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    Finally it's in my hands......

    Hi all, well after a prolonged period, I finally have my grubby hands on my XL Helius FR in jungle cammo. All looks good and pictures will follow shortly

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    Hey, stoked for you bro.... Now we need pictures!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Yeah ha.... Am loving mine, gets better each ride........
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    Yo dude, we need pics!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lornibear
    Hi all, well after a prolonged period, I finally have my grubby hands on my XL Helius FR in jungle cammo. All looks good and pictures will follow shortly
    Congratulation! It is some special with a Nicolai and I wish you many good and happy rides with your Helius.

    // Miche

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    Some pictures for you all......

    These are all I can muster at present. Having a few technical problems with editing software. Have some full shots if anybody can help with the editing?
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    After my last ****e photography......

    Here are some others.....I need a new camera!
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    I am still waiting for a few components, but here it is as is. You can now see the difference in the gussett behind the head tube due to being an XL frame.

    It was kind of dissapointing at first, but it has grown on me and can't wait to ride it.

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    Many thanks...

    Yo thanks Miche, it's been a long wait what with the xmas period, but even now, it's certainly worth it. The quality and workmanship that goes into a Nicoali is indeed very special. Happy hills

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    That is gonna look sooooo nice.
    Congrats on the delivery.
    Now the long wait for all the bits to come in.

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    Looking great, that Camo is so cool.... In the flesh it looks magic.... Yes the head gusset is a little different.. Still looks good though Lorni, more will be the surprise. I have had this on a few bikes too, most pictures etc are of Medium frames. When I got my MotoLite, same thing...

    It will grow on you....

    Lets hope your bits arrive from the US of A quickly... You will be chomping at the bit to ride her.....
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    It has grown on me. Initially I wanted to cry as I had been looking at yours drooling for the two weeks prior, but I love it. Hopefully the axle conversion and seatpost will be here tomorrow. I will try to post more pics when she is fully built. I reckon about 35lb, but to be honest, I don't care. It's my do it all rig.

    Whafe, when purchasing your Ti spring, did you get the same rate as steel? my spring rate is 2.25 x 700lb, which is a massive rate. RCS only go up to 600lb. Any ideas or know where I can get one for my size? I might ask Err as he is the font of all knowledge on the business side.

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    lornibear.. im stoked for u that is minnnnt

    Ill love to hear how that CCDB treats you.. would love to get one but they cost 700 over here ($1400) No idea how they can justify adding $600 just to send it over to the uk!!!!

    Where did you get urs from?
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    Hi Karve, many thanks for your kind words. I got mine in Ripon UK from a place called Moonglu. They ordered it through Extra and it was shipped over from N Carolina. They are expensive but got offered a deal which was really good. However, in retrospect, Err could have got me one much cheaper in the US.
    I am in the market for an ST next year, so after the way he looked after Whafe, I am switching and going to get the frame and the shock from Blacksheep Cycles. This is not to detract from the service I recieved here in UK, but the price in the US is so so much better with the added bonus of complete customer satisfaction. Where you at in the UK?

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    Lorni, not sure on spring weight when changing, Err will answer that pronto...

    Karve, that is just a joke 700 quid, sheesh, day light robbery.....

    Give Err a PM, he will sort something out for sure.....

    Lorni, you will love the FR as a do it all rig, exactly my build theme and it is working a treat....
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    Quote Originally Posted by lornibear
    Where you at in the UK?
    Im Epping based but ride all the time round Leith hill and Dorking and visit Chicksands now and then. Do the trips to Wales and Scotland as and when I can.

    Ive ordered my FR to deal with the riding that I have planned this year which includes all day stuff over here.. Alps Enduro Downhilling, and a trip to Whistler. You wont believe the amount of DIYing that i have had to agree to doing, to get sign off on all of that

    How about urself.

    Ill drop Err a bell - bike bits are silly money over here at the mo!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karve
    lornibear.. im stoked for u that is minnnnt

    Ill love to hear how that CCDB treats you.. would love to get one but they cost 700 over here ($1400) No idea how they can justify adding $600 just to send it over to the uk!!!!

