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I owned a Pole Evolink 158 before getting the G16. The Pole fit well and the geo was great but the Evolink isn't a tough bike and it was pretty flexible under me. I blew the Monarch twice due to sideloading (as evidenced by wear on the shock's internal components and external hardware). The Pole suspension is really peppy pedaling and the neutral/extending rear end is super fast but it's very very progressive (maybe too much). It was my intention to upgrade from the Evolink to the Machine but given my experience I couldn't justify it. The quality of the G16's construction is impeccable and the suspension is everything it needs to be.
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