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Polygon is an International bicycle brand manufactured in Indonesia. They are known for bicycles with performance-focused components with a value for money price tag. Strattos is Polygon’s entry to mid-level range of road bicycles. We got the opportunity to test ride the Polygon Strattos S5 (2019) and here is what we thought.
Weight: 9.5 kgs
The Strattos S5 (2019) is built on a stock ALX performance road full alloy frame. The frame geometry is endurance focused and can be safely termed an all-rounder as the riding posture on the hoods and drops are suited for both flat out speeds and tiresome hill climbs. This lightweight frame is evident with its responsive behavior on quick accelerations. The tapered fork is super-light and immensely helps in reducing the overall weight of the bicycle.
This road bicycle from Polygon which I test rode came in a full black frame with a lighter shade of black as the secondary colour. The dual shade of matte and gloss black on this frame was unique and perhaps the only time I’ve seen a combination of a matte and gloss paint job on a bicycle frame. Internal cable routing for the gears made sure the bicycle looked neat and also increases the life of the cables.
The Strattos S5 is equipped with Shimano’s 105 groupset at the front and rear as derailleurs. 105 ‘s are considered the beginning of top-end derailleurs for racing. The shifting was quick and responsive during the test ride. This 105 groupset has some similar characteristics as its bigger counterparts in terms of design and build.
Same as the S4, the S5 also follows the same pattern of having a complete groupset to handle not just the gears but the brakes as well. The Shimano 105 BR-R7000 caliper road specific brakes were ideal for stopping on flat tarmacs, which were both dry and wet.
The Entity Sport drop handlebar on this bicycle was comfortable on the hoods and drops. The bar tape was grippy even with wet hands and gloves. The 48-51cm frame sizes comes with a 400mm handlebar and the 54-60cm frame sizes comes with a 420mm handlebar.
Same as the Strattos S4, the Strattos S5 also comes with Schwalbe Lugano 700x25C road tires that are perfect for racing and climbing on smooth tarmacs. The rubber compounds were strong and does give a long life, thus making it value for money.
The Entity Aion stock saddle was designed ergonomically for an endurance road bicycle to make sure the rider can be seated for long hours without experiencing any soreness.
This road bicycle has endurance focused frame geometry, making it comfortable for long rides. The lightweight frame under 10kgs helps on climbs. The 11x2 Speed full 105 drivetrain was smooth and precise in shifting. The internal gear cable routing helps with increasing the life of the cables and also makes it look neater. The dual gloss/matte paint job was unique and immensely enhanced the aesthetics. Priced at Rs.91,990 (as on 17th January 2019) the Polygon Strattors S5 (2019) is an ideal choice for anyone looking to buy a road bicycle for long endurance rides including climbs and amateur racing as well.
Prices are subject to change by the brand, without due notice.