Polygon is an International Bicycle manufacturer from Indonesia. First launched in 1989, Polygon has close to 30 years of experience in making world standard Bicycles for all purposes. Their category of bicycles includes Road, MTB, Hybrids, BMX and Youth bicycles. We got the opportunity to test ride the Polygon Cascade 2 (2021) and here is what we thought.
Weight: 17 kgs
The Polygon Cascade 2 (2021) is an MTB built on a top notch AL6 XC Alloy frame. These tubes on the frame aren’t as bulky but can take a good amount of hard hitting from moderate trails. The thin seat and chain stays surely makes the frame a lightweight one, which helps in acceleration.
This is a hardtail MTB and comes with a XCE-28 front Suspension fork with a 100mm travel. During the test ride, the travel worked comfortably with more than sufficient travel for rough urban roads and is good enough for flat trails.
The Bicycle which I test rode came in an Orange primary colour and Red as the secondary colour for graphics. The sleek tubes and slanting top tube were perfectly engineered. The gloss paint job is of good quality and gives a shiny finish to the frame. The colour coded rims, fork and saddle definitely enhance the aesthetics of this Bicycle.
The Cascade 2 is an entry-level MTB and it comes with entry-level Shimano Tourney front and rear derailleurs. These 21-Speed derailleurs are the most basic as it can get and does have its limitations when it comes to smooth shifting. There will be some tuning of gear cables required from time to time to keep the derailleurs shifting up and down without any lags. These gears are just enough for commuting and short trail rides.
The Tektro MD280 Mechanical Disc brakes handled the stopping on the Polygon Cascade 2 (2021). These brakes performed well during the test ride on both rough and smooth roads. Both interval braking and jamming of brakes felt safe and balanced. The brake levers were also responsive.
The 680mm handlebar was wide enough for a comfortable riding posture as well a slight raise from the middle to give the rider an upright riding posture.
The Vee Rubber Felix 27.5” x 2.10” MTB tires on the Polygon Cascade 2 (2021) are heavily treaded and performed well during the test ride. The bulky treads help maintain traction on dry and wet surfaces and on fast corners as well.
The stock Saddle was not just great on the design front but also perfect with its size to make sure the rider is free from saddle soreness. The overall ride quality was comfortable.
This MTB has an entry-level 21-Speed Shimano Tourney drivetrain which makes the quality of gear shifts below par but the powerful Mechanic Disc brakes and heavily treaded 27.5” tires makes up for it. The minimal design and gloss paint job is very aesthetic. If you are looking for an entry-level hardtail MTB for both urban rides and flat trail riding, the Polygon Cascade 2 (2021) will be an ideal choice to consider.
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