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Thought I should post this on the 29er Boards, have been posting it in the Nicolai area, so sorry if you have already seen it... If not, you may enjoy... https://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=678646

Having been riding a Nicolai Helius AC29er for over a year now, of which I had Karl Nicolai build for me, I have to say is now in the Nicolai Frame Line-up... Yeah ha..... Anyway, I always had in my mind that I would like a long travel type 29er, to replace my Helius FR...

First up, have to do a HUGE shout out and thank you to that dude at the Red Barn

Thank you Chad....:thumbsup: :thumbsup:

My stable of 29ers is pretty much complete.....

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Build Spec:

Nicolai Helius AM / AFR 29er Frame
Dorado Pro 29er
Cane Creek Angle Set
Race Face Sixc cranks
Chromag black QR seat clamp
Chromag black 32t chain-ring
Enve Carbon DH Bar
Rock Shox Vivid rear shock
Thomson Masterpiece seat-post
Straitline Silent guide
Spare set of BLUE silent guides
ENVE (EDGE)Mountain rims laced to Hadley hubs, Sapim CX Ray spokes
@ present Thomson 50mm Stem
Formula The One's
XO Rear Der
XO Shifter
ODI TLD Grips

More to come on first ride report.......
 

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So, where do I start....

Great to have the AM29er fully built, all that is left to do it shorten the brake hoses slightly...

So first ride today, was peaking to be honest, not a lot of sleep had last night, some heaving good anticipation. Yes the bike looks good to me, but that is not the main thing I am looking for. It needs to ride and perform far better than the visual appeal.

I have done very little set up to the fork and shock. Set the sag on both, other than that, have not adjusted any knobs etc... The Vivid Air is running about 200lbs pressure, which guves around 40% sag, still think this can be changed to around 33% sag say... Been doing a little reading... I will fiddle more with the fork and shock for sure.

The fork doesnt feel hugely supple as yet, doesnt feel bad, but for sure needs some breaking in. The odd clunk coming from it, am thinking this is normal perhaps, nothing at all is loose or out of place.. SHe made an interesting noise on the very first jump... The rear shock felt good as it was, without any other adjustments other than sag... Am liking this shock already.... And the like am thinking may well turn to love in the next few weeks...

So how does she feel: Pedals really well, not as good as the AC29er, but nor should it. With the saddle up, you sit on top of the bike so to speak, but with the saddle down, you are in the bike, really like this... The bike is very agile, lively, compliant. The small bump sensitivity on the suspension is less noticeable because of the big hoops.... Couldnt really tell you much difference with the feel of the carbon rims, think I need to ride some Ali wheels side by side... (taking also into account that arm has not long been out of plaster, so it feels a tad weak)

It was easy to get used to for sure, easier than I thought it would be if that makes sense... The bike feels low and well centered, the BB is low, that is noticeable.

You all know by now that I am crap at writing reviews. I wanted to build a bike that would replace my Helius FR. With one ride, I feel that I have done this, the bike will get better as I get used to it. But it has the foundations to make a great play bike...

The first jump I did as you would, notice the weight of the front of the bike, the fork is 3+ Kg's! But after a few more jumps, did feel quite balanced in the air...

A few shots of the bike out of the stand more or less finished... As I said before, it doesnt seem to look that slack, but slackens more when on the bike and at riding sag...











The very first jump on the AM 29er, not a great angle, was compensating for the weight of the front of the bike...









 

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DFYFZX said:
I got dibs on the giant Darth Maul!
No way dude, he protects my bikes. He has given a fair few people one h e l l of a fright in his time.. ;)

He used to be at the front door when you first opened the door, not a good idea anymore... :thumbsup:
 

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Whafe said:
The very first jump on the AM 29er, not a great angle, was compensating for the weight of the front of the bike...

Looking good, Fenton. Not half bad for a broken down old man. ;)

Looking forward to more comments as you get more comfortable being back on a bike.

Cheers
 

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Stuff like this makes me want to get a big travel bike. Damn, I really enjoy riding rigid single speed but I KNOW I would have a blast riding that bike. Its sweet.
 

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Slurry said:
Ugh, another cookie cutter Helius AM29er build...
Dude, please enlighten me if in fact there is another AM29er, be very keen to check it out.. :thumbsup:
 

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wyatt79m said:
very interesting
Yeah mate, this thing is still incredibly interesting to me, cant wait till I get it fully figured out... Time will help with that
 

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Sheepo5669 said:
Stuff like this makes me want to get a big travel bike. Damn, I really enjoy riding rigid single speed but I KNOW I would have a blast riding that bike. Its sweet.
Yep, great sensation going from fully rigid to fully suspended.. Well if you can call the Jones FULLY rigid ;)
 

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geolover said:
Looking good, Fenton. Not half bad for a broken down old man. ;)

Looking forward to more comments as you get more comfortable being back on a bike.

Cheers
Thank you Carbou Man ;)

Am so looking forward to sorting her more and getting it fully dialled, first feeling though, am stoked... She is a keeper...:thumbsup:
 

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very nice rig wafe... curious as to how the bike feels airing it out. i am interested in a bigger travel 29er and was wondering how it feels throwing it around compared to a similar travel 26er. i always found my 29ers wanting to stay centered over jumps, where as my 26er feels a bit more agile. any input would be great. again very nice build you should be proud. :thumbsup:
 
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