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    Nicolai Helius FR Reviews

    Anyone have any feedback on the Helius FR? I was looking at one to try out. I like the idea that it uses a Horst link with a very short swing link. Kinda like a Chumba XCL with a little more travel. Hoping I could get one built around 32lbs. Any comments or experiencial input?
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    Look up Crazy Fred.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerk_Chicken
    Look up Crazy Fred.
    my thoughts exactly..

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    This particular bike is high on my list, should I ever let go of the RFX, even though CF didn't like his

    I should be able to get one for a nice price in the future, too

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    Thanks guys....I guess this is the best link for reviews:

    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.ph...46223#poststop

    However, any Helius FR specific comments more than welcome.

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    People in the Ventana section have scanned a British "dream bike" comparison that includes Helius FR:
    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=303615

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    I recently got my Helius Fr frame delivered. While I can't comment on its ride as it isn't built yet, I can say the build quality is absolutely equal to Ellsworth. It's beefier with thicker tubing and bigger chainstays as the picture shows. When I finally build it, I'll post some thoughts and pictures. Have a great day

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trailwhore
    I recently got my Helius Fr frame delivered. While I can't comment on its ride as it isn't built yet, I can say the build quality is absolutely equal to Ellsworth. It's beefier with thicker tubing and bigger chainstays as the picture shows. When I finally build it, I'll post some thoughts and pictures. Have a great day
    post some frame pics!

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    Definitely Trailhole...let us know what ya think. I have Ethan at Blacksheep getting me a quote. He says 3 months to build the frame, so I won't be able to chime in until Nov. sometime....I'm going for it though so let's get some feedback going.

    If you guys are interested, I'm presently doing a comparison of my Foes FXR and an Intense 6.6....

    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=319912

    When I build up the Nicolai, I'll give ya some idea of how it compares to those two....

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    Hopefully you won't have the problems Whafe did with getting his frame. Oof.

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    Here's a link to a good photo gallery with closeups of a 07 Helius FR frame (not mine) with 1.5 steerer, if anyone is interested. I hope you don't have to be registered to view the photos.

    http://fotos.mtb-news.de/fotos/showg....php/cat/15199

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    I'm amazed to see those [awful] Magura single piston Louise brakes on such a nice ride.

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    I'll have to borrow a digital camera. Yes it does take along time for delivery. I think mine was around 4 or 5 months. I purchased mine from Casino Cycles in Ca from Mat. It admittedly took awhile for it to get here but I'm happy with the purchase and the place I got it from. I removed all the stickers from my ano'd black frame and Fox fork. I think it'll look pretty cool yet "understated" having no flashy stickers and as many black parts as possible: stem 'post bars spokes rims etc.

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    This is soooo easy...

    Just order the frame [email protected] the wait(even thought it does [email protected])Its well worth it.I may be able to help you get one quicker PM me if your interested.I just gave my all ready new FR a major make over ( can you say pimp?) I'll be posting pictures soon.CF..

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    Trailhole....how do you like the ride? Is the rear end pretty stiff? I'm talking to Ethan at Blacksheep....he and Toni are suggesting I go 12mm Maxle in the rear. Probably isn't that much extra weight. How much does you bike weigh? Post some pics.

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    12 Mm???

    Quote Originally Posted by Dropin%Dug
    Trailhole....how do you like the ride? Is the rear end pretty stiff? I'm talking to Ethan at Blacksheep....he and Toni are suggesting I go 12mm Maxle in the rear. Probably isn't that much extra weight. How much does you bike weigh? Post some pics.

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    Why do you need a 12mm?The bike don't need it,but maybe you think you do.You will not ever find a stiffer frame FACT.My bike should weigh in at about 31,32 when all done(which will be this week) CF.

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    Need some advise...

    I'm getting ready to pull the trigger on ordering one of these things and I want to get some feedback from you guys. I'm thinking of going with an 08 DHX 5.0 Air. Toni at Blacksheep feels the Mid-range is much improved and it has a two way switch for Propedal ON/OFF.

    I'm also thinking of having them fabricate the frame with a 1.5 Headset and 12mm Maxle rear end. Do you guys think this is overkill given I'm running an Air Shock? I'm trying to stay near a 32lb build but I'm thinking the Maxle and the 1.5 won't really add that much weight but will add a lot of stability. And in the future, if I want to go coil, I have the bike built up to handle almost anything.

