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2021 Polygon Vander T7 - Trail Mountain Bike $1,899 + Delivery (Was $2,299) @ Bicycles Online

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Was browsing for bikes…looks like alot of bike for the price given it's a dual suspension. Keen to hear others thoughts.

2021 Polygon Vander T7
FRAME ALX Trail 6061 Aluminium Frame, 130mm Travel, Tapered Headtube, 73mm Threaded BB, 142x12mm Thru-Axle
FORK RockShox Recon Silver RL 130mm (27.5"), Air Spring, Preload Adjuster, External Rebound, Low Speed Compression, 42mm Offset, 15x100mm Thru-Axle
REAR SHOCK RockShox Monarch R, Air Spring, 190x51mm
HANDLEBAR Entity Sport, Alloy, 31.8mm Barbore, 780mm Width, 30mm Rise, 6 Degree Backsweep
STEM Entity Sport, Alloy, 31.8mm Barbore, 45mm Ext, 3 Degree
HEADSET FSA No.57E Orbit 1.5E Zero Stack (Zs) Sealed Bearing, ZS 44/28.6 | ZS 56/40
SADDLE Entity MTB
SEATPOST Entity Sport, Alloy, 30.9x350mm, 15mm Offset
CRANKSET SRAM SX, 32T, 170mm
PEDALS Flat PP (Included)
BOTTOM BRACKET SRAM Powerspline Threaded
CHAIN SRAM SX 12-Speed
CASSETTE SPROCKET SRAM CS PG-1210 EAGLE 12-Speed, 11-50T
REAR DERAILLEUR SRAM SX 12-Speed Direct Attached
SHIFTING LEVER SRAM SX 12-Speed, Clamp
BRAKES SRAM Level T Hydraulic Disc, 2-Piston
ROTOR SRAM Centerline, 6-Bolt, F: 180mm/ R: 160mm
TYRES F: Schwalbe Hans Dampf, 27.5x2.35", Wire Bead / R: Nobby Nic 27.5x2.25", Wire Bead *
RIMS WTB STi29 (27.5"), TCS Tubeless Ready, 32H, Pinned Joint **
HUBS Alloy Hub 32H, 6-Bolt, F: 15x100mm /R: 12x142mm
SPOKES Entity Stainless, Brass Nipple, F: 274mm R: 272mm (27.5")
WEIGHT 14.3 kg (27.5" L)
*Not tubeless compatible **Tubeless tape and valve sold separately

P.S - don't forget cashrewards.

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Comments

  • +5 votes

    I purchased this bike about 3 weeks ago. Great deal. Rides really well and a great upgrade from my 2014 trek.

    In the 3 weeks I have installed a 150mm dropper post, converted both tyres to tubeless and am waiting on a bigger front rotor and will move the 180mm to the rear. I had a spare Maxxis minion so I installed that and it has much more grip than the supplied Schwalbe Hans Dampf. I also changed the pedals and installed a bottle cage [under the down tube].

    I ordered on one day and it arrived the next, easy to assemble. 12 speed gears have worked perfectly from the beginning.

    My father also purchased one and loves it.

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      I was debating whether to go for the Siskiu T7 due to the Shimano Deore derailer and dropper post, but for the price difference it made sense to go for the "cheaper" Vander since it's got a greater discount, and I can upgrade the parts along the way to suit as needed.

      Also, i wasn't too sure about frame sizing since I'm 178cm and on that borderline between M / L…so chose a Large in the end as I currently have a road bike that's M which feels a bit small. What size did you choose?

      Can you also share the specs (any links) of your upgraded parts? Thanks

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        I chose the large - I'm 182cm and initially it felt small. After riding for the last 3 weeks I think it was the perfect size for me.

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          A couple of extra points:

          It seems that Polygon make the frames for another UK brand: The Calibre Bossnut. It you compare the Vander and Bossnut you see that they are almost identical. The Calibre Bossnut has won multiple awards for value MTB. The Calibre 20/21 model was recently tested by pinkbike and received a good recommendation for its modern geometry.

          The rockshox recon fork is 130mm travel. There a number of youtube videos suggesting that you can remove a spacer inside and convert it to 140mm or 150mm. I am considering doing this but…

          The front tyre was incredibly hard to remove. While researching online I came across a few that said they ended up cutting it off.

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        Also keep in mind the Vanders have externally routed cables. Its generally easier to replace but wears things quicker and you might just need to lube the cables/sheaths with a bit of oil every so often.

        I would also note that the Vander isn't BOOST spacing on the hubs, which many probably don't care about, but is a big deal breaker for me.

    • +13 votes

      Hmm… Are you associated? Member since 7 minutes after the deal was posted, and made 4 comments all of which are in this deal…

      • +1 vote

        Hmm! Good detective work. Something fishy here.

      • +1 vote

        Did you consider reading the posts?

  • +5 votes

    The dropper post I purchased was this one from amazon: [30.9 diameter and 150mm for my height (182cm)]

    https://www.amazon.com.au/SATORI-Mountain-Dropper-Internal-R...

    The pedals were from ebay: Flat pedals not clips

    https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/324635323636?var=513662935259

    The 203mm rotor:

    https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/353507623265?var=622793204120

    The tubeless valves:

    https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/362257926237

    I already had the Stans tape and sealant to make the tyres tubeless [this upgrade is not essential but allows you to run the tyres at a lower pressure which improves grip and comfort and basically eliminates punctures.]

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    m… tempted to upgrade from an old Giant XTC

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    I have a brompton and a birdy already… but tempted to ride off-road.

    Some many EOFY deals, crying wallet.

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    I am wondering why dual suspension is seen as such a wonderful thing, unless you are into heavy duty off-road or downhill stuff.

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      That's the point, suspension is kind of needed if you're mountain biking (as opposed to say just riding on a dirt path).

    • +1 vote

      Needed ? or course not, people ride no suspension (had a friend who insisted a carbon fork up front was all you needed) and/or single speed but I'd never by an MTB I ride off road on single track trails without dual suspension. I have a Hard tail 29" for commuting/riding to the shops etc though (I don't have a car).

      Good that we have choices though.

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        Yep. Downhill or Trails you need dual suspension. You also need air shocks.

        There's a reason why even the 1k hardtails have warnings on the forks that they aren't for downhill or anything more than a gravel trail with a few bumps.

  • +2 votes

    Polygon are a great value mtb brand
    My personal pick is the siskiu d7
    Just noticed though the d6 apparently is on sale
    However elsewhere that sale price us really the rrp

  • +2 votes

    IMHO, pay more for the Siskiu unless you're really on a budget.

    Components and travel makes a difference, esp forks and shocks.

    (110x15, 148x12) Boost was introduced 2015/16. Mainstream in 2018/9 onwards. Buying non boost now is really odd.

    I've been through quite a number of bikes and build them myself. Happy to answer any questions if anyone has any.

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      D or T series?

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        T.

        1. More Travel, its more of an all rounder. 120mm is more efficient vs 135mm if comparing same linkage design, however as you become a better rider, you'll start to want more unless all you do are fire trails.
        2. better components. Suntour has its place, but how often do you see it used professsionally?
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    Is this deal still active? I click on the link and go to the deal but the price is $2075, not $1899.