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    ... and if we just ... New AM Weapon

    Hi all,

    Thought i'd post up my new Nicolai Helius AM for anyone who's not familiar with these frames can see a full build. Amazing build quality and infinate options when ordering.
    My first try with Air shock/forks since 2005 and all i can say is the new 2009 Fox kit is stunning! The float 36's feel every bit as plush as my Totem coils!

    Built up as follows :

    * Frame, Size, & Color: Medium Anodized bronze front/Anodized black rear (Crud Catcher Mounts, 12mm Rear)
    * Fork: Fox 36 Float RC2
    * Shock, Fox Float RP23
    * Brakes: Hope Moto V2 Disc Brakes Front/Rear
    * Hose: Goodridge Steel Braided
    * Rotors: Hope Moto V2 F/R 203mm
    * Cranks: Shimano XTR
    * Shifters: Sram X0 Shifter pods
    * Front Derailleur: Shimano XTR Front Mech
    * Rear Derailleur: Sram X0 Rear Mech Medium Cage
    * Pedals: DMR V12 Magnesium (White)
    * Stem: Thomson 50mm
    * Handlebar: Easton EC70 MonkeyLite CNT DH Riser 31.8 (Black/Gold)
    * Seatpost: Thomson Elite InLine Seatpost Black 440mm
    * Saddle: SDG Ti FlyC White
    * Bottom Bracket: Shimano XTR Ceramic
    * Cassette: SRAM PG990
    * Chain: SRAM PG991
    * Headset: Chris King Steelset 1/1/8th (To be fitted std. CK atm)
    * Grips: Raceface Peaty Lock-on Grips
    * Front Tire: Shwalbe Big Betty Snake Skin 2.4
    * Front Rim/ Spokes: DT Swiss EX5.1D/DT Swiss
    * Front Hub/Skewer: DT Swiss 240s (EX1750 Wheelset) 20mm bolt thru
    * Rear Tire: Shwalbe NN 2.4
    * Rear Rim: DT Swiss EX5.1D/DT Swiss
    * Rear Hub/Skewer: DT Swiss 240s (EX1750 Wheelset) 12mm bolt thru
    * Cables: Goodrige Black
    * Misc: Hope Seat Clamp QR 34.9 (Black), RaceFace Atlas FR Bash Guard, Stinger Chain Device BB mount, Strailine White bar ends,
    * Overall Weight: 31lb dead

    Cheers

    Derek
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    That is beautiful but I don't know if your tapered head tube can take the steelset. The head tube may not be machined deep enough.

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    That is crazy ... and a first, an xtr crank with a blackspire chain guide system . How much does it add up to, price wise ? It look unstoppable and indestructable
    If it ain't broken... why the hell you fixin it!

    KONA rules!!

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    Sweet looking Nicolai!!! Was is it difficult to import the frame to the U.S.?


    Do you know what the frame only weight is (either with or w/o rear shock)?


    cheers

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    beautiful

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    For the win, that is one of the nicest AM bike I have EVER seen
    [SIZE="4"]Pump Tracks Are Rad!!!![/SIZE]

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    Sick bike!!

    I agree with the above poster......be absolutely sure the frame will accommodate the depth of the King Steelset.

    EB

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    Uber Nice! One of the best built AM bike that I've seen!
    DH:Mountain Cycle Shockwave 9.5 w/ 888R
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    AM:BMC Superstroke 01 w/ 66RC2X

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickgto
    Uber Nice! One of the best built AM bike that I've seen!
    not a bad kitchen either

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    Quote Originally Posted by HungarianBarbarian
    That is beautiful but I don't know if your tapered head tube can take the steelset. The head tube may not be machined deep enough.
    Nicolai ask for minimum 22mm insertion depth or warranty is void.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MI_canuck
    Sweet looking Nicolai!!! Was is it difficult to import the frame to the U.S.?


    Do you know what the frame only weight is (either with or w/o rear shock)?


    cheers

    Hi mate,

    I'm in the UK and gotit through a UK dealer (Gravity Sports) so i have no idea re. US stuff

    The frame weight with RP23 shock is 3.1Kg check out :
    http://www.nicolai.net/pdf/helius-am.pdf

    There are many U.S. dealers check out the Nicolai forum on MTBR.

    Derek

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    Quote Originally Posted by socalenduro
    not a bad kitchen either
    Thanks for all the great comments, I'm loving the ride its great.

    As for the Kitchen, its a pretty good match with the bike!

    I'm surprised the poster above has never seen an XTR crankset with a chain device, they are used alot on downhill race bikes, check out the DH/FR forum u'll see

    Derek

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    I want your wheels, and the rest of the bike too as long as I'm drooling.

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    possible to share how much you spent for this sick ride?

    really think my bike is peanuts now....
    check out great video coverage of anything mtb (well almost).

    http://www.mtbcut.tv

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    Quote Originally Posted by zephyr11
    possible to share how much you spent for this sick ride?

    really think my bike is peanuts now....
    Asking the price of a bike is like asking the weight of a woman,



    .....better judgment in matters of the heart can be found.


    Very Nice bike!

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    If you really want to know i'm sure you can work it out with the parts list, anyway its worth ALOT more to me than it is in $$ value

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    Nice Ride! i love seeing all these self built and somewhat "unkown" frames If only I could affrod to do it myself!
    If your not falling off, your not riding fast enough!

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    I love the Eastern European industrial look to those bikes. Yours, of course, is hot.

    I heard that the suspension on the AM is designed to have a bit of a "hold" to match an air shock's midstroke, is that accurate?

    How is bottom control?

    Also, what are the holes on the swing link? Travel and leverage?

    So many questions...

    P

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.P
    I love the Eastern European industrial look to those bikes. Yours, of course, is hot.

    I heard that the suspension on the AM is designed to have a bit of a "hold" to match an air shock's midstroke, is that accurate?

    How is bottom control?

    Also, what are the holes on the swing link? Travel and leverage?

    So many questions...

    P
    Yeah i love the industrial look of the Nicolai frames, there are some awesome examples if your into bigger hitting stuff also.

    I had a CCDB on the AM to start with (Borrowed) till my RP23 arrived but to be honest its wasted on the AM, all thats required is an air shock due to the stiffness. It feels plush but doesnt blow through the travel like other air frames i've tried and really ramps up through the mid stroke. I've only had one ride on air so far so i'm sure i'll have a better opionion after this weekend if the rain ever stops here in sunny Scotland I'll be out anyway but it'll be more fun if it dries up!!

    The holes in the linkage are for travel options, its set at 160mm (200x57 shock) but it can also run 130 / 140 / 150 / 160 dependant on the shock position. Very versative frame and although its classed as an AM frame its more than capable of bigger hits.

    Have a look here : http://www.nicolai.net/products/e-fr...helius-am.html

    The tech PDF has all the options and specs.

    Cheers

    Derek

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    Beautiful man. That colour is sweet too.

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    most agreeable with the "industrial look"

    20080814 am frame MTBR FORUM.jpg

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    Rad ride! Notice a big trend towards rp23s instead of DHXAirs on these type of bikes. I guess Fox says they can handle!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stoo61
    Beautiful man.
    Another budding bromance on MTBR?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tvrbob86
    Another budding bromance on MTBR?
    I'd do bad and unholy things to get a bike like that....dont write anything off!

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    Sick bike, don't think you need the steelset on it though. Kind of overkill unless you plan on ripping World Cup DH tracks with that single crown or are going to compete in next year's Rampage.

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