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    Mumma mia... that is delicious

    Peaslake.. sweet as.. one of my regular haunts.. I bet that rips on Barry Knows Best..... my order is coming through Dan at Head for the Hills.. in Dorking

    How did u get those fox forks custom painted!!!! they look sik.....

    looks like that is set up very trail bike esq.. weight?

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    Thanks Karve

    I got mine through Dan @ Head for the Hills, Great service from start to finish.

    Say hi if you see me out and about.

    Have only done Barry once in the most horrific rain. It was also my first ride on the bike and was very fast but I was not even trying ! Great things to come i'm sure.


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    Fork Painting

    Sorry forgot about this question.

    I took the forks apart and a body shop we use at work painted them for me. And I then rebuilt them. New sticker kit from Mojo to finish them of.

    Where you from ?

    Scott

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    Really beautiful bike ! Full white is really nice, but there is too much mud here in france to have such a white bike !
    I hope you will enjoy it.
    Never enough singletracks !

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5c0tty
    Sorry forgot about this question.

    I took the forks apart and a body shop we use at work painted them for me. And I then rebuilt them. New sticker kit from Mojo to finish them of.

    Where you from ?

    Scott
    Epping way.. weve been having a chat about who is where over here
    Finally it's in my hands......
    I think chinaman rides a CC around the North Downs as well.. look out for him. Where are u?

    Do you know what they used to strip them ready for painting? They did a fantastic job.. looks mint.

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    Holy fuk, that is a nice set-up.
    I really took notice of white Nicolais in that last issue of Dirt when that SRAM dude was showing off his Helius and UFO ST.

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    More fork info.

    Karve

    The forks where just rubbed down and keyed up and primed and painted with 2 pack paint. Seem to be very tough so far but no crashes or bangs with other bikes.

    I live in Dorking so it does not take too long to get to all the best trails around here by bike.

    samwell

    We also have MUD just like France but the bike seems to keep itself clean and makes it easy to clean as you can see where you have been with the brush.

    Lordmike

    Yes I spotted these in Dirt about 1 Month after placing my order ! I was so happy to see the colour work well on the Nicolai's as until then I had not seen one in a White built up.

    Thanks for all the kind words

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5c0tty
    Now we are cooking... Thanks crisillo
    No problem! glad to help...

    nice pics on your flickr BTW

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5c0tty
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    Thanks for all the kind words

    Scott
    Hello Scott !
    Really great setup, i love so much the Helius frame and all your parts are very beautiful !
    What is the weight of your bike ? You did'nt mentioned it yet.

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    Wow 5c0tty, very nice... The fork really ties it together.
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    Still not been on the scales

    Hi Devilyn

    Sorry but still not been on the scales ! To busy out on the very wet and muddy trails.
    Thanks for the kind words.


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    Good job! Weight

    Quote Originally Posted by Devilyn
    Hello Scott !
    Really great setup, i love so much the Helius frame and all your parts are very beautiful !
    What is the weight of your bike ? You did'nt mentioned it yet.

    Loc
    OK on a set of posh fishing scales today it was 34lb or 15.42kg.

    More than I thought I would be but its just so nice to ride and now i'm getting the hang of the extra weight in the air its getting more fun to ride every time I go out.


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    Hmm that looks like a light weight build.. wonder what mine will come in fitted with a bit more heavyweight kit.. gotta keep it under 35 really

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    5cOtty - AWESOME... Missed this thread for some reason. A truly hot build. Looks spanking in white, the fork painted also looks the billies... Yeah baby...

    So how are you enjoynig the ride. Your thoughts etc would be great. May well be sweet to start a thread of your thoughts etc...

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    Hey 5cOtty ! thanks for the weight.
    I was thinking that it would be lighter too but anyway if you enjoy riding it's cool !
    The DHX coil is probably responsible,a air shock would probably be lighter. Do you enjoy the DHX 4 ? I don't know this shock very well. Do you have any comparison with DHX5 or rockshox shock ?

    Thanks and have great ride with your Helius !

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    5cOtty - Almost identical weight to mine. I am running tubes at present too... It is slightly heavier than I thought it would be after putting together a weight list from the manufacturers weights......

