Pole EVOLINK 140 bike check
Thomas rides a size large Pole EVOLINK 140. Unlike a lot of EVOLINK 140 riders, Thomas chooses to run a 150mm fork as opposed to the longer travel 160 mm option many prefer. The 510mm reach of the size large suits Thomas' 6ft 3' frame well when paired with a 50mm stem and a Works Components reach adjust headset which gives him an extra 5mm reach over the standard headset.
The ability to fit a water bottle inside the frame is vital for Thomas. When racing he is able to go without a backpack meaning he can focus on his riding more. Thomas runs a 170mm RockShox reverb seat post. Thomas's personal sponsor, Ergon provide an SME3 saddle for long days out on the bike.
Thomas has been a long time user of CrankBrothers products having been sponsored by them since 2015. He runs the Mallet E model over the Mallet DH model. Thomas says he prefers the smaller profile of the E pedals and the shorter spindle length. Thomas runs his cleats in the 15 degree release angle. Thomas runs the seat post lever on the left hand side, under his handlebar. He uses grip tape to ensure he never misses the remote.
Thomas does not have sponsorship for drive train or brakes so he is able to mix and match the parts he uses. He runs a Shimano XT 11 speed cassette, old style 170mm XT cranks and an SLX shifter. Thomas runs an SLX shifer because it only allows one shift at a time. Whereas more expensive Shimano shifters allow multiple shifts with one click, Thomas says the SLX shifter allows him to always keep track of which gear he is in, a tip he learned when reading about MTB legend Brian Lopes' bike set up many years ago. Thomas uses Ergon's GA2 grips, preferring them over the more popular GE1 model. Thomas also runs his brake levers almost flat, he tried this to help combat weight distribution on the steep terrain of his home trails and he's stuck with it ever since. His brakes are SRAM Guide GE, E - Bike brakes which have 4, large, over sized pistons. They help keep the speed of his EVOLINK in check when paired with 203mm rotors.
Thomas' bike is prepared and maintained by Fall Line Cycles in Peebles. The mechanics there, Nic Jenkins and Nick Tanner both know how hard Thomas is on his bike so he tends to run a coil shock with a 650Ibs spring. But Thomas also enjoys how the EVOLINK feels with the standard RockShox Monarch air shock so swaps between both shocks during the season.
You can pre-order your own EVOLINK 140 frame now from Pole Bicycles right here. Although we can't promise you it'll make you as fast as Thomas.