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Stamina

Stamina will make you a better rider immediately. From beginner to pro, Stamina 140 & 180 will improve the rider, because the bike itself makes your ride stable, letting YOU focus more on the trail. The balanced bike geometry and suspension kinematics will give you a sensation of riding that you have experienced never before. Stop listening to the naysayers who resist the new school geometry. You should get this bike because you know you want to go faster easier. As a pioneer of the new school, we don’t benchmark other brands; we create our own way and believe only the stopwatch because the stopwatch does not lie. The reason why Pole is the leader of the new school geometry is our ability to innovate faster than anyone else.

Full range of machined goodness

Stamina is available in three different model options, for three different disciplines. Stamina 180 hits the nail in the head when you want to go for the ultimate enduro performance. Stamina 180 has 180mm of travel in both ends and is enduro race ready out of the box. Stamina 140 rocks shorter, 140mm travel and is designed for pure trail and modern XC riders. The latest addition to the Stamina lineup is Stamina 160. Stamina 160 is the ultimate fun machine with it’s 160mm rear travel, mullet-ready design and thick frame for extra durability. Stamina lineup now covers wide range of mountain bike disciplines – there’s now machined goodness available for each rider type.

 

The right feel

With Stamina, we have created a fully bonded patent-pending frame structure that is unique in the mountain bike industry. The Fully CNC machined frame is made here in Finland, with the highest standards. Everyone knows how that alloy-feel is what everyone is after because the frame is stiff, more forgiving and the ride feel is much better. The RAW CNC finishing is going to keep your bike looking like how it should for a longer period of time.

Unique technology

We created Stamina for people who want the best technology and something that stands out. We chose the frame material that has been used in airplanes and innovated new bonding methods so that we can make a monocoque frame that is light, stiff and durable. Our first CNC machined bike was the Machine! The machine is a legend of a bike already and it has been sold all over the world. After we created the Machine we started off from a clean desk and created two different bikes for starters with completely new frame construction. One bike is for pure speed and performance and the other is for pure fun and performance. Stamina bikes are the evolution of the Machine.

Unique Material

Pole is the only bicycle manufacturer that produces the frames from aerospace-grade 7075-T6 aluminum. The unique material is much stronger than conventional 6061-T6 aluminum that most of the industry uses. 7020-T6 and 7005-T are rare materials in the cycling industry and Pole EVOLINKS are 7005-T6. The reason why 7075-T6 is not used in the cycling industry is that you can not weld it efficiently. Therefore, we CNC machine monocoque frame parts and bond them together with glue. This method allows us to make stronger and lighter frames than with traditional methods. The way Stamina frames are made represents the state of the art in the mountain biking industry. We produce our frames and assembly the bikes in-house to ensure the best quality of the products, a smaller carbon footprint by a shorter supply chain and guaranteed labor ethics.

Pole Stamina 140 Frameset Air

Smart features of Pole Stamina bikes

Seamless, monocoque frame

We use completely unique framing method in Stamina bikes, that makes it possible for us to lay the material where it counts. The finishing gives the frame an exclusive and unique look. The same kind of method is also used in the aerospace industry.

“The Dogbone” swingarm

With the new, patent-pending swingarm construction, the ride is more silent, the bike is ultimately stronger than the 2019 model was and easier to maintain. The parts are hollow like bones, and the material has been used where it counts. The swingarm features the UDH by Sram and STFUBike drivetrain damper.

Pole Stamina 180 EN swingarm
2020 swingarm of Stamina 140 & Stamina 180 is re-designed and called The Dogbone. The new construction is silent and tough

Plenty of clearance for tires and mud

Have you ever wished that your frame would have more clearance for bigger tires or mud? We have solved the clearance problems that people in the UK, for example, complain about all the time. You can fit a fist-size rock through this bad boy. We made the frame and the links so slick and smooth that the mud falls through easier and the bike is easier to was after a muddy ride.

Both Staminas have enough tire clearance for big tires and muddy conditions.

Long bearing life by smart design

Have you ever wished that your frame would have bearings that don’t start creaking after a few months of riding in mud or dust? Look no further. Our patent-pending frame design brings you bigger axles and bearings that no-one else has on their trail bikes. Our link axles that connect the rear triangle are 25mm big. This means that we use 25% bigger axles than on a DH fork. The link connection point on the front triangle has 40mm axles. All bearings are Enduro Max bearings and they are dust sealed by the frame parts. Make note, how the big axle can be disassembled with the same tool used for the BB.