    This weight does not worry me what so ever, it is strong and very adaptable to many riding facets and conditions.............
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    Tubes..

    Whafe

    Mine is also running inner tubes but not listed these on my spec list ! New I would forget some thing.

    The bike had just been washed and the saddle was wet but the rest of the bike had been air lined off so was not dripping wet but not mega dry maybe I should try it again when its dry.

    Scales where Fox Fishing type and are legal for World Records ! So the fishing guy at work says.

    It could way even more and I would not care as the ride is just super plush and I have not even played with the air in the rear shock !


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    Helius FR in Jungle Camo.....

    Was glancing through the Setup database and realised I hadn't included the new ride, so here it is in all its glory.
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    Yummy yummy Lorni, mine is finally completed fully, so will get some pictures up tomorrow and the build spec.. Enjoy that ride... Just had a blast on mine on our night ride, have posted a few pics in the Australia New Zealand area. Not the best photos, but was getting dark, and with a point n shoot, light is your friend..

    Am just loving my FR, every ride it gets better, climbs awesome.....
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    I agree, I haven't really used it in anger yet as the weather here in UK is terrible at the moment. I am also still awaiting my shorter stem, although did a drop of about 3ft this morning and it just lapped it up, even if my landing was a little forward.
    I just love the CCDB but need to seek advice setting it up. I am sure the 2.25x700 steel spring is too much. I think the sag is set up correctly so may play with the low and high speed compression to make it a little more active. Do you have any thoughts or advice?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lornibear
    I agree, I haven't really used it in anger yet as the weather here in UK is terrible at the moment. I am also still awaiting my shorter stem, although did a drop of about 3ft this morning and it just lapped it up, even if my landing was a little forward.
    I just love the CCDB but need to seek advice setting it up. I am sure the 2.25x700 steel spring is too much. I think the sag is set up correctly so may play with the low and high speed compression to make it a little more active. Do you have any thoughts or advice?
    If your sag is where it should be, good. Now it's just a matter of time getting the damping how you like it. It normally takes 15 rides or more with your tools and some tuning to get it right. (At least for me it does...)

    I've had my CCDB on 2 completely different bikes and had a lot of time invested in tuning. Try to think how the bike is behaving at any given time and change the adjuster accordingly. (This may sound obvious, but it's hard when you're focusing on the trail or your body...) When in doubt, seek Malcolm out...
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    Couple questions for 08 FR owners...

    Oops
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    Hey 5c0tty your bike is medium right? How tall are you? Is it a good fit?

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    Karve

    Yes mine is a Medium and im about 5ft11

    The fit is very good I must say.

    I will post up the Spec on the stem later on as I have forgot what the rise and length is. Has a layback Thomson post and does not feel to long for me.

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    Hmm I wonder if me going for the med top tube on my small might make it a bit reachy .. does anyone ride a small here.. if so how tall are they?

    Im a smigin over 5"8

    How tall are you chaps on mediums?

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    Well mine was a well documented build but for completeness sake here is the big list.

    *Riding terrain conditions
    Local boggy clay , North Downs Sand, Alps heaven

    * Rider height, weight, ride style e.g XC, endurance,trail, hucker etc
    5"9 180lbs - All day AM rides, Bike Park, Enduro DH - Chasing roadies through Epping

    * Frame, Size, & Color: - Medium Front - Small Rear
    * Fork: Totem Solo Air 1.5
    * Shock: CCDB Ti Spring - 500lbd spring
    * Brakes: Formula The One Greg Minnar Ltd edition
    * Cranks: Race face Atlas AM
    * Shifters: SRAM XO
    * Front Derailleur: Shimano XTR
    * Rear Derailleur: SRAM XO
    * Pedals: Time / or V8 Flatties
    * Stem: Thomson Elite X4 MTB Stem 1.5
    * Handlebar: Easton EC70 MonkeyLite CNT DH Riser
    * Seatpost: Maverick Speedball with remote
    * Saddle: SDG Snow Camo Ti
    * Bottom Bracket: Race face
    * Cassette: PG990 red
    * Chain: KMC x9 Gold
    * Headset: Chris King 1.5
    * Grips: Imperial Lock-on Grips
    * Front Tire: Schwalbe Fat Albert AM / Maxxis Minion DH
    * Front Rim/ Spokes: Syncros DS28 White
    * Front Hub/Skewer: Hope Pro II Red
    * Rear Tire: Schwalbe Fat Albert AM / Maxxis Minion DH
    * Rear Rim: Syncros DS28 White
    * Rear Hub/Skewer: Hope Pro II Red
    * Cables: Fibrax Silver
    * Misc: Maxle Rear end Polished Silver finnish
    * Overall Weight: 35.8lbs AM 38lbs DH


