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    Ion 16 Breaks Cover

    If you go onto the Nicolai website, there is a picture that shows the Ion 16 is being launched at Eurobike, complete with zerostack head tube.

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    Great! I knew it had to happen.

    Here it is:
    comp P1060437ps2 Kopie - Fotoalbum auf MTB-News.de
    Last edited by loamranger; 08-20-2012 at 02:47 PM.

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    With a 170mm fork that could be the perfect "one" bike

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    my perfect "one" bike is my helius am with 170mm lyrik...i hope they wont drop the helius am from the range when the ion 16 surfaces ... the ion looks crap imo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dr.juggles View Post
    . the ion looks crap imo.
    I can understand why you think that. If I was a better rider and could justify the extra bikes I'd happily own an Ion14 and 16.

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    How can you be sure this is the Ion 16 rather than an 18? It looks like the headset may be zerostack and i know that the top cup on this new head tube is definitely ZS44 rather than ZS56 (as that is what is coming on my frame) so that might be the give away.

    Other than that, it looks pretty much like an Ion 18.


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    Quote Originally Posted by geetee1972 View Post
    How can you be sure this is the Ion 16 rather than an 18? It looks like the headset may be zerostack and i know that the top cup on this new head tube is definitely ZS44 rather than ZS56 (as that is what is coming on my frame) so that might be the give away.

    Other than that, it looks pretty much like an Ion 18.

    Slight differences in the shock mounts to an Ion 18 so it might just be an Ion 16. But what would be the point?
    Ion 16 Breaks Cover-medium_vectorair_0006.jpg

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    Slight differences in the shock mounts to an Ion 18 so it might just be an Ion 16. But what would be the point?
    Aha, well spotted. What would be the point in an Ion 16? I'm not sure but they're definitely working on it and I suspect there will be other changes to other models coming down the line that might explain the Ion 16.

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    The posted blue ano bike is a sweet Ion 18.

    The Ion 16 will have a zero stack head tube witch the blue one hasn´t got.
    Eurobike is just a few days away, so we will know soon.

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    An interesting bike.... More will be revealed in a few days at Eurobike.....

    Going to be interesting to see the full line up.....
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    There will be some nice changes in the Helius AC range. Slighly more travel and slacker geometry as seen in the AC 29er review. And the Ion 16 of cause.

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    My appologies for misleading information.

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    Nicolai 2013

    Argon AM
    Frank Schneider has proven that an Argon AM is fast, aggressive and capable of
    winning. In Master Class at Megavalanche race in AlpeD'huez he became first and
    this is something special. The Argon AM, Gates Carbondrive ready, optimized for
    150mm forks and a pleasant AllMountain geometry, leaves beside the Zero Stack
    head tube and the new 12mm Thruaxle dropout no wishes unfulfilled.
    A carefree Bike for the growing Trail Center community and epic alpine tours.


    Helius TB
    The Helius TB is the successor to the RC Helius.
    A trail bike par excellence.
    Travel 120-130mm, progressive kinematic flat steering angle, Zero Stack head tube
    are the key features of these very easy to be accelerated Trail Center-weapon.


    Helius AC 26 "2013
    We have modified the geometry of the Helius AC completely
    Optimized for 160mm trail forks, fitted with a newly designed shock rocker (150 and
    140mm) and with much DNA of the Helius AM
    An all-mountain / enduro bike for everyone who is looking for a swiss army knife
    This can be both, your Everyday funride and your enduro race bike.


    Helius AC 650b 2013

    Although currently the choice of wheels and tires is limited, we decided for this
    intermediate size between 29 and 26 inches.
    The reason? Simple ... a rather small person looks a little bit lost on a 29er. A trail
    bike with a lot of fun potential when running downhill and comfortable seated position
    uphill.


    Helius AC 29 "2013
    Also in 29er AC we have set the pen again.
    We can not and do not want to compete with the carbon sub 8kg bombers which start
    peeing themself in front of the next curbside.
    The decision to make our 29er so handy and downhill orientated as possible was just
    logical. The result is a comfortable bike you can climb easyily and beeing even faster
    down the hill.


