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    The time has come.......

    To change the bearings on my '07 Helius CC.

    Downloaded the manual but it was all in German , so took it to one of our German Engineer ladies at work, and she promptly passed it onto a graduate who studied German history, a couple of days later I had a translated manual.

    Just gotta wait for the weekend and it's new bearings all round.

    Still can't fit a big tyre in the back though on me skinny rims he hee

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    where are you going to get your bearings from?
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    A local bearing shop

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve_b77
    A local bearing shop
    Industrial bearing shops will have almost exclusively caged bearings, fine for wheel hubs and BB's but full complement (MAX) bearings can be a better option for suspension pivots. The full complement bearings don't have a cage so they can fit almost twice as many bearings in. This can give them longer life if being pounded to death is the current failure mode.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dougal
    Industrial bearing shops will have almost exclusively caged bearings, fine for wheel hubs and BB's but full complement (MAX) bearings can be a better option for suspension pivots. The full complement bearings don't have a cage so they can fit almost twice as many bearings in. This can give them longer life if being pounded to death is the current failure mode.

    They are needle roller bearings

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    Quote Originally Posted by norcosam
    They are needle roller bearings
    Even better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dougal
    Even better.

    Needle roller bearings with Igus thrust washers and some are just plain igus top hat style bushings,all have adjustable lock bolts to remove any play.Very good design and only requires minor maintenance

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    Quote Originally Posted by norcosam
    Needle roller bearings with Igus thrust washers and some are just plain igus top hat style bushings,all have adjustable lock bolts to remove any play.Very good design and only requires minor maintenance
    Stop it, you're making me want one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by steve_b77
    A local bearing shop
    Sweet - does the manual specify what type of bearings they are?

    Its only the horst link which are bearings right the rest are bushings?
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    So what are you getting at? Right code = right bearing as far as I'm aware

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    all my bearings are bushings, AM 09.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karve
    Sweet - does the manual specify what type of bearings they are?

    Its only the horst link which are bearings right the rest are bushings?
    The bottom pivot/swing arm, Horst link and lower shock mount all use HK1512 radial needle bearings, the upper link on the top tube uses axial-thrust bearings. With pre-load caps and IGUS disc washers.

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    Lots of views on the advantages or otherwise of full complement bearings for mountain bike use - higher load capacity, but higher drag and less tolerance to contamination.

    Nicolai frames run on a mixture of bearings and bushings. The RC/AC/AM run on aluminium axles and bushings all round. The FR used to have needle bearings in all pivots, the CC needle in the main pivot only. I think Nicolai experimented with a metal bushing in the main pivot at one time.
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    Steve - would be good to see your translation of the manual. It might be something we can tidy up and make generally available. Good translations are hard to do, particularly with more technical language.
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    any chance of an AM manual translated please ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Lecht_Rocks
    any chance of an AM manual translated please ?

    Theres a section on "pedal strike"

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    i was hoping it would tell me how to dial it out.

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    ... and if we just ...

    Pedal strike? What pedal strike? Why haven't I heard if this before? Is this a common feature?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicolai-uk
    Lots of views on the advantages or otherwise of full complement bearings for mountain bike use - higher load capacity, but higher drag and less tolerance to contamination.

    Nicolai frames run on a mixture of bearings and bushings. The RC/AC/AM run on aluminium axles and bushings all round. The FR used to have needle bearings in all pivots, the CC needle in the main pivot only. I think Nicolai experimented with a metal bushing in the main pivot at one time.

    ...and the AFR?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Lecht_Rocks
    i was hoping it would tell me how to dial it out.
    Apparently it's to fit 160mm cranks

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    What's this I read, pedal strike you say?


    On an AM?









    That's a new one.

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