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    Nicolai Helius FR - Setup Database

    Nicolai Helius FR 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:
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    Ok, let me be the first one to post.

    Here are a few pictures of the initial build. There are already some changes to the specs, but I don't have any good up-to-date pictures of the bike at the moment.


    Non-drive side


    Drive side


    Shock and shock mounts, uber-adjustable


    The welds




    Left chainstay with Rohloff cable guides


    Left dropout, pivot, DT RWS axle

    Riding terrain conditions:
    From flat XC-like trails and even paved roads to the Alps.

    * Rider height, weight, ride style e.g XC, endurance,trail, hucker etc
    183 cv / 6 ft., 73.5 kilos / 162 lbs., riding style would be best described as 'trail' with occasional fooling around some small drops and stuff.

    * Frame, Size, & Color: Nicolai Helius FR 2007 black anodized, no stickers, custom geo (ETT 600 mm, ST 425 mm), standard derailleur + Rohloff cable guides, ISCG mounts
    * Fork: Rock Shox Lyrik U-Turn 2007
    * Shock, i2i, stroke: Fox Van R 2007 200 mm / 7.875 in. eye-to-eye, 57 mm / 2.25 in. stroke, 400 lbs/in spring
    * Brakes: Avid Juicy Five 2006 with Ashima ARO-03 rotors: 180 mm front, 160 mm rear
    * Cranks: Shimano Hone (no steel pedal inserts) with Middleburn 24-tooth granny, 36-tooth middle and MRP slalom ring bash ring
    * Shifters: SRAM X.7 2006 3 + 9
    * Front Derailleur: SRAM X.7 2007 (pictured with SRAM X-Generation 2005)
    * Rear Derailleur: SRAM X.7 2005
    * Pedals: Time ATAC XS (pictured with Syncros Mental Pedal Alloy)
    * Stem: Syncros AM 60 mm, 12 degrees (pictured with RooX Danny's FRD 50 mm, 0 degrees)
    * Handlebar: Race Face Deus XC 31.8 mm, 635 mm wide, 25 mm rise (pictured with Race Face Deus XC 25.4 mm, 635 mm wide, 25 mm rise)
    * Seatpost: Thomson Elite 31.6 x 410 in-line
    * Saddle: SDG BelAir RL ti rails
    * Bottom Bracket: Shimano Hone (pictured with Race Face X-Type FR/DH)
    * Cassette: Shimano CS-M760 (Deore XT) 11-34
    * Chain: Shimano CN-HG73 (Deore LX) (pictured with Shimano CN-7701 (XTR / Dura Ace))
    * Headset: FSA Orbit Xtreme Pro Deep Cup
    * Grips: Race Face Diabolus Lock-on with plastic plugs
    * Front Tire: Schwalbe Nobby Nic 26 x 2.4 (pictured with Schwalbe Racing Ralph 26 x 2.4 (with Panaracer FlatAway protective tape)). Schwalbe Super Moto 2.35 for paved roads, Nokian Hakka WXC300 2.1 for the winter, Continental Diesel ProTection 2.5 for the mountains
    * Front Rim/ Spokes: DT Swiss EX 5.1d / DT Swiss Competition 2.0-1.8-2.0 spokes with DT Swiss Standard nipples
    * Front Hub/Skewer: Hope Bulb 20 mm with Rock Shox Maxle
    * Rear Tire: Schwalbe Racing Ralph 26 x 2.4 (with Panaracer FlatAway protective tape) (pictured with Continental Vertical ProTection 26 x 2.3). Schwalbe Super Moto 2.35 for paved roads, Nokian Hakka WXC300 2.1 for the winter, Continental Diesel ProTection 2.5 for the mountains
    * Rear Rim: DT Swiss EX 5.1d / DT Swiss Competition 2.0-1.8-2.0 spokes with DT Swiss Standard nipples
    * Rear Hub/Skewer: Hope Pro II 10 mm through axle / / DT Swiss RWS Thru Bolt rear axle
    * Cables: no name
    * Misc: FSA 5 mm aluminium headset spacer, Author seat collar, Nokian 26 x 1.75-2.3 Schraeder tubes, Cat Eye CC-MC100W Micro Wireless computer, Lizard Skins Super Jumbo + Jumbo chainstay and seatstay protectors.
    * Overall Weight: currently around 15.3 kilos / just under 34 lbs.

