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    Smile Prospective Heluis FR buyer..

    Alright guys,

    I'm at present looking to buy my first full susser (after a long and happy apprenticeship on my Identiti Mrhyde hardtail - due to financial constraints),

    currently under consideration are:

    Heluis FR
    Canfield Can Can
    Yeti ASX

    After reading lots of peoples helpful posts on mtbr I have decided to go for the 2008 Nicolai Heluis FR.

    Any recommendations / helpful hints on sizing (can't afford custom build) and frame spec before I order one?

    I'm 5'11, 68kgs. I would say i'm pretty light on my bike and enjoy fast, tech, steep riding.

    I am going to build it up to favour the downs rather than a full on AM set up.

    Any info would be greatfully recieved.

    Sorry I'm new to these forums and was not sure exactly where to post this..

    cheers,

    Mark
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    Scotland

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    5'11, 68kgs - medium will be spot on I think.

    Wouldn't the Canfield the The ONE be a closer match to the FR - The Canfield bikes do look like impressive machines - but im not sure about their availability.

    Lots of info on these boards here and a very friendly bunch over here at camp Nicolai. The new FR which can take a 180 fork makes for a great enduro DH bike. Thats how i have built mine and no complaints so far... really cuts a nice line in flight and pedals great too.

    I would recommend the Maxle rear end as it adds very little weight but lots of stiffness.
    The 1.5 head tube is not really needed but it looks cool and i think that 1.5 will become the defacto size for freeride forks for the next few years. It does however give you less headset options currently. So there are + and - to going for that option.

    Sound like just the sort of bike for ripping around Glentress

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    I'd recomend a medium as well. I'm 6' and ride a large with 50mm stem but could get off with a medium also.

    I went for QR rear and standard headtube as they were readily available at the time and i needed a demo. Back end is still very stiff but I'd probably go for a maxle next time. basically because i can't think of a reason not to!

    you've probably read that the FR has been split in 2 now as well. With FR getting beefier and an AM capable of running 160mm forks.

    You're welcome to demo our bike for a day/weekend if you're up this neck of the woods

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    dipper -

    Thanks for the info and offer to ride demo,

    Where abouts are you?

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    I've pm'd you mrhyde

    I'm up north of aberdeen. Got some good trails up here if you fancy coming up(4 hour drive). I may even be down at GT in the next few weeks.

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    Cheers Karve,

    Ya, I've spoken to the boys at Canfield and there frames look really nice., I think they would ride pretty awesome. Availability is limited in the UK till June. However I'm favouring the Heluis, as it seems to be a well proven frame. Which gives me that bit more confidence when spending so much money.

    Nicolai recommend 170mm fork limit - do you run more sag? or just leave it at full travel.

    What is you build?

    Fork, stem, etc

    I want my bike to handle to the best of it's capabilities on DH track type terrian, as I will be doing regular DH races. I understand that the longer travel Heluis would be more suited to this, However I dont think I need or want that much travel.

    If I can scrub together the fund I will def get an maxle., still very undecided about 1.5HT.

    Thanks for your help -

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    I'm not convinced about the merits of 1.5 either. It may become the standard in a few years but I'd imagine most fork companies will still be offering 1 1/8th for many years to come yet.

    Sounds like the FR is definitely for you(as opposed to the AM). The nature of the rear suspension allows you to run a lot more sag than normal so a 170mm 66 would probably be ideal if you want a slacker front end

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