AM Nicolai Ion G15 GPI

Oddjob

Eats Squid
It's that a euphemism?
No no. Mr Kransky and my vacuum penis enlarger The Chamber of Secrets have names.

@Zaf when the Vivid air comes up for its service make sure that they remove some of the redundant seals that are holdovers from the Vivid coil design.

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Zaf

Gearbox Frother
How are you finding the Vivid. About to get mine back from the suspension tech and fit it to the Pole.

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I'm really liking the Vivid, in both guises. The air has found its way as the "mainstay" kind of shock to have on the bike at the moment.
To be honest, the suspension really is that good on this bike, it'd probably make something off a K-mart bike feel good.

Got the Maxxis tyres mounted, rear has a slow leak, but it was deflating in the same way on the wheels it was on previously, so hopefully sealant finds it and that'll be that. Good to have the Nicolai back running again though, I have been off the bike for almost a month without even a sneaky ride here and there. Not just because of a streak of bad luck in the bike department, but a few other major life events that I'm glad to be getting in front of. Will hopefully taste some dirt this weekend though, give the wheels a bit more of a shakedown, see how well my building has gone this time around.

Interested to see if this streak of bad luck is finally behind me though.
 

Zaf

Gearbox Frother
So I got the rear wheel rebuilt and then lost all will to ride the bike for a bit. Also matched up with me receiving the Kona Sutra, so been doing a few road roads and enjoying that.

I've dropped a new belt onto the bike, flicked the switch chip into the high position and have been getting out riding it again. Also with the newly built rear wheel I threw on some Maxxis DHF/SS tyre combo as well as putting the belt drive back onto it. As was noted by @mint355 on last nights ride, this new belt is SILENT, the previous one (snapper) had a lot more noise during pedalling.

Anyway, I'm still planning on doing a ride report for it, just been off the bike for a bit which has delayed that.

@Soul-Rider took a sunset shot of us climbing last night, trying to wrestle one of the photos off him and permission to post it.
 

Oddjob

Eats Squid
Rather than pollute the Saturn thread I'm going to answer this here.

@Oddjob Story of your life, every time you build a bike some dude with a Nicolai goes and does it better!!!
This may arguably apply to @OCD'R Saturn but you need to start taking your meds again if you think that applies to the Ion.

Due to snapped belts, crappy tyres, chainrings that are too small, busted wheels, Zaf meltdowns etc. I've ridden the Pole way more in its short life then you've ridden you're unreliable POS, despite the head start it had. And even though I have a garage full of bikes, I expect this trend to continue idefinitely.

Q.E.D.



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Zaf

Gearbox Frother
Sour grapes!!

My Nicolai has seen 627km of trails (you know, dirt, rocks, sand and terrain); as opposed to just a repeated 14km of commute between Breakfast Point and Sydney. That's in spite of substantial time off the bike recently due to other life stresses, as well as the noted mechanical issues.
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Zaf

Gearbox Frother
How is the new belt going, any more problems ?
It's been problem free (knock wood), but hasn't seen a whole lot of mileage. I added it to Strava to properly log its use, but it is remarkably quieter than the last one, which gave a whirring/rubbing noise through operation. I suspect it was just a manufacturing defect on the belt, and hoping the failure wont be replicable.
 
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Flow-Rider

Wheel size expert
It's been problem free (knock wood), but hasn't seen a whole lot of mileage. I added it to Strava to properly log its use, but it is remarkably quieter than the last one, which gave a whirring/rubbing noise through operation. I suspect it was just a manufacturing defect on the belt, and hoping the failure wont be replicable.
That's great to hear but only time will tell I suppose. Belts usually don't like certain chemicals near them, if you drop a bit of coolant on a timing belt or a V belt of a car that belt will usually squeak for most of it's life, you can spray CRC on there or use a wax lube and it goes away for a short period and then returns again.
 

Zaf

Gearbox Frother
That's great to hear but only time will tell I suppose. Belts usually don't like certain chemicals near them, if you drop a bit of coolant on a timing belt or a V belt of a car that belt will usually squeak for most of it's life, you can spray CRC on there or use a wax lube and it goes away for a short period and then returns again.
Yeah, run them dry. The only thing the belt got on it was water and dirt.
Also need to be careful with removal of the belt rings and such, you need to use a strap wrench (chain whip doesn't work) to hold them in place while you torque it, can't use the belt. Although, now that I have a broken belt, I can makeshift a belt wrench on the cheap.
 

Flow-Rider

Wheel size expert
Yeah, run them dry. The only thing the belt got on it was water and dirt.
Also need to be careful with removal of the belt rings and such, you need to use a strap wrench (chain whip doesn't work) to hold them in place while you torque it, can't use the belt. Although, now that I have a broken belt, I can makeshift a belt wrench on the cheap.
I've found even when you lightly degrease under a bonnet of car, shit flies everywhere and you end up with a squeaky belt.

You would want to carefully file off any burrs found on the pulleys but saying that I've removed a few timing belts were people have wedged a screwdriver in the pulley teeth to tighten the retaining nut, belts seem to be pretty resilient to small indentations on the pulleys.
 
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Zaf

Gearbox Frother
There's just the one pulley and it's has a pretty substantial rubbery ring around the contact point with the belt.
It's WAAAAAY quieter than the chain, that thing rumbled along a bit. Anyway, solid spares in my box now.
I am tempted to do a lighter wheelset for trail duties, but kind of CEEBS at the moment and looking to get rid of stuff more than I am to acquire more. So, probably best I don't.
Lost a bit of fitness with this time off the bike, and the bike is a little unforgiving to it. I compare it to swimming butterfly, to ride it efficiently, it needs to go a certain pace and start using its momentum to its advantage. When you drop off a bit on the intensity, it can feel like a bit of a slog. Still, just need to ride more...he says a day before flying out to Mutitjulu for the weekend.
 

Zaf

Gearbox Frother
Girlfriend is in Mutti for work.
Lots or relationship stresses lately for multitude of reasons.
Reserved a seat on a flying contraption that travels between Alice Springs and Mutijulu (well...Yulara technically) but it's close enough.
Tomorrow it will fly me, as intended (I hope), and I will hang out with GF in effort to save relationship, achieve marriage and finally deflower my purity.

Nothing interesting, just hanging out and I fly back on Monday.
I hear there's a big rock around there worth checking out.
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Ultra Lord

Beanie Fitment Specialist
Tear the ears off it so you land with a clear head and don’t make any rash decisions young padawan, I wish you luck
 
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