    I'm about to fit a BlackSpire Stinger double-ring chain guide to it.

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    Riding terrain conditions:
    Everything from high speed DH to trail rides with 2k+ climbing to drops up to 15', to steep techy type stuff.

    * Rider height, weight, ride style e.g XC, endurance,trail, hucker etc
    5'10", 195# - very aggressive, very technical, lots of jumping / drops - both XC and DH. I bought this bike to replace my '07 Demo 8 since the season is over and I will not be racing next year. I wanted something I can go up and down on. I was looking for a mini DH type build (longish stays, low bb, longer WB, stout enough to take abuse - in the 5.5" range)

    * Frame, Size, & Color: Nicolai Helius FR 2005 bronze anodized
    * Fork: 2007 Marz 66 SL ATA
    * Shock, i2i, stroke: Marz Roco WC 2.25" stoke - 450# spring - slightly undersprung at present.
    * Brakes: Avid 2008 Codes 203 f&r
    * Cranks: Diabolus w/ e13 srs - about to be converted to LG1
    * Shifters: SRAM X0 - '07
    * Front Derailleur: N/A
    * Rear Derailleur: SRAM X0 - '07
    * Pedals: Dangerboy
    * Stem: Truvative Holzfeller
    * Handlebar: Bonty Big Earl - 3/4" rise ~ 710mm
    * Seatpost: Thomson Masterpiece
    * Saddle: Sunline V1 - nice stuff, check 'em out if you haven't already
    * Bottom Bracket: Raceface
    * Cassette: SRAM 11-28
    * Chain: SRAM 971
    * Headset: FSA Orbit Xtreme Pro Deep Cup
    * Grips: Intense Lock ons
    * Front Tire: Minion F 2.5 - ghetto tubeless
    * Front Rim/ Spokes: 729 / DT 14
    * Front Hub/Skewer: Hadley 20mm
    * Rear Tire: Minion 2.5
    * Rear Rim: 729 / DT 14
    * Rear Hub/Skewer: Onyx - presently QR
    * Cables: no name
    * Misc: Hope seatpost clamp - works great, looks cool
    * Overall Weight: don't yet know - ~37# maybe?

    This is the best pic I have of the bike at the moment, will try to get more soon.
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    largato grande - Looks a sweet sweet build, Enjoy..... Look forward to seeing more photos of this puppy in action.............
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    Not yet built so will update with weights etc once it is but here's my upcoming spec. Pretty much everything is to be transferred over from my Turner 6-Pack

    Rider height - 6', weight - 200 odd lb, ride style - bit of everything

    * Frame, Size, & Color: 2008 Large ano black
    * Fork: 2008 Fox 36 Van RC2
    * Shock, i2i, stroke - 200 X 57 Roco TST
    * Brakes: Hope Moto V2
    * Cranks:Race Face Atlas
    * Shifters: Sram XO
    * Front Derailleur: XT
    * Rear Derailleur: Sram XO
    * Pedals: DMR V12 mags
    * Stem: 70mm Atlas
    * Handlebar: Atlas
    * Seatpost: probably Thomson
    * Saddle: SDG Bel Air RL
    * Bottom Bracket: RF DH with enduro bearings
    * Cassette: XT
    * Chain: Sram PC991
    * Headset: CK Rasta
    * Grips: Diabolus lock ons
    * Front Tire: Nokian NBX UST
    * Front Rim/ Spokes:Mavic XM 819, DT comps
    * Front Hub/Skewer:Hope Pro 2 20mm
    * Rear Tire: Nokian NBX UST
    * Rear Rim: Mavic XM 819, DT comps
    * Rear Hub/Skewer: Hope Pro 2, XT skewer
    * Cables: XTR
    * Misc:
    * Overall Weight: TBC. Should be @ 34lb or so

