When we first transferred the GEOLUTION concept to 29er Trailbikes with the first prototype of the ION G13, we broke new ground. Soon the concerns turned into pure enthusiasm. The ION G13 can do more than you might think at first glance – uphill as well as downhill. Basically the ION G13 is a trail bike with which you can heat over your home trails and enjoy long trail tours… but there’s more. Thanks to its progressive GEOLUTION geometry, the ION G13 takes you uphill even when other bikes are already at their limits. And downhill you take even the steepest passages with a subjective safety like you have never experienced before. The Ion G13 is a bike with an incredibly wide range of use – from the classic tour to the aggressive all-mountain. The ION G13 is the bike we want to ride every day on our own trails.
The reason why the G13 inspires trailbikers and 29er fans so much is on the one hand because of our more than 20 years of experience in the development and production of high-end bikes and on the other hand because we are never too good to try out new approaches. Building on experience, constantly improving and at the same time remaining open to new approaches.
Would you like some examples? In concrete terms, the ION G13 features the high-quality 7000 mm aluminium tube set, the FEM-optimised CNC milled parts and the carefully drawn, almost legendary welding seams. All together result in a frame with maximum rigidity, durability and low weight. The Boost rear suspension provides additional rigidity and tyre clearance, while the elaborately 4-fold sealed ball bearings at all pivot points ensure sensitive response and minimum maintenance. Thanks to the carefully optimized anti-squat values, the ION G13 is very efficient to drive. At the same time, however, it also offers exemplary traction and high reserves if the landing does not go quite as planned. Nothing has been left to chance here. Even if we believe in the advantages of single shifts, you will still find the possibility to mount a front derailleur and double cranks on the ION G13. An ISCG05 adapter for chain guide or Bash-Guard is of course also available.
The GEOLUTION geometry developed by us is the second special feature of the ION G13: “Long, Low & Slack” is not only a trend for us, but a philosophy really thought through to the end. GEOLUTION improves almost every aspect of bike performance – uphill as well as downhill.
Experiential for all types of riders, from experts to beginners. Anyone who has ever fought their way up a steep trail sitting on their saddle nose knows how important an optimal weight distribution is for the climbing ability of a bike. Our GEOLUTION bikes have a steeper seat angle and longer chainstays than currently usual for good reason. This is the only way to keep enough pressure on the front wheel at all times. But also downhill and on technical trails the ION G13 exceeds the expectations of a trail bike.
Every aspect of the bike, from the flat steering angle, the large reach with short stem and of course the carefully balanced weight distribution ensures the unique GEOLUTION handling and riding experience. Believe us, we have tried a lot and are sure: Who has once experienced which security and sovereignty the ION G13 conveys, who has once astonished as before difficult passages are suddenly playfully feasible with it does not want to drive anything else. In order to be able to adapt the ION G13 even better to the needs, the ET key integrated in the rear shock mount has two settings (Low and High). Depending on the position, the geometry is 0.7° steeper or flatter and the bottom bracket higher or lower.
By the way, with a total of 5 frame sizes we are sure to have the right bike for every rider, whether a petite 1.60m biker or the 2-meter man.
Besides the countless options for frames and frame kits, we also offer the possibility to buy complete bikes with a carefully selected equipment at a very attractive complete price – only in one colour, namely our well-known and popular raw finish, but also available really fast.
The QLFLine is our top equipment variant for complete bikes. With it, the frames are exactly the way we would like to ride them ourselves. In the case of the ION-G13 QLF, a complete FOX Factory chassis, consisting of a Float 34 FIT4 BOOST suspension fork (140 mm) and a Float DPS EVOL shock absorber, ensures a suspension performance on the trail that leaves nothing to be desired. With the pure SRAM X01 Eagle drive and its 1×12 gears you always have the perfect ratio even without a front derailleur. In order to do justice to the versatility of the G13, we decided on an extremely robust, yet lightweight DT Swiss EX1501 wheelset with 30mm rim width and fitted with Continental Mountain King II Protection tyres in 2.4″ width (Question: Is the “old” MK II 2.4 really installed here?). We rely on the noble Magura MT7 from Bad Urach, pimped with the adjustable HC3 brake levers and large 200/180mm discs. The Bikeyoke Revive Dropper prop with its stepless lowering (160 mm) and the innovative quick-venting system makes the construction coherent. The Renthal carbon handlebar, saddle and handles from Ergon ensure perfect ergonomics and top performance at the contact points.