    Where did you get urs from?
    Yo! Give me a shout if you need a CCDB, the shipping is expensive but it still works out well in your favor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lornibear
    It has grown on me. Initially I wanted to cry as I had been looking at yours drooling for the two weeks prior, but I love it. Hopefully the axle conversion and seatpost will be here tomorrow. I will try to post more pics when she is fully built. I reckon about 35lb, but to be honest, I don't care. It's my do it all rig.

    Whafe, when purchasing your Ti spring, did you get the same rate as steel? my spring rate is 2.25 x 700lb, which is a massive rate. RCS only go up to 600lb. Any ideas or know where I can get one for my size? I might ask Err as he is the font of all knowledge on the business side.
    Hey man, just shot ya a PM but for the benefit of others, typically you do not change the spring rate when changing from Ti to Steel. Many are of the opinion that Ti springs are slightly more supple, but I can not scientifically confirm this. I'll put in some calls and see what I can find for ya in a 700lb spring.

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    Stunnning frame Lorni!
    Absolutely beautiful

    Enjoy the ride and lets get some action shots.

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    Wow. Looks great. I think I actually like your headtube gusset better...
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    Hey Karve, next time you are near chicksands, look me up as I only live around thirty minutes from there. If you ever see my Nic there, I will probably be somewhere in the undergrowth or in a heap as my jumping skills are not good. Hopefully with the Nic, I can improve.

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    That camo colour looks pretty hard-core, I like it. Living in Cambridge myself, without a car, but will look into buying a rusty old cheap Volvo so I can join you guys in Chicksands (might as well do that before I get my Nic, seeing delivery might take a while). 'Cause as you know, trains are absolute rubbish here.

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    Hey there Boozzz. Currently in Brampton just up the A14. Let me know when you fancy Chicksands, it's only about 30 mins from here. I agree with the train service here, shocking, especially with a bike and kit.
    Have you placed your Nic order yet? what model? where are you ordering from? PM me and let me know where you are in Cambridge and we can sort something out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lornibear
    Hey there Boozzz. Currently in Brampton just up the A14. Let me know when you fancy Chicksands, it's only about 30 mins from here. I agree with the train service here, shocking, especially with a bike and kit.
    Have you placed your Nic order yet? what model? where are you ordering from? PM me and let me know where you are in Cambridge and we can sort something out.
    Hi lorni, I usually try to go riding every weekend, if the weather's alright that is Yeah, don't want to think about taking my Nic on the train, with people with rusty bikes coming in and just slamming theirs against mine.

    I ordered a Helius FR as well, just before Christmas, from Gravity Sports in Scotland (Dipper, here on the forum). Hope it'll be here soon (haven't got my hopes set too high though, reading about average delivery times), but for now my Cannondale will have to do. Good enough for Thetford Forest I'd say, though it's a bit dodgy on the jumps, with usually a not so nice over the bar feeling.

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    Hey boozzz what options have you gone for on yours?

    What cannondale u running.. i have an SL and whatever I try its so over the bars its nuts on jumps.. good on twisty single track though so I might keep it for that after the FR arrives.

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    Hey Karve, running a Prophet SL as well. Indeed fast when on the ground (though a bit flexy), but when jumping, ouch, not only over the bars, but also the feeling it'll break. I did recently install a stiffer spring in the Lefty which made jumping and descending bombholes (only fun to be had, with the lack of hills) a bit better and less wallowy, but unfortunately also a bit too harsh on the trail.

    For my FR I've opted for a custom paintjob (pearly white; experiment here, Nicolai haven't done this colour before), a 1.5" HT, Chainguide mounts and a 12mm thru-axle. Can't wait

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    Looking good, lornibear!!!

    one question though...IIRC you and I weight about the same and I do run a 700# on my Terremoto with DHX, however I have read that the CCDB usually requires people to run a lower spring rate that they would on other coil shocks..... maybe you should call/skype Malcolm @ CC to check this before ordering?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lornibear
    It has grown on me. Initially I wanted to cry as I had been looking at yours drooling for the two weeks prior, but I love it. Hopefully the axle conversion and seatpost will be here tomorrow. I will try to post more pics when she is fully built. I reckon about 35lb, but to be honest, I don't care. It's my do it all rig.

