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GeoMetron Nicolai Bike geek Proper

Who doesn’t love geeking out over a custom spec wünderbike? Especially when the bike is question is in the vanguard of nu-skool mountain bikes.

Here’s regular mbr photographer and wordsmith Sim Mainey’s new love: his Longer Mojo Nicolai G3 29er…

Mojo Nicolai G13 custom spec

Frame / GeoMetron G13 (Longer)

Shock / Fox Float Factory CTD (custom 185mm length), 133mm travel.

Fork / Fox 34 Performance Elite, 140mm travel

Drivetrain / SRAM GX Eagle. 175mm crank arm length, 32 tooth.

Brakes / SRAM Code RSC, 200mm rotors

Wheels / Chosen 150t hubs, Alex Volar 3.0 rims. milKit tubeless kit.

Tyres / Specialized Hillbilly/Butcher Grid 29” x 2.35”

Bar / Truvativ Descendant DH aluminium bar. 800mm, 25mm rise, 5º upsweep, 9ºbacksweep

Stem / Truvativ Descendant 40mm, 0º rise

Grips / DMR Deathgrips (Thin/Soft compound)

Headset / Superstar Components Slackset (-2º)

Seatpost / RockShox Reverb, 170mm drop

Saddle / Fabric Line

Pedals / Nukeproof Horizon Sam Hill

For more information on the thinking behind GeoMetron and to geek out over figures head on over to geometronbikes.co.uk

 geometry is sorted then. Well

Words and pics by Sim Mainey

I’m an over-thinker in general but when it comes to putting together a new bike I achieve whole new levels of mental cog-whirring. I spend days fretting over details and minutiae – shock compression tunes, dropper post insertion depths, freehub engagement speed and sound, saddle stack height and tubeless valve longevity all keep me awake at night.

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I guess I sweat the small stuff because for the most part the fundamentals of bike design have been pretty much sorted. While every new bike appears to be designed to the mantra of longer, lower and slacker these three changes have lead to some incredibly capable bikes that have made riding more fun. (Side note – I’d actually add steeper to that list, steeper seat angles make for a much better pedalling position. Us humans like these in threes though…).

Geometry is pushing riders on and riders are asking more of their bikes, a virtuous cycle that helps to push things forward. So, geometry is sorted then. Well, sort of.

Chris Porter is to blame

A year or two ago I went to visit Chris Porter (then of Mojo now Mojo Rising) to test ride one of his new GeoMetron bikes. The 160mm travel G16 I rode changed the way I thought about bike geometry. There was a lot going on in my head on the test ride but the three things that really struck me were how fantastic the suspension was (no surprise given Chris’ background), how well it climbed (despite a lot of the initial chatter being about its downhill ability) and that it definitely wasn’t too long. Despite numbers that initially looked off the chart (and compared to a lot of manufacturers they still are) I sat on the bike and realised how well it fitted me. The combination of a steep seat tube, plenty of reach and flawless suspension just made for a bike that was much more all-round capable than you’d imagine if you were purely fixated on the 62.5º headangle.

I was sold on the concept but what I really fancied was 29” wheels, as opposed to the G16’s 27.5” wheels, and a bit less travel. Seems I wasn’t the only one and when the G13 appeared with bigger wheels and 133mm of travel I had it pinned as my next bike. I also liked the fact that, befitting its designers, it left plenty of room for tinkering, fettling and experimentation rather than locking me into any proprietary standards. Big bearings, well thought out external cable routing and beautifully welded aluminium tubes just sweetened the deal.

I could witter on endlessly about this bike but I’ll save it for a captive audience in a pub and highlight four of the more interesting things I’ve speeced on the bike.

 geometry is sorted then. Well

The headset

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