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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!

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    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: http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=364486

    Crisillo, thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smith
    So here's the thread: http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=364486

    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.

    https://img145.imageshack.us/my.php?...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 ?

    Scott

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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=https://img145.imageshack.us/my.php?image=image031wo0.jpg)(IMG)https://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="https://www.flickr.com/photos/5c0tty/2098009646/" title="Helius FR 2008 4 by redhotgtir, on Flickr"><img src="https://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="https://www.flickr.com/photos/5c0tty/2097229687/" title="Helius FR 2008 6 by redhotgtir, on Flickr"><img src="https://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="https://www.flickr.com/photos/5c0tty/2097228895/" title="Helius FR 2008 Made In Germany by redhotgtir, on Flickr"><img src="https://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="https://www.flickr.com/photos/5c0tty/2175814544/" title="Image051 by redhotgtir, on Flickr"><img src="https://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
    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=370671
    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
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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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    Cheers Whafe. I knew I should have picked a non bike specific user name. I'll see if admin can change it.

    I'm up in Aberdeen so won't make it to this meet. I have a similar problem to the pimp messiah in that I find it difficult getting south of Glentress. Another time hopefully.

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    Looking good. Richard's old frame? No need to change your handle, if you're big, white and fluffy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boozzz
    Looking good. Richard's old frame? No need to change your handle, if you're big, white and fluffy
    LMFAO.....

    Never looked at it that way.......
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    Big and fluffy? I had a cat like that once but it's definitely not me. Time for a user name change methinks while I've still only got a handful of posts on the forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yetiman71
    Cheers Whafe. I knew I should have picked a non bike specific user name. I'll see if admin can change it.

    I'm up in Aberdeen so won't make it to this meet. I have a similar problem to the pimp messiah in that I find it difficult getting south of Glentress. Another time hopefully.
    I'm looking forward to seeing this... hope it doesn't turn into one of those years when we fail to bump into each other despite being so close?

    It sure looks the nuts , no more listening to that horrible Yeti linkage rattle when your riding

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    Quote Originally Posted by thepimpmessiah
    I'm looking forward to seeing this... hope it doesn't turn into one of those years when we fail to bump into each other despite being so close?

    It sure looks the nuts , no more listening to that horrible Yeti linkage rattle when your riding
    Cheers dude. I got my first ride in last night and it felt awsome. I'll try and hook up with you soon.

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    Paul - Looks good - Need the new ATLAS AM chainset on there though ! Or I can sell you my '07 ;-0
    Gotta keep the black theme consistent.
    How did your ride go ? Fancy hooking up Wed or Thurs for a blast ?

    Simon.

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    Cheers Simon. I need to give my wallet a rest for a couple of months so the silver XT cranks stay for the time being. The first ride went really well now that I have the correct spring in place. The 450 gave just the right amount of sag and the Roco shock just gobbles up the small, medium and large hits. As you already know it also climbs well with or without the pro pedal on. I need to try it on more challenging trails to see how it performs on the bigger stuff.
    There's a 7pm ride at Scolty tomorrow night if you can make it but I might also be up for Thursday ride if the weather improves.

    Cheers
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    Hey Simon and YetiMan - Get a room, or go PM's...... Start a thread... LOL

    This is the setup Database for your beautiful piece of machinery, being your sick sick MTB
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    helius fr

    * Frame, Size, & Color: helius fr anodized black
    * Fork:marzocchi 55
    * Shock, i2i, stroke dt swiss xm 180
    * Brakes:formula the one front disc 200mm rear 180 mm
    * Cranks:shimano xtr 2008
    * Shifters:sram x9
    * Front Derailleur:sram x9
    * Rear Derailleur:sram x9 medium cage
    * Pedals:flat bmx exustar cnc
    * Stem:easton ea 70 forged
    * Handlebar:easton ea 50 monkeybar 685mm
    * Seatpost:truvativ xr 30,0mm
    * Saddle:selle italia slr t1
    * Bottom Bracket:
    * Cassette:sram pg 980
    * Chain:shimano ultegra
    * Headset:cane creek s3
    * Grips:
    * Front Tire:nobby nic evolution 2.4
    * Front Rim/ Spokes:easton havoc set
    * Front Hub/Skewer:easton am havoc set
    * Rear Tire:
    * Rear Rim:easton am havoc set
    * Rear Hub/Skewer:easton am havoc set
    * Cables:
    * Misc:
    * Overall Weight:14,9 kg

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    On the site of the British Bike-Dealer "Moonglu" is a knew custom FR:


    https://www.moonglu.com/custom/helfrdemo.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Whafe
    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
    @Whafe: sorry for posting some off-topic: Just saw you got XTR cranks and a blackspire stinger on your incredible Helius. Is the stinger the iscg-version? I want to ride the same combination on my Intense Slopestyle (sorry guys ) but it doesn't work because the chain rubs on the chainguide if it is in the smallest ring. What is the width of the bb-shell of the Helius? On my Intense it's 73 mm and I run a 2.5mm spacer on the driveside, but like mentionned, it doesn't work... How many spacers did you use on your Nic? Thank you for some advise

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    Quote Originally Posted by randan
    @Whafe: sorry for posting some off-topic: Just saw you got XTR cranks and a blackspire stinger on your incredible Helius. Is the stinger the iscg-version? I want to ride the same combination on my Intense Slopestyle (sorry guys ) but it doesn't work because the chain rubs on the chainguide if it is in the smallest ring. What is the width of the bb-shell of the Helius? On my Intense it's 73 mm and I run a 2.5mm spacer on the driveside, but like mentionned, it doesn't work... How many spacers did you use on your Nic? Thank you for some advise
    Hi randan...

