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Nicolai Helius AM – Creating the Perfect All-Mountain Machine.

May 11, 2013

For those of you who have been regularly following our Facebook page, you would have seen a few photos of this Nicolai Helius AM throughout the past few weeks. When we were given the green light to build it for the owner (who resides in China), we were told to spare no expense in creating the perfect All-Mountain bike that we possibly could. We managed to grab a few shots of it before it flew over to it’s new home in China, so that we could give you guys the lowdown.

The cockpit comprises of an ENVE DH bar, bolted to a 50mm Thomson Elite X4 stem.

Stopping power is provided by Magura’s MT6 brakes, which in our opinion, have got a really comfortable and easy to adjust lever.

180mm rotors also give it a really nice and balanced amount of modulation or lock when required.

The Helius AM is also built with a 2013 RockShox Lyrik RC2 DH that we reworked once we took it out from the box, complimenting the Vivid Air rear shock extremely well.

While it may not be the lightest rim around, Atomlab’s DHR’s strike a perfect balance between weight and strength. They are laced to DT Swiss 240s hubs with Phil Wood spokes and Atomlab’s oversized Torque Nipples.

We really liked the new KS LEV dropper post with it’s latest design that ensures zero cable movement.

The perfect All-Mountain bike cannot be complete without SRAM’s XX1 drivetrain. We chose to run the trigger over the grip shifters as they gave a more ‘solid’ feel during shifts.

It may look silly with a 10-42T cassette in the rear but it just works so well. We got to test this bike out during our recent trip to China and we were blown away by how good the XX1 drivetrain worked.

Last but not least, we fitted on DMR’s Brendog pedals that provide a really nice and large platform that offers tons of grip/stability, especially when things get rough!

We’ll leave you with more photos of this sub 13kg Nicolai Helius AM. There is no denying that we’re really loving the raw finish as it allows us to appreciate the craftsmanship behind each Nicolai even more.

All photos courtesy of Benjamin Teo/Oh Cheese Visuals for AttitudeBikes.

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