Nice beginner bike.
Bought the Helios as it seemed like a good bargain at the time.
It rides smooth and the gears and brakes work well.
The Cassette is way too small if you live in a hilly area. I do, so i will be replacing it soon with something more suitable.
The worst thing about the bike is the internal cable routing. This is usually supposed to be a good thing on a bike but it rattles so loudly and i simply cannot get it to stop. No one wants a noisy bike like this! Even on nice sealed roads it makes noise with the small vibrations coming up from the road.
I dont regret my purchase as i was a beginner and used it as a commuter and apart from the cable rattle i have had no problems with it.
I now have have a Canyon! My god, what a difference!
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Strong stiff frame, good groupset, light, fast and well-priced
Over the years I have bought three Polygon Helios and I am happy with all of them. I paid under $600 for each, a bike of this quality normally costs more. Unless you are a gear freak you will find that this bike is fast enough and good enough for serious recreational riding.
First some few negatives. The first Helios F3 I bought (2013 or 2014) was a 27 speed, which was perfect. Unfortunately the newer models are only 18 speed. While the small chain ring has a low 34 teeth the largest sprocket is only 25t.
So the lowest gear ratio is now ...34:25 (1.36) instead of 1:1, not enough if you like riding in hilly places. A 9-speed cluster on a recreational bicycle does not need such a fine spacing between sprockets. It would be more useful if the largest sprocket had 30t (or better still, bring back triple 3 chain rings). The pedals are not very good and not wide enough. I think the idea is that most riders will replace them with their choice of clip ons anyway.
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