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    Wow, that is one extremely pimp FR. I've never seen one with the polished frame before, makes it look a lot less like my tank even though you have the 1.5" headtube.
    How the hell is it so clean, mine seem to be permanently covered in mud, something that Nicolai don't mention about the ano black I guess.

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    Man, that looks awesome! Makes you wonder, why the polish-finish isnt a factory option ...

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    that is real nice Karve ... if i see you out on the trails ... there might be an involuntary reaction to knock you off it and nick it ...

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    hey Whafe!

    you still haven't posted your FR detailed setup in here!

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    Height 6'3"
    Weight geared up mmmmm 86 Kg's
    Riding Bit of everything

    Frame Helius FR Large (Urban Camo)
    Fork Fox 36 Talas RC2 1.5HS
    Headset Chris King 1.5
    Shock CCDB Ti Spring
    Front Wheel Hub Hadley 20mm Disc (36 Hole)
    Rim DT EX 5.1d 36 Hole
    Spokes Sapim CX-Rays
    Rear Wheel Hub Hadley Disc Hub (36 Hole)
    Rim DT EX 5.1d 36 Hole
    Spokes Sapim CX-Rays
    Front Tyre Schwalbe Big Betty
    Rear Tyre Schwalbe Noby Nic
    Front Brake Type Magura Louise Carbons
    Disk Size 203mm
    Rear Break Type Magura Louise Carbons
    Disk Size 180mm
    Brake Lines Goodridge
    Crankset Shimano XTR
    Chainguide Blackspire Stinger
    Bashguard Gamut
    Front Der Shimano XTR
    Rear Der SRAM XO Short Cage
    Shifters SRAM XO
    Rear Cassette SRAM PG-990
    Chain SRAM PC-991 Hollowpin
    Seat Post Thomson Masterpiece (31.6mm D)
    Stem Sunline 65mm (1.5HS size)
    Handlebar Easton EC70 OS Monkeylite Carbon Riser
    Grips ODI Rogue
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    That camo paint job really is bad ass

    Do you rate the Blackspire Stinger?

    What was the final weight of the build

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    Whafe, I notice you've got the Masterpiece seatpost as well. You're not worried about it not reaching past the top tube if extended to proper xc pedaling height? I got word from Nicolai that I'd better get rid of mine and get a 410mm post

    I will post mine here as well when I've got my new seat and seatpost, and maybe, just maybe, a Ti spring

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    Karve - the camo paint is better in the flesh, blew me away.... Have not had any issues with the Stinger at this point...

    Weight is around 34lbs, can lower it when running tubeless....

    Boozzzz, have not had any issues with the Masterpiece seat post, have one on my MotoLite of which has lasted beyond 3 years, as it was on my Ellsworth Id prior to the MotoLite.... So am all happy... "if it aint broke, dont fix it" LOL.......

    As you all know, am extremely happy with this bike, a true all round boomer bike.... Truly awesome....
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    No, I'm sure the seatpost will be fine. I meant the frame, which according to Nicolai isn't safe if the post doesn't extend below the top tube at all times. I'd hoped the gussets between the TT and ST would provide enough strength, but apparently they do not, so am forced to swith to a standard Elite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boozzz
    No, I'm sure the seatpost will be fine. I meant the frame, which according to Nicolai isn't safe if the post doesn't extend below the top tube at all times. I'd hoped the gussets between the TT and ST would provide enough strength, but apparently they do not, so am forced to swith to a standard Elite.
    Got ya, sorry, I feel I have more than enough post in the frame for me to be comfortable....

    I never have it totally set up for just XC pedaling....

    All good....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Whafe
    Got ya, sorry, I feel I have more than enough post in the frame for me to be comfortable....

