ION G16 GPI
Based on the ION-G16 there is also a GPI version of the Enduro. With its unique combination of our groundbreaking GEOLUTION geometry, the integrated pinion gear and a maintenance-free GATES Carbon Drive timing belt drive, the ION-G16 GPI is a dream come true for all those who no longer want to adjust and screw and simply want to drive. But be careful, the bike is very fast… And because the GPI glides so quietly over the trails without a chain and with its performance suspension, the competition may not notice you until you have already passed the inside line. By the way, even if its true strength lies where gravity pushes downhill, you will be amazed how safe and confident you can overcome even the steepest climbs with the ION-G16 GPI – thanks to the 600% ratio bandwidth in the Pinion gearbox and GEOLUTION geometry.
What happens if you make one of the most potent enduro bikes with the integrated Pinion transmission and low-maintenance Gates timing belt drive even more low-maintenance and defect-resistant? If the unsprung mass on the rear wheel is reduced by almost 40% and the centre of gravity is located as low and centrally as possible in the bottom bracket area? Quite simply, a real superbike is created – with an even richer ground position, even more traction and smoother running than was previously reserved for DH bikes.
The ION-G16 is the bike on which we developed and series-produced our revolutionary GEOLUTION geometry. We questioned almost every aspect of conventional bike geometries. The result, our GEOLUTION geometry is much more than the often quoted trend of “Long, Low & Slack” and ensures that our GEOLUTION bikes are not only quieter, safer and therefore faster downhill, but also push the limits of what is possible uphill. Through careful development and our experience in frame construction, we have succeeded in creating a virtually identical geometry for the GPI version with its Pinion gear unit integrated in the frame. Thus all the often praised qualities of our GEOLUTION bikes remain: Thanks to the long main frame, flat steering angle and short stem, feelings of rollover downhill are a thing of the past, even on really steep terrain. The rider is optimally integrated into the bike and experiences a good nature in borderline situations, which he did not know before. Surprisingly, these advantages are clearly noticeable not only for the professional but also for the beginner. The low central centre of gravity of the transmission and the lower unsprung mass at the rear make the chassis even more sensitive, thus achieving even more traction and smooth running. At the same time, the combination of a steep seat angle, long chainstays and a low centre of gravity ensures such a high climbing ability that many a trail bike would be envious. The smooth 16.6 % gear steps of the Pinion P1.12 transmission with a total transmission ratio of 600 % also contribute to the fact that the ION-G16 GPI allows you to pedal relaxed when others either suffer cramped on the saddle nose or have to push for a long time.
By questioning and throwing aside existing conventions with the ION-G16 GPI and by breaking new ground in drive integration, we have already done our part. Now all you have to do is get involved and experience what the ION-G16 GPI with its GEOLUTION geometry can do for you on the trail. You will definitely not be disappointed.
Like all our bikes, the ION G16 is developed from scratch and is also manufactured by us. From the tube sets specially drawn for us, the elaborately FEM-optimized milled parts manufactured on a 5-axis CNC machine, through the welding work to the final assembly – everything takes place under one roof and by people who are 100 % behind NICOLAI. With its 4-fold sealed ball bearings at all pivot points, the even stiffer BOOST rear end with large tyre clearance, the carefully calculated rear end kinematics, the ION G16 is just as much a testimony to German engineering and highest craftsmanship as it is an expression of our love for bikes. Perfect driving performance, durability and exceptional versatility are features that the ION G16 GPI can also boast.
Of course, you can also choose between robust powder coatings, light anodised colours and the already legendary NICOLAI raw finish for the ION G16 frame. Additionally you can upgrade your bike with our anodized “Extra Love” parts. Even custom geometries are possible for an extra charge, although we honestly do not know what there is still to improve in our GEOLUTION geometry.
NICOLAI ION G16 GPI – Enduro-Racebike, Freerider and Technology Carrier.
A bicycle frame and its components are exposed to extreme forces during use. In order to develop a durable, robust but also lightweight bicycle frame, all components are designed at NICOLAI GmbH using topology optimization.
Topology optimization is a computer-based calculation method by which a favorable basic shape (topology) for components under mechanical load can be determined. This text from the textbook abstractly but aptly describes which processes we use to develop new components. In topology optimization, an algorithm calculates the optimized mass distribution in a component based on defined installation spaces, defined forces, material properties and component geometries.
Thus, lighter and stiffer structures can be developed. However, these procedures are only a tool and one of many. However, the most important tool for an engineer is professional experience. The combination of many years of professional experience and computer-based optimization software creates components that are second to none, both technically and optically.
If after a few years of hard work a bearing on a Nicolai frame needs to be replaced, a RADO needs to be replaced due to a fall or a frame needs a new coating, the NICOLAI service staff is the right contact. Since we at NICOLAI manufacture all small parts on our machines, we can also produce spare parts for older models if required. We therefore guarantee spare parts availability of at least 10 years for all Nicolai products.
ION G16 GPI