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    Nicolai Nucleon TFR for all mountain use?

    There seems to be a good few Nicolai owners on here so I thought I'd seem some advice. I may have the opportunity to buy a Nucleon TFR (complete with G-Boxx-1) at a pretty good price, as it's an ex demo. It will be frame, all the gearbox gubbins, with front and rear wheel. I'm just wondering if it's suitable for climbing and descending?

    The weight is quite high, which may make climbing tough, and the head angle is quite steep at 69.something, which may make descending a bit ropey. I hope to use it as a AM bike with a slight freeride bias, and so don't want to waste loads of money buying it if it is too hard to climb on and is scary on the way down. (I'm coming from a Kona Coiler with a Rohloff hub and pikes on the front, weighing 38lb+, so am used to a bit of weight).

    All advice welcome, particularly if it's from someone who has ridden one a fair bit.

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    I'm sure Whafe will chime in but yeah, it should be totally doable as an AM rig. The build will heavily dictate how well it climbs and descends. It's prob going to weigh in the high 30s even with a very light build. A travel adjust fork like a TALAS 36 will really help with the HT angle.

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    Is this one of Mat's bikes?

    Quote Originally Posted by mtb_baz
    There seems to be a good few Nicolai owners on here so I thought I'd seem some advice. I may have the opportunity to buy a Nucleon TFR (complete with G-Boxx-1) at a pretty good price, as it's an ex demo. It will be frame, all the gearbox gubbins, with front and rear wheel. I'm just wondering if it's suitable for climbing and descending?

    The weight is quite high, which may make climbing tough, and the head angle is quite steep at 69.something, which may make descending a bit ropey. I hope to use it as a AM bike with a slight freeride bias, and so don't want to waste loads of money buying it if it is too hard to climb on and is scary on the way down. (I'm coming from a Kona Coiler with a Rohloff hub and pikes on the front, weighing 38lb+, so am used to a bit of weight).

    All advice welcome, particularly if it's from someone who has ridden one a fair bit.
    If so I'm aware of the build kit that's on it.So with a little bit of $$ and some (better)parts you can get that bike down to low mid 30's.And more importantly than that if your coming off a 38 pound blowna Coiler you could pedal a 38 pound Nicolai anything as if it weighed 30 pounds.Sell that Ford escort(Kona)and get behind the wheel of this whatever pound BMW(Nicolai) and your life will never be the same. CF.BTW where's Whafe when you need he'm.

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    I've demo'ed a few Nicolai's while I was in Germany & shopping for a new ride, and the NucleonTFR was the first that I tried. The thing is burly (both weight & build-quality)!
    According to the LBS that I was at, the weight of a complete bike was around 18kg.... or 37/38 lbs. The Nicolai website states 37.4lbs. Without a scale, I'd say that this was definitely in the ballpark, just hefting the bike told me it was near 40lbs.
    But seeing as how my Nomad is 39.7lbs and I ride it everywhere, weight doesn't mean much.... it just depends on how fast and masochistic you wanna be.
    The G-boxx was really impressive, and it reminded me of the Rohloff in terms of shifting quality.

    The only issue I'd see as being a headache is the G-boxx maintenance. If by chance you needed some factory work done, it'd be somewhat of a pain to send your bike (or whatever) back to Germany for service. I'm sure it's possible to maintenance the G-boxx yourself, given the right tools and parts, but I don't know how readily available those are is Ireland or the UK.

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    its all good, been commuicating with mtb_baz on this, he posted this thread somewhere else where by I came across it...................

    CF, that Nucleon Matt has for sale the blue one in the mtbr classifieds is a different build. mmmm a RP23 on ta Nucleon, it is an 06 frame too, so the more XC geo, where by the 07 like mine is slightly different, more FR / AM (that word) than the 06....
    The_Lecht_Rocks: whafe - cheeers - may i offer an official apology for the wagon wheeler "dis-belief"

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    I finally got the frame from Germany and got it built up. I've had a brief ride on Saturday morning and it rocks. Heading out again tomorrow night to go jumping in the dark. It ROCKS!!! Thanks for all the advice folks.


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