If you’re looking for a modern gravel bike that’s ready for adventures with all the mounts, 700×50 tire clearance, and dropper post compatibility, the new Polygon Bend is it. And it starts at just $1,499 for a complete bike.
The Bend’s alloy frame starts with a sloping top tube that provides great standover clearance and keeps the weight low when it’s loaded down. And it’s easy to load, with hard mounting points for frame bags under the top tube, plus more mounts on the top side.
There’s also two bottle cages inside the front triangle and another underneath. The carbon fork adds three “anything cage” mounts plus rack and fender attachment points.
In the back are rack mounts for packing more. Those sit atop dropped seatstays, which bend and flatten to add a bit of compliance.
The R7 model shown above has SRAM Apex 1×11 mechanical for $1,499. Above that is is the Polygon Bend R9X with Rival AXS 1×12 with upgraded Novatec tubeless-ready wheels for $2,899 in Nautical Blue.
The top level Bend V9X goes to SRAM GX AXS with Reverb XPLR AXS and a Fox AX32 suspension fork for $3,999.