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    Cheers Whafe. I knew I should have picked a non bike specific user name. I'll see if admin can change it.

    I'm up in Aberdeen so won't make it to this meet. I have a similar problem to the pimp messiah in that I find it difficult getting south of Glentress. Another time hopefully.

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    Looking good. Richard's old frame? No need to change your handle, if you're big, white and fluffy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boozzz
    Looking good. Richard's old frame? No need to change your handle, if you're big, white and fluffy
    LMFAO.....

    Never looked at it that way.......
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    Big and fluffy? I had a cat like that once but it's definitely not me. Time for a user name change methinks while I've still only got a handful of posts on the forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yetiman71
    Cheers Whafe. I knew I should have picked a non bike specific user name. I'll see if admin can change it.

    I'm up in Aberdeen so won't make it to this meet. I have a similar problem to the pimp messiah in that I find it difficult getting south of Glentress. Another time hopefully.
    I'm looking forward to seeing this... hope it doesn't turn into one of those years when we fail to bump into each other despite being so close?

    It sure looks the nuts , no more listening to that horrible Yeti linkage rattle when your riding

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    Quote Originally Posted by thepimpmessiah
    I'm looking forward to seeing this... hope it doesn't turn into one of those years when we fail to bump into each other despite being so close?

    It sure looks the nuts , no more listening to that horrible Yeti linkage rattle when your riding
    Cheers dude. I got my first ride in last night and it felt awsome. I'll try and hook up with you soon.

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    Paul - Looks good - Need the new ATLAS AM chainset on there though ! Or I can sell you my '07 ;-0
    Gotta keep the black theme consistent.
    How did your ride go ? Fancy hooking up Wed or Thurs for a blast ?

    Simon.

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    Cheers Simon. I need to give my wallet a rest for a couple of months so the silver XT cranks stay for the time being. The first ride went really well now that I have the correct spring in place. The 450 gave just the right amount of sag and the Roco shock just gobbles up the small, medium and large hits. As you already know it also climbs well with or without the pro pedal on. I need to try it on more challenging trails to see how it performs on the bigger stuff.
    There's a 7pm ride at Scolty tomorrow night if you can make it but I might also be up for Thursday ride if the weather improves.

    Cheers
    Paul

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    Hey Simon and YetiMan - Get a room, or go PM's...... Start a thread... LOL

    This is the setup Database for your beautiful piece of machinery, being your sick sick MTB
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    helius fr

    * Frame, Size, & Color: helius fr anodized black
    * Fork:marzocchi 55
    * Shock, i2i, stroke dt swiss xm 180
    * Brakes:formula the one front disc 200mm rear 180 mm
    * Cranks:shimano xtr 2008
    * Shifters:sram x9
    * Front Derailleur:sram x9
    * Rear Derailleur:sram x9 medium cage
    * Pedals:flat bmx exustar cnc
    * Stem:easton ea 70 forged
    * Handlebar:easton ea 50 monkeybar 685mm
    * Seatpost:truvativ xr 30,0mm
    * Saddle:selle italia slr t1
    * Bottom Bracket:
    * Cassette:sram pg 980
    * Chain:shimano ultegra
    * Headset:cane creek s3
    * Grips:
    * Front Tire:nobby nic evolution 2.4
    * Front Rim/ Spokes:easton havoc set
    * Front Hub/Skewer:easton am havoc set
    * Rear Tire:
    * Rear Rim:easton am havoc set
    * Rear Hub/Skewer:easton am havoc set
    * Cables:
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    * Overall Weight:14,9 kg

    http://forums.mtbr.com/attachment.ph...1&d=1212611819

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    On the site of the British Bike-Dealer "Moonglu" is a knew custom FR:


    http://www.moonglu.com/custom/helfrdemo.html
    Last edited by Testmaen; 06-04-2008 at 02:10 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whafe
    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
    @Whafe: sorry for posting some off-topic: Just saw you got XTR cranks and a blackspire stinger on your incredible Helius. Is the stinger the iscg-version? I want to ride the same combination on my Intense Slopestyle (sorry guys ) but it doesn't work because the chain rubs on the chainguide if it is in the smallest ring. What is the width of the bb-shell of the Helius? On my Intense it's 73 mm and I run a 2.5mm spacer on the driveside, but like mentionned, it doesn't work... How many spacers did you use on your Nic? Thank you for some advise

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    Quote Originally Posted by randan
    @Whafe: sorry for posting some off-topic: Just saw you got XTR cranks and a blackspire stinger on your incredible Helius. Is the stinger the iscg-version? I want to ride the same combination on my Intense Slopestyle (sorry guys ) but it doesn't work because the chain rubs on the chainguide if it is in the smallest ring. What is the width of the bb-shell of the Helius? On my Intense it's 73 mm and I run a 2.5mm spacer on the driveside, but like mentionned, it doesn't work... How many spacers did you use on your Nic? Thank you for some advise
    Hi randan...

    No worries, yes the stinger is the ISCG version. It is not perfect at all on the smallest front chainring... I am not too phased, am not in this ring much at all..
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    I've often dreamed of a Nicolai, but they have been a bit too pricey... I'm looking for a new frame, and noticed a dealer is offering a 06 or 07 Helius FR (is there a difference between 06 and 07?) at a price I could strech my budjet to, only it comes without a shock. My plan has been to move all the components apart from the shock from my current 07 Transition Preston to the new frame.

    As it happens I do have an extra Roco Air stashed away, but it's 190x50 which is not currently listed as a supported size on Nicolais website. Would it fit the frame, and what would it do to the geometry?

    Has anyone tried a Transition Preston? How does the Helius FR climb in comparison? Trails here are very rocky and rooty with short steep climbs. My fork is a Pike 454 with a ventana crown race (raises it a bit). would this frame be total overkill if I'm a chickenline kind of guy? Sorry, lot's of questions...

