PRESS RELEASE: Cycle Monkey
We have formed a new partnership with Nicolai Bicycles to bring the German manufacturers’ unique lineup to riders in the United States. Nicolai builds entirely custom aluminum framesets and bicycles, and is well-known for their dedication to craftsmanship, incredible weld quality, and attention to detail.
Nicolai speciaIizes in mountain bikes, and their “longer, lower, and slacker” GEOLUTION geometry—which features an ultra-long wheelbase and slack headtube angle—has turned heads for its distinct handling characteristics and incredible stability. Whether riders opt for a shorter-travel XC bike like the Saturn-11; desire the purebred, dual-crown only DH performance of Ion G19; or find themselves somewhere in between, Nicolai has a platform to get them started on their ideal custom build.
We will initially offer twenty frames and frame/drivetrain combos featuring Pinion gearboxes and Gates Carbon Drive belt systems, in addition to one complete bike. This includes the full suspension Saturn/Ion line (with 105 -190 mm of travel and 27.5˝ and 29˝ wheel options) and the hardtail Argon line (with cyclocross, touring, XC, trail, and fat bike options in 700c , 26˝ fat, 27.5˝, and 29˝ wheel options). The lineup also includes the Eboxx E-14 electric mountain bike, which features a Rohloff SPEEDHUB 14-speed internal gear hub paired with the E-14 electronic shifting system, Gates Carbon Drive belt system, aggressive mid-fat tires around 27.5˝ hoops, and 170mm of front and rear travel.
All Nicolai frames are handmade in Lübbrechtsen, Germany, and each one is built-to-order, allowing the rider to determine everything from the color of each frame part to their exact sizing and preferred geometry. Cycle Monkey will accommodate this wide range of options with a pricing structure that allows for two levels of paint in a huge range of colors (powder/raw or anodized), custom or standard (S, M, L, XL, XXL) sizing, and a choice of Rock Shox, Fox, or Cane Creek Suspension for full suspension offerings. Consumers opting for a low-maintenance Pinion and Gates Carbon Drive-equipped model will be able to choose from Pinion’s range of 9 and 12 speed offerings.
We share a penchant for pushing the envelope with less-conventional technologies with Nicolai, and we both place a premium on building products that help riders express their individuality through the bikes they ride. Our partnership fills a niche in the American market for discerning off-road riders who are ready to embrace radical geometry and non-traditional shifting systems in the name of a more durable and capable mountain bike that’s entirely their own.
Bikes will be available direct-to-consumer and to retailers. Check out the full line of options over at Cycle Monkey: https://www.cyclemonkey.com/nicolai