    Thoughts?

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    Toni at Blacksheep threw it out there as an option for really stablizing the rear end. The Maxle is hollow so I'm not sure it really adds that much weight, but then again the bracketry to support it may. I ride a Foes FXR....the all time stiffness king...no doubt!!! So I really want to make sure the rear end of this thing stays planted like the Foes.

    Thanks for the feedback CF....I guess I could wait for you to get yours rolling so that you can tell me what you feel...

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    CF,

    Do you run the Spinergy Enduros on it-or do you go with big Spinergy FR's and save the enduros for the CC?

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    OK, Dug
    i have spent a fair bit of time on a helius FR. Sorry I missed this thread!
    Anyway, it is a GREAT bike and I highly recommend it. The turner rfx is the only other bike that I have found that rides anything like it.
    That said the helius needs to be ridden aggressively The forward position helps keep good traction on the front tire...but don't get lazy it will spank you!

    The frame is a work of art...welds and all. It is very stiff laterally and suspension is super smooth. Fit and geo are a mute point as you can get whatever you want!! I had a stock medium and it felt good though maybe a little small for me. Dang did it rip the DH though.

    As for you, get the 12mm thru maxle. Great little bit, very light and stiff as sh1t!
    DHX air...def if you want to keep the weight down (how much do you weigh?) I weigh around 190 and i had the 06 version. Worked great on that bike. If you are a heavy person though maybe rethink this idea.
    1.5??? Hmmm I am not sure about this? All depends on what kind of fork you think you will want. Will it add any stiffness to the frame??? I like 1.5 for bigger bikes but on AM bikes I am not sure. See what toni says the advantages are for this on an AM bike.

    No downers to CF or anything but Toni and Ethan will take real good care of you! Stick with those guys and you will not be dissapointed!!

    PM me any time with questions. I had the FR for over a year, then bumped up to a ufo st which I got from toni and ethan.

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    I can't comment on the ride. I'm going to run a CK bolt on rear hub. I'm guessing it'll be pretty damn rigid. The chainstays are huge! It pivots on mostly bushings with that pivot near the BB being a roller bearing style. I've owned and ridden Ellsworth Id and Moment wand noted little flex(I'm only 180lb with all my gear) This bike's clearly built beafier i.e. stiffer than either of those! It's TrailWHORE by the way.

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    Thanks guys and sorry TrailWhore.. ...you've helped me make up my mind.

    I think I'll stick with a 1 1/8 Headset tube. As a buddy commented, you pick up a little stiffness running a 1 1/8" steerer tube in a 1 1/2" headset, but not a lot. He said unless I was going to run a 1 1/2" fork it's probably best to stay with the 1 1/8" just to keep the weight down. Since I can't really see running something like a Totem with 1 1/2" tube on this bike, I'll keep it simple.

    I do think I'll follow Boone and Toni's suggestion of going the 12mm Maxle. I've heard great things about the system. Very little weight gain and tons more stiffness.

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    I'll chime in a little. I too have spent a lot of time trying to decide whether I should go with 1.5 headtube vs. 1 1/8 and 12 mm rear Maxle vs. standard 10 mm dropouts.

    I finally opted for 1 1/8 headtube and 10 mm dropouts.

    As for the headtube, I just couldn't see much point in going with the onepointfive because I don't think this new standard will be so widespread in the nearest 5 or so years. And I don't think I would notice the difference in steerer tube stiffness on a 160 mm fork, taking into consideration my not-so-agressive riding style. For now, 1 1/8 is just much more common and gives more fork options and so on. Besides, a 1 1/8 headtube with a right 1 1/8 headset is considerably lighter than a 1.5 headtube with 1.5 headset or with 1 1/8 headset + reducers.

    I chose to go with the 10 mm dropouts for mainly the same reasons: a lot more hub choices plus you don't have to use proprietary parts like Maxle. Also, you can always put a 10 mm thru axle hub in there with no issues, like I'm going to do with Hope Pro II + DT Swiss RWS, and it will still be compatible with other frames if you ever need to swap wheelsets or something like that.

    However, perhaps you should consider ISCG mounts. I'm glad I did because I really see the need of a chain guide, and ISCG seems to me like a better way to mount it.