    No worries, yes the stinger is the ISCG version. It is not perfect at all on the smallest front chainring... I am not too phased, am not in this ring much at all..
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    I've often dreamed of a Nicolai, but they have been a bit too pricey... I'm looking for a new frame, and noticed a dealer is offering a 06 or 07 Helius FR (is there a difference between 06 and 07?) at a price I could strech my budjet to, only it comes without a shock. My plan has been to move all the components apart from the shock from my current 07 Transition Preston to the new frame.

    As it happens I do have an extra Roco Air stashed away, but it's 190x50 which is not currently listed as a supported size on Nicolais website. Would it fit the frame, and what would it do to the geometry?

    Has anyone tried a Transition Preston? How does the Helius FR climb in comparison? Trails here are very rocky and rooty with short steep climbs. My fork is a Pike 454 with a ventana crown race (raises it a bit). would this frame be total overkill if I'm a chickenline kind of guy? Sorry, lot's of questions...

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    You ask,so here goes.

    Quote Originally Posted by dropadrop
    I've often dreamed of a Nicolai, but they have been a bit too pricey... I'm looking for a new frame, and noticed a dealer is offering a 06 or 07 Helius FR (is there a difference between 06 and 07?) at a price I could strech my budjet to, only it comes without a shock. My plan has been to move all the components apart from the shock from my current 07 Transition Preston to the new frame.

    As it happens I do have an extra Roco Air stashed away, but it's 190x50 which is not currently listed as a supported size on Nicolais website. Would it fit the frame, and what would it do to the geometry?

    Has anyone tried a Transition Preston? How does the Helius FR climb in comparison? Trails here are very rocky and rooty with short steep climbs. My fork is a Pike 454 with a ventana crown race (raises it a bit). would this frame be total overkill if I'm a chickenline kind of guy? Sorry, lot's of questions...
    IF the"Transition Preston" was the only bike in the world to ride I GUESS I WOULDN'T BE RIDING BIKES ANYMORE.Complete junk IF your asking me. If you can get your hands on a 07 FR with a GOOD rear shock(CCDB ) than drop everything and go do it. I promise you after about 7 min. you'll understand my comments about the Preston ( to be fair I feel this way about 99% of all bikes.)..Good luck.CF..

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    Quote Originally Posted by dropadrop
    (is there a difference between 06 and 07?)
    Yes, there is.
    The 06 had 150 mm of travel and shorter chainstays, 428 mm if I'm not mistaken. The 06 is supposed to have the tire/seat-tube collision problem (the tire would hit the tube at full compression; depends on the tire though), so that is why Nicolai lengthened the chainstays to 435 mm for thr 07 and upped the travel to 163 mm.

    Quote Originally Posted by dropadrop
    As it happens I do have an extra Roco Air stashed away, but it's 190x50 which is not currently listed as a supported size on Nicolais website. Would it fit the frame, and what would it do to the geometry?
    Let's see, both 06 and 07 models have the adjustability that the 08 lacks, and both normally take a 200x57 shock.
    If you move the front shock mount ~10 mm rearward you won't alter the geometry by installing a 190 e-t-e shock.
    However you won't get full travel from the frame if your shock has a 50 mm stroke. On the 06 you'd be limited to roughly 130 mm of travel and on the 07 - to around 140 mm.
    Suspension behavior would probably change, too - smaller shock stroke means less sag (in millimeters) and this may prevent the suspension from acting the way it was supposed to, but I won't dwell on this because I'm not a specialist.

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    Ive had my 08 FR for about 1 month now (detailed earlier in this thread) and although its fantastic to ride Ive had issues with the 36 Van RC2s bottoming out on the bigger jumps and drop offs, even with the firm spring fitted. So.
    Time for the first upgrade.
    A set of Totems arrived yesterday and by 7pm they were on the Nic and ready for action but unfortunately I wont be riding this weekend so Monday night will be the first try out.
    First impressions? Well, the 40mmm legs look huge compared to the 36s and Im not too keen on the Maori type graphics but they appear to be well made and feel plush as hell. The Maxle QR system is nice and simple and looks much cleaner than the two lever Fox system. I havent had a chance to play around with the mission control damping yet but the lock out feature will come in handy on the long fire road climbs (if I can be bothered using it).
    According to the stats the coil Totems should have been over 1lb heavier than the coil Foxs but in reality the difference was only 350g with my Foxs being much heavier than I expected.
    Overall the first impressions are very positive and Im looking forward to Monday night to give them a damn good thrashing.

    Couple of pics




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    Hey that is looking sweet, I don't suppose you have any pics of the whole bike from the side? I would love to see the geo as I too am thinking of a set of totems with a 1 1/8 head tube. How does it all feel? I also see you are running Mavic 819's with michelin tyres. What model tyres are they and what size? I am running the mountain extreme and love the grip, however not a large tyre. I have been thinking of a new set of rims and the larger 2.5 offerings from michelin.

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    They are massive aren't they!

