The Pole Bushmaster is the Stamina's Short Travel Sibling
PRESS RELEASE: Pole BicyclesPole Bushmaster specs and details are out. Here's Joe Nation riding the Stamina but just think about how the Bushmaster is going to go on a trail if Joe can make the 180mm travel Stamina go like this!Bushmaster is the long waited new short travel trail bike from Pole, and as the name says, this bike does well in the bushes. Bushmaster is designed for people who want to ride technical but flat trails like a snake and have fun in the bush. We started designing Bushmaster by designing the Stamina first. We wanted to test the new frame construction first from the top and then go back to shorter travel. On Bushmaster, we took 2% off from the speed and made it more fun, so it’s still fast but yet more fun. Bushmaster still has a long wheelbase, steep seat tube, and slack head angle but it does manual easier, and it gives you more time on riding on the edge.
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Pole Bushmaster follows the new design style of Pole with dust sealed links with double axles. The frame is RAW machined 7075 T6 aircraft aluminum with black details on links and hardware to make the bike stand out.
How did Pole come up with Bushmaster?Stamina was an eyeopener for Pole even though all of our bikes have been very successful, we learned that even now starting from a clean desk is worth the effort. Bushmaster was named and on our roadmap before Stamina. The idea was to create a shorter travel trail bike after we launched the Machine. Our Founder and head engineer, Leo's insight, was to create a more playful, shorter travel trail bike with Pole DNA. Just before the project had started Leo got an idea that we should make a mule "Stamina" to test if we could push the limits of the bikes yet further. So instead of creating one bike, he wanted to create two! When we had done first laps with Stamina, we knew right away that we have made a breakthrough. We learned that a 180mm travel 29" still pedals like a trail bike and it is also fast. Then we decided to release Stamina as well.
Later we got challenged by Steve Matthews when he claimed that he had figured out a perfect front and rear center balance for cornering. We already knew that it is not like that, but we stood up and wanted to do science with Steve. We took his theory and tried to test it in practice. We got a bike that had exactly his portions and compared it to Stamina, which should not work. In the result, we found out that our portions are 3% faster than his. You can read the full story about the test here.With Bushmaster we take a notch off from the speed and focus for a balanced playfulness and leave that 1% advantage to for the races. This bike is our answer to the playfulness and speed. Pole Bushmaster has less than half the screws than the Machine
|Stamina opened my eyes how much we can actually make a difference by just changing the frame construction. Stamina took us to a new era of the frame design how to go faster, and our goal on Bushmaster is to make a bike that is truly fun and fast. On Stamina, we started to remove the bolts from the frame as we became more confident on the new frame profile. We have applied for some patents on the new frame construction, and now we can start the production on both frames. Yes, it's lighter, stiffer and all that jargon, but Bushmaster might be an eyeopener for the people who have been doubting Pole's geometry and our innovative approach as it's going to hit the fun argument more than speed argument. Bushmaster is not going to be a statement that we go back to conventional frames. Bushmaster has just 15mm shorter wheelbase than our bikes normally would, but we can make a difference with that 15mm shorter Pole.—Leo Kokkonen|