    By the way, when it comes to the sizing, bear in mind that the frame is rather tall for its size - in my opinion, at least. Being 6 feet tall, I should have been on a Large, but I ordered a Small with a long front triangle (600 mm ETT) and I think it fits me alright. I would have really hated it if the top tube was any higher than it is on my frame, considering the rather high BB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smith
    bear in mind that the frame is rather tall for its size - in my opinion, at least.
    I have been looking at some Nicolai geometries, like Helius and Argon, and I think for my proportions the top tubes would have to attach to the seat tube something like an inch or two lower.

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    Quote Originally Posted by perttime
    I have been looking at some Nicolai geometries, like Helius and Argon, and I think for my proportions the top tubes would have to attach to the seat tube something like an inch or two lower.
    Yup, that's exactly what I meant. FR models have more generous standover height than CC, but still...
    That's where custom geo option may come useful.

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    Good input...I too am 6'0" tall but with a little longer torso than most. I'm really comfortable on a 24" effective TT. So you're saying the standover height on the TT maybe somewhat of an issue? I'll throw that at Ethan and let you know what he says.

    Thanks,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dropin%Dug
    a little longer torso than most. I'm really comfortable on a 24" effective TT. So you're saying the standover height on the TT maybe somewhat of an issue?
    It could be. I do not have any figures on how high the top tubes are and I have never been on a Nicolai. The seat tubes are pretty long and at least in the smaller sizes it does not extend all that much above the top tube. Better find out before you decide: yes or no, custom or standard

    http://www.nicolai.net/products/size...s-fr-size.html

    A few pics of what Nicolai seems to have in stock now:
    Helius FR S


    XL


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    Argon FR 2007 - size M

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    Dug...way to go bro!!!
    I like the maxle bit too. If you don't like it...swap out the dropouts and go to the 10mm or QR Easy enough. No limitations here dudes.

    As for the standover and seattube length...I found the seat tube to be pretty long for a given TT length. I talked to Matt the US rep and he confirmed for me that the seat tube length can be cut down if you like
    Also with the option of custom geo, you can get a lower standover and have your longer TT if you like! No worries mate If you want it ask for it...you shall receive!

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    Good question,,

    Quote Originally Posted by SuperbMan
    CF,

    Do you run the Spinergy Enduros on it-or do you go with big Spinergy FR's and save the enduros for the CC?
    I had the Enduros on the FR and the Xyclone disc's on the CC but I just gave the FR an extreme make over that started with custom red on red I9 Enduro's(and a whole bunch of other bling).So for now the Spinergy Enduro's are on my CC.

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    No worries. I stayed with the 1 1/8" as well. I did opt for a CK steelset to go with the Fox 36. I think that may be overkill for me but good insurance. I probobly won't get it built for another 2-3 weeks as I'm waiting for wheels. That kinda sucks. I can't wait to see some pics of other nicolais. I'm sure you'll be happy with the purchase Dropin%Dug! I do strongly recomend an extra derailler hanger. Spare parts may take quite a while to get to the states. I forgot to do that.... By the way has anyone checked out Nicolai's dropouts? They are adjustable and rather strange; I honestly can't see why. Interesting

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    Hey! Can any of you all recomend a rim? I like Mavic and DT but can't figure which is best. I'm pretty easy on wheels at about 180lb with gear. I like that top of the line DT(6.1 I think its called) I am worried about real heavy wheels though. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trailwhore
    By the way has anyone checked out Nicolai's dropouts? They are adjustable and rather strange; I honestly can't see why. Interesting
    Hi Trailwench...I think the adjustment is to be able to align (Toe in/Toe Out) the rear wheel. They call it RADO...

    RADO
    _Right Aligning Dropout

    In general, the quality of a frame can be judged by its "true-ness" along the vertical and horizontal axis. Similar to your car, you now have the option to adjust camber and toe-in through our RADO dropouts (as an added bonus, all models feature replaceable derailleur hangers). Exchanging the right dropout allows for a change of camber and toe-in, thus allowing you to perfectly align your rear wheel. By being available in three different sizes, identified by the milling numbers 0, 1, 2, and –1, -2 referring to the camber adjustment, the right dropout allows us also to align the rear end of the frame using less force, thus inflicting a lower stress on the frame. All NICOLAI frames leave the factory with a correctly adjusted dropout.
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    I have both a set of CK's laced to Mavic XM819's and a set of the I9 Enduro's (DT EX5.1D)....