Thanks to this versatile and yet uncompromising equipment, the ION G13 QLFLine achieves a total weight of just 13.3 kg.
The construction of the Float DPS offers best shock absorption and a tight lock-out. The DPS damper has three adjustment positions for perfect adaptation to any terrain. The special feature of the Float DPS is the EVOL air housing, which improves the response and sensitivity. Factory Series models feature the Genuine Kashima Coat.
Designed to meet the demands of the aggressive trail and all-mountain rider, the Factory Series 34 features FIT4 damping, FLOAT air suspension and super-light chassis. With a low weight, the 34 trailbikers inspire those who want full confidence in traction and control in every situation.
The Enduro version of the SPLINE® ONE line is available with 30 mm rim width. The larger internal width increases the tyre volume with the same tyre width, which improves traction and comfort. The specifically developed surface hardening process allows an unsurpassed ratio of weight to strength and makes the EX 1501 SPLINE® ONE the perfect enduro wheel.
The X01 Eagle™ crankset was developed for winner types. It is completely revised. With the special CARBON TUNED™ laminate technology. The X01 Eagle™ crank is tough when you’re chasing over rough and tumble on the ideal line. The X01 Eagle™ is the strongest, stiffest and lightest crank on the market. With its new Eagle™ Direct Mount chainrings, it is perfect for taking the podium. Providing you want it.
The new Eagle™ rear derailleur not only has a larger capacity; it is also the next stage of the proven X-HORIZON™ technology specially developed for 1x circuits. The larger, lower X-SYNC™ shifting roller with 14 teeth ensures sufficient capacity to handle the cassette with sprockets from 10 to 50 teeth. The design of the rear derailleur is nevertheless compact. It also ensures that you always pedal evenly. Its torque curve is even smoother thanks to the new Type-3 ROLLER BEARING CLUTCH™, so that shifting is quieter and “rounder”.
The clearly defined pressure point and maximum power make it the first choice of gravity and high-speed pilots. The 1-finger HC brake lever modulates the enormous braking power as desired. The HC brake lever and the pressure point adjustment provide the necessary ergonomics to have the brake perfectly under control even on the heaviest terrain. In hard enduro or downhill use, the additional braking power of 4 pistons offers fine dosing and maximum stability, adapted from Magura motorsport experience. Braking power does not have to be heavy. Carbotecture® SL brake handle and aluminium lever reduce the total weight. The 4-piston brakes are characterised by high thermal stability, which is achieved through optimum weight distribution. Optimum use of material where it is needed.
NICOLAI ION G13
Fox Racing Shox 34 Float 140 3-POS Adj. FIT Factory BOOST 29"
Fox Racing Float DPS, Factory
DT Swiss EX 1501 30mm 29"
Continental Mountain King II 2.4 ProTection 29"
Continental Mountain King II 2.4 ProTection 29"
Magura MT7, 2 Finger- Bremshebel
203/ 180 mm
Sram X01 Eagle Boost, 170mm, 32 T schwarz
Sram Team BSA GXP
Sram CN-X-01 Eagle
Sram XG 1295 Eagle 10-50T, 12- fach
Sram X01 Eagle, 12- fach
Sram X01 Eagle, 12- fach
Cane Creek Forty
Nicolai MTB 35mm
Renthal Fatbar Carbon 780x20mm Rise
Ergon GE1 Slim, schwarz
Bikeyoke Revive 2.0 160mm
Ergon SMA30 Comp, Stealth