• 07-06-2009
    Whafe
    Nicolai Helius AC - Setup Database
    Nicolai Helius AC, owners please post your setups.

    Potential owners view, compare, drool & gain insight etc!

    Nicolai Linky

    Also "no flames please" you can do that on other posts or create a new one if you need to vent, let this be an information data base to assist not to attack or hinder. We can hopefully build a great source of valuable information.

    Post pictures of your build also......

    Riding terrain conditions:

    * Rider height, weight, ride style e.g XC, endurance,trail, hucker etc

    * Frame, Size, & Color:
    * Fork:
    * Shock, i2i, stroke
    * Brakes:
    * Cranks:
    * Shifters:
    * Front Derailleur:
    * Rear Derailleur:
    * Pedals:
    * Stem:
    * Handlebar:
    * Seatpost:
    * Saddle:
    * Bottom Bracket:
    * Cassette:
    * Chain:
    * Headset:
    * Grips:
    * Front Tire:
    * Front Rim/ Spokes:
    * Front Hub/Skewer:
    * Rear Tire:
    * Rear Rim:
    * Rear Hub/Skewer:
    * Cables:
    * Misc:
    * Overall Weight:
  • 07-07-2009
    Mugtree
    Forgive me for not doing this in correct order but I’m trying to avoid writing a report and I’ve just been to Psyclewerx and seen all my bits just waiting for the frame which shouldn’t be too much longer :)

    Riding terrain conditions: Mud! Home trails are clay, limestone and roots, lots of roots, or Wales – mud with added mud or sand.

    * Rider height – 5’ 7”
    * Weight - 60kg
    * Ride style - XC, endurance, trail, twisty and knarly,
    * Frame, Size, & Colour: - Medium, Mat red, Mat black, and mat white camo
    * Fork: - Fox Van RLC bolt through
    * Shock, i2i, stroke – Fox Van R
    * Brakes: - Hope Tech M4
    * Cranks: - XTR
    * Shifters:- Rohloff
    * Front Derailleur: - N/A
    * Rear Derailleur: - N/A
    * Pedals - XTR
    * Stem: - Thompson
    * Handlebar: - Monkey (Ooh can’t remember which actual bars they are but they are black, red and white to match the bike ;)
    * Seatpost: - Thompson lay back
    * Saddle: - WTB race
    * Bottom Bracket: - XTR but will be changed to a red Chris King
    * Cassette: - N/A
    * Chain: - SCRAM
    * Headset: - Chris King red
    * Grips: - Ergo with bar ends, is that correct
    * Front Tire:- -Maxxis UST Ignitor
    * Front Rim/ Spokes: - DT Swiss
    * Front Hub/Skewer: - Chris King bolt through thingy
    * Rear Tire: - As front
    * Rear Rim: - As front
    * Rear Hub/Skewer: - Salsa red skewer
    * Cables: - black! Hope braded hose for brakes will change to Goodrich black
    * Misc: - Rohloff, crud catcher and neoguard. Also Dirty Dog MTB Dragon rotors, I also have Hope as well so can change if I get board or the Dragon ones don’t work.
    * Overall Weight: - hopefully about 30lbs or less!! Well I can hope.

    Pic as soon as it is built. Hoping to take the day off when it is being built and photo it being born :)
  • 07-07-2009
    ianpinder
    nice spec, good call on the goodridge black hoses, i did that on my gspot and the difference was big. For some reason i though you went with red black and green. hopefully with white it wont be so bad lol.
  • 07-07-2009
    Mugtree
    Hiya Ian

    Are you sitting comfortably? Yeap you are correct however. Originally I wanted a cow colour bike, mat black, gloss black and gloss white but Nicolai couldn’t do the mix of gloss and mat! So I went for black, red and white but changed my mind to black, red and green. Whilst on holiday I did a cut out frame and coloured it in and the black, red and green did not work as well as the black, red and white. Thanks to the guys at Nicolai UK I was able to change the colour at the last minute. I’ll see what turns up ;)
  • 07-07-2009
    Whafe
    Cant wait to see this frame, either way it is going to be a beast.... Bring it on...
  • 07-08-2009
    ianpinder
    yeah they are good like that, i had my colours swapped. only to reed linkages rather hen black. red white and black should look good, just look at my bike frame :)
  • 08-10-2009
    Mugtree
    I'm soooooooooooooo excited, my frames arrived so going to see it after work. I'll try and get some pic soon for you all
  • 08-11-2009
    Mugtree
    Okay I have it now and it is brilliant. Believe it or not it is way better than the CC!!! This bike is so responsive it turns on a dime, it is smooth, fast and just bloody amazing. I love it soooooooooo much already. I honestly can't understand why eveyone doesn't have a Nicolai! So what do you think

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/21798242@N05/
  • 08-11-2009
    The_Lecht_Rocks
    errrrrrrrrr.................. did you CHOOSE that colour :D
  • 08-11-2009
    Mugtree
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by The_Lecht_Rocks
    errrrrrrrrr.................. did you CHOOSE that colour :D

    Yeap and I love them. I know some will hate it but I don't care I think it is amazing:D
  • 08-11-2009
    NICK-O-LAI
    Nice. Would like to try one, see how it compares to the 5 Spot.