    Both are around $800 for the set....I like the I9's because they are quieter and a bit lighter. Seem to roll smooth and appear pretty tough. No toco's yet...

    http://www.competitivecyclist.com/za...RODUCT.ID=3909

    Also the I9's can be converted to 12mm Maxle rear with a retro fit kit (with instructions oh so easy for Leonardo) and are convertable from 8mm to 20mm with a change of supplied caps up front.

    And here's my favorite place to shop...

    http://cgi.ebay.com/26-Industry-Nine...QQcmdZViewItem

    Good luck Traildude....
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    Thanks skips. I think I'll go with the DT 6.1 They're about 620 grams which is a bit heavy. But I'll check out the 819's and 5.1's you mentioned as well. Can you run a 2.5 tire on the 5.1? RADO: ah I see its for less manufacturing stress not so much for the end user to adjust. excellent

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    I guess it depends on how much you weigh, the Enduro with the 5.1's are pretty beefy. I weigh 175 stripped and think the 5.1's are sufficient for anything I'd throw at them.

    The 6.1's are I think similar to the EX823 Mavic which are pretty extreme. Not trying to talk you out of them, but they are more of a DH rim as opposed to rugged trail. In fact it seems the manufacturers are now referring to All Mountain, Enduro and DH/FR....

    I'm running a 2.5 Weirwolf on the Enduro's now and they handle them just fine. So 2.5's are no problem.

    Hope this helps...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trailwhore
    DT but can't figure which is best. I'm pretty easy on wheels at about 180lb with gear. I like that top of the line DT(6.1 I think its called)
    I hear the 6.1 used to have some issues being made of a soft material. Some are not convinced that the problem is fixed. The 5.1 is apparently plenty tough and big enough for 2.5" tyres. That is what I would take.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerk_Chicken
    I'm amazed to see those [awful] Magura single piston Louise brakes on such a nice ride.
    Sheesh JC, Magura are the best brakes on the market hands down in my opinion.....

    You will love your Nicolai.... Toni is a true legend... Had the pleasure of riding with him at Whistler a few days back,,, Two Nicolai's, awesome rides, stiffer rare ends than a honeymooners chopper....
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    Whafe,

    Don't have a problem with Magura at all, but look closer, the brakes are the SINGLE PISTON Louise brakes from like 2000. Hands down the absolute WORST brakes I've ever used. They actually stop the bike fine, but they require mechanical adjustment of a backing plate on the stationary pad that doesn't stay, and then there's a mechanical adjuster on the other piston that doesn't stay for more than 20 minutes into a ride. Love having the lever go to the bar, not to mention the uneven pad wear. Both wear into wedges.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whafe
    Sheesh JC, Magura are the best brakes on the market hands down in my opinion.....

    You will love your Nicolai.... Toni is a true legend... Had the pleasure of riding with him at Whistler a few days back,,, Two Nicolai's, awesome rides, stiffer rare ends than a honeymooners chopper....
    Cool, Whafe! Nice to see your Nicolai in action!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerk_Chicken
    Whafe,

    Don't have a problem with Magura at all, but look closer, the brakes are the SINGLE PISTON Louise brakes from like 2000. Hands down the absolute WORST brakes I've ever used. They actually stop the bike fine, but they require mechanical adjustment of a backing plate on the stationary pad that doesn't stay, and then there's a mechanical adjuster on the other piston that doesn't stay for more than 20 minutes into a ride. Love having the lever go to the bar, not to mention the uneven pad wear. Both wear into wedges.
    Its all good JC, just joshing. They are indeed oldies for sure..... Brake tech has moved on from 2000 in huge increments....
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    Hmmm. I'll look at those 5.1's as I'm 180 with gear. I'm no longer a weight weenie but 1/2 lb of rotating weight reduction seems good to me. Thanks dude!

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    Wow, just noticed this thread. Thanks Boone and Whafe for putting in a good word.

    I think we've been staying in pretty close email contact Dropin%Dug but if there's anything else you need answered, don't hesitate to ask.

    perttime- Custom geo is no problem should you want a dropped or shorter top tube. These frames are pretty much built to order anyway and the cost for minor adjustments really isn't all that bad in the long run.

    On the 12mm Maxle, quite a few hub options now Hope, I9, Hadley, and DT come to mind. The Maxle is so sweet to use in practice. I have two bolt on Kings, the Maxle is hands down easier, although I admit a soft spot for King hardware.

