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    My Helius AM......





    After just 3 weeks wait i recieved my Helius AM frame last Wednesday. Built it up in 3 hours that night and it's first ride was a very muddy commute into Bristol yesterday. It's every bit as good as i hoped and feels just right.

    Spec is:

    Nicolai Helius AM (Medium),
    Fox DHX Air (215x64),
    Fox 32 RL 150,
    Full XT drivetrain,
    DT 440/Stans Flow rear wheel with Maxxis Ardent tyre,
    Hope Pro2/Mavic XM819 front wheel with Maxxis Ignitor tyre,
    Hope Mini Mono brakes,
    Hope headset,BB,rear wheel skewer.
    Chromag Fubars Acute bar,
    Thomson seatpost and stem,
    Salsa Flip-lock seat clamp,
    Madison Flux saddle,
    Superstar Nano-tech pedals,
    ODI Ruffian lock-on grips.

    It weighs in at 32lbs.

    I had some doubt regarding the forks but the new slacker head angle (66.5) on the Helius means despite fitting the shorter A to C of the 32's, the head angle is still pretty slack. It feels good to me, time will tell i suppose.

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    Very nice bike, I like it !

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    Lovely! I like the black and chrome/silver,classy.

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    steep fast and loose :)
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    32's ????????????????????????????????

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    Vary slick looking!
    www.essexhertsmtb.co.uk - Mountain Biking near London in the UK

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    Problem with that TLR?

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    steep fast and loose :)
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    other than kalle nicolai telling me it was fruitless due to the prob;ems i have on 36's with pedal strike......

    but spose if your commuting on it, no fears

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    Thats right TLR.....the problems YOU have with pedal strike! Some timing and skill is all you need.

    Also, did you know that there are 4 travel settings on the lever....now i wonder what they might be there for?

    Anyway, off to ride White's Level now.

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    OK so I rode in my beloved Peak District this weekend on my beloved AM (see 'Nicolais in Action November' thread for pictures). The rocks there are as big and serious as you will find anywhere in the UK, indeed anywhwere in the Alps short of a world cup DH course. We're talking baby heads and four foot rock steps onto baby heads and in some cases two sets of four foot rock steps that you have to gap.

    I'm runnin 175mm cranks, a relatively light spring and travel at 158mm (second from top hole).

    Not once did I get pedal strike.

    Plenty of rocks were jumping up and snapping at the BB, cranks and pedals (oh and my shins ) but never did I ground out or strike a pedal on the floor/rocks.

    TLR I really don't know where your problem stems from; I'm certainly not going to say that it's a fault of your riding or bike set up, but you're obviously doing something that the rest of us aren't.

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    My Helius AM......-popcorn_100000.jpg

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    Who wants some popcorn?

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    I think TLR is just a roadie who don't know when or when not to pedal

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    as much as I hate to



    I struck my pedals waaaaay more when I started out riding... just doesnt happen now
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    I must say the only pedal/crank ground interface I have on the FR is when I make a right old hash of something or its dark and don't see some thing! The 2006 5 Spot I had was rather more easy to ground out.
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    Well, just got back from doing White's Level. It was on this trail that i test rode Skyline Cycles demo Helius AM a few weeks back. Mine felt every bit as good and i am 100% confident in my fork choice! The bike climbs like a goat and i'm not convinced that running 36's would make for such a quick bike on the ups.

    The fact remains that much of the riding in this country will include alot of climbing which i actually like so i want a bike that will climb well but be rock solid on the descents....the Helius AM is most definitely that.

    Oh, i only had one pedal strike and i accept that was 100% user error

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