If you ask us which bike we had the most fun on in the last few years, the answer would be clear: The ION-G16! With this bike we were able to discover how much unused potential can be activated in one go by our revolutionary GEOLUTION geometry. No matter whether it is about fighting for fractions of a second in the enduro stages or mastering ever steeper and more technical descents. Because we have taken the liberty of thinking laterally and questioning the state of the art, the ION-G16 is just as much an enduro race bike as a freerider. Paradoxical as it may sound, the ION-G16 is also one of the most potent bikes in its class uphill. A pioneer in steering dynamics and suspension performance, the ION-G16 is a bike that makes beginners and professionals alike faster.
The new ION-G16 is and remains the right tool for all enduro bikers who “fast” is never “fast enough” and who are always looking for the next adrenaline rush. It is no secret that our GEOLUTION concept plays a major role in this. We look at every nook and cranny of the bike so that you not only have more fun downhill, but are also enthusiastic about the bike uphill. The geometric relationship between wheels, steering angle, and weight distribution between the wheels are the decisive factors for the excellent handling of the ION-G16 when standing. The relationship between saddle, crank and rear wheel axle, on the other hand, are the decisive factors for his incredible climbing behaviour when seated. These two things can and must be considered separately. If the seat angle becomes steeper, the handling of the bike does not necessarily suffer and with a flatter steering angle the bike does not climb worse. All in all, the ION-G16 is better in all situations: It has better climbing ability, feelings of rolling downhill are a thing of the past even in really steep terrain and the rider is simply better integrated into the bike. With this added control and safety, you simply have more fun, have more confidence and are faster on the road as a result. Quite simple, actually. Surprisingly, these advantages are clearly noticeable not only for the professional but also for the beginner. We build this ION-G16 because we want to drive it ourselves.
We have already done the difficult part for you, i.e. throwing all existing conventions on the subject of bike geometries out of the window and breaking completely new ground. However, it was important for us not to follow any trend. Anyone can make a bike “long” (long wheelbase), “low” (low bottom bracket) and “slack” (flat steering angle). But to really find the optimal balance from all the angles and dimensions, so that the bike simply becomes better and more powerful all around, that requires a little more experience and knowledge… and we’re really proud of that. Your job now is just to get involved and experience what the ION-G16 with its GEOLUTION geometry can do for you on the trail. Enjoy the Ride!
With the ET-Key, the ION-G16 offers the possibility to drive two different damper installation lengths (222 x 70 and 216 x 63) and thus has two suspension travel options (155 or 175 mm) without affecting the geometry. The ION-G16 thus covers an even wider range of applications: enduro, super enduro, big bike or freerider, jumps in all sizes, single trail, bike park or even a local downhill race… A bike could hardly be more versatile. The ION-G16 is our universal answer.
Like all our bikes, the ION G16 is developed and manufactured by us from scratch. 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. Instead of the squeaky PressFit construction, there is a bolted BSA bottom bracket and because a bike of this class simply cannot do without it, the ION-G16 also comes with an ISCG05 mount for chain guide or Bash-Guard. Perfect driving performance, longevity and nowadays only rarely found independence are features that the ION G16 can also boast for itself.
Of course, you can also choose between robust powder coatings, light anodised colours and our already legendary raw finish for the ION G16 frame. In addition, you can add even more visual value to 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 – Enduro and Freerider with a blunt tendency to speed.
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.
155 / 175 mm
3,5 kg (size L, factory raw, without shock)