Polygon Heist vs. Polygon Path - Which bike is right for me?
The simple answer to whether the Polygon Heist or Polygon Path is for you, is to ask the question: do you need front suspension or not. If you need front suspension because you’re riding in mixed terrain and up & down curbs, then you want the Polygon Heist. If you ride predominantly on roads and favour a lighter weight bike, then get the Polygon Path. The question though, is there more to it than this main difference?
The Polygon Heist - perfect for adventures
The Heist range of bikes from Polygon all feature an SR Suntour fork. These forks offer a little bit of suspension, enough to take the sting out of your local roads and help you to start riding down the local trails. You’ll find an entirely new world once you start exploring.
The Polygon Heist looks like what most of us would imagine a hybrid bike to look like. It has borrowed from both the mountain bike and the road bike world. It has nice comfortable geometry. A geometry that will let you sit up and see the world, undoubtedly one of the main and best reasons for owning a bike.
On their 700c wheels, you’ll find tyres that have knobs on the edges and smoother almost file like pattern down the middle. The tyres have these patterns as it allows you to ride fast on the road, where you’ll mostly be riding on the centre tread. Then if you decide to try the mountain bike part of the Heist’s nature, you’ll have the side knobs to bite into the dirt when you corner.
The Heist then is a great choice if you want a bike that you can ride to work on during the week and then come the weekend you can go for an adventure.
The Polygon Path - perfect for fast commuting and fitness riding
The Polygon Path range of bikes is missing the suspension fork. The Path has more of a nod to road bikes than the mountain bikes in its heritage. You do though get the more relaxed hybrid geometry, and a nice upright position rather than the low stretched out position of a roadie.
In place of a suspension fork, you’ll find a rigid aluminium fork on all models. What this does is give you less parts to worry about the maintenance of, and you’ll also be faster. The reason for this is that when you pedal a bike with suspension, you have to overcome the suspension bob which consumes part of your energy. On a fully rigid fork, all your pedalling efforts translate into forward momentum. Lastly, having a rigid fork reduces the overall weight of the bike, making you faster up the hill.
The next difference is the tyres. The Path comes with tyres that are more focused towards road riding. They have smaller knobs and faster central patterns. The lower rolling resistance of these tyres will make riding along the road much quicker; the counterpoint is that they’ll offer less grip offroad.
The Path is a great way to get into road cycling if you don’t like the look of drop bars, don’t worry many people don’t like drop bars. You can build your fitness up riding the Path and once your confident and fitter you can decide if you want to give a full-blooded road bike a chance.
What type of commuter are you?
If you’re looking for a commuter to get to work and want to get home fast, and who can blame you, then the Path is the bike to pick. If you think you might like to ride home and explore down little lanes and offroad paths, then the Heist range is for you.
That’s it in a nutshell, as spec wise you’ll be able to find a model in each range that suits you and your budget. They are both great hybrid bikes but getting the correct one depends on what you want to ride.