NICOLAI’s interpretation of the radical trail bike is the SATURN 14. With its modern and balanced GEOLUTION TRAIL geometry it’s perfect for a lap from home, around a trail centre, or a 5-day XC race. Agile, stable and easy-climbing, that’s what GEOLUTION TRAIL brings to the party. You can say goodbye to going ‘over the bars’ and the front wheel ‘wandering’ uphill. Just get on with riding! With two possible wheel sizes, geometry adjustment and water bottle mounts, it is the most versatile NICOLAI trail bike we have ever built.
NICOLAI’s interpretation of the modern trail bike is named the SATURN 14. The SATURN 14 inspires the rider with its modern and balanced GEOLUTION TRAIL geometry: perfect for a lap from your house, around a trail centre, or a 5-day XC stage race.
The GEOLUTION TRAIL geometry is best described in three words: agile, stable and climb-friendly. Crashing ‘over the handlebars’ downhill, or front wheel lift going uphill are in the past, the SATURN 14 can do exactly what a trail bike has to do. With two possible wheel sizes, geometry adjustment and water bottle mounts, it is the most versatile NICOLAI trail bike we have ever built.
A high-quality 7000 aluminium tube set, FEM-optimised CNC milled parts made of high-performance 7068 aluminium alloy and the carefully drawn welds. All of these details together result in a frame with highest rigidity, durability and low weight. The Boost rear triangle brings additional stiffness and tyre freedom, while the elaborately 4-way sealed ball bearings at all pivot points ensure a sensitive response and minimum maintenance. Should a bearing service be required after intensive use, it can also be carried out by an experienced home-mechanic thanks to the service-friendly design.
The SATURN 14 is finalised with space for a full-size bottle cage, ISCG splines to mount a chain guide or bash guard, and our full external routing. As it is designed as a lightweight machine, we also use titanium bolts at the Horst Link connection, and for shock mounts, this saves a few more grams and looks cool as a side-effect.
The GEOLUTION TRAIL geometry developed by us is another unique selling point of the SATURN 14. For us, “Long, Low & Slack” is not just a trend, but a philosophy that has really come to a peak. GEOLUTION improves almost every aspect of performance on the bike – uphill as well as downhill. An experience for every rider, from experts to beginners. Anyone who has ever fought a steep trail sitting on the saddle nose, tense and cramped, knows how important optimum weight distribution is for the climbing ability of a bike. Our GEOLUTION bikes have for good reason a steeper seat angle and longer chainstays than usual. This is the only way to keep enough pressure on the front wheel. But even downhill and on technical trails, the SATURN 14 goes beyond what a trail bike can usually do.
Every aspect of the bike, from the slack steering angle, the large reach with its short stem and of course the carefully balanced weight distribution, provides the unique GEOLUTION handling and riding experience. Believe us, we have tried out many things and we are sure anybody who has not experienced the safety and stability, but also agility that the SATURN 14 conveys, will be amazed to see how difficult passages are suddenly playful and possible, you won’t want to ride anything else. The SATURN 14 frame is the basis for a 27.5″ or 29″ setup. The 29″ frame can be easily converted to 27.5″ by using a deeper lower headset cup from CANE CREEK or RESET RACING and longer Compression Strut Mutators. With 29″ wheels and a metric 210x50mm damper, the rear suspension gives 130mm travel, with the smaller wheel size and a 210x55mm damper, 138mm travel is possible at the rear. In order to adapt the SATURN 14 even better to the needs, the frame can be adjusted further to the personal preferences with our Mutators. Steering angle too steep or bottom bracket too low? Simply change the screws, anything is possible. With a total of 5x frame sizes we are sure to have the right bike for every rider, whether a petite 1.60m biker or a 2-meter man.
As with all NICOLAI frames, we offer complete individualisation. Choose from various powder coatings, anodised colours or the legendary raw look, plus colour accents of our “Extra Love” parts or Tailormade custom geometries – all options are available.
We at Nicolai exclusively use the alloy 7020-T6 (AlZn4,5Mg1) for our frames. Compared to our competitors, who mostly use aluminium 6061-T6, this grade has much better strength values.
The tensile strength of 7020 compared to 6061 aluminium is about one third higher. The elasticity is about one fifth higher. These properties, coupled with high quality welding, result in a bicycle frame that is far superior to the average in terms of durability.
In comparison to carbon, aluminium is much more robust and tough, so that bottom contact, falls or stone impacts cannot harm the structure.
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SATURN 14 - 29