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    You ask,so here goes.

    Quote Originally Posted by dropadrop
    I've often dreamed of a Nicolai, but they have been a bit too pricey... I'm looking for a new frame, and noticed a dealer is offering a 06 or 07 Helius FR (is there a difference between 06 and 07?) at a price I could strech my budjet to, only it comes without a shock. My plan has been to move all the components apart from the shock from my current 07 Transition Preston to the new frame.

    As it happens I do have an extra Roco Air stashed away, but it's 190x50 which is not currently listed as a supported size on Nicolais website. Would it fit the frame, and what would it do to the geometry?

    Has anyone tried a Transition Preston? How does the Helius FR climb in comparison? Trails here are very rocky and rooty with short steep climbs. My fork is a Pike 454 with a ventana crown race (raises it a bit). would this frame be total overkill if I'm a chickenline kind of guy? Sorry, lot's of questions...
    IF the"Transition Preston" was the only bike in the world to ride I GUESS I WOULDN'T BE RIDING BIKES ANYMORE.Complete junk IF your asking me. If you can get your hands on a 07 FR with a GOOD rear shock(CCDB ) than drop everything and go do it. I promise you after about 7 min. you'll understand my comments about the Preston ( to be fair I feel this way about 99% of all bikes.)..Good luck.CF..

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    Quote Originally Posted by dropadrop
    (is there a difference between 06 and 07?)
    Yes, there is.
    The 06 had 150 mm of travel and shorter chainstays, 428 mm if I'm not mistaken. The 06 is supposed to have the tire/seat-tube collision problem (the tire would hit the tube at full compression; depends on the tire though), so that is why Nicolai lengthened the chainstays to 435 mm for thr 07 and upped the travel to 163 mm.

    Quote Originally Posted by dropadrop
    As it happens I do have an extra Roco Air stashed away, but it's 190x50 which is not currently listed as a supported size on Nicolais website. Would it fit the frame, and what would it do to the geometry?
    Let's see, both 06 and 07 models have the adjustability that the 08 lacks, and both normally take a 200x57 shock.
    If you move the front shock mount ~10 mm rearward you won't alter the geometry by installing a 190 e-t-e shock.
    However you won't get full travel from the frame if your shock has a 50 mm stroke. On the 06 you'd be limited to roughly 130 mm of travel and on the 07 - to around 140 mm.
    Suspension behavior would probably change, too - smaller shock stroke means less sag (in millimeters) and this may prevent the suspension from acting the way it was supposed to, but I won't dwell on this because I'm not a specialist.

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    Iíve had my í08 FR for about 1 month now (detailed earlier in this thread) and although itís fantastic to ride Iíve had issues with the 36 Van RC2ís bottoming out on the bigger jumps and drop offs, even with the firm spring fitted. SoÖÖÖ.
    Time for the first upgrade.
    A set of Totems arrived yesterday and by 7pm they were on the Nic and ready for action but unfortunately I wonít be riding this weekend so Monday night will be the first try out.
    First impressions? Well, the 40mmm legs look huge compared to the 36ís and Iím not too keen on the Maori type graphics but they appear to be well made and feel plush as hell. The Maxle QR system is nice and simple and looks much cleaner than the two lever Fox system. I havenít had a chance to play around with the mission control damping yet but the lock out feature will come in handy on the long fire road climbs (if I can be bothered using it).
    According to the stats the coil Totems should have been over 1lb heavier than the coil Foxís but in reality the difference was only 350g with my Foxís being much heavier than I expected.
    Overall the first impressions are very positive and Iím looking forward to Monday night to give them a damn good thrashing.

    Couple of pics




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    Hey that is looking sweet, I don't suppose you have any pics of the whole bike from the side? I would love to see the geo as I too am thinking of a set of totems with a 1 1/8 head tube. How does it all feel? I also see you are running Mavic 819's with michelin tyres. What model tyres are they and what size? I am running the mountain extreme and love the grip, however not a large tyre. I have been thinking of a new set of rims and the larger 2.5 offerings from michelin.

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    They are massive aren't they!

    Be interested to find out how the coils compare to the airs... just come back from a weekend of downhilling in Chatel with totems on the front and they were great. Makes the FR a true do it all bike, with world cup DH course more than manageable !

    I never use the lock out indidentally

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    paul - they look fookin awesome - kirkers on monday ?

    simon.

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    however - 819's with TOTEM's seeems a bit of an oxymoron ???????

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    Nnnnnnnnng!

    So hot it hurts

    I'm so close to pushing that Totem button to replace my Sherms

    Perhaps we need to hook up this week so I can have a quick bounce to help make my mind up

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    Cheers for the positive comments. Messiah - I'll drop you a line tomorrow.

    Lorni - This is the only other pic I have but it's not quite square on. I'll need to take a few more. The tyres are 2.5" Michelin DH24s and I'm pretty pleased with them for most of the riding I do. My only complaint is that they struggle to shed mud when it's a bit claggy. 2.5's are supposed to be too big for the 819 rims but I find they run ok with very little roll and no burping. I run approx 25psi F & R.




    Simon - I have a set of 823's in the garage just in case but so far the 819's are holding up well and seem more than strong enough. They've been abused quite a bit since fitting them. I'll be at Kirkhill tomorrow after work so I'll drop you a mail during the day if you want to hook up.

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    Hey Yetiman, great looking rig. If you do get a chance to take a few side on pics It would be most appriciated. How would you compare the width of those 2.5 michelins to perhaps a 2.5 Minion?

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    Thanks Lorni. I picked up an old minion I had in the garage and against the Michelin it looks almost identical in width, there's not much in it. The Michelins have a more rounded profile against the flatter Minions.

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