    Be interested to find out how the coils compare to the airs... just come back from a weekend of downhilling in Chatel with totems on the front and they were great. Makes the FR a true do it all bike, with world cup DH course more than manageable !

    I never use the lock out indidentally

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    paul - they look fookin awesome - kirkers on monday ?

    simon.

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    however - 819's with TOTEM's seeems a bit of an oxymoron ???????

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    Nnnnnnnnng!

    So hot it hurts

    I'm so close to pushing that Totem button to replace my Sherms

    Perhaps we need to hook up this week so I can have a quick bounce to help make my mind up

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    Cheers for the positive comments. Messiah - I'll drop you a line tomorrow.

    Lorni - This is the only other pic I have but it's not quite square on. I'll need to take a few more. The tyres are 2.5" Michelin DH24s and I'm pretty pleased with them for most of the riding I do. My only complaint is that they struggle to shed mud when it's a bit claggy. 2.5's are supposed to be too big for the 819 rims but I find they run ok with very little roll and no burping. I run approx 25psi F & R.




    Simon - I have a set of 823's in the garage just in case but so far the 819's are holding up well and seem more than strong enough. They've been abused quite a bit since fitting them. I'll be at Kirkhill tomorrow after work so I'll drop you a mail during the day if you want to hook up.

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    Hey Yetiman, great looking rig. If you do get a chance to take a few side on pics It would be most appriciated. How would you compare the width of those 2.5 michelins to perhaps a 2.5 Minion?

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    Thanks Lorni. I picked up an old minion I had in the garage and against the Michelin it looks almost identical in width, there's not much in it. The Michelins have a more rounded profile against the flatter Minions.

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    Here is the spec:

    08 Nicolai helius fr
    08 fox talas 36 r
    xtr cranks with a hope ceramic bb and blackspire rings (the xtr rings and bb are being used as spares for my xc bike)
    xtr shadow rear mech
    xtr shifters
    xtr cassette
    xt front mech
    burgtec snow camo hubs, on mavic ex721 with dt comp spokes
    schwalbe big betty tires
    thompson stem and seatpost
    race face diablous bars
    formula the ones greg minnar special editions
    burgtec pedels
    e13 drs chain device with a blackspire c4 bash
    ti sdg bell air saddle
    king headset
    and a pcc 991 hollowpin chain

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    nicely done ... great build

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    What a stunner, great build.....

    Cool as effects with the picture too....

    Enjoy that puppy......
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    one question.

    mi weight is 72 kg, 160 lbs. what coil I need in a roco tst r?? 400??

    is the same in a ti spring??

    thanks a lot!!
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    gp - I'm running a 450 steel spring on my roco tst r and it's about right for my 82kg's so the 400 might just be ok for you. Not sure if it's the same for ti springs.

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    Hi, My one, from France





    Some changes are coming like blue kit for the HOPE MOTO V2 and new stem and saddle

    The setup is :
    Frame Helius FR Medium (sky Camo)
    Fork Marzo 66SL1 ATA
    Headset Brave Machine
    Shock DNM Prepared
    Front Wheel EASTON HAVOC
    Rear Wheel EASTON HAVOC
    Front Tyre Nokian GAZZA FR 2.35
    Rear Tyre Maxxis High Roller 2.35
    Brakes HOPE MOTO V2
    Crankset Shimano LX
    Chainguide DM3 bikes (www.dm3bike.com)
    Front Der Shimano LX
    Rear Der Shimano XT short cage
    Shifters Shimano XT
    Rear Cassette Shimano XT
    Chain SRAM PC-991
    Seat Post Race Face ATLAS 30.9
    Stem Race Face Diabolus
    saddle fizzi'k freak
    Handlebar Planet X
    Grips Moab Lizzard skin Lock on
    Pedals Crank brothers Mallet

    Weight about 16 kg...


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    very nice ride ...

    btw does your chain guide can actually allow you to use all your 3 chain rings? unless i am seeing things but you still have your large chainring on? or are you just using that as your "bash" ring

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    sweet bike triplex. You're running a short cage rear mech so I assume chinaman is correct about the large chain ring being used as a bash ring? I'm not normally a fan of the camo paint jobs but that looks pretty cool.

    How are you getting on with the 66's?

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    hi !

    the chain guide is this one :

    It's a large bearing, but on the second photo the chain is not on the good way, it must be between the chain rings and the chain guide

    It works perfectly with 2 or 3 chain rings, and without ISCG.

    The 66's is really performant, not very heavy (2,500kg) but very hard to find good settings...
    I also put oil on seals each ride.

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    * Rider height, weight, ride style e.g XC, endurance,trail, hucker etc

    * Frame, Size, & Color: Helius FR, M, jungle-camo
    * Fork: Fox Van 36 RC2
    * Shock, i2i, stroke: fox DHX-air 2008 222X63
    * Brakes: Shimano XT 2008
    * Cranks: Saint 2007 22X32
    * Shifters: Sram X.9 2008
    * Front Derailleur: XTR 2007
    * Rear Derailleur: X.9 2006
    * Pedals: PDM 643
    * Stem: Bontrager Big Earl 65mm
    * Handlebar: Easton Havoc AM 711mm
    * Seatpost: OnOff (thomson-like) :-D
    * Saddle: SDG Beal Air Ti
    * Bottom Bracket: Shimano
    * Cassette: Shimano Xt 11X34
    * Chain:Shimano XT
    * Headset: Hope XC
    * Grips: Bontrager Lock On
    * Front Tire: Maxxis HR 2.35 ST homemade tubeless
    * Front Rim/ Spokes: Mavic SX
    * Front Hub/Skewer:Mavic SX N/A
    * Rear Tire:Maxxis HR 2.35 60a homemade tubeless
    * Rear Rim: Mavic SX
    * Rear Hub/Skewer: Mavic SX N/A
    * Cables: Standard
    * Misc:
    * Overall Weight: 16.3 kg