    Trailwhore - seriously consider the 5.1's, a very strong rim at 500g. I see plenty of DH racers using them these days, someone who is trail riding and admittedly not that hard on wheels should have no issues if the wheel build is high quality. I get so many questions about these rims that I have a set sitting on my dining room table at this very moment. Soon to be laced up and excessively abused just to have more first hand info on what they can take. I am not easy on bikes, just ask Whafe...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Err
    Trailwhore - seriously consider the 5.1's, a very strong rim at 500g. I see plenty of DH racers using them these days, someone who is trail riding and admittedly not that hard on wheels should have no issues if the wheel build is high quality. I get so many questions about these rims that I have a set sitting on my dining room table at this very moment. Soon to be laced up and excessively abused just to have more first hand info on what they can take. I am not easy on bikes, just ask Whafe...
    Err for sure uses components to the limit, which is all good. I have 5.1's laced to I9 spokes and hubs on my MotoLite. Can honestly say I have beaten these wheels for over 1 year, they are still truer than true, some spokes have chunks of metal out of them etc etc and still running perfect. I can honestly say, if a 5.1 rim was going to show problems, I would have had them, but no, strong as.....

    So I second Err's rec on the 5.1 rims...
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    Outstanding! I'll go with the 5.1's. They're lighter and cheaper than the 6.1's. Thanks all or the help. I probobly would have gone for the Maxle if not for my heavy investment in my Kings. I've always loved these hubs, even more so now that I've got the tool and saw firsthand the excellent build quality. I don't expect to drop over 6' with this bike so I'd like to keep it light without resorting to air springs. I just like the feel of coils better. I can't wait to get this thing built!!!!

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    It's a go...

    Well the order went in today with Toni...should have a frame hopefully by Nov. Will try to get it built up as rapidly as possible to get a ride comparison in compared to the Intense 6.6. It looks like I'll have to trek to Phoenix and do the National. Not a bad way to break in a bike!!!

    Thanks Toni for all the help and to Boone, Whafe, Trailpootang and CF, etal for the input. More fun to follow....

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    HOT DAMN!!!
    Now we're talkin'

    Congrats.

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    We wait with you in hot anticipation....November is not too far away....

    On another note, I have had a week on my Nicolai, in Whistler and the Shore. I LOVE this frame and bike, it is an awesome handling bike, it has astounded me in all areas.........
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    Hey I forgot the bb size. Is it 68 or 73?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trailwhore
    Hey I forgot the bb size. Is it 68 or 73?
    68.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whafe
    We wait with you in hot anticipation....November is not too far away....

    On another note, I have had a week on my Nicolai, in Whistler and the Shore. I LOVE this frame and bike, it is an awesome handling bike, it has astounded me in all areas.........
    You and me both Bro...I too am hoping to be astounded. I think the active nature of the Horst with the rgidity of the Maxle may just get it. I'm holding on to the Foes, but the active suspension on the 6.6 did get to my heart. Felt great.

    Glad to hear you enjoyed the Shore and the TFR....you rock dude for stepping out on that edge. Maybe someday I'll give the G-Box a go.....

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    Add another name to the lucky list(Dropin%Dug)

    Quote Originally Posted by Dropin%Dug
    Well the order went in today with Toni...should have a frame hopefully by Nov. Will try to get it built up as rapidly as possible to get a ride comparison in compared to the Intense 6.6. It looks like I'll have to trek to Phoenix and do the National. Not a bad way to break in a bike!!!

    Thanks Toni for all the help and to Boone, Whafe, Trailpootang and CF, etal for the input. More fun to follow....
    Congrats bro,You"ll understand the whole lucky list thing once you swing a leg over the sweetest rig ever to be had.And as for your comparison ride between Intense 6.6 and the Nicolai FR HaHa. There you go just did it for ya,I had a 6.6 before both of my Nicolai's and there is NO comparison. END OF STORY. As for November well good luck with that,just know that when it does come you will be very very happy.Pictures of my FR make over coming soon(you"ve been warned)Peace CF..

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    Always in search of the best rides ever....

