... the Helius is home.
I mentioned it in another thread before, but here it is. Now also in my "physical possesion, not only in legal possession". Somewhat ironic, that I got a "new" 2006 FR frame in silver anodized, as I almost bought one in 2006 instead of my Nonius.
The other weird thing is, now that I got the frame and the "hunting fever" is over and one should think all is good, I already peek to the left and to the right, looking for something new. Unfortunately someone wrote on a German forum, that the Helius CC is getting 140mm rear-travel, which in N-terms means, that it will probably be more than just a facelift. That leaves me as an old CC-fan quite nervous and thinking, if I "pulled the right trigger".
At least Nicolai's have a nice resale-value...
Anyhow ... after I come to peace with myself , I'll build the STB (SilverTrailBullet, sounds cheesy, I know, but I like it ) as a moderatly light/heavy trail bike, where the frame is obviously on the heavy side, but so am I right now (220lbs). Hopefully the STB will help me with this issue.
As for most parts I'm already "taken", but I'm open for any suggestions, so please keep it coming, if you think somewhere would be a better way to go.
Here the temporary parts-list:
* Frame, Size, & Color: Nicolai Helius FR, "M", 2006, silver anodized
* Fork: That and the shock are the only big "if's" right now. Most probably a RS Pike. I know, it has only 140mm of travel and I might sacrifice a (tiny) bit of the frames ability with 150mm, a) the 2006 model max. a2c-length is 540mm, which strictly speaking rules out any of the current 160mm models (Fox36-545mm or RS Lyrik-545mm), exept the Magura Wotan-540mm. b) the Pike is a proven fork, no matter if coil or air sprung, c) the bigger forks cost a BIG coin more, than the Pike's, d) can't think of any trailsI regularly ride, where I would need 160mm of travel.
I haven't decided yet if air or coil sprung, right now more pro's then con's for the air-version, although I very much like the idea to just hop on the bike, without having to check the pressures.
* Shock, i2i, stroke: Well, same problem here. Possible applicants: RS Monarch (SRAM lists it in 200x57mm, but haven't found it in a German web-shop so far), Manitou Evolver IXS-6 (quite expensive, but I only read very good things here on MTBR), Fox RP (proven shock, but don't like the idea of sending it in every year, to keep it warranted), Fox DHX coil (if I go the coil-route, it will be probably it)
* Brakes: A 100% Hope M4 with floating discs. IMHO the only brakes that fit perfectly with its CNC-look on a Nic. Only question is, if it's going to be the 08 or 09 model. I like the simple looks of the 08 lever, but the 09 lever with adjustable pad-contact and lever-handlebar-reach seems awful useful.
* Cranks, shifter, f+r derailleur, chain, cassette, bb: 90% it'll be XT all the way. Price and compatiblity wise it can't be beaten. A RF Atlas e.g. looks much better, but apart from that, there is no advantage. Same with XTR cranks.
* Pedals: CB mallets or one of the lighter Shimano ones
* Stem: Syntace Superforce or Thompson Elite X4.
* Handlebar: Syntace Lowrider aluminium
* Seatpost: By now I like the idea of a retractable seatpost. At least 2 new models (Specialized and Syntace) are coming. Until then a Ritchey or so will do.
* Saddle: classic Flite
* Headset: Chris King or Reset Racing (slightly higher lower cup height to raise the front end a bit with RS Pike)
* Grips: ...
* Front/Rear Tire: Schwalbe Nobby Nic's or the new Fat Alberts (tubeless)
* Wheelset: Hope Pro2 with NoTubes Flow rims, DT spokes/nipples
* Front Skewer: with fork
* Rear Skewer: DT Swiss RWS 10mm thru-axle-skewer
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