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    Mine looks very much like the pictures above. I too went for the stealth bomber look!Medium(a bit too tall for my 32" inseam) black frame, all stickers removed DHX5.0
    Fox 36VAN 07 rcs all stickers removed- great fork!
    CK steelset
    Easton havoc stem 90mm I think
    Easton Monkeylite bar med rise
    Easton DH post
    Ck pewter hubs DT swiss 5.1's
    Hope 6Ti brakes(removed from my old DH rig. the rotors are overkill 205mm but they work great. Always liked Hopes)
    Xt/XTR drivetrain
    old avocet Ti gel saddle
    Continental deisel tires 2.5's
    I like the simple plain all blacked out bike. I'll post some pictures one of these days. What a great bike! It's way stiffer than my Moment. Not quite as plush but that's what I was looking for. THere's no detectible pedal induced susp movement or brake jack. I'd say it pedals 97-100 percent as well as a moment. This is easily the bet bike I've ever ridden for my tastes. Cheers!

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    Great stuff Trailwhore, get some pics up to compliment your build list.... Enjoy
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    @ dipper + trailwhore: some pics of your rides would be appreciated

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    Quote Originally Posted by randan
    @ dipper + trailwhore: some pics of your rides would be appreciated
    I 2nd, 3rd and 4th this request..... Feed us some stoke dipper and TW.....
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    frame arrived yesterday. It's partially built but should get it done tomorrow. Pics as soon as it's built.

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    heres a couple of pics. just got hoses to cut and a couple of tweaks to do before it's ready to go. Weighing in a bit heavier than expected at 36lb dead

    Anyone got any info on all the available adjustments and how the effect geometry etc?



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    congrats dipper!

    It looks awesome..I love the stealthy all black build with small color bits

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    Hey dipper does that rocco give you enough of a platform?

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    Looks sweet dipper, go and enjoy that puppy.

    Karve, huge amounts of platform is nto really needed with the Helius, so I have heard form many owners....

    Will be interesting to hear how the Rocco goes though.....
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    Hey dipper really hot ride there buddy. I have just been trying to work out your weight. I think my build is going to come in a little heavier than yours with the CCDB and a saint chainset.

    Really sweet ride, go and give it a thrash and give us a trail report.

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    karve - I can confirm that these bikes do not need platform damping. I ran it today and never felt the need to use the tst lever. Even standing and cranking it feels sharp and responsive with very little bob.

    I should probably start another thread with my 1st impressions as i know there's at least a couple of folk interested in comparisons between this and the RFX. Will do that shortly

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    Sounds good dipper, looking forward to it.

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    My Rohloff equipped FR

    I only have the one photo but here is a shot of my new Helius FR.

    Riding terrain conditions: A bit of everything really

    * Rider height, weight, ride style e.g XC, endurance,trail, hucker etc
    5'10"", 15st, mainly trail with some gnarly bits.

    * Frame, Size, & Color: Medium Ano Black
    * Fork: RS Coil Lyrik U-Turn
    * Shock, i2i, stroke DHX5 with Ti Spring
    * Brakes: XT 205mm front 160mm rear
    * Cranks: XT
    * Shifters: Rohloff
    * Front Derailleur: none
    * Rear Derailleur: none
    * Pedals: spd
    * Stem: Thompson X4 100mm 0
    * Handlebar: Easton EA70 mid rise
    * Seatpost: Thompson Elite 7 layback
    * Saddle: Sella Italia Ti Turbo???
    * Bottom Bracket: XTll hollowtech
    * Cassette: none
    * Chain: Sram PC1
    * Headset: Hope
    * Grips: lock on
    * Front Tire: Nokian
    * Front Rim/ Spokes: Mavic XC717 DT db
    * Front Hub/Skewer: Hope Pro2
    * Rear Tire: Nokian
    * Rear Rim: Mavic XC717
    * Rear Hub/Skewer: Rohloff
    * Cables: ?
    * Misc:
    * Overall Weight: 35.5lb

    Rides like a dream, climbs superbly and keeps a line even in the most slippery situations. Descending is just in a different league to anything else I've tried.
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    Hey mattp94, this is one good looking bike, congratulations! The weight is not bad, too, considering you've got coils both front and rear and the hefty Speedhub.

    One question: what's the deal with the headset? As far as I can tell from the picture, you've got 1 1/8 headtube, and I think Hope headsets do not have enough press-in depth to comply with the Nicolai warranty. Last I checked they required at least 22 mm deep cups.

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    mattP94 - Welcome to the Forum...