    ION 16 2013

    The coronation of the 2013er model range
    New and advanced technologies paired with a complete new formal language.
    The Tapered Zero Stack head tube ensures a low front and maximeses the traction
    on the front wheel
    Reverb Stealth cable routing for a clean look and secured cable routing
    Redesign all bearing locations, load-optimized bearings with additional sealing
    elements maintenance-free and protected against corrosion.
    142x12 rear with mounting guides.
    160mm post mount brake mount
    Geometry adjustment by ET-K (Excentric Trail Key) :-)
    A mini DH bike with 160mm which gives you pure downhill skills, but also brings you
    comofortable up the hill.


    Furthermore, the Helius AM (2013 Tapered ahead) initially remains in the program, at
    least until the customers accept the Helius AC (160mm) or Ion 16 just as worthy
    successor.

    The geometries of the Helius AC 2012 and RC 2012 are no longer available from
    04.09.2012
    All 2013 models include optional:
    - Reverb Stealth
    - ZS44/56 Zero Stack head tube as standard

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    The blue above is an ION-18

    Let me help a little to show some Details of the ION-16:



    Unfortunately no more pictures yet ... but please read carefully what raschaa has posted

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    So the Ion 16 will be fixed travel but variable geometry. No clues yet as to what that geometry will be but long and low is likely.

    I'm going to speculate a little:

    65.5 HA
    74 SA
    Medium at 595mm TT
    Large at 610mm TT
    BB +10mm

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    Quote Originally Posted by NoStyle View Post
    The blue above is an ION-18

    Let me help a little to show some Details of the ION-16:



    Unfortunately no more pictures yet ... but please read carefully what raschaa has posted

    The adjustable geometry is very nicely done,just turn the bolt dropout 180 degrees.Good work Nicolai

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    Quote Originally Posted by geetee1972 View Post
    So the Ion 16 will be fixed travel but variable geometry. No clues yet as to what that geometry will be but long and low is likely.

    I'm going to speculate a little:

    65.5 HA
    74 SA
    Medium at 595mm TT
    Large at 610mm TT
    BB +10mm
    Am interested also if in fact it is going to have a really slack SA, but the final position of the saddle is in the correct spot, kind of like my AM 29er or the AFR was....
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    Quote Originally Posted by norcosam View Post
    The adjustable geometry is very nicely done,just turn the bolt dropout 180 degrees.Good work Nicolai
    plus the bolts now sit in a recess in the rocker and seal against it via o-ring to keep more gunk away from the bearings...

    already did that with my ion by chamfering the holes for the bearings and squeezing a 19x1 o-ring in under the preload "lids"...

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    Whafe those are pretty much the numbers I've specced on my tailored AM that should be shipping early next month

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    A few Ion16 sneak peeks

    142mm Dropouts:



    PM with metal inserts!!!





    Quote Vincent Stohye (N- Salesman) "ION 16 Größe L raw (Prototyp) mit RS Monarch Plus 3553g (über 200g leichter als Helius AM L mit gleichem Dämpfer) "

    I guess this needs no translation^^

    200g lighter than an AM with same shock
    Last edited by raschaa; 08-23-2012 at 02:34 AM.

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    That would make the RS Monarch Plus 663g as a unit, which we all know is not the case.

    Current AM is 3.1kg
    Ion 16 with RS Monarch is 3.553kg
    RS Monarch weighs 325g according to the SRAM website
    Thus Ion 16 weighs 3.228kg

    The only part that might not be accounted for in this is that the mounting kit for the Ion might be a lot lighter. But if the Ion looks to be 130g heavier, the mounting kit on the AM would have to be ~400g

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    no hardware whatsoever, no axle.... size L, elox



    can you do the math? i'm just to lazy

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    Hmmmm, so with bolts and mounting kit, it would add another 150g say, so with the Monarch Plus, that would take the AM to around 3.3kg, so yes, I guess it could be that the Ion 16 is fractionally lighter.

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    Thanx

    anyways, if its round about the same weight as an AM with not to slack ST angle it could be just what I want^^

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    I'm really liking that
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    flash bikes for flash gits

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