- Nicolai ION 16 owners – whats it like?
Loving mine – really surprised by how well it goes uphill – had expected to lose a little uphill and gain going down over my Spicy, but it does both better. Really solid, jumps well, traction, everything is great. Running it in the 65 degree setting and haven’t felt the need to change it at all.
It’s 31 lbs on a very dodgy Aldi scales – the Spicy was within 20g of it (and I topped up Stan’s and fitted a heavier reverb), so it’s not any heavier. I did mean to weigh the frames, but got too excited.
You’ll get lighter bikes in carbon, not sure you’ll get better ones. I wanted a solid, confidence-inspiring bike, one I wasn’t going to have to babysit and worry about. The raw finish helps too – no paint to scratch.
I’m still on a “new bike” buzz so I’m obviously biased beyond belief, but I’d definitely recommend it.
Posted 4 years ago
I’m torn between an ion 16 and a nomad c, it’ll be my only bike for a while so needs to be able to do everything, even if that means being over biked some of the time my only concern is the climbing ability of the ion, I’ll be using it for enduros so it needs to be able to go up as well as bombing the downs. Weight wise I’d be happy at 31lb.
honourablegeorge, what size frame is that?Posted 4 years ago
Philbert31, firstly, you could building somewhat lighter than 31lb without going mad. Tho easiest 1×10 or 1×11 at that.
Secondly they climb pretty good IMHO, especially with the right shock. I run a standard CCDBAir and I’m very happy with the climbing. I did run an RP23 and thats easier obviously because it has the climb mode. The new CCDBair CS would be fantastic with the HV can, but tbh it works pretty damn good with an RP23.
Ultimately it has a pretty steep seat tube to go with the long TT so it gets your weight in the right place. It will obviously climb better in ‘high’ than ‘low’.i thinks the Ion 16 is a great Enduro bike.Posted 4 years ago
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