the preliminary calendar for the 2018 season below to see which events are still coming up or head to the FMBA website where the calendar will consistently be updated in the coming days and weeks with new events, that will be joining.

March 24, SWC Event, Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle in Memory of McGazza, NZL
March 24, FMB Bronze Event, Diverse Night of the Jumps Tauron, Krakow, POL
April 28, FMB Gold Event, Swatch Rocket Air, Thun, SUI
May 5, FMB Silver Event, FMB Big Rise, Shenzhen, CHN
May 6, FMB Silver Event, Bike Days, Solothurn, SUI
May 12, FMB Gold Event, FISE Montpellier 2018, FRA
May 20, FMB Bronze Event, Outdoormix Festival, Embrun, FRA
May 26, FMB Bronze Event, Birell BikeFest 2018, Kalnica, SVK
June 16, SWC Event, Crankworx Innsbruck Slopestyle presented by Kenda, AUT
June 24, SWC Event, Crankworx Les Gets Slopestyle, FRA
July 7, FMB Gold Event, Big White Invitational Slopestyle hosted by Tom van Steenbergen, Kelowna, CAN
July 8, FMB Bronze Event, Big White Amateur Contest, Kelowna, CAN
July 14, FMB Gold Event, GlemmRide Slopestyle, Saalbach, AUT
July 14, FMB Bronze Event, Dirtpark Belsen Contest Vol. 7, GER
August 12, FMB Gold Event, OMarisquino, Vigo, ESP
August 18, SWC Event, Red Bull Joyride at Crankworx Whistler, CAN
November 4, FMB Gold Event, FISE Chengdu, CHN

by Richkphotography
FMB Wildcards for Slopestle World Championship Events
FMB athletes will be keeping a close eye on the select FMB Gold Events, where FMB Wildcards will be awarded a place at the SWC this season. These events will offer at least one FMB Wildcard at their contest, which will be awarded to the best-placed athlete that is not yet qualified for the following SWC event. The FMB Wildcard winners will be communicated after the respective cut off date of the SWC Event, which is six weeks prior.

Overview of FMB Wildcard Events 2018

1. Crankworx Innsbruck, AUT, June 16:
2 FMB Wildcards at Swatch Rocket Air, Thun, SUI, April 28

2. Crankworx Les Gets, FRA, June 24:
2 FMB Wildcards at FISE Montpellier, FRA, May 12

3. Red Bull Joyride at Crankworx Whistler, CAN, August 18:
1 FMB Wildcard at Big White Invitational, Kelowna, CAN, July 7 & 1 FMB Wildcard at GlemmRide, Saalbach, AUT, July 14

by Richkphotography
License structure
The FMBA has made it even easier to be a member and get to know what it is like to be part of the FMB World Tour:

1. FMB World Tour License
The FMB World Tour License makes it possible for athletes to compete at all FMB World Tour Events if they are qualified for the respective event level. Every athlete with this license will be listed in the FMB World Ranking. The FMBA has also reduced the cost by 50 Euros, offering the ticket to the FMB World Tour Ranking for 100 Euros this season. If you want to compete at Gold and Silver Events this season and get your hands on vital points in order to climb the ladder, then this is the license you will need to reach your goals.

1. FMB Free Amateur License
For athletes, who just want to compete at Bronze Level Events this year, the FMB is offering a free sign-up. Coming with no cost whatsoever, an athlete who registers for this license will be listed in the global amateur ranking. The best amateur at the end of the season will receive his FMB World Tour License for the following year so he can take the next step to compete and collect points for the FMB World Ranking.

Sign up for your license here: https://fmba.memberpro.net/main/body.cfm?menu=register 

by Cedric De Rodot
Points Structure
From this year onwards there will be 14 riders qualifying for SWC events. To ensure that young and proven talent still has a fair chance of moving up the FMB World Ranking, the FMBA has adjusted the points breakdown at FMB Gold and Silver Events. Gold Events will play an even bigger role in the future, as riders will be able to shake up rankings considerably by competing at these contests and taking away more points than previously. From this season onwards a win at Gold events will be rewarded with 100 points more than in the past and will be the equivalent of a sixth place at an SWC Event. The FMB World Tour Ranking already reflects these changes for the past 52 weeks. We are sure that young and talented athletes will take advantage of this and are super excited to see who will be the next to break into the elite of Slopestyle mountain biking.

Keep your eyes peeled for further information about live webcasts and calendar updates on www.fmbworldtour.com

Photos by Richkphotography, Dominik Bosshard, Cédric De Rodot

New Renthal Fatbar and Fatbar Lite

New Renthal Fatbar and Fatbar Lite


We are pleased to announce the following three new product groups;
– Updated Fatbar, in AluGold or Black Hard Anodised Finish
– Updated Fatbar Lite, in AluGold or Black Hard Anodised Finish
– Fatbar 35 and Fatbar Lite 35 in Black Hard Anodised Finish

This updated version of the Fatbar has undergone a full structural re-design. In keeping with the demand for wider, gravity oriented handlebars, we have increased the width to 800mm. Our proven high grade 7050 T6 aluminium, variable gauge, taper wall tubing is the key ingredient of the Fatbar. With careful and efficient use of material, we have massively reduced the weight to a trail-worthy 315g. At the same time, performance levels retain the same legendary DH strength and durability and match the flex characteristics of the original Fatbar.

The new Fatbar is available in our market-leading choice of rise options; 10, 20 30 and 40mm. And we have now added a colour option; either the iconic Renthal AluGold hard anodised or the all-new black hard anodised finish.

Renthal Fatbar®
• Material: 7050 T6 Aluminium
• Weight: 315g
• Width: 800mm
• Colours: AluGold or Black
• Rises: 10, 20, 30, 40mm
• MSRP: $84.95 / £69.95

Fatbar Lite
The ever-popular Fatbar Lite has been given some structural tweaks to bring it bang up to date, with the increased width at 760mm. With efficient use of high grade 7050 T6, variable gauge, taper wall tubing aluminium, we have kept the same market-leading weight of 270g. The new Fatbar Lite achieves all of this whilst retaining the same high level of strength and durability and matching the flex characteristics of the original Fatbar Lite.

The new Fatbar Lite is available in our market-leading choice rise options; 10, 20 30 and 40mm. And we have now added a colour option; either the iconic Renthal AluGold hard anodised or the all-new black hard anodised finish.

Renthal Fatbar® Lite
• Material: 7050 T6 Aluminium
• Weight: 270g
• Width: 760mm
• Colours: AluGold or Black
• Rises: 10, 20, 30, 40mm
• MSRP: $84.95 / £69.95

Fatbar 35 and Fatbar Lite 35
Black Hard Anodised Option

To co-ordinate with the launch of the version 2 Fatbar and Fatbar Lite, we have now added a black hard anodised option to the Fatbar 35 and Fatbar Lite 35 range.

In addition to our iconic AluGold hard anodised finish, this new colour option offers the same super durable finish.

Check out all the new products over on our website.

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