- Nicolai 2014 frames. No 26"… it seems
seems that the helius TB is still 26`..at least the chain stay length of 426mm proves it..Posted 4 years ago
the argon may have 26`rims..but with an surly 3.0 tyre its a 27.5
chainstay is 440mm as with all the other 27.5`frames..
but I think they will make you a 26´ helius without the taylor made pricetag…hope so..julianwilsonMember
theflatboy – Member
If you’re saving for a new bike is it really going make that much difference if you just go 650b? Genuine question – you might even prefer it!
Perhaps the OP is planning on building his own fork and wheels onto a new frame. Still that way it will get with the trend of low bb’s and big mud clearance. 😆Posted 4 years ago
Possibly. I haven”t particularly liked the 29ers I’ve ridden, but obviously that may may not carry over to the 650b.
I wouldn’t be buying a full bike, I’d just be getting the frame and swapping bits over form my current hardtail, cos I can’t really afford to buy new forks/wheels etc. on top of the price of the frame.Posted 4 years ago
Would seem the Helius and Argon are now 27.5″ and 29″. Pissing me off because I’m currently saving for a Helius and want a 26″. I’m hoping they’d still do a 26″ 2013 model, since their bikes are hand mare to order, so they could just knock one up for me. 🙂
Let’s not turn this into a wheel size debate, I’m just giving the heads up on their new frames.Posted 4 years ago
seems that the helius TB is still 26`..at least the chain stay length of 426mm proves it..
I think you may be looking at the 2013 specs. The 2014 chainstay is 445mm on the medium (and larger). Their website is a bit funny and links to different versions, depending which TB link you happen to click on (very uncharacteristically inefficient, for the Germans). Maybe they’re still doing both. Suppose I’ll find out when the time comes to pull the trigger in a few months.Posted 4 years ago
it`s even worse for the oldschool 26″ fans…
all 2014 bikes will be in 27.5 except the ION 16, complete techsheets will be available after eurobike show..
the helius TB comes in 27.5 size s only , bigger sizes are 29, 142×12 rear axle..
the helius AC comes in 27,5 , 142×12 rear axle, postmount standard for the rear brake..
ION 16 remains 26 but on request as 27.5
the argon FAT shown in the second post is a limited edition of 60 frames..(and the surly tyres are 3.8…)
the only question is if there will be any extra charges for ordering a 26`version…Posted 4 years agoroverpigSubscriber
This 650b thing is really getting stupid. I’ve nothing against manufacturers experimenting with different wheel sizes. But for a decent experiment we need people on each side. That’s what happened with 29ers. Some manufactures pushed them and some pushed against. Despite all the petty name calling we did end up with a pretty good understanding of the pros and cons of 26 and 29. But now we have pretty much the whole industry jumping the same way seemingly without question and that makes me suspicious.Posted 4 years agogeetee1972Member
If you want a 26″ Helius Nicolai will always build you one. In the past models were not so much discontinued as they were sidelined. Nicolai doesn’t manufacture model lines like other mass produced bike makers do, they build to order (albeit in batches), so they can always fit in one offs. You may find at some point a one off of a previous model will incur a custom spec up charge though.Posted 4 years agosimons_nicolai-ukMember
ION 16 remains 26 but on request as 27.5
ION16 27.5 can be ordered now for delivery early in 2014.
If you want a 26″ Helius Nicolai will always build you one. In the past models were not so much discontinued as they were sidelined.
Actually a bit of a change for this year. The old models ARE being discontinued and will incur a full custom charge in future. I’ve sneaked a final Helius AC 26 production run in and may be able to get one more bike on it if someones ready to pull the trigger immediately but after that no more.
2014 prices will probably going up about £75 from this year – will confirm in the next few weeks.Posted 4 years ago
Def want to bag one of the first 650b Ion 16 in the New Year, but that means pre ordering blind without a geometry sheet.
That’s a lot of cash to drop ‘if’ they get it wrong……I’m sure the geometry will be very very similar to the current ion 16 but not knowing the bb drop concerns me with up front ordering.Posted 4 years agotwistedpencilSubscriber
Chainline, I know 😉 just exploring the limits of it at the moment. I now crash a lot faster going down trails I’ve ridden for years that feel new. Just awaiting my reverb stealth to complete and I’ll post a pic up for people to point out issues with my garden.
Have to say, so far loving it.Posted 4 years agoduirMember
Maybe they could use a different linkage plate/shock to manipulate the 650 b into a 26″? They must be so close I bet that’s all most manufacturers are doing anyway then slightly extending the chainstay to fit the tyres……………… making it an even bigger con job.
I plumped for the 26″ Helius AC 2013 and have no regrets. Looks like a keeper too so hopefully this 650 betamax nonsense will have gone away by the time I want a new one in several years.
Seems odd for Nicolai to be going this way as they don’t seem like someone to just blindly follow the herd. Also, everyone I know that owns a Nicolai bought a frame only to fit their old 26″ stuff to. Hopefully they will still do 26″ to order or it could put off a lot of frame only customers.
Posted 4 years ago
26″, a front mech and a granny ring, because I am 40 and live in Scotland!
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