Polygon is an International brand of performance Bicycles originating from Indonesia. They are known for innovative and cutting edge design with value for money components. Polygon was one of the front runners in India when it came to launching their complete range of 2021 bicycle models. We got the opportunity to test ride the Polygon Xtrada 6 27.5 (2021) and here is what we thought.
The Xtrada is equipped with an ALX full Alloy frame with a cross-country inspired geometry. The frame is built using Hydro Formed heat treatment technology which made sure the perfect balance of light weight and strength is achieved. This was evident during the test ride when the frame responded well to acceleration and climbs.
The Suntour XCR LO-R suspension fork was responsive during the test ride and absorbed most of the vibrations on the trail. This was possible because of it’s 120mm travel and an easy to use Hydraulic suspension lock-out which immensely helped in making the ride faster on flatter patches.
This hardtail XC MTB which I test rode came in a dual shade of Cream and Charcoal colours on the frame with a bit of Black in a few places. The internal cable routing for both the derailleur and brake cables made the Bicycle look neat and organized. The gloss finish paint job was top notch in quality.
Shimano’s Deore rear derailleur on the Xtrada 6 27.5 is known for the quality of shifting across its rings. This may be Shimano’s best racing groupset option on a budget, but that hasn’t resulted in a lack of attention to detail: each chainring is constructed differently to balance use against weight and longevity. The 1x10-Speed drivetrain has enough range for difficult climbs and for picking up speed as well. The dropping of the front derailleur has truly become a norm in performance and race specific MTBs as it helps in keeping the shifting easier and quick. This gearing setup is complete with Deore shifters which were easy and responsive to use.
The Shimano Hydraulic Disc brakes were as powerful as it can get on a performance focused hardtail MTB at this price point. During the test ride, these brakes were not just powerful but also balanced even on wet trail surfaces. The brake levers required only 2 or 3 fingers to engage the brakes.
The 760mm Entity branded handlebar was lengthy and perfectly suited for fast trail rides. That being said this handlebar’s length makes it uncomfortable for tight maneuvers.
The Xtrada 6 27.5 rolls on a pair of Maxxis Ardent 27.5” x 2.25” MTB tires. These hard compound heavily treaded tires were tough and can easily handle the wettest and roughest of trails.
The Entity Void Saddle on this XC MTB is designed to make sure the rider is sore free even when he or she spends long hours on the saddle during XC rides and races.
This MTB is built for trail rides and cross country trail races. The 1x10-Speed Deore gears along with Shimano’s Hydraulic Disc brakes make this Bicycle a powerful MTB to ride. The internal cable routing on this Bicycle saves the cables from all the muck from the trails. Priced at Rs.66,990(as on 17th September 2021) the Polygon Xtrada 6 27.5 is an ideal Bicycle for anyone one looking to buy an MTB for the roughest of trail rides and occasional off-road races.
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