After 18yrs of HT riding….
molgrips, agree totally. I was on the brink of buying FS a year or so ago, but then everything went all bent and wonky (hydroforming) which I cannot abide the look of. I'm not saying they are ugly as there are some damn nice bikes out there and it seems the Giant models use the technique to place the shock, but maybe its the old school HT habit, but tubes are meant to be round and go in straight lines!! (similar attitude to Mints are supposed to be rock 'ard!, if anyone is old enough to remember that advert) I know the back is square section, but I'll let it off as it is in a straight line.Posted 7 years ago
I finally move to the idea that FS is actually quite good. Very good in fact, far better than I thought it would be. Earlier this year I built up a very nice Niner MCR with rigid forks and a 2X9 setup. It was too close to the ride from my Soul with 100mm forks, so decided it was time to upgrade to FS. After some searching, to find a frame to run with a 100mm fork, I happened across a Nicolai Helius CC, on special offer direct from the distributors. An offer I couldn't refuse. So after some serious wife badgering, I have it and it has been tested in the Peaks a couple of times. In a word it is amazing! It climbs better than my Soul did, and as for descending, all of a sudden the corners arrive a hell of a lot faster than before!Posted 7 years ago
So after a couple of hours climbing and descending today in the Peaks, I noticed significantly less arm pump and no aching back.
So as a result a 6 year old large Soul in matt black is now for sale, in the classifieds.
Hmmm, didn't work that time. Molgrips, Menja 100mm. I have recently had them serviced and the guys at Magura replaced the damper cartridge under warranty and used a different weight oil. When they came back they felt even better! This is why I was reluctant to get rid of them (that and the small problem of money)Posted 7 years ago
The travel options on the rear of the CC start at 82mm, the top bolt hole being 129mm. This is why they make the AM, with more travel options. I like the idea of possibly extending the travel of the Menja and just moving the bolt hole to match. But not only but also, the frame looks fantastic, like a "real" bike, which is probably how Nicolai can guarantee it for 5 years, even if you race. They do say on their website that the strongest line between two points is a straight one.Posted 7 years ago
Edric, I know what you mean. I have built up a very standard spec on this bike, LX cranks, XT hubs and SLX brakes with Menja forks. I picked this frame up at a really good price direct from the UK distributors, so much that it was cheaper than buying their budget frame. The bearings are guaranteed for 5 years, so I hope (in a way) that if they wear out they do it within 5 years. Basically I had a choice, buy a reasonable priced replacement second car, or buy this and get a cheap as chips old Skoda. The fun had on this will certainly make up for driving the Skoda…Posted 7 years ago
Soulwood, that is a fabulous bike and you really did get a bargain, pretty much you paid cost price for it! I know you don't need to be reminded but this thing is handbuilt, by guys who spend five years training to be welders for Nicolai, even if they have previous experience. The thing is better aligned than a pair of train tracks and the bearings won't need any serious attention for years.
I've had two Nicolais and currently ride the AM (simply because I'm a fat b'stard and the AC/CC would probably not survive my 'Ton' like mass).
The only thing I would suggest is that, once you spent some time on the bike, seriously think about replacing the air damper. Those DT swiss cans are utter shite although they do weigh the square root of **** all. They have zero compression damping so you end up having to run a whole lot more pressure to get the thing to sit properly in its travel at which point the spring rate ends up being too high.
You're not going to notice that for a while though because you'll need to adjust your riding to suit having suspension and it's going to feel amazing to begin with. After time though, if something is niggling you about the bike, if it doesn't feel quite right and you can't put your finger on why, then the shock will be the reason.
Have fun and get yourself over to the MTBR Nicolai forum and introduce yourself.Posted 7 years ago
They do say on their website that the strongest line between two points is a straight one
That's just marketing speak to satisfy people who ask why it's not hydroformed. Tubes never break in the middle unless you **** the thing into a tree or something. Cracks appear at the joins, where it doesn't make any difference if it's hydroformed.
Don't knock it 🙂Posted 7 years agoInzaneMember
yeh, full suss are good especially after a long time on a hardtail… but I find it does depend a bit on the trails. There are some trails I love my 5 Spot for, and others where the 5 spot is overkill and my TransAM SS hardtail is perfect for.
I dont think you can ever have too many bikes 😉Posted 7 years ago
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