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Race.Worn.Updated. – Nicolai Helius RC

November 12, 2010

What you see here is a Nicolai Helius RC frame that was manufactured in 2009 as one of the frames featured in the 2009 Nicolai catalog. We bought the frame off the Nicolai stock list thinking that we can provide for customers looking for an off the rack Nicolai frame. But shortly upon its arrival, it turned into our very own race machine!

First impression of this Nicolai Helius RC frame was its light weight with the use of Easton Light weight Race tubes. And as many would know, Nicolai doesn’t really make very light frames as compared to the other MTB brands in the market. Not especially so when the market now is even going towards carbon fibre and hydro-formed alloy tube-sets.
Next would be the light weight DT swiss XR carbon shock mounted onto the frame with Titanium hard wares. The bronze anodized finish really show case the big “Fish scale” weldings that can only be achieved with the hands of Nicolai’s very own “GURU” welder , Sascha Kanne.

After a few different riders and a few different races including a 12 hour marathon race earlier this year, we thought of taking that chance to make the bike more ” up to date” and to replace some parts like the pair of Red anodized NoTubes ZTR Crest rims laced with Pillar racing Rainbow Titanium spokes on Hope pro 2 hubs, which happens to be ceramic bearings equipped. We achieve almost 200 grams of weight savings on the rims changes alone as compared to our previous pair of Dtswiss 4.2 rims.

But why is there a need to change?

Cross-country racing is now much known as Cross-country/Marathon, bringing the usual 80-100 travel bikes all the way up to 120mm or 29ner wheels due to the harsher competition terrains and tracks. So the first modification was to upgrade the front suspension fork to a light weight RockShox XX Reba, customized with red sticker kit from the standard Revelation sticker pack. Enabling the bike now to run 120mm travel. Rear travel was easily increased by shifting the mounting holes on the frame. Something which is not possible on most standard MTB frames. You can see in this instance this frame is not just meant for racing or even to last but also the adaptability towards constant changes in the bicycle industry.

Now our Race bike is revived again and ready for any race, any harsh terrain, and any time, any where!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 12, 2010 9:41 pm

    i want it

  2. Jazz permalink
    November 14, 2010 10:58 am

    Hi, can i know what it mean by ceramic bearring Hope pro 2? did u guys customize the bearring or?

  3. attitudebikes permalink*
    November 15, 2010 11:37 am

    noppe 🙂 we just simply replace the bearings with ceremic one 🙂

  4. November 23, 2010 1:33 pm


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