Large dust sealed bearing of Pole Stamina 140 mountain bike
Large, dust sealed bearings that make the linkage stronger. Also, fewer tools needed for maintenance.

Why cable routing should be an issue?

Cable routing made in the most simple way, outside the frame. With smart frame design, we have been able to make the cabling even cleaner, by using just cable ties looped through the holes in the frame, saving the material needed for the frame. Running cables inside the frame is just a design gimmick because there is no logical reason why to do it. SRAM AXS just made the internal cable routing obsolete anyway 😉 Simple – silent – fast.

Non-drive side view of the Stamina 140 TR Swingarm
Usability over aesthetics; External cables are easy to handle and replace when necessary. We were also able to reduce the amount of frame material needed, by simplifying the routing like this.

Plenty of room for bottles

We can fit two bottles inside and even one more outside of the frame. You don’t need to bring your backpack anymore if you don’t like it. Also, you can choose where you keep your bottle. Close to the head tube for easy access or down near the BB for better weight distribution.

Stamina 140 & 180 can take two bottles of water inside the frame and one under the down tube (applies to 2020 Staminas too).

 

Order your Stamina

Stamina 140 – for trails and modern XC

Order Stamina 140

Stamina 160 – For fun

ORDER STAMINA 160

 

Stamina 180 – for enduro

Order Stamina 180

We solved the universal bike usability problems

There are numerous things that the industry has not been able to solve with simple enough solutions so far, on one bike. Pole has come up with solutions to these universal usability problems that have been there for ages, and without a compromise. For example, we have fitted the shock inside the frame with two water bottles and still, the rear triangle has clearance for 2,6″ tires.

  • The right stiffness
  • Future proved geometry
  • Tire clearance issues
  • Bearing durability
  • Cable routing
  • Bottle inside the frame

Pole has the future proved geometry

Our frame geometry concept is designed from a clean desk back in 2015 and the rest of the industry has ever since tried to follow us with their incremental change style. Our first EVOLINK 140 is the industry benchmark that most of the big companies have purchased for their engineers to copy the best features from. We have more experience in the design of bike geometry than any company out there simply because we have tested many options and gone beyond the limits that no one has gone before. We always dare to try out something different but only put on market what’s tested and prooved.

Pole Evolink was our breakthrough model that won the design and innovation award in 2017 and is still today a very competitive mountain bike.

Stamina 140 vs. Stamina 180

Similarities

Both bikes have the same frame construction and the looks. Both bikes use the same bearings and lower link eye to eye is the same, so basically you can fit a taco to 140 or ride the 180 without a taco. You just need to order the spare part in order to switch this feature on or off. Both bikes share similar anti-squat kinematics so they pedal amazingly well uphill and on stages or trails. The leverage curve on 140 is very similar to the 180 on that point where the 180 continues its path.

Differences

The travel is the most obvious difference. Stamina 180 has 40mm more travel on both ends than 140. This means 80mm more damping. Although the frames look very similar, the rear and front triangles are different from each other. 180 is also beefier in both ends so it can take more abuse. Also, the 180 needs to be a lot higher than the 140 on the front end to compensate for the 40mm extra length of the fork. The rear triangles differ in length and the connection points. The 140 has a 5mm shorter rear center to compensate for the 10mm shorter reach in order to have good front and rear balance.


Videos of Pole Stamina

Matti Lehikoinen rides the Stamina 140 for the first time

Joseph Nation rides the Stamina 180 like a trail bike

The story behind Pole Bicycle Company?

Pole Bicycles is a Finnish mountain bike brand that is driven by the passion for creating fast bicycles. Our Founder Leo Kokkonen is a racer and accompanied by World Cup Downhill legend Matti Lehikoinen we are creating the world’s unique bikes. We avoid causing unnecessary harm to people and nature, and that’s why we make our CNC machined flagship bike range in Finland and EVOLINK series in Taiwan. Designed in Finland and manufactured in Finland.


Check out these Stamina pro riding tips as well

Bike check: Pole Stamina 180

Thanks for reading this article and I hope that you come and say hi if you see me at the trails somewhere!

-Leo Kokkonen
Founder


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