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    * Frame, Size, & Color: helius fr, M, baby blue
    * Fork: boxxer WC
    * Shock, i2i, stroke: roco tst r, 400lbs
    * Brakes: hope moto v2 with alligator rotors, 203/203
    * Cranks: XTR, rotor chainrings 33/23, blackspire c4 white
    * Shifters: sram X.0
    * Front Derailleur: sram X.0
    * Rear Derailleur: XTR
    * Pedals: acid carbon (not in photo)
    * Stem: rotor SX 70mm, -2,5,
    * Handlebar: gravity carbon
    * Seatpost: gravity dropper
    * Saddle: fizik gobi xm
    * Bottom Bracket: rotor BB1 ceramic
    * Cassette: sram pg 990
    * Chain: sram pc 980
    * Headset: hope
    * Grips: sram
    * Front Tire: kenda blue groove 2.35 stick-e (kit tubeless)
    * Front Rim/ Spokes:dt ex1750 (dt 5.1) dt aerolite
    * Front Hub/Skewer: dt 240s, ex1750
    * Rear Tire: kenda small block eight dtc (kit tubeless)
    * Rear Rim:dt ex1750 (dt 5.1) dt aerolite
    * Rear Hub/Skewer: dt 240s, ex1750, 10mm dt skewer.
    * Cables: sram
    * Misc:
    * Overall Weight: 15.900 gr


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    Quote Originally Posted by garypalmer
    * Frame, Size, & Color: helius fr, M, baby blue



    it looks very nice

    The Boxxer is not too high ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by triplex
    it looks very nice

    The Boxxer is not too high ?
    is the same high than a totem.....
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    Spot on colour combo GaryP.......now I know what my ST will look like. Good riding.

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    Wow!

    Quote Originally Posted by triplex
    it looks very nice

    The Boxxer is not too high ?
    That is one good looking FR! With those dual crowns it shows just how versatile the FR is. I never would have guessed that a set of dual crowns would have fit on the FR. How about a ride report on that puppy, would love to know how it rides.

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    simply stunning ... dual crowns on an FR ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by triplex
    ... the chain guide is this one :

    It's a large bearing ...
    sorry but what make and model is the chain guide ...

    most recently i have found that on steep runs and with small drops ... keeping the chain on the largest chainring and the 5-6 cog on the rear, actually keeps the chain from dislodging ... comments anyone?

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    Now that is a great looking bike, colour combo is awesome.....

    Yummy indeed........ Enjoy
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    Quote Originally Posted by chinaman
    sorry but what make and model is the chain guide ...

    most recently i have found that on steep runs and with small drops ... keeping the chain on the largest chainring and the 5-6 cog on the rear, actually keeps the chain from dislodging ... comments anyone?
    It's a french producer : http://www.dm3bike.com/spip.php?rubrique5

    you can buy online by mailing them

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    garypalmer - dude that is the colour I fancied on my next build... really quite a spectacular looking machine.... good to see you going with the big forks!

    Let me know how it rides with he 200mm - 167mm balance - what do you usually use it for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karve
    garypalmer - dude that is the colour I fancied on my next build... really quite a spectacular looking machine.... good to see you going with the big forks!

    Let me know how it rides with he 200mm - 167mm balance - what do you usually use it for?
    I have ride this bike with four different forks (it is my second helius fr) 66sl '06, 66sl ata '08, 888sl ata '08, and now, with the new frame the boxxer.. and I don't see difference going up with this four forks, but I prefer downhill with the 888 and the boxxer.. for me is perfect..



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    new photo, I love "she"

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    last setting on my Helius FR







    Now it's really nice too me

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    garypalmer - Wow awesome.... im tempted to get one of the new boxxers... check them here - http://www.pinkbike.com/news/2010RockShoxBoXXer.html - and run it on the front of my FR next year for work in the ALPs... might be a magical combo!

    triplex - delicious colours mate! how do you find the FR rides with the rocco?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karve

    triplex - delicious colours mate! how do you find the FR rides with the rocco?

    The rocco is very sweet and smooth, a lake ok progressivity... I need to find the perfect settings

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    Quote Originally Posted by ianpinder


    Here is the spec:

    08 Nicolai helius fr
    08 fox talas 36 r
    xtr cranks with a hope ceramic bb and blackspire rings (the xtr rings and bb are being used as spares for my xc bike)
    xtr shadow rear mech
    xtr shifters
    xtr cassette
    xt front mech
    burgtec snow camo hubs, on mavic ex721 with dt comp spokes
    schwalbe big betty tires
    thompson stem and seatpost
    race face diablous bars
    formula the ones greg minnar special editions
    burgtec pedels
    e13 drs chain device with a blackspire c4 bash
    ti sdg bell air saddle
    king headset
    and a pcc 991 hollowpin chain
    what happens if you put the coil shock on the top position?? what is the difference between putting it up and put down??

    thanks a lot..
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    Quote Originally Posted by garypalmer
    is the same high than a totem.....
    Dude - any pics of the set up with 888's - thinking about a tripple crown setup for the alps next year!

