The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 143 – Pole’s Leo Kokkonen on recycling, internet reviews and e-bike batteries

Pole founder Leo Kokkonen is responsible for some of the craziest bikes – and manufacturing methods – in the cycling industry. The Finnish company’s Machine and Stamina frames were machined from solid blocks of aluminum before each side was glued (and bolted, depending on when it was made) to create something completely different from carbon frames and welded aluminum that we are used to seeing. Kokkonen was also an early proponent of the much longer geometry that is common today, particularly steep seat angles and slacker head angles, and touted the benefits of his Huck Norris tire inserts. long before most of us bought into the idea.

But much of it has been an uphill battle; there was resistance to his ideas on geometry, very public failures like our Stamina test bike in 2019, and overly long wait times for production and warranty frames.

Today’s episode sees Leo Kokkonen and I talk about all this and more, including scrap aluminum recycling, e-bike batteries and the environment, and his interactions in the comments section of Pink bike.

THE PINKBIKE PODCAST // EPISODE 143 – LEO KOKKONEN FROM THE RECYCLING POLE, INTERNET COMMENTS, & E-BIKE BATTERIES
September 8, 2022

No carbon, no welds, but definitely glue, batteries and controversy.

With a rotating cast of the editorial team and other guests, the Pinkbike Podcast is a weekly update on all the latest stories from the world of mountain biking, as well as candid discussions of technology, racing and everything rest.

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