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Hometrail? Marathon race? Long mountain tour? Alpine Cross? Check!

Enduro not your thing? Long rides on your home trails, big days out in the mountains or preparing for a marathon race more your thing? You watch your weight – both you and your bike? Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about you! The Saturn 11 is right up your street. Like its legendary predecessor, the new Saturn 11 is a state-of-the-art race bike where we have pushed the limits of what is currently possible in aluminium frame construction. The 120 mm front and 105 mm of rear travel is light and conservative, but thanks to the smooth rolling 29 inch wheels, completely new kinematics and well-balanced modern geometry, the Saturn 11 is a bike that does more than you might expect. It’s an efficient, easy climbing full suspension race bike but also a safe and capable trail bike.

welding technology

A NICOLAI is always recognizable by its welds.

We design a unique jig for every model and frame size. The tubes and machined components are turned and milled as necessary and then mounted in the jig, fitting perfectly together. Then, these parts are tacked together by spot welding. The frame is then welded in several passes by TIG (tungsten inert gas) to reduce distortion. By reducing the distortion as much as possible it improves the alignment of the frame. Our flat, fish-scale welds are time-consuming but ensure that the material is properly fused, improving strength.

Angular contact bearings

4 way sealed

The rear triangle of a full suspension bike is not a statically rigid component and is exposed to extreme loads during driving. Critical points are the ball bearings, which ensure low breakaway torque and optimum response of the chassis. In order to extend the maintenance