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    Ion 18 proposed build

    So, I decided to take the plunge and order a Nicolai Ion 18.

    The bike will be replacing my Knolly DT, and will be used to pedal as an All Mountain bike as well as a heavy hitting bike.

    I have a proposed spec listed below, some stuff I will be transferring other stuff like fork, rear hub and crankset will be new.

    Let me know what you think


    Frame Nicolai Ion 18 (large)
    Fork 2012 Fox Float 180
    Headset Cane Creek angleset
    Brakes. 2011 Avid Code
    Rear Axle 12mm Maxle
    Rim Stan's Flows
    Spokes DT Swiss D/B
    Front Hub Generic 20mm
    Rear Hub Hadley 150mm/12mm
    Crank Arms SRAM XO DH 170mm
    Chain Guide Truvativ XO (white)
    Chainring SRAM 34T
    Tyres Schwlabe Big Betty
    Tubes Tubeless
    Chain Sram 10 Speed
    Pedals Time Z
    Shock CCDB Coil
    Spring Ti
    Seatpost. Reverb
    Seat Collar Thomsen
    Seat Chromag
    Rear Mech XO
    Shifter XO
    Cables Gore Professional
    Cassette SRAM 12-36
    Stem PRO Atherton 50mm
    Handlebar Raceface FR low rise
    Grips Odi Rogue
    BB SRAM

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    i think you must have legs of an olympic athlete to push a 34T front ring on that beast !

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    Maybe I'm dreaming but my Knolly is over 37lbs and I run it with a 33t front ring. We don't have too many big hills where I live either.

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    I doubt you'll be disappointed
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    Quote Originally Posted by dipper View Post


    I doubt you'll be disappointed
    Disappointment comes from not asking the right questions of the right people. Thanks to you, Whafe and Err, I think I have that one well and truly covered....

    Now just the wait....

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    Lookin like a real nice build there. Take your time with that angleset install and it'll treat you fine. Or, go with Works or K9 cups for a simpler but less flexible approach.

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    Are the Canecreek anglesets known to be finicky? The only person I know with one is Whafe and he does have some issues keeping it tight.

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    Yep, my CC Angle Set gets loose constantly....

    Am looking forward to this beast arriving....

    Yeah ha

    TLR - he pedals the Knolly around with ease....
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    Oh, forgot to ask, what colour frame are you going with?
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    Well... I did a bit of searching the forums to see what I liked. Attitude bikes had the best selection of colours.

    I decided on Lime Green Ano main triangle, glossy white seat stay and linkage. It is a direct copy of an Ion 14 that was in German from Attitude Bike's blog.

    Since then someone sent me a web based colour chooser. I probably should have followed their advice and gone with the Raw finish and White decals. Oh well. I have had a Raw frame before but not a green one.

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    steep fast and loose :)
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    same colour scheme as my AC29er ! ? !

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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Lecht_Rocks View Post
    same colour scheme as my AC29er ! ? !
    I guess that means I have Olympian legs and good taste!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Momentus View Post
    I guess that means I have Olympian legs and good taste!!!
    I'M NAE GOING THAT FAR............

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    I would go that far...
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    Any status on this beauty? When are you slated to receive her?

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    It should be soon, as in any day now.

    Have had a few issues with other parts (hubs and fork) so they are up to 6 weeks away. I can borrow a rear wheel and have a 170mm Lyrik that I can use so the bike will be built up ASAP.

    I have done something to the Elka on the Knolly, something possibly terminal, so can't wait for the new frame to arrive.


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    Looking forward to pics. I love my 18I'm sure you will to!

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