Pole rethinks the cockpit on its prototype DH bike

Set to get its first outing at this weekend’s Fort William World Cup, Pole Bicycles will be raising some eyebrows with a new cockpit shake up that places the handlebars behind the headset.

First teased on Instagram under the grasp of sponsored rider Isak Leivsson, the wheelbase is, like many other brand’s latest creations, on the longer side, but it’s the cockpit that’s turning heads.

Going beyond the famed Forward Geometry concept first put forwards by Mondraker, Pole’s creation is believed to consist of a metal block on top of the steerer tube with holes added to fit a direct mount stem. Essentially, it’s putting a stem on backwards.

If the Instagram hashtags and the pic are anything to go by this will also be one of Pole’s first fully CNC machined in Finland frames.

Turning its back on carbon over eco-concerns, Pole said at the time that its Scandinavian values clashed with what it had found when visiting Chinese factories, some of which had allegedly been told by the Government to simply “dump waste in the ocean.”