    Why did you get rid of them and get the boxxers?

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    Finally my dream bike is ready.
    Fork- Totem coil
    Stem- gravity light- 60mm
    Headset- cane creek 1.5
    Brakes- Formula the One 203mm
    Wheel rims - DT Swiss FR 6.1D
    Rohloff speed hub
    And what can I say except I love it. And rohloff is the one I dont want to go back to other derailleurs.


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    Damn Tiki, looking awesome and hardcore FR! Had any chance to weigh it yet?

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    not yet but I am also curious about the weight. So soon will be some numbers

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    A very nice Helius FR, tiki.

    Your bottom-bracket seems to be very low - are you using a shorter rear shock than other Nic's in this thread?

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    Quote Originally Posted by randan
    A very nice Helius FR, tiki.

    Your bottom-bracket seems to be very low - are you using a shorter rear shock than other Nic's in this thread?
    No the shock was together with the frame and it was set up by NICOLAI

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    Now that randan mentions it, your shock indeed is quite a bit shorter than the one on my FR, or any other FR that I've seen. So this is not on purpose?

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    Hmm, I just don't know but it looks a bit strange to me - the seatpost angle and the position of the top link seems to be quite different to the other Helius in this thread. But besides this, your bike looks awesome!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by randan
    Hmm, I just don't know but it looks a bit strange to me - the seatpost angle and the position of the top link seems to be quite different to the other Helius in this thread. But besides this, your bike looks awesome!!
    thanks and yes you are correct look like is shorter. after your post I checked more carefully other bikes here and you are right. but for the moment will right like that. it is feel nice. later will try with longer shock

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    That shorter shock has slacked out the geo as well.... interesting! What is the stroke length on that shock dude it looks like an inch or something? Id say thats a 100mm travel FR!

    Mint set up though mate... looks so clean with the internal rear hub and the black and red is rockin!

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    A sweet as looking FR, look wicked with the Rohloff.... Be very keen to hear how she rides and your thoughts...

    Be cool to hear also what is going down with the shock, the angles seem really slack, be low fast and mean....LOL

    Enjoy that bad boy....
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    doesn't look right at all ! ? !

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    Riding terrain conditions: Bit of everything

    * 2007 Helius FR, Medium, Black Ano
    * Fork: Rockshox Coil Lyriks
    * Shock: Fox DHX 4.0
    * Brakes: Avid Code 5's with 203mm rotors
    * Cranks: Raceface Diablolus
    * Shifters: Shimano SLX
    * Front Derailleur: Shimano SLX (conventional)
    * Rear Derailleur: Shimano SLX (short cage)
    * Pedals: Easton Flatboys
    * Stem: FSA 230
    * Handlebar: FSA 330
    * Seatpost: Raceface Diabolous
    * Saddle: Fizik Zeak A.S.S. (cordura)
    * Bottom Bracket: RaceFace
    * Cassette: Shimano 32-11
    * Chain: Shimano
    * Headset: Da Bomb X-10
    * Grips: ODI Lock-On
    * Wheelset: Easton Havoc
    * Front Tire: Maxxis High Roller 2.5
    * Rear Tire: Maxxis High Roller 2.5
    * Cables: Goodridge
    * Misc: e-Thirteen Bashguard
    * Overall Weight: 39lbs

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    Love this bike. Upgraded from a CC



    Riding terrain conditions: uk XC, Trail bashing to the alps

    * Rider height 6', weight 15 stone, ride style XC, Trail and light Downhill

    * Frame, 2007 Helius FR Black annodised
    * Fork: 2009 Fox Van 36 RC2's
    * Shock, Rockshock pearl 3.3
    * Brakes:Hope 200mm Mono M4 front and 180 Mono mini Rear
    * Cranks: Shimano XT With Middleburn rings
    * Shifters: Shimano XT
    * Front Derailleur: XTR
    * Rear Derailleur: LX
    * Pedals: Shimano DX
    * Stem: Hope XC
    * Handlebar: Azonic B52's
    * Seatpost: Thompson Elite
    * Saddle: SDG belair
    * Bottom Bracket: Hope
    * Cassette: Shimano LX 8spd
    * Chain: Sram PC58
    * Headset: Chris King
    * Grips: ODI
    * Front Tire: Hutchinson Spider (winter) Kenda Nevgal (summer)
    * Front Rim/ Spokes: Mavic X719 sapin double butted
    * Front Hub/Skewer: Hope Pro 2
    * Rear Tire: Maxxis Medusa (winter) Kenda Negal (summer)
    * Rear Rim: Mavic X321
    * Rear Hub/Skewer: Hope Bulb Hope squewer
    * Cables: Shimano
    * Misc: Random carbon and Ti Bits
    * Overall Weight: 32Lbs with Winter tires

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    It's been a long time since I posted my rig here and I did a lot of changes to it, so here it is again.