    Whafe, when purchasing your Ti spring, did you get the same rate as steel? my spring rate is 2.25 x 700lb, which is a massive rate. RCS only go up to 600lb. Any ideas or know where I can get one for my size? I might ask Err as he is the font of all knowledge on the business side.

    I found ya a 700 lb Ti spring, check your PM's...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Err
    I found ya a 700 lb Ti spring, check your PM's...
    care to PM me the info too, Err?

    Cheers

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    Hey Cris, will take your good advice. I must admit, it's nearly done now. Just a tune up and some grips and I am ready. First impressions seem that the 700lb spring may be a little heavy. Will have to do some experimentation, as Err has very kindly sourced me a Ti spring at that rate. Will let you all know more after it's first ride tomorrow morning. It's really a test ride to sort out the shock, but can't wait.

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    Well sheesh Lorni !!!!! If you are testr riding in the morning, where is a picture of the build. Talk about a long long foreplay !

    You know how it goes, post is worthless without pics !
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    Quote Originally Posted by lornibear
    Hey Cris, will take your good advice. I must admit, it's nearly done now. Just a tune up and some grips and I am ready. First impressions seem that the 700lb spring may be a little heavy. Will have to do some experimentation, as Err has very kindly sourced me a Ti spring at that rate. Will let you all know more after it's first ride tomorrow morning. It's really a test ride to sort out the shock, but can't wait.
    yeah..better be safe than sorry (especially with a Ti coil )

    I second Whafe on the pic request
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cmadrigal/697935449/" title="this thread is worthless without pics by cmadrigal, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1199/697935449_7176249b02_o.gif" width="392" height="46" alt="this thread is worthless without pics" /></a>

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    Sorry guys, I will take pics tomorrow morning and have them on here by lunch. I am now working away during the week, so have limited internet access. Will get on it tomorrow.

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    No teasing please ...

    Cris ... this is just plain not on ... as moderator I believe you can make this a sticky ... stick it at the bottom of this forum ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by chinaman
    No teasing please ...

    Cris ... this is just plain not on ... as moderator I believe you can make this a sticky ... stick it at the bottom of this forum ...




    (I don't mod Nicolai though... I could ask if you wanted )

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    A little something for you......

    Here you are guys, all done. Only things to get now is shorter stem, about 70mm and Ti spring. I have found that the 700lb is a bit too much, so may order a 600lb steel before I buy the Ti. Hope you like.....
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    Sweet sweet.... I think we need to start a new thread, lorni's built Helius FR.....

    How did the virgin ride go this morning?

    Lorni, what is your height out of interest?

    A little tootoo with the pics for you...
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    Ooh, I like Got your pm btw, but will be a bit difficult for me to come to Chicksands without a car. Anyway, if you're ever around Cambridge with the bike, drop me a line.

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    sweet ride, lornibear!

    Looks superb!

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    Yeah! You read my mind on a lot of the components if I were to order this frame. How tall are you again?
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    sweeeet that is camolicious

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    Uncle Cliffy,
    I am a shade under 6ft 4. The bike fits perfectly, although I do need a shorter stem. I am chuffed to bits with it. Took it for a little road ride today, just to make sure everything worked and was adjusted properly. I am not going to hammer it in the air until I get the new stem in a few days.

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    Excellant excellant ride ...

    Would recommend you wrap up your chain stay.


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    Will do. I have one on order, just waiting for it to arrive. The paintwork is far too nice to mess up.

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    L ... how heavy are you? just for CCDB spring fitment. cheers ...

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    Chinaman, I am 240lb (ish) fully laden for the trail. I am running a 799lb spring, although I think this may be a bit much. Further riding will only tell.

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    Sorry, thats a 700lb spring.

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    Lorni... that's an impressive bike.

    Ich gratuliere!!!
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    Many thanks Warp. I just need the time to get out on it now.

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