    I never have it totally set up for just XC pedaling....

    All good....
    The post in your picture looks extended quite a bit... I'd double check it if I were you. Would be a pity to break the seat tube and lose the warranty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smith
    The post in your picture looks extended quite a bit... I'd double check it if I were you. Would be a pity to break the seat tube and lose the warranty.
    Ya maka me nervous...

    Will for sure check it, can change it if needed.... can put the Masterpiece on the Nicolai DJ bike....

    From memory, there is what I would call a decent amount in the seat tube so to speak...

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    Alright, updated my bike to its final spec (provided I don't break anything more). New seat (broke the old one), new seatpost (Masterpiece was too short) and after much deliberation, a Ti spring as well. Though not a Mojo DHX specific one, they were too heavy. So, here we go:

    Riding terrain conditions:
    Sand, mud (I try to avoid this though), rocky stuff whenever I go somewhere non-local, like Wales, Peaks, Alps.

    * Rider height, weight, ride style:
    187 cm, 85 kg without gear, mainly trail and hucking off anything that looks huckable.

    * Frame, Size, & Color: Nicolai Helius FR (1.5HT, Maxle, ISCG mount), size L, in papyrus white with silver 'glitter'.
    * Fork: Fox Vanilla 36 RC2 1.5HT
    * Shock, i2i, stroke: DHX 5, 500lbs Nukeproof Ti spring
    * Brakes: Hope Moto V2
    * Cranks: Raceface Atlas, 36/22t
    * Shifters: SRAM X0
    * Front Derailleur: Shimano XTR
    * Rear Derailleur: SRAM X0
    * Pedals: Kona Wahwah
    * Stem: FSA Gravity, 60mm
    * Handlebar: FSA Gravity carbon
    * Seatpost: Thomson Elite
    * Saddle: WTB Rocket V SLT
    * Bottom Bracket: Raceface
    * Cassette: Shimano XT, 32/11t
    * Chain: SRAM PC991
    * Headset: Cane Creek Double X
    * Grips: ESI Silicone
    * Front Tire: Schwalbe Big Betty
    * Front Rim/ Spokes: DT Swiss EX5.1d, DT comp spokes
    * Front Hub/Skewer: Hope Pro 2
    * Rear Tire: Schwalbe Fat Albert
    * Rear Rim: DT Swiss EX5.1d
    * Rear Hub/Skewer: Hope Pro 2
    * Cables: Shimano
    * Chainguide/bash: Blackspire Stinger, with Blackspire C4 bashring
    * Overall Weight: I'd guess up and around 15 kg, but haven't weighed it in its current spec.
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    I do like this ! A lot great looking Spec as well.

    Keep up the good work...
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    Alright guys

    I have just about got the beauty ready to roll. Found out i need a new front mech and a larger spring but thought I would get some pictures up and tell you what the final build is.

    * Frame, Size, & Color: Nicolai Helius FR 2007 Medium Black anodized
    * Fork: 2008 Lyric U-Turn
    * Shock, i2i, stroke: Fox DHX4 2.35" stoke - 550# spring - Needs a 650 for me.
    * Brakes: Formula K24 180mm front and rear
    * Cranks: Shimano XT
    * Shifters: Shimano LX
    * Front Derailleur: N/A
    * Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT Shadow
    * Pedals: Crank Brothers Mallet (White)
    * Stem: Hope DH 50mm
    * Handlebar: Eason Havoc 711mm
    * Seatpost: Ritchie Comp
    * Saddle: WTB ?
    * Bottom Bracket: Hollow tec 2
    * Cassette: SRAM ?
    * Chain: SRAM 971
    * Headset: FSA Sky Pilot
    * Grips: Lizard Skin Steve Peat
    * Front Tire: Minion F 2.5
    * Front Rim/ Spokes: Atomlab Trail Pimp/DT Swiss Compition
    * Front Hub/Skewer: Halo Spin Doctor 20mm
    * Rear Tire: Swap Thing 2.5
    * Rear Rim: Mavic 325/ DT Swiss Compition
    * Rear Hub/Skewer: Hope Pro 2 presently QR
    * Cables: XTR
    * Misc:
    * Overall Weight: don't yet know - ~currently 36.6#

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    nice to see the frame up and standing on its own ...

    you could use a lower rear travel with that 550 spring. at least you will still be able to get out on the trails. lower rear travel will have a lower leverage ratio and so you will be able to set your sag closer to what you need.

