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Mojo/Nicolai Geometron

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Nicolai have been offering custom made framesets for many years but their latest collaboration with Mojo Suspension sees things taken a little further offering bikes which will be of particular interest to riders over six foot with their own long, longer, longest geometry which are bigger than many other frames available on the market. Shorter riders might still want to consider a standard custom Nicolai bike but for many from 5’ 10” upwards the Mojo/Nicolai Geometron needs some serious consideration for it is a unique package.

More than this, Mojo offer personal customisation with the Geometron. Before this begins the bike already comes with a slack head angle at 62 – 63.5 depending on fork length, a low bottom bracket around the 340mm mark and a steeper than normal seat angle to enable riders to get over the front of the bike on climbs. One of the startling strong points of this bike are its stable climbing qualities but still, its certainly a bike that takes a while to get used to simply because many have become accustomed to much smaller frames than what’s on offer here.

After the initial getting-used-to phase, riders can then have the option to get involved further, more detailed bar, stem, damper, fork set-up with the Mojo team. Differing bar widths and heights as well as positions, varying stem lengths and stacks as well as the option of the unbeatable Fox 36 fork in versions between 160 and 180mm.

“Its strength is very much on descending with its long low chassis as well as the aforementioned stable climbing traits”

 

With 155mm of rear travel, the Geometron is clearly aimed at enduro style riding with continuous climbing and descending. Its strength is very much on descending with its long low chassis as well as the aforementioned stable climbing traits. On flatter terrain the Geometron can be a handful so bear in mind where and how you’ll be riding the bike. In short it needs big terrain to get the best out of it.

Build options

In terms of sizing the ‘Long’ Geometron is slightly shorter in reach than a Large Mondraker Dune, Whyte 160 or extra large GT Sanction, and the ‘Longer’ is also shorter than the Extra large Dune too, so in that respect its not totally unheard of geometry.

Even though the Geometron is available as a frame only, the custom bike is a great build option with some of the best from Hope and Mavic especially with Mavic’s wheel rebuilding/breakage programme which covers you for up to three sets per year. Yes we’d also recommend the frame with fork and shock for £2900 – and this now comes with the much improved Fox Transfer dropper seatpost.

With complete bikes starting at over five thousand pounds it’s one of the more expensive mid travel bikes but for made to measure the Geometron takes some beating.

YOU DIDN’T KNOW THIS BUT…

Chris Porter, Mojo Suspension

It was always going to be about the geometry. So the name really had to reflect the geometry, err… angle. Also, the project was coming to fruition at around the time that the Greeks were being hounded by the European Central banks and propped up at great expense and controversially by the German economy.

So we though it might be funny to give the German bike a name derived from the Greek! Ho, ho, bloody, ho. The ‘English’ word Geometry comes from two Greek roots, ‘Geo’ meaning ‘Earth’ and ‘Metron’ meaning ‘to measure’. It’s a bit of a giggle on its own, but it’s got a deeper level when you look at the separate roots of the words. Mountain biking is all about the ‘Earth’, the soil, the rock, the dust, the ‘Geo’.

At the same time, through actually working with the riders individually, we realised that although the whole project was revolving around these geometry measurements – wheelbase, head angle, bottom bracket height. These were pretty irrelevant.

“Mountain biking is all about the ‘Earth’, the soil, the rock, the dust, the ‘Geo’.”

‘What’s the bb height?’ Dunno, it’s the correct one for the job and when you are on the bike it’s different anyway. And different when you lean forward and when you lean back.

‘What’s the head angle?’ Not sure it matters? It’s not what it is when you are on the bike and when you have the brakes on going into a turn? Shall we say it’s the one that you liked when we were testing?

So in breaking down the dynamic geometry of the bike to match the rider on his normal terrain, we realised we had also separated the measurements from the testing. ‘Geo’ and ‘Metron’.

Err, and I asked Nicolai to knock another degree off the head angles before the first batch were delivered!

 

 

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