    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 cm / 6 ft., 75 kilos / 166 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 sizing (ETT 600 mm, ST 425 mm), standard derailleur + Rohloff cable guides, ISCG mounts
    * Fork: Fox 36 Van R 2008
    * Shock, i2i, stroke: Fox Van R 2007 200 mm / 7.875 in. eye-to-eye, 57 mm / 2.25 in. stroke, 450 lbs/in steel spring
    * Brakes: Magura Louise 2008 180 mm front, 160 mm rear (Goodridge hose in the rear, will soon install one on the front, too), 203/180 mm for the mountains.
    * Cranks: Shimano Hone with a 32t e.13 GuideRing and e.13 SuperCharger bashguard, modified e.13 32 Special chain guide (removed the roller and installed a homemade aluminium 'taco')
    * Shifter: Shimano Saint 2009
    * Front Derailleur: none
    * Rear Derailleur: Shimano Saint 2009
    * Pedals: Time Z
    * Stem: Hope 50 mm, 25 degrees
    * Handlebar: Race Face Deus XC 31.8 mm, 635 mm wide, 25 mm rise
    * Seatpost: Thomson Masterpiece 31.6 x 350 mm in-line (pictured with Thomson Elite 31.6 x 410 mm in-line)
    * Saddle: WTB Devo, steel rails
    * Bottom Bracket: Hope ceramic
    * Cassette: Shimano XTR 11-34 (pictured with Shimano Deore XT 11-34)
    * Chain: Shimano Deore XT
    * Headset: FSA Orbit Xtreme Pro Deep Cup
    * Grips: Lizard Skins Logo with black ODI clamps
    * Front Tire: Schwalbe Nobby Nic 26 x 2.4 (Schwalbe Ice Spiker Pro 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
    * Rear Tire: Schwalbe Nobby Nic 26 x 2.4 (Schwalbe Ice Spiker Pro 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: Shimano cable, Yokozuna housing
    * Misc: FSA 10 mm aluminium headset spacer, Hope seat collar, Schwalbe Extra Light tubes, Lizard Skins Super Jumbo + Jumbo chainstay and seatstay protectors.
    * Overall Weight: currently around 14.8 kilos / 32.7 lbs.

    A titanium shock spring is on the way already which will hopefully drop another ~150 grams from the overall weight.

    For the mountains I'll be switching back to 2x9 instead of 1x9: 22 & 32 Shimano chainrings, Shimano SLX front derailleur with SRAM X.7 shifter, Blackspire Stinger chain guide. But for 95% of my riding 1x9 is enough.

    This bike has just won a local unofficial "Best custom bike" contest in "Full suspension with 130 mm of rear travel and above" category

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    Just saw the pictures on mtb-news.de. I knew it was your bike. Despite the other nickname.

    Looks great all black-stealthy-sticker-free!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Testmaen
    Just saw the pictures on mtb-news.de. I knew it was your bike. Despite the other nickname.

    Looks great all black-stealthy-sticker-free!
    Hehehe thanks

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    Smith, loving how angry and stealthy she looks in all black.... mmmmm ready for battle. Looks sweet as....
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    Looks very nice smith, super stealth look

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    The rider, myself, 1m85, 88kg... mostly ride Enduro

    my Helius FR 2008
    Tailor made, topt tube M size, Seat tube S size and head angle 66
    Color Dizzy Neon Camo
    DHX Coil 4 (spring painted the same way as the frame 550lbs)
    Fork RS Lyrik solo Air
    Head set Accros Big Balls Richie Schley edition
    Stem Syntace Super Force 31.8
    Handle Bar Syntace Vector 31.8 Carbon
    Grip Syntace Moto
    Brakes Magura Gustav M 10th anniversary (210/190)
    Trigger X0
    Rear Derailleur X0
    Front Derailleur X9
    Crank set Stylo 24/36
    Cassette PG990
    Chain PC99
    Seat Post Thomsom Master Piece (but soon a Gravity Dropper Turbo 4")
    Seat Clamp Syntace
    Saddle SMP Evolution
    Pedal Flat or Time Z
    Wheels depending on the ride. Mavic Xmax XL or Xmax SX
    Tires depending of the weather; mostly DH16 2'5 front and Michelin DH24 2'2 rear

    the bike weights 15, 12g with the SX and Fat Albert tires

    I tried also different shoks, DHX Air, DT Swiss HVR, 190 and I tried a 66 on it too


    that's my playground, I'm living on the opposite mountain


    with the Xmax XL


    and set up as a dh bike
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    yea yea yea that is the shiiiiizle - niccce - have not seen a custom head angle before - I would have gone for one myself had i thought about it a bit more.

    Awesome looking machine bro!

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    A lovely machine indeed

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    Frame, Size, large & Color: pastel blue
    * Fork: Van R 36
    * Shock, dhx5 air
    * Brakes: Hope 4pots
    * Cranks: Race face evolve xc
    * Shifters: xt
    * Front Derailleur: slx
    * Rear Derailleur: xt
    * Pedals: DMR V12
    * Stem: Easton Vice
    * Handlebar: Easton EA70
    * Seatpost: Easton Vice
    * Saddle: SDG Bell RL
    * Bottom Bracket: Hope ceramic
    * Cassette: XT
    * Chain: XT
    * Headset: Hope 1.5 step down (because my fork steerer was too short for my fett set
    * Grips: ODI mx
    * Front Tire: Kenda nevegal
    * Front Rim/ SpokesT swiss EX1750
    * Front Hub/Skewer: DT swiss EX1750 20mm thru axle
    * Rear Tire: Kenda nevegal
    * Rear RimT swiss EX1750
    * Rear Hub/SkewerT swiss EX1750 nicolai maxle
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    Nice ride there mate, the baby blue and the white is so nice.....