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    I have had mine for over a year now, think its about time to post some pics

    * 6'3" 15st and riding is a mixture of everything.

    * Frame: Large Anno Black
    * Fork: Lyric U turn Heavy Spring
    * Shock: PUSHed Fox DHX 500lb Ti Nukeproof Spring
    * Brakes:XT Levers/ Saint Calipers
    * Cranks:Hone
    * Shifters:Rohloff
    * Front Derailleur:None
    * Rear Derailleur:None
    * Pedals:Wellgo MG
    * Stem:Thomson 70mm 0 Degree
    * Handlebar:Bontrager King Earl
    * Seatpost:Thomson
    * Saddle: SDG Bel Air Ti
    * Bottom Bracket:HTII
    * Cassette:None
    * Chain:8 Speed
    * Headset:FSA Extreme pro deep cup stainless steel
    * Grips:ODI lock on
    * Front Tire:High Roller
    * Front Rim/ Spokes:
    * Front Hub/Skewer: Pro II 20mm
    * Rear Tire:High Roller
    * Rear Rim: Mavic 823
    * Rear Hub/Skewer: DT RWS/Rohloff
    * Cables:Rohloff
    * Misc:Rohloff front chainkeeper
    * Overall Weight:36.7lbs with pedals



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    Any chance of close up pictures of the rear hub ...

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    Dugs - That is a sweet looking build, looks sharp as all black....

    Sling us some action shots...
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    New 2008 Helius FR owner here. After a very early start this morning I returned home with a lovely new ano black Helius from Richard (Dipper) at Gravity Sports. Unfortunately I wasn't able to get out and ride it today so will have to wait until tomorrow night before getting it dirty. Great service as usual from Richard and to say I'm pleased is an understatement.
    The specs are

    Large 2008 ano black Helius FR
    Roco TST R shock with 450 spring
    Fox 36 Van RC2 forks
    Easton stem
    Race Face Diab headset
    Race Face X-type BB
    XT cranks with E-thirteen bash
    XT Rear mech
    XTR Front mech
    Sram chain and 11-34 cassette
    Hope V2 Front
    Hope Mono 4 rear
    Mavic 819's on Hope Pro 2s
    Michelin tyres (DH front, Xtrem rear)

    I think that covers it. Hope you like






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    whether it is the '07 or '08 frame, even though it is only the 'bits' around it that is different in every post, but still it never ceases to facinate me ... PURE ART.

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    Nice nice nice.. anno black looks smoother than a supper smooth smooth thing!

    What does she weigh in at?

    Let us know how you find the Rocco on that bike... i think you will find you will need almost no low speed compression!

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    I've got to agree, it's a stunning looking frame. I spent a wee while in the garage last night getting up close and personal with it. There's some lovely design touches and it is obvious that the engineering quality is right up there.
    I'm not sure about the weight (I've never weighed a bike in my life) but going by some of the other builds in this thread I'd guess it's around 35-36lbs. The Michelin tyres are on the heavy side but pretty bullet proof and there's a couple of other areas where I could shave some weight but I'm not a weight weenie so will ride it as it is until something wears out.
    I rode the bike when Dipper had it as a demo and the Roco shock worked very well. It was leagues ahead of my ASX fitted with a 5th element but I think the spring was too stiff on both demo rides (550 & 500 I think) so I've opted for a 450 which gave me the correct sag.
    All in all I'm a happy bunny. The sun is poking through the clouds after a spell of rain so hopefully the trails will be dry come 5pm.

    Cheers
    Paul

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    Looks awesome Paul, handle name needs to be changed (LOL) send a request to Francois, may need to be now NicolaiMan......

    Bike looks awesome, I still find myself getting up close and personal with mine....

    Hope you have seen the invite re the ride this coming weekend in Dorking where a few Nicolai's and owners are getting together for a ride.... Not sure how far away or where in the UK you are located, but come join us if you can.....
    The_Lecht_Rocks: whafe - cheeers - may i offer an official apology for the wagon wheeler "dis-belief"

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