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Polygon Path 3

Polygon Path 3

5.0 from 1 review

End to end review, from discovery to using the 2016 Polygon Path 3 - 29er City Bike.

I have been commuting to work for two years now (Gold Coast), the round trip being 38km, it’s by no means flat route so there is a quite a bit of gear changing and getting off the saddle. My previous bike before the Polygon Path 3, was a specialized mountain bike converted into a ‘hybrid’. I bought this specialized bike 18 years ago, the best money I ever spent. I used this specialized bike to commute to work in London UK (through 3 winters) as well as weekend off road fun. Thought this history would be relevant for the review of the Polygon Path 3. Just to add, I have been road cycling on and off for 30 years

Approximately two months ago I decided it was time to upgrade to a new bike. I stumbled across [link removed] and found the Polygon Path 3. The price was just right - on a tight budget. After using Bicyclesonline sizing up guide, emailing and phone correspondence, which was OUTSTANDING, I committed to purchasing this 2016 Polygon Path 3 - 29er City Bike. The bike came as advertised, and was very easy to assembly with all tools provided - I was impressed. Just to add, I purchased the pannier rack (https://www.bicyclesonline.com.au/polygon-heist-path-carrier-rack-fits-disc-brakes) as well, as I have panniers. The assembly took approximately one hour. My clip-in pedals and seat bottle holder were transferred from the old specialised bike without any issues. My ortlieb panniers required only minor adjustments to fit on the new rack and do not interfere with the rear derailer or disc brakes at all.

On my first day using the 2016 Polygon Path 3 - 29er City Bike to commute to work I was VERY IMPRESSED. It was quick, the difference is wheel size from 26” to 29” makes a HUGE difference (very similar tyres on specialized). The bike is very smooth and responsive, and the geometry is very similar to my specialised bike which made for an easy transition (http://cyclingtips.com/2011/02/the-geometry-of-bike-handling/ ). The disc breaks as great - my first.
Lastly my previous bike had front shocks where this Polygon Path 3 does not, so you feel it a bit more in the hands and arms but a happy trade-off as the bike is more responsive and ergonomic handlebar grips help as well.

This is an outstanding value for money bike and highly recommend it.

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I'm back to add an update to my review. I am still thoroughly enjoying riding this 2016 Polygon Path 3 - 29er City Bike back and forth to work. But in the last month, I have made a few changes.... 1. The bike came with 38mm tyres (wide) which had NO puncture protection, but at this price point what would one expect. The tyres did last approximately 3-4 months before the punctures began and subsequently each tyre developed deformities. I replaced the front tyre with a 32mm with puncture protection ($30) and the back with a FlatFighter 34mm tyre ($40) which has kevlar in it as well as a thicker inner tube ($15) on the back. I have been riding with these new tyres for approximately 3 weeks with NO punctures. The smaller tyre width on the back and front has made the bike noticeably faster. But as the new rear tyre is pumped near solid it makes for a slightly harder ride. 2. Two weeks ago, the bottom bracket began feeling lose when pedaling. I picked up a new one for $25 and fitted myself. (When fitting the bottom bracket I use a general purpose grease from Repco or Super Cheap on the threads) To note, a while back Aldi was selling the BikeMate toolkit for bicycles. This has been an awesome toolkit as I can do all the basic maintenance myself. For Xmas got a Bluetooth bicycle speaker from Aldi which is awesome. :)

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