    Now, the colour I can handle, but those bar ends.... :nono:
  • 08-11-2009
    jiipee
    Very nice ride, congrats :thumbsup: ! Love these flames: http://www.flickr.com/photos/2179824...n/photostream/
  • 08-11-2009
    Mugtree
    LOL the bar ends. They are really comfy so there staying ;)

    Jiipee gald you like the rotors they took some finding
  • 08-11-2009
    The_Lecht_Rocks
    respect mugtree - i like individuality, i'm just not brave enough :D
  • 08-14-2009
    steve_b77
    Crazy ass bike, might save up for the next zillion years to get one
  • 08-15-2009
    cyril_88
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Mugtree
    Hiya Ian

    Are you sitting comfortably? Yeap you are correct however. Originally I wanted a cow colour bike, mat black, gloss black and gloss white but Nicolai couldn’t do the mix of gloss and mat! So I went for black, red and white but changed my mind to black, red and green. Whilst on holiday I did a cut out frame and coloured it in and the black, red and green did not work as well as the black, red and white. Thanks to the guys at Nicolai UK I was able to change the colour at the last minute. I’ll see what turns up ;)

    Whaoooo!!!

    what's the fork fox 36 or fox 32?
  • 08-15-2009
    cyril_88
    Riding terrain conditions: dry and rocky

    * Rider height: 1.78, weight: 73kgs, ride style: all mountain hard

    * Frame, Size, & Color: Size M tailor HA:67° for 530mm fork
    * Fork: DT swiss EXC 150
    * Shock, DT swiss XM180 200mm, stroke 55mm
    * Brakes: Avid Elixir 185mm front/rear
    * Cranks: Hammerschmidt AM (24T)
    * Shifters: right shimano saint left sram X9
    * Front Derailleur: /
    * Rear Derailleur: Saint 2009
    * Pedals: Crank Brother SL
    * Stem: split second
    * Handlebar: sunline V1 711mm 20mm
    * Seatpost: KS cobra 125mm
    * Saddle: Fizik gobi XM
    * Bottom Bracket: Hammerschmidt
    * Cassette: sram pg 970 11/32
    * Chain: sram pg991
    * Headset: Acros AH 07
    * Grips: Sunline Halfwafl
    * Front Tire: High Roller tubless 42a
    * Front Rim/ Spokes: No tube Flow/ DT swiss comp 2.0-1.8
    * Front Hub/Skewer: hope pro 2
    * Rear Tire: Crossmark 2.25 lust tubless
    * Rear Rim: No tube Flow/ DT swiss comp 2.0-1.8
    * Rear Hub/Skewer: hope pro 2
    * Cables: Shimano XTR
    * Misc:
    * Overall Weight: 13.9kgs

    http://imgcash5.imageshack.us/img10/2769/p1030331m.jpg
  • 08-16-2009
    Testmaen
    what a beauty! :eek: :thumbsup: :eekster:

    how about a nice side shot? :)
  • 08-16-2009
    cyril_88
    After 3 ride session i can said that the rear suspension work very well, with the DT swiss shock (55mm ->155mm rear wheel) you can tune the shock with 35% of sag, pedaling is still excellent and you can descend very fast even in rocky terrain.

    Just a little precission with this shock the tire touch the seat tube in maximum compression, but it'is very difficult to put it at it's end.

    If your are not a freerider, the Helius AC is the ultimate mountain bike, if you want to keep just one bike take the AC.
  • 08-16-2009
    Karve
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by cyril_88

    Just a little precission with this shock the tire touch the seat tube in maximum compression, but it'is very difficult to put it at it's end.

    Thatas something we have seen else where - seems to be a running issue
  • 08-16-2009
    cyril_88
    For me it's not a problem, i have an FR before, and i have never problem with that yes the tire touch the seat tube (no sensation of it when you ride) but it's a compromise to have short chain stays seat tube ange correct and fixed on bottom bracket, if you change somthing to correct this, the bike will be different than tne FR you like.

    And the AC like this is very fun bike agilty, speed with very good suspension and a particular skill to pedal efficiently... so no problemo...

    I just notice that because i saw a topic for the FR where it seem to put a problem for someone, on AC you put a Monarch like nicolaď website and it's ok.
  • 08-24-2009
    cyril_88
  • 08-24-2009
    mikael_nr1
    Sweet :D
  • 08-24-2009
    norcosam
    That is a very nice ride.

    When i get to old for the fr i will be ordering one of these in anodized orange.
  • 08-25-2009
    The_Lecht_Rocks
    back of the net cyril............:thumbsup:

    does it ride well in the alps on heavy rocky terrain ?