The Geometron Bikes conceived by Chris Porter and Mojo, and built by Nicolai are starting to look more and more mainstream as bike brands slowly play catch-up, adding a few degrees and mm's each year. Every brand at Eurobike appears to be showing a new eMTB, but they all seem to blend into the next one, Nicolai's latest eMTB however, is as attention grabbing as the original Geometron from three years ago.
A first glance, it could be mistaken that Nicolai had given up on their 'Maschinenbau' handcrafted styling, have they headed off to Asia and ordered some hydro-formed tubing? No, that wouldn't be Nicolai. The tubing comes 10km's away from Nicolai HQ, formed by a company that uses a new technology called Pacecast. Pacecast can create crazy shapes, even in small batches; the company mainly produces tubes for Pagani supercars.
The headtube and top tubes of the EBoXX are aluminum, but the huge formed down tube that hides a Bosch 500wh PowerPack is made from magnesium.
There are three builds to choose from, starting at €5,399. The Techline model here comes in at a respectable €6,499 which is surprisingly cheap for a Nicolai in comparison to its pricey e-competitors. The build featured here comes with Fox 36/Float X2 suspension, SRAM GX drivetrain, and Hope componentry.
By changing the shock length, shock mount and adjusting the swingarm length behind the rear shock eyelet and close to the rear axle, one chassis can build three completely different bikes.
To keep costs down, Nicolai have developed an adjustable system called the 'Mutator' to change suspension travel, wheel size, and geometry. There are four setups possible that mirror Nicolai's existing GXX range. The G13 is a 130mm 29er, the G16 a 160mm 27.5", and there will be a G19 available which will be a 200mm travel e-downhill bike.
Of course, the Geometron inspired geometry has some crazy
numbers: reach numbers range from 485mm on a small size up to 555mm on the XXL, head angles are 63.5º at the steepest, a 77º seat angle and a 461-474mm chainstay. My favorite number is the 1404mm wheelbase on the XXL, just because I have never seen any bike go over 1.3m threshold.