    Sweet looking bike and build, as Smith mentions, a good weight really with the components you have gone with.... Pleased to hear you are enjoying the bike... Bet it rips...

    It is worth maybe looking into the deal with the headsets, can imagine you will be going hard with your build too...
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    Hi guys.
    I have to admit it wasn't until I started reading this forum that I knew about the warranty issues regarding headsets. Apparently the dealer that supplied the frame and fitted the headset didn't know either.
    So what's everyone's recommendations for a replacement 1 1/8" headset, looks like the Kings are quite popular.

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    Hi Matt, check out this link http://www.nicolai.net/products/e-spare-parts.html

    I think it is a topic that many have not looked at, not for not wanting to know, it will for sure be related to the fact that there is a 5 year warranty in place so to speak...

    All good though.... Have a talk to your dealer also, there may well be other headsets that meet the requirements of having 22mm cups...
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    Hey mattp94, perhaps you should check this thread, it's in German but you don't have to read all of it, just check the table. The pressed in depth is indicated in the "Einpresstiefe" column, look for 22 mm or more in the first part of the table (1,125").

    For my build I opted for one of the lightest headset with 22 mm deep cups: FSA Orbit Xtreme Pro Deep Cup (aluminium). I don't go big, so I'm not afraid of killing it any time soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smith
    Hey mattp94, perhaps you should check this thread, it's in German but you don't have to read all of it, just check the table. The pressed in depth is indicated in the "Einpresstiefe" column, look for 22 mm or more in the first part of the table (1,125").

    For my build I opted for one of the lightest headset with 22 mm deep cups: FSA Orbit Xtreme Pro Deep Cup (aluminium). I don't go big, so I'm not afraid of killing it any time soon.
    I have that headset on my Nucleon, has gone very well too............

    Smith would be cool if you could if possible translate that table and start a thread, would be helpful i think big time....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Whafe
    I have that headset on my Nucleon, has gone very well too............
    No Whafe, you've got 1.5 headset and mine is 1 1/8.

    Quote Originally Posted by Whafe
    Smith would be cool if you could if possible translate that table and start a thread, would be helpful i think big time....
    And I don't even speak German, LOL
    But I will try. You're right, it may be very useful for any potential Nicolai owner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smith
    No Whafe, you've got 1.5 headset and mine is 1 1/8.
    For sure understand I have 1.5 HS, was meaning more the quality of the FSA as a Headset. Am happy with it.......

    Would be helpful to others though I think
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    I can helpout with the german stuff...

    what would you like besides the column headers?

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    Einbauhhe = stack height
    unten = below/lower
    oben = above/upper
    Einpresstiefe = pressed in depth
    Gewicht = weight
    Farbe = color

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    So here's the thread: Deep cup headsets for Nicolai bikes

    Crisillo, thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smith
    So here's the thread: Deep cup headsets for Nicolai bikes

    Crisillo, thank you!
    no prob!

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    So here's a recent picture of my '07 FR - now with Rohloff and studded tires cause it's winter here.

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    Great picture! Great bike, too!

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    Thanks Testmaen!

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    That looks sweet Smithy, like it a lot, looks so simple with the Rohloff hub..... Real nice indeed..................
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    Oh yeah, the bike began to look so less busy with no cassette, derailleur etc. But I should say I'm not totally satisfied with the Speedhub. Pedalling feels horrible. I know the hub is new and should be broken in (and I only got 400-something kilometers on it) but at the moment I miss my derailleur so much. And this beast is heavy as hell, my bike gained over a kilo (compared to 1x9 setup).

    The best thing about the Rohloff - as of now - is how silent the bike became. Now it doesn't only looks stealthy, it rides stealthy. Absolutely no noise from drivetrain when chainging gears, going over rough stuff or dropping off things.

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    Yep, I know what you are feeling, my GBoxx bike has taken some getting used to and I dont trail ride it so to speak.... But the silent thing is what I have often mentioned on threads, it is dam freaky in a good way.... So yes indeen your steed is stelthy in looks and in action....
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    Hi Smith, I really think its well worth persevering with the Speedhub. I've put about 2000km on mine now and it has really started to bed in nicely. I'd been using it for a while on my previous bike a Specialized Enduro and didn't really notice the additional weight. The fact that the gears are completely unaffected by mud, sand, ice and snow is such a joy. Getting back from a ride and just giving the bike a quick hose down instead of spending ages lubricating cables, mechs etc.