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    Hi, thats my new built:



    If youre interested youll find more pics on my blog . (german language only at the moment, sorry)

    Riding terrain conditions: austria, alps, northern limestone alps

    * Rider height 195cm weight 84kg, ride style: endurance, technical trail

    * Frame, Size, & Color: tailor: large frame with medium seattube, ISCG Hammerschmidt ready, 12mm rear dropouts with maxle, main frame RAL 3000 "fire dept. red", tail anodized black
    * Fork: rock shox lyrik coil
    * Shock, i2i, stroke : fox dhx 5, 200mm/57mm
    * Brakes: Avid Juicy Carbon 203/185mm
    * Cranks: Shimano XT 22/36/Raceface BG
    * Shifters: Sram X.0
    * Front Derailleur:Shimano XT
    * Rear Derailleur: Sram X.0
    * Pedals: Xpedo MX-1 magnesium
    * Stem: Syntace VRO DH
    * Handlebar:Syntace 7075 VRO
    * Seatpost:Syntace P6 carbon
    * Saddle:Selle Italia SLR TT
    * Bottom Bracket:Shimano XT
    * Cassette:Shimano XT
    * Chain:SRAM PC 991
    * Headset:Reset Racing 118HD
    * Grips:Syntace Moto
    * Front Tire:Maxxis Minion F, 2.5 60a 2ply
    * Front Rim/ Spokes:Sun Singletrack /DT comp
    * Front Hub/Skewer: DT Swiss 440/Maxle
    * Rear Tire:Maxxis Minion R, 2.5 60a 2ply
    * Rear Rim:Sun Singletrack
    * Rear Hub/Skewer: DT Swiss 440
    * Cables:Jagwire Ripcord L3
    * Misc:
    * Overall Weight: 16.5 kg

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    Finaly my dream come true, and I`m very happy with my new baby. So here comes the setup:

    *Riding terrain conditions
    Mostly technical single track , southern Finland, no dh..yet
    * Rider height, weight, ride style
    64 210lbs - All day AM rides, Enduro teasing roadies

    * Frame, Size, & Color: - Extra large, Ano pronze
    * Fork: Fox Talas 36 rlc
    * Shock: Fox Van R 200/57mm, 650 lbs 2.30
    * Brakes: Hope M4 front Hope Moto Mini rear
    * Cranks: Shimano SLX 36-26
    * Shifters: Shimano XT
    * Front Derailleur: Shimano XT
    * Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT shadow medium cage
    * Pedals: Shimano XTR
    * Stem: FCF
    * Handlebar: FCF
    * Seatpost: Thomson Elite 30.0/410mm
    * Saddle: Fizi`k cobe
    * Bottom Bracket: Shimano SLX
    * Cassette: Shimano XT 14-34
    * Chain: Sram pc-991
    * Headset: FSA orbit extreme
    * Grips: ODI
    * Front Tire: Varies (Shwalbe ice-spiker pro for winter)
    * Front Rim/ Spokes: Mavic 823 UST with DT-spokes
    * Front Hub/Skewer: DT-Swiss 440 freeride 20mm thrubolt
    * Rear Tire: Varies (Nokia 294 Extreme for winter)
    * Rear Rim: Mavic 823 UST with DT-spokes
    * Rear Hub/Skewer: DT-Swiss 340 with Salsa Quikie
    * Cables: standard
    * Overall Weight: enough

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    Awesome-issimo!!! Congrats !!!

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    Great looking FR jiipee. What sort of terrain do you have in southern Finland? With a 26t inner ring I assume the hills are not too steep or do have legs like Finnish pine trees

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    Hey Jiipee. That is one beautiful FR especially in XL. I am so glad they have now changed the head gusset to match the rest of the sizes. I have a 08 XL with the old gusset and have always felt it ugly and not in keeping with the rest of the frame.

    The bronze looks the nuts, you have a beautiful ride there my friend, enjoy.

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    Very nice FR jiipee and very well spec'd. Love the wheel choice i have the very same on their way too... Your build is not unlike my soon to be FR Happy riding bud...

    I have an AM in Ano bronze atm and i have a love/hate relationship with the colour!!!
    Some days i think its absolutley stunning and the next i hate it, hopefully you'll have the latter and have a love afair with it
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    Quote Originally Posted by yetiman71
    Great looking FR jiipee. What sort of terrain do you have in southern Finland? With a 26t inner ring I assume the hills are not too steep or do have legs like Finnish pine trees

    Thanks all.
    One of my concerns, is that ring. Terrain is not like Alps tho, but it`s very technical often.

    JP

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    Quote Originally Posted by yetiman71
    What sort of terrain do you have in southern Finland? With a 26t inner ring I assume the hills are not too steep
    There's no mountains in Finland ... but the smaller stuff sometimes gets a bit steep. You just have to hit the uphills hard and usually you can keep it up all the way to the top.

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    jiipee - why not set the sadddle back a wee bit and run a shorter stem ? that would provide a more mid-centric riding position and really let you rip into the rough with your increased steering input.
    other than that, i like it a lot especially the Anodized Bronze
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    26t is fine for most places in southern Finland...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dropadrop
    26t is fine for most places in southern Finland...
    Yo, thats right my friend, just gotta learn how to ride...

