The holy grail of trail bikes is something that climbs as well as it descends, and Nicolai’s latest claims to handle downhills like a 150mm gravity bike but climb like a goat.
In addition to a very forward rear pivot and extended dropout section, the bike also has an unusual travel number for the trail category. While 130mm might be a lot on a 29er, for 26″ bikes it’s on the short side. Nicolai says the kinematics make all the difference. Well, that and the combination of a fairly steep seat angle (73.5º) and fairly slack head angle (67.5º).
Video and specs below…
- Travel: 130 mm (130mm fork recommended)
- Weight 2.6 kg (Size M, Black Anodized, without shock)
- 1999€ (price for Germany only, 2389€ w/ ROckshox Monarch RT3)
- color: black / gold anodized
- Warranty: 5 years