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    Yeah guys, you're probably right, but I see the Speedhub as a mixed blessing, so to speak. It IS a piece of brilliant German engineering and it definitely has some unique characteristics, but at the present moment I'm still a bit skeptical about it.

    I bough it out of curiosity in the first place because I just couldn't sleep well knowing there's a thing I haven't tried (the same was with full suspension, clipless pedals etc.). I knew it would alter the feel of the bike but I just didn't know to what extent. It bugs me that since the installation of the Speedhub I lost that sense of 'flying' over the trail when each pedal stroke is directly transmitted to your rear wheel and immediately propels you forward. Now pedalling became a tedious work and my average speed seems to have dropped a considerable amount.

    I've decided I would ride it for 1500 kms when do the first oil change, then ride it a little more with the fresh oil... then I will go back to a traditional derailleur to properly compare the feeling of the bike and after that I'll make a final decision: either I go back to 1x9 or stick with the Rohloff. That's the way I see it now.

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    Hi all!

    Im new here at this forum and here below is my configuration for my Helius FR and an picture (a old one) of my bike at the end.

    * Rider height, weight, ride style e.g AM, endurance, FR
    1.85 m (6' 1"), 95 kg (209 lb), trail with technical parts.

    * Frame, Size, & Color: Helius FR 2006, L, Ano Black
    * Fork: MZ Z1
    * Shock, i2i, stroke DHX 4.0 with Nuke Proof Spring
    * Brakes: Magura Louise 203mm front, Magura Louise 180mm rear with a Rohloff specific disc
    * Cranks: Strongligth
    * Shifters: Rohloff
    * Front Derailleur: N/A
    * Rear Derailleur: N/A
    * Pedals: Powerplay X-Play Alloy Body (not shown in the picture below)
    * Stem: Truvativ Holzfeller DH Stem
    * Handlebar: RaceFace Diabolus DH Riser
    * Seatpost: Maverick Bike Speedball R (not shown in the picture below)
    * Saddle: Fizik Nisene
    * Bottom Bracket: RaceFace Evolve
    * Cassette: N/A
    * Chain: Shimano
    * Headset: Brave Monster
    * Grips: lock on
    * Front Tire: Maxxis Minion 2.5" F
    * Front Rim/ Spokes: Mavic XM321 Disc 2006 / Sapim
    * Front Hub/Skewer: Hope Pro2
    * Rear Tire: Maxxis Minion 2.5" R
    * Rear Rim/ Spokes: Mavic XM321 Disc 2006 / Sapim
    * Rear Hub/Skewer: Rohloff
    * Cables: Nokon Rohloff kit
    * Misc:
    * Overall Weight: ?

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    Hi Miche, welcome to the Nicolai forum and MTBR in general...

    Sweet build, I believe there is a problem with viewing your picture. Please re post if you can, am sure others as well as myself are keen to see your steed..
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    ... and if we just ... My 2008 Helius FR in White

    Hi to all,

    My first post on the forum and I have been waiting about a week to do so but thanks to Gregg who manually activated my account.

    OK My Nicolai Helius FR is as follows.

    Riding terrain conditions: English MUD ! The Alps, Wales and the North Downs. Would love to be back to Canada with my own bike as well.

    * Rider height=5ft11inch, Weight=11 Stone, Riding Styles XC, Endurance, Some DH, Jumps and drops,

