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Nicolai Nucleon AM – The Green Menace.

October 11, 2012

The Helius AC in the previous post was not the only Anodized Black beauty to arrive recently. Matched with a mixture of both Anodized Black/Green Extra Love options, this Nucleon AM just some how looks menacing, ready to take whatever you can throw at it.

To ensure that the rest of the bike could take as much of a beating as the frame, we fitted a 180mm RockShox Totem  2-Step Solo Air in the front to match the RockShox Vivid Air Shock in the rear. Despite them being ‘air sprung’, they were strong components that didn’t compromise on weight. The Totem could also be lowered down to 150mm on-the-fly for climbs as the lowest gear on the Nucleon is definitely light enough to climb up steep terrain.

Even the smallest parts needed to be reliable, such as the green Goodridge steel braided hydraulic brake hoses for example.

Most of you who follow our blog and facebook page will be familiar with the G-Boxx, a 14 speed Rohloff shifting system built inside a beautifully machined casing that protects it from the elements. Located in the center of the frame for even weight distribution, it is also designed to provide more ground clearance.

A new Extra Love option for anodized casings on G-Boxx frames like the Nucleon AM were made available recently. This is the first green G-Boxx we have seen, and we reckon there are only 5 to 6 Nicolai’s with anodized G-Boxx’s.

Since the drivetrain is located in the front, Nicolai has spec’ed all of it’s G-Boxx frames with the patented Compound Rear Hub to enable easy removal of the rear wheel. As Nicolai puts it: “Another advantage of the G-Boxx 1 system is the three-part COR rear hub that enables the rear wheel to be released in seconds leaving the chain on the sprocket, and the brake disc attached to the frame.”

As you can see, the Extra Love option is also extended to the rear hub.

A closer look at the ‘non-drive side’ of the Nucleon AM.

True enough though, that is exactly what Nicolai intended the Nucleon AM to be when they designed it – A tough, reliable, long travel, All-Mountain/Freeride frame – Certainly what the owner was looking for, and certainly a ‘menace’ in the trails.

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  1. February 12, 2013 4:54 pm

    A new Extra Love option for anodized casings on G-Boxx frames like the Nucleon AM were made available recently. This is the first green G-Boxx we have seen, and we reckon there are only 5 to 6 Nicolai’s with anodized G-Boxx’s.

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