The Helius CC is a lightweight all-mountain frame with medium travel that pedals efficiently and is quick to accelerate. The Helius CC is perfect for all day rides in the most testing terrain – from the French Alps to the English Lakes this frame will handle it all. The comfortable riding position allows long rides with minimal exhaustion. 129 mm of rear travel combined with compatibility for 120mm to 140mm all-mountain forks provides a good compromise between comfort and suitability for racing.
Similar Products Used: No such thing as "Similar" when it comes to Nicolai.
Bike Setup: 08 CC custom sky camo,Fox F120,Fox rp23,Blue on Blue I9's(all moubtain)Blue Hope skewers,XTR cranks and pedels, XTR front der. XO Twist shifters with XO rear der.Hope mini pros(sick brakes)Thompson stem,Race face carbon bars and seat post,WTB Devo Ti saddle,Kenda Nevs.Blue King headset.LS lock-on grips.BLING,BLING,BLING
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: January 9, 2007
Strengths: Suspension does its job without you really noticing. Geometry is good for a 130-140mm fork. You can ride through a lot of rough terrain but bike still communicates what is happening below. No noticable bob if you spin up the hills in the saddle. Lockout of DT Swiss shock will stop bob even when out of saddle.
Something I didn't really appreciated till this winter. The holes at the front of the chainstays really allow the mud to escape and stop your wheels from clogging with claggy mud. I've been riding routes this winter that would clog my old hardtails rear wheel, and bring me to a halt. Shock is also well positioned to avoid the worst of the winter mud.
Frame is solid and geometry is confidence inspiring for rocky descents and rooty singletrack.
Rear dropouts hold the wheel solidly in place. Replaceable drop out is a tough old thing.
Weaknesses: Need to apply protection to chainstays etc to protect anodising against chain slap.
Expensive if buying new.
Fantastic bike for keen all day cross country mountain bikers who like natural trails mountain or otherwise and the odd bit of easy downhill and technical singletrack. Good for the VTT routes in the Alps or more natural and undeveloped tracks in the Spanish Pyrenees.
If your reasonably fit you'll find you'll easily keep pace (if not be ahead of) with your mates on shorter travel bikes on flatish terrain. Then when the terrain gets more interesting the suspension really inspires confidence.
Expensive frame (if you buy new). I bought mine as an ex demo bike for half price (16 months old) , hence all the lovely XTR kit.
Book a test ride, you may end up buying a demo bike like I did!
Similar Products Used: Marin Mount Vision , Turner Flux, Santa Crux Superlight , Specialised FSR (test rides). Used to own Giant XTC hardtail
Bike Setup: Medium, Blue anodised
XTR (2003) Dual control disc brakes, XTR 2003 front and rear derailliers, XTR 2003 hollotech cranks, XTR (2007) pedals, XTR 2003 UST Wheelset, Continental Vertical Pro UST tubeless tyres, Ritchey WCS carbon seatpost, BMC saddle, Hope QR seat clamp, Ritchey 4-axis 90mm stem, Ritchey carbon riser bar, Selcof needle bearing headset, DT Swiss SSD 210L rear air shock, Pace RC40 Fighter Fork
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: October 21, 2005
Strengths: The construction is immaculate - particulary the welding. The anodising is so tough, it still looks new. It's also much more confidence inspiring to ride than my old bike.
Weaknesses: It isn't as good as the price suggests - you will get someting that performs just as well for a lot less money. However, you won't get the construction, finish or longetivety of the bearings.
I'm not too impressed with the DT Swiss shock as I find it a bit unrefined, i.e. not as smooth as a Fox. It's also tough to set the correct pressure - too much and you can't get maximum travel. Too little and it blows through the travel too easily. However, you get a choice of shocks from Nicolai.
Firstly, the bike is 'just another' a Horst link. This means you can get much cheaper frames out there with the same ride quality. As mentioned already though, the build quality of the Nicolai is phenomenomal. Rarity of Nicolai also makes it appealing.
The bike is heavier than the Trek Fuel of course, and this is reflected slightly on the ascents. However, I've set my bike up a more upright this time which also contributes. Everything else is in a different league - I can now confidently jump with this bike and allow the suspension to save me from time-to-time.
The bearings are perfect and the anodising is still intact even after daily use during the summer.
Weaknesses: None - though cable routing needs tweaking.
I had heard a lot about Nicolai when I worked in Germany and a local dealer had one in stock that I tried. Love at first ride!
You will not find many manufacturers that put this much attention and detail into their frames. From the RADO dropouts that allow the wheel to perfectly allign in the frame, to the finest welding I have ever seen on a bike frame - this really is a work of art.
The travel is enough to hit stuff flat out yet never feels like it is soaking up your energy as it is a true 4 Bar linkage. I have a DT Swiss shock but may replace it with a 2005 Fox coil shock as it feels a little overworked when we ride in the Alps. For general hard cross country though the DT works well and is light enough to keep the weight sensible for a 5" travel machine. It is not a superlight race rig though - I was surprised that my build was about 28 lbs in the end but I do run heavy tyres. I guess you could go lighter but why bother with a long travel frame.
I think that this is the best bike that I have owned - and possibly the most expensive, yet I dont ever regret spending this much money. The only flaw I can think of is that the cables rub really badly as they are set up for German style levers with the brakes swapped round. I did buy mine in Germany though so perhaps this problem has been addressed already by the UK importer.
5 chilies for being the best bike on the market for my purposes. 4 for value - it is after all a lot of money to spend on a bike!
Similar Products Used: Tried lots of machines prior to settling on the Nicolai - Turner, Specialized, Whyte, Treks etc. Owned many bikes in the past - Klein, Litespeed, Ellsworth, and RM.
Bike Setup: Fox forks, XTR gears, Magura brakes, Race Face post and bars etc. Mavic wheelset.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: July 13, 2004
Strengths: well built,strong,light,versatile
Weaknesses: none so far,i just love it!i guess being a custom frame will be somewhat more difficult to get and more expensive to built.
can do everything,light enough for xc,strong enough for enduro.after putting the swinger it was a HUGE difference than the sid that basically sucked for anything other than light xc.put stable platform in it and it's so sweet.also with the talas u have options that basically make the bike truely versatile.ooh,and it's soooo beautiful!!!
If you want a bike that likes to be ridden agressively, that is strong enough to take the hits and basically does everything you ask of it - then this is the one!! The build quality is way better than usual, just check out the attention to detail on the welds! It comes with a 5 yr warranty even for racing!! Compared to my Trek Fuel this thing is in a totally different league!! Well worth the money
My 2011 Helius CC currently has a 200 x 50 shock.
I understand I could change it to a 200 x 57 and up the rear travel.
Has anybody doe this any negatives/issues ?
And finally if it is possible what travel settings will it give me ?
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