    * Frame: Nicolai Helius FR 2008 Medium in White, Crud Mounts-Anti Chain Suck Plate
    * Fork: Fox 36 Talas RLC Custom painted White
    * Rear Shock: DHX 4 Coil
    * Brakes: XTR Levers XTR Calipers 203mm Front disc 180mm Rear disc, Hel brake lines.
    * Cranks: XTR
    * Shifters: XTR Rapid Fire
    * Front Derailleur: XTR
    * Rear Derailleur: XT Shadow
    * Pedals: XTR SPD’s
    * Stem: Thomson Elite
    * Handlebar: Carbon Specialized
    * Seatpost: Thomson Elite layback black
    * Saddle: SDG BelAir Ti
    * Bottom Bracket: XTR
    * Cassette: XTR
    * Chain: Sram 9 speed hollow pin
    * Headset: Chris King Black
    * Grips: ODI Cross Trainer
    * Front Tire: Intense Cross Country C3 Compound 2.3
    * Front Rim/ Spokes: Mavic 719 Disc 32 hole-Sapin DB Black spokes
    * Front Hub/Skewer: Chris King Black 20mm
    * Rear Tire: Intense Cross Country C3 Compound 2.3
    * Rear Rim: Mavic 321 Disc
    * Rear Hub/Skewer: Chris King 36 hole, Salsa Flip Off- Sapin DB Black spokes
    * Cables: XTR
    * Misc: Edison 5 Front light- Blackburn Mars 5 Rear lamp- Cateye Computer
    * Overall Weight: 34lb or 15.42kg with a wet saddle and damp tyres.

    Pictures to follow as i'm having problems hosting them. Off sick so will work on the problem and try a get them up to view very soon,
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    Hey 5c0tty, welcome to the forum!

    Sounds like you've got a pretty pimped out rig, cool! Can't wait to see pictures. BTW when you do photograph your bike, could you make a closeup shot of the Anti-Chainsuck plate?

    I was going to order one with my '07 but at that time I was told they stopped producing them. I don't even know how it looks installed on the bike.

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    Thanks Smith

    Most of the parts have come from my Turner 5 Spot.

    I don't have any shots of the Anti Chain Suck Plate at the moment but will get some for you.

    I have loads of photos but not doing so well at getting the uploaded !

    Will try again now.

    Is there a section on posting photo's rules etc as I'm unable to get it to work using ImageShack or Flickr

    This link should get you frame ready to build shot.

    http://img145.imageshack.us/my.php?i...mage031wo0.jpg


    Thanks Scott

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5c0tty
    Thanks Smith

    Most of the parts have come from my Turner 5 Spot.

    I don't have any shots of the Anti Chain Suck Plate at the moment but will get some for you.

    I have loads of photos but not doing so well at getting the uploaded !

    Will try again now.

    Is there a section on posting photo's rules etc as I'm unable to get it to work using ImageShack or Flickr

    This link should get you frame ready to build shot.

    http://img145.imageshack.us/my.php?i...mage031wo0.jpg


    Thanks Scott
    you should be able to post with flickr's HTML code here without problem...just go to the "all sizes" page of your photo and copy and paste the html code below...
    you can also use the IMG tags or the "forum" code from imageshack

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    Upset Failed

    Get this message from the Mtbr upload page. Retrieval of remote file failed

    Something i'm doing wrong ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5c0tty
    Get this message from the Mtbr upload page. Retrieval of remote file failed

    Something i'm doing wrong ?

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    ah.. I think you are pasting the image code from the site into the upload box...

    it is no necessary...the pics is already hosted somewhere so you just need to paste the text "FORUM" textbox in image shack in to the body of the post. (same applies to flickr image code)

    Code:
    (URL=http://img145.imageshack.us/my.php?image=image031wo0.jpg)(IMG)http://img145.imageshack.us/img145/9513/image031wo0.th.jpg[(/IMG)(/URL)
    but with square brackets instead of parenthesis (I changed so that the code is shown)

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    OK Try this... Fingers crossed

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/5c0tty/2098009646/" title="Helius FR 2008 4 by redhotgtir, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2415/2098009646_dace671f40_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="Helius FR 2008 4" /></a>

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    Now we are cooking... Thanks crisillo

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/5c0tty/2097229687/" title="Helius FR 2008 6 by redhotgtir, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2206/2097229687_3861dd55b6_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="Helius FR 2008 6" /></a>

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    Made in Germany late 2007

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/5c0tty/2097228895/" title="Helius FR 2008 Made In Germany by redhotgtir, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2190/2097228895_8723be98f6_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="Helius FR 2008 Made In Germany" /></a>

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    Peaslake shop bench... Wet trails over Xmas

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/5c0tty/2175814544/" title="Image051 by redhotgtir, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2178/2175814544_bdc7065c7e_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="Image051" /></a>

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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...

    Congratulations and welcome to the boards....
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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.....
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