    TLR --> thanks for the hint, must keep in mind.

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    Mine:

    * Frame, Size, & Color: Helius FR, S, black-ano
    * Fork: Fox Talas 36 RC2
    * Shock: Fox DHX 5.0
    * Brakes: Hope Moto V2
    * Cranks: Shimano XTR
    * Shifters: Shimano XTR
    * Front Derailleur: Shimano XTR
    * Rear Derailleur: Shimano XTR
    * Pedals: Shimano DX
    * Stem: Thomson X4
    * Handlebar: Easton EA70 Monkey Bar
    * Seatpost: Thomson
    * Saddle: Selle Italia NT1
    * Bottom Bracket: Shimano
    * Cassette: Shimano XT
    * Chain:SRAM
    * Headset: Chris King
    * Grips: Odi Lock On
    * Front Tire: Maxxis Advantage
    * Front Rim/ Spokes: Mavic EN521 Disc / DT Swiss
    * Front Hub/Skewer: Chris King Iso Disc / Fox QR
    * Rear Tire: Maxxis Advantage
    * Rear Rim: Mavic EN521 Disc
    * Rear Hub/Skewer: Chris King Iso Disc / Hope
    * Cables: Standard

    * Overall Weight: about 16.2 kg


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    Tailored Helius FR

    * Rider height 5'11", weight 13+ Stone , ride style anything fast + fun

    * Frame, Size, & Color: Tailored (585 TT/425 ST/66.5deg HA) Kawagrun front/Nano black rear (1.5 Headtube/12mm Rear)
    * Fork: Fox 36 Float RC2 1.5" (Black Crown/White Lowers)
    * Shock, Fox Float RP23
    * Brakes: Hope Tech V2
    * Hose: Goodridge Steel Braided
    * Rotors: Hope Floating Rotors 203mm Front/183mm Rear
    * Cranks: Shimano XTR
    * Shifters: Sram X0
    * Front Derailleur: Shimano XTR
    * Rear Derailleur: Sram X9 Short Cage
    * Pedals: Easton Flatboy
    * Stem: Sunline DH 50mm 1.5"
    * Handlebar: Easton EC70 MonkeyLite CNT DH Riser O/S
    * Seatpost: Thomson Elite 440mm
    * Saddle: SDG FX
    * Bottom Bracket: Shimano XTR
    * Cassette: SRAM PG990
    * Chain: KMC X9
    * Headset: CaneCreek Double X-II 1.5"
    * Grips: ODI Extreme Lock-on Grips
    * Front Tire: Shwalbe Big Betty UST Tubeless
    * Front Rim/ Spokes: Mavic EX823 UST/DT Swiss
    * Front Hub/Skewer: DT Swiss 440 FR /20mm bolt thru
    * Rear Tire: Shwalbe Shwalbe Big Betty UST Tubeless
    * Rear Rim: Mavic EX823 UST/DT Swiss
    * Rear Hub/Skewer: DT Swiss 440 FR /12mm Maxle bolt thru
    * Cables: Goodridge
    * Misc: Hope Seat Clamp, Gamut P30 Bash Guard, E-Thirteen DS Chain Device modified, Diety bar ends,
    * Overall Weight: 34.5lb
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    jesus how many do you own now??!!!

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    Sweet derekr, glad you too went with the short cage rear Der, they rock....
    The_Lecht_Rocks: whafe - cheeers - may i offer an official apology for the wagon wheeler "dis-belief"

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    derekr, that's really sweet. Interested to know what your wheels weigh.....my 823's laced to Hope Pro 2's, 36 hole front and rear come in at 2400g. I'm using the same tyres....they came in at 860g and 890g....well below the stated weight of 980g.

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    Hi mate, i'll weigh them next time i'm @ Dippers for ya!

    My big betty's too are well under the stated weight!

    Having some clearance problems with the new frame but hope to get it resolved soon!
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    I finished building this thing for my girlfriend recently.
    Not sure about the frame as i bought it used. The seller said it was a custom helius FR with AM or CC rear triangle.. Maybe someone knows better?

    Specs:
    * Frame, Size, & Color: Helius FR/AM/CC, XS, white with silver flakes
    * Fork: Pike coil u turn
    * Shock: Manitou isx air, DHX 3 as spare shock
    * Brakes: Shimano SLX
    * Cranks: Shimano SLX
    * Shifters: Shimano SLX
    * Front Derailleur: Shimano SLX, Probably going single ring soon
    * Rear Derailleur: Shimano SLX
    * Pedals: CB Acid
    * Stem: Pro FRS
    * Handlebar: Pro FRS
    * Seatpost: Pro
    * Bottom Bracket: Shimano
    * Cassette: Shimano XT
    * Chain:SRAM
    * Headset: The pig
    * Front Tire: Schwalbe Nobby nic
    * Wheels: Shimanio XT All Mountain
    * Cables: Standard

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    That bike looks really amazing

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    nice rig !!!
    seems to me to be a CC, but with plates on the head tube, probably because the rear shock is really close to it.

    very nice anyway !!

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    its a cc swinger (does that count as the backend), as the fr swinger only has two holes, and in the picture i can see more than 2.

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    My friend broke his frame last week and this is what he bought today.
    Old components were used on new frame,some update will happen in near future

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    derekr's revised FR :


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    Cheers bud never noticed u posted this
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