Boxxer Test Camp + Nicolais
Just seen this story on the Dirt website -
Looks like the Nicolai Ion or the new g-box Ion is their weapon of choice!
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Yeah those new Boxer's look sweet i esp. like the way they have the boxer name down the stantions Very nice!
Amazing how they have made them chunkier but lighter! 32 to 35mm stantions!
I heard that sram always use nicolai frames to test there products and have done for years
I think the large diameter tubes mean they can run thinner walled tubing. Aluminium has a property that means if you double the diameter of the tube, you increase the stiffness of the tube by a factor of 4. This property gives you lots of options, i.e. a tube that is the same weight but twice as stiff as your starting point or a tube that is half the weight but just as stiff as your starting point.
It only works to a point though, beyond which the tube becomes susceptible to crumpling and denting. The Cannondales from around 1992 used to have paper thin walled tubes that dented if you even looked at them funny.