AM Nicolai Ion G15 GPI

Zaf

Gearbox Frother
So just not enough Gnar in Alice to justify running that sexy EXT coil?
The EXT Storia is amazing, and I've just ordered a new spring for it and hoping to re-install it soon. Problem was a little bit of weight gain the original springs had me a little undersprung. Also, with how active the suspension is, and how low slung the bike sits, I've found it plays really nicely with just a firm spring rate from both active geometry and suspension performance point of view. Slowly losing weight, but trying to be careful not to burn myself out. It's a tough mental balance at the moment.

Or more you're not having to make that compromise in order to keep the bike feeling supple. It's amazingly active rear thanks to the unsprung ratios, and driving low leverage rate anyway (145mm of travel of a 63mm stroke). I did run it for a while in the high mode for a good while and it really is noticeable with regards to the ground clearance on pedals, but found that low mode with a stiffer spring (26-27% sag) no tokens (Vivid doesn't take them I don't think) is really what meshed with me for the bike.
It's not a super dramatic change between the two settings, although the lower pedals just really gives that "inside the bike" feeling and that is where this bike plays to its strengths. So much stability, low center mass right between your ankles, firm spring to press against and really force the bike into corners. When it's doing what it likes it is so good, that even with all the issues I've had with the bike (and there have been some real heartbreaking and hairpulling moments) that the frustrations are not only forgotten, they're worth suffering through in order to experience it.

There is a really good reason that the shortlist for another bike was a G13 or an Evolink 131 (or Bushmaster). The relationship with the G15 has been far from perfect, but the high points have completely made me re-evaluate what a bike should feel like to the point that I don't want to ride anything else.

EDIT: Apologies for the mini essay.

You fitting these forks to your XTrail?
I would if I could!!! Fun fact, the forks are worth half of what I paid for the car.
 

beeb

Likes Dirt
Any post Newcastle-relocation ride impressions on this beasty @Zaf ? Just read through the whole thread again and I'd be interested in hearing some thoughts on the bike now you're presumably in more winch-and-plummet type terrain...

Dreaming on how to spend my future dollars... ;)
 

Zaf

Gearbox Frother
Feeling better with the car around town.
Been mainly riding Glenrock just because it's so close and don't need the car at all, although have started to find some of the steeper and faster stuff in there. Just bagged a 43/696 on a track that has Jack Moir as the KOM, I'd only ridden it once before (found it on Saturday), so pretty happy with that.

Pretty much does everything you'd expect of it, just eats trail. There is a ridiculous amount of traction on the bike, and it's dialed in at the moment, which makes hitting things blind a real joy.

Flying out to Townsville this weekend for a few days. Taking the G13 with me and will give that a good shakedown.
 

beeb

Likes Dirt
Good to hear it's been seeing some East-coast action!

How do you find it on steep climbs, does it pedal-bob (I'm guessing slightly, but not enough to be upsetting...), or does having the weight so centralised keep things relatively calm?
 

Zaf

Gearbox Frother
Good to hear it's been seeing some East-coast action!

How do you find it on steep climbs, does it pedal-bob (I'm guessing slightly, but not enough to be upsetting...), or does having the weight so centralised keep things relatively calm?
The EXT has been fitted to it again, and i just make use of the climb switch on it to help out; it needs all the help it can get going up the hill. That said, the climbs out here are usually pretty "settle into them" kind of deal. Find a gear and then sit and spin with the occasional out of the saddle effort.

With the climb switch it is really composed, without it, it's fine on seated pedalling, but out of the saddle it just really sinks into itself and sucks your soul away. Out of the saddle feels a little weird on the gearbox in general, because the chainring spins at a different rate to the crank it feels almost like it's spooling up, hard to describe. I find that the gearbox likes a higher cadence on the pedals, it doesn't feel quite as explosive as the chain/derailleur setup when you're in heavy gear and just give it some big leg action.

Which has taken some getting used to, because my big ham legs don't mind the odd stomp out of the saddle. One of the main things I really like about the G13 and going with the smaller range 10sp cluster, the bike makes you get out of the saddle and drop watt-bombs so you feel like you're getting a hussle on.
 
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