Hi All - first post here although I've been lurking during the long wait for my frames
Last Friday, I picked up my 2 new Nicolai bikes - one completely new, one using a bunch of stuff from my old bike.
First, a Helius CC in "stealth camo":
Haven't actually had a chance to ride it in anger yet save for getting the shock & forks set-up to my liking - but the quality of the frame is stunning and I'm really happy with the paint job even though I thought I was being quite brave at the time as I had nothing to compare it to Soon to be seen in various remote parts of the Scottish highlands (and trail centres when I don't have the time) - I'll post some more interesting pics and my first impressions once I get a chance to put it through it's paces properly.
Secondly - an Argon ROCC in "Kobaltblau". Frame, Rohloff & Wheels are new - pretty much everything else came off my old Gary Fisher Big Sur - I'll replace these parts when my bank account is replenished I asked for a non-standard option - rack mounts - on this frame as I'd like the ability to carry gear for multi-day off road trips and Nicolai have done a great job with this, adding some cool little rack mounts onto the dropouts which will keep the rack well away from brake calipers and rohloff gubbins (pics below - anyone else have these?).
I had this out for it's first test ride round my local trails at the weekend and I was VERY impressed. The frame is very stiff indeed, which makes it a pretty harsh ride by any standards, but the level of feedback and how much in control I felt was a big step up from my Fisher. It was a good day to test the Rohloff as it was really muddy and even though it hasn't been run in, it worked well, wasn't too grindy and didn't miss a beat (and was enjoyably quick to clean afterwards ). Coming from a h/t with a carbon rear end, I was initally very aware of the big weight in my back wheel, but after an hour, I was able to flick the bike around nicely and I started enjoying myself.
I'm really looking forward to getting to know the 2 bikes - although it is bloody difficult to choose which one to ride at the moment!
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