- Gearbox, belt-drive, full-suspension Nicolai
Problem with the Pinion ‘box is it doesn’t allow constant chain/belt length. (Gates say belts can’t be run through tensioners, although I’ve no idea why not as they are in industry)
The Effi ‘box has the output not inline with the BB, so there’s space for the main pivot there.
Pinion ‘box looks better in a way, but only applicable for a hardtail if using a belt.Posted 4 years ago
ok, just looked up the effigear boxPosted 4 years ago
looks like a pretty nice piece of kit and well integrated.
Thought it was a new pinion from your pic as the integration seems to be very similar.
nice idea, hope that it make sit onto a shorter travel bike soon. weights look pretty competitive and the gear range is good as well.
will be interesting to see how they get on in the DH this year.
I’ve always said that the Effigear was my preferred option over the pinion & they are running belts through a tensioner on their in house bikes.
Comes with a trigger shifter and the whole lot costs about the same but weighs less than a Pinion.
I’ve also seen one built into a carbon 150mm prototype too but I cant access facebook at work to link to the pic.Posted 4 years ago
Would definitely be interested in seeing some pics of a homemade CF Effigear bike.
Whilst hunting around for more Effigear info found this little number which looks rather tidy from Cavalerie bikes, on their facebook page.
Although sadly no information on their homepage, but does look rather (Enduro TM) nice.
bizarrely no dropper post tho?
Posted 4 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
While I like that they regularly bring out something ‘new’, does anyone else think that Nicolai just look like a sucessfull version of every other 90’s german bike brand? Straight round tubes, lot’s of gusseting, CNC’d linkages and chunky welds. None of it’s looked very ‘new’ for the last 10+ years!Posted 4 years ago
Nicolai has tried every gearbox out there in a frame and hasn’t settled on any
There have only been 3 or 4.
That’s not many iterations for the perfect box to evolve. at least they’re willing to keep trying, and people are willing to keep developing.
Doom-mongers and naysayers.Posted 4 years ago
I think there is a lot to say for keeping the same design style year after year, developed brand styling if you will.Posted 4 years ago
At least you know when you drop £2k on a frame they are not going to completely redesign it, move all the linkages, change the shape of the tubes and shock placement etc the following year, saying that their new frame is so much better than the old one.
Gives buyers a sense of security in their purchase knowing it’s not going to be obsolete next year.
re gearboxes: Nicolai used to produce their own then more & more people have come along with better designs. If they’d have stuck with the gboxx then people would be complaining that they were using outdated technology
Re frames: the whole of the mountainbike world seems obsessed that everything is going to run out or be unobtainable 6 months after its released. Its not, get over it.Posted 4 years ago
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