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    Head for the hills open day

    So I have ordered my nicolai through Dan at head for the hills.. recently they ran a http://www.head-for-the-hills.co.uk/demo_day_2008.htm which I wasn’t going to attend.. as although Nicolai were there they were just bringing CC's and Nonius. However the day before Dan gives me a buzz to let me know that they will be bringing down a Helius FR. Sweet there is no way that im gunna miss having a test run on some else's Nic especially as I am trying to figure out what bits to put on it as I wait for the frame to be delivered. As it turns out the one they had was Mikes personal rig. Unfortunately the shocks on the front were shot and were due to be sent back but ignoring that the bike felt great.
    • It climbs like a billy goat
    • It did feel a bit heavy but I think it had a heavy build
    • Cant really feel the back end working which I think is a feeling that a lot of people have mentioned.. I had a lot more traction in corners and under breaking than with my current rig.
    • They are a work of art up close.
    • Felt a bit on top of the bike rather than in it but that probably due to shock set up.


    Anyway I hope Mike doesn’t mind but I snapped a couple of shots and thought I would share them (rubbish cam phone shots) .. I didn’t manage to get any pics of the Nic set up and the other bikes as it was all a bit of a rush. (edit pics of the event here http://flickr.com/photos/13519914@N0...57603807171376) Good to see them going to events like this however and spreading the message. Simon and Mike seemed v friendly which is reassuring when investing so much cash in some metal. They seem to have a lot of dialogue with Karl and are here in the Uk for the long run.. good stuff







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    I was at Leith and Holmbury on the 26th but could not make it on 27th ... Would have liked to try out the new FR ... Looking forward to pics of your new ride ...
    Last edited by chinaman; 01-30-2008 at 02:55 AM.

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    Karve are you a local then ?

    Or have I already asked you this !

    When you are next down Dorking way let me know and we can hook up for a spin, Might even let you have a go on my FR.

    The Commencal van was parked outside my house all weekend as Oli the guy on that Stand is a good mate. We thought it best not to take them all for a test ride on Saturday as we did not fancy cleaning them all for Sunday.

    Oli took the Helius CC from the Head for the hills and we had a good blast out with the guys from Shimano Europe and Genesis bikes and a few mates.

    I walled my dog up the trail in your photos on Sunday but missed see any Nicolais out on the trails. The setup for the day looked real good as I walked down from the woods into the large clearing. All the Nicolais where out though !

    Scott
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    http://www.head-for-the-hills.co.uk/news_30_1_08.htm

    A link to the write up on the website.

    Scott
    Nicolai Bikes in the South of England head to..
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