Adding two completely new longer-travel rides to cover Trail & Gravity riding, Pole Bicycles has officially introduced an all-new Onni DH bike & Sonni DH eMTB. We got a sneak peek at the Onni back at Sea Otter.
Built for riders searching ever-steeper, gnarlier trails and bike parks, both conventional bike and ebike get 177-200mm of rear-wheel travel paired with 180-200mm up front in a bid to get you downhill as fast as utterly possible. But neither of the bikes are really conventional, each sharing the clamshell CNC construction of Pole’s Voima & Vikkela, with similar high-pivot 4-bar suspension, and the option for 3 different builds depending on your style of Gravity riding.
Pole Gravity platform: long-travel Onni DH Bike & Sonni eMTB
10 years in the making, Pole has transitioned from developing some of the ground-breaking extra-long progressive geometry that defines modern mountain bikes, to now completely reshaping how they build new bikes with extensive CNC-machined frames now all made-to-order in Finland.
2 platforms: Trail and Gravity. A conventional bike and an ebike in each platform: Vikkela & e- Voima for trail, and now Onni & e- Sonni for gravity. And 3 different builds of each to tailor to each rider’s needs.
Longer travel than the super-trail Voima & Vikkela, the all-new gravity bikes offer Enduro, Downduro, and full Downhill builds with the same frames, plus the ability to choose from full 29er or mixed wheel mullet setups. Both share the same seamless hollow CNC-machined 7075-T6 aluminum sandwich construction and high 4-bar suspension design with massive main pivot.
Both bikes come in three stock sizes K1, K2 & K3, and include -5mm, 0 & +10mm Reach size adjustment in the headset, so you can get the perfect fit. With no overlap, that’s effectively 9 sizes available of each.
They also get geometry that is designed to let riders swap rear wheels between 27.5 & 29″ without messing with flip-chips. Just pop a different rear wheel in, and ride away with about a degree slacker angles and 9mm lower BB.
Onni DH bike: Motor Off
With its high downtube and crankset suspended from a spar under the main pivot, the new CNC-machined Onni gravity bike frame will set you back $3486 / 3200€ for a frameset, then a complete bike from $4890 / 4490€.
Each bike is made to order, so you choose how you want to ride it and how to spec it based on the travel, geometry & component spec you are looking for.
Enduro racing builds pair 180mm single crown forks to a shorter 230x65mm stroke shock for 177mm of rear wheel travel.
Downduro builds like we spotted at Sea Otter for more burly racing, step it up to 200mm of rear wheel travel thanks to a 250x75mm stroke shock, and can be paired to 190mm single-crown or 200mm double-crown forks depending on rider preference. Lastly, the full Downhill build matches the same 200mm rear travel to a proper 200mm DH fork and a simplified 7-speed drivetrain for race-only duties.
Sonni DH ebike: Motor On!
The eMTB Sonni only looks marginally more conventional next to the Onni. The ebike gets a bigger & lower downtube to fit its 750Wh PowerTube battery inside.
The cranks still hang low off the eMTB frame, but here with more of a bulbous outcrop that includes the Bosch Performance Line CX ebike motor, and theoretically some extra alloy impact protection with an optional CNC-machined motor cover. I say theoretically, as protection appears in the studio photos but not any of Pole’s actual riding photos.
Like the Onni that share identical geometry, you can get the CNC-machined Sonni gravity ebike as a frameset only (including its eMTB powertrain) for $6061 / 5565€, or in complete builds starting at $6851 / 6290€.
Each ebike is also made-to-order, so you decide how to build it up. Hint: your desired complete build is gonna cost a lot more than seven grand, my conservative picks got me up over 9000€ without going crazy on extras.
Again, e-enduro racing builds get 180mm single crown forks with 177mm of rear wheel travel. eDownduro builds get 200mm of rear travel, paired to 190mm or 200mm forks. And eDH builds match 200mm front & rear, typically still with a 12-speed drivetrain since you’ll likely be self-shuttling this gravity monster to your secret off-piste DH tracks.
Pole Gravity Onni & Sonni – Availability
We know pricing (see above) at least for the entry costs, but each one of the Trail & Gravity bikes is made to order – and you get to pick whether you want it in electrophoretic raw silver, gold, or storm gray clearcoat. Pole is taking pre-orders now for both the new Onni bike & Sonni ebike, with these early customers expected to get their new bikes in September 2023.