    Quote Originally Posted by CRAZY FRED
    Congrats bro,You"ll understand the whole lucky list thing once you swing a leg over the sweetest rig ever to be had....As for November well good luck with that,just know that when it does come you will be very very happy.Pictures of my FR make over coming soon(you"ve been warned)Peace CF..
    Thanks Fred...however, I am somewhat of a Ti snob and my Titus Racer-X-O-Grid is the hands down finest riding bike I have ever strapped a leg over. Not sure that's gonna change. There's something about X-O-Grid that no one understands until they ride one. Let's just say it's one of the "quietest" frames I've ever been fortunate to own.

    However, I am looking forward to the Nicolai...whenever it gets here. I think it will be one of the best All Terrain rigs I've owned. I'm thinking that sometime in January it will be built and it'll be time for a trek to Phoenix. We usually go every year around that time to kick off training for the Ol Pueblo race in February.

    I'm also sure the Horst Linkage will be less likely to overwhelm the DHX Air and with a 12mm axel will be way stiffer than the VPP linkage the 6.6. has.

    Looking forward to seeing your FR Remake....don't keep us in anticipation too long brother!!!
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    Allright, here are a couple of pictures of my Helius FR: http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.ph...12#post3379512

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dropin%Dug
    Thanks Fred...however, I am somewhat of a Ti snob and my Titus Racer-X-O-Grid is the hands down finest riding bike I have ever strapped a leg over. Not sure that's gonna change. There's something about X-O-Grid that no one understands until they ride one. Let's just say it's one of the "quietest" frames I've ever been fortunate to own.

    However, I am looking forward to the Nicolai...whenever it gets here. I think it will be one of the best All Terrain rigs I've owned. I'm thinking that sometime in January it will be built and it'll be time for a trek to Phoenix. We usually go every year around that time to kick off training for the Ol Pueblo race in February.

    I'm also sure the Horst Linkage will be less likely to overwhelm the DHX Air and with a 12mm axel will be way stiffer than the VPP linkage the 6.6. has.

    Looking forward to seeing your FR Remake....don't keep us in anticipation too long brother!!!
    have to pipe in here also, as an XC / AM ride, my ExoGrid MotoLite is truly the ducks nuts, really hard to explain, but it rides like we would want a super model to ride... It is smoother than a giant huge throbbing smooth thing......D%D, thats kinda cool, we will have Exo´s and Nicolais´s... Yeah ha.....

    Some pics would be good CF, been prety much none from you lately...
    The_Lecht_Rocks: whafe - cheeers - may i offer an official apology for the wagon wheeler "dis-belief"

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    Hey Smitty...nice lookin rig. Like the fact that you shot it on the tracks....Nice touch. And muddy no less!!! Right on!!!

    How do you like the stiffness of the 10mm rear??? How much do you weigh and hows the DHX Coil feel? The fact that you got to 34lbs makes me feel good. With the DHX Air, 32lbs should be within reach....

    Tell us more Smitty!!! Give us the full monty buddy!!!

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    How big are a Ducks Nuts!!!

    Whafe....you're too good...from here on out, when I see your Avitar I'll know what it means!!!

    I guess like minds think alike...the more I play around with different bikes the more I'm convinced that Horst Link suspension is the "ducks nuts"....

    I really do like the Foes Single Pivot and how it handles, but I have this feeling that the Nicolai will forever change my perspective of the FXR....

    Which just means I'll need to tear it down and build an Air Fly...let's see...8" of firm controlled travel that can climb anything thrown at it....Uhmm, that might work...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dropin%Dug
    Hey Smitty...nice lookin rig. Like the fact that you shot it on the tracks....Nice touch. And muddy no less!!! Right on!!!
    Thanks, Dug!

    Quote Originally Posted by Dropin%Dug
    How do you like the stiffness of the 10mm rear???
    To tell you the truth, I feel little difference compared to standard QR. Maybe because I haven't ridden it hard enough. And I had only had about 4 or 5 rides on the QR, so can't really tell how much stiffer the TA is.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dropin%Dug
    How much do you weigh and hows the DHX Coil feel? The fact that you got to 34lbs makes me feel good. With the DHX Air, 32lbs should be within reach....
    I weigh in at 75 kilos (166 lbs.) plus clothing, pads, helmet and backpack. The shock is not DHX, it's Van R - basically a Vanilla in DHX body. I have been playing with different springs (350, 400, 450) and I think I like the 400 one most: nice and active, but still rather pedalable at 145 mm (my main riding mode) and very (but not overly) plush at 163 mm.

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    A bit late but all our UK Nicolai reviews are online at www.nicolai-uk.com
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