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Thread: Cheap bikes at bicyclesonline.com.au, sale on Polygon bikes.

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    Cheap bikes at bicyclesonline.com.au, sale on Polygon bikes.

    bicyclesonline.com.au are the Australian distributor and reseller of Polygon bikes and many are they seriously good value.

    I sent a link to a friend of mine as he was looking for a cheap 27.5" dually and he ordered it and surprisingly it turned up the next day and I got the pleasure of building it up. Polygon bikes are pretty much assembled, the brakes are bled and seem to work well, gears are adjusted and they even supply you with a pedal spanner(which is pretty crap but nice as I forgot mine) and a nifty torque wrench preset to 5NM. For the first few clicks the torque wrench is quite stiff and will over tighten bolts so it is a good idea to pick a bigger bolt and click the torque wrench off a few times to make it consistent.

    The Polygon bike I assembled was made in Indonesia, the welds looked nice to someone that knows little about TIG welding and the paint finish was as good as you could expect for a $1400 bike, actually it's probably better than you'd expect. Full Deore spec is really impressive for a $1400 dually as is an air sprung Rockshox fork with alloy stanchions and a lock out.

    Would I buy this bike? No freaking way! Not unless you bought it as a parts mule and intended to put the bits on a decent frame, if there was a model up from this one in the Recon range it would make a nice parts mule but swapping Deore parts and a Quick Release noodle fork on to a nice frame would be silly. Also the amount of flex in the back end of the Recon is borderline insane, if it were my bike I'd be pulling every pivot apart to inspect it and/or fitting a 10mm bolt up axle.

    So the Recon is a great entry level bike but if you weigh a bit or push pretty hard I'd save up a good chunk more and buy something better. bicyclesonline.com.au do have a 14 day trial period which is awesome as you can send it back if you don't like it.

    So enough gassbaging, check out the deals-

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    Forgot to add the site says the bikes use four bar suspension but they are just a single pivot like a Kona.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fool View Post
    bicyclesonline.com.au are the Australian distributor and reseller of Polygon bikes and many are they seriously good value.

    I sent a link to a friend of mine as he was looking for a cheap 27.5" dually and he ordered it and surprisingly it turned up the next day and I got the pleasure of building it up. Polygon bikes are pretty much assembled, the brakes are bled and seem to work well, gears are adjusted and they even supply you with a pedal spanner(which is pretty crap but nice as I forgot mine) and a nifty torque wrench preset to 5NM. For the first few clicks the torque wrench is quite stiff and will over tighten bolts so it is a good idea to pick a bigger bolt and click the torque wrench off a few times to make it consistent.

    The Polygon bike I assembled was made in Indonesia, the welds looked nice to someone that knows little about TIG welding and the paint finish was as good as you could expect for a $1400 bike, actually it's probably better than you'd expect. Full Deore spec is really impressive for a $1400 dually as is an air sprung Rockshox fork with alloy stanchions and a lock out.

    Would I buy this bike? No freaking way! Not unless you bought it as a parts mule and intended to put the bits on a decent frame, if there was a model up from this one in the Recon range it would make a nice parts mule but swapping Deore parts and a Quick Release noodle fork on to a nice frame would be silly. Also the amount of flex in the back end of the Recon is borderline insane, if it were my bike I'd be pulling every pivot apart to inspect it and/or fitting a 10mm bolt up axle.

    So the Recon is a great entry level bike but if you weigh a bit or push pretty hard I'd save up a good chunk more and buy something better. bicyclesonline.com.au do have a 14 day trial period which is awesome as you can send it back if you don't like it.
    Great info on the bikes at bicycles online, guess for someone wanting something to chain up outside a shopping centre it's a bit expensive, and for someone serious about going out hitting it hard on the roads it's a bit cheaply built, good early teen bike that wants to get into cycling at a reasonable price?

    I sadly haven't been able to ride for 5 years, got a couple of bikes sitting in the garage just doing nothing, it really sucks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fool View Post
    Full Deore spec is really impressive for a $1400 dually as is an air sprung Rockshox fork with alloy stanchions and a lock out.
    I bought a bike from Bicycles Online and found the same thing. Well specced components for the price. Unfortunately for me the bike I bought had some serious issues and I ran afoul of their warranty policy ( https://www.bicyclesonline.com.au/warranty-policy/ ) which says

    Bicycles Online as the retailer, does not offer any product warranties...
    Needless to say you have a fight on you hands if you are looking for a refund on a faulty product.

    You can read more about my experience here.

    Great When it all goes right, a nightmare if it all goes wrong. Review of Bicycles Online by Sydney Consumer

    I went to my local bike shop for my next bike and was happy to pay the extra money for the service and peace of mind.
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    Wow that's some pretty intense warranty policy:

    WARRANTY POLICY

    Bicycles Online as the retailer, does not offer any product warranties, we do however act as the conduit between the customer and the product manufacturer (or their representative).
    In the case of complete Bicycles, only the individual components themselves are covered by the respective manufacturers’ warranty. The removal, assembly and tuning requirements of the component is borne by the customer making the claim.
    When necessary, the freight costs are split between the parties involved. The customer pays for the component to be returned, Bicycles Online pays for the component to be sent to the manufacturer, and the manufacturer sends the component back to the customer.
    The costs/inconvenience caused by the loss of use of the bicycle/product, is not covered whilst the warranty process takes place.
    Generally it is only the original purchaser of the goods that is covered by the warranty, however check the manufacturer’s warranty policy first.
    If you feel your product has developed a fault, please contact us first as we might be able to assess the issue without having the product sent back.
    If the product/component needs to be returned, it must be clean and package appropriately for transit.

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    Can I ask what happened to the Polygon bike/frame?

    Also that would surely have to be borderline illegal in regards to warranty policies in Oz, seems very dodgy.

    I suggest to my friend that he sell the frame cheap and buy a proper one as the parts are worth the purchase price but the movement in the back end is truly insane!


    EDIT- I got a message from a mate today telling me that he went for a ride and his suspension broke, turns out it was his Scott bike which as all Scott bikes are* is an absolute pieces of shit this was no surprise.

    I told him Scott bikes use undersized pivot and bolts and with his being a pull shock when a shock bolt snaps you get hurt!

    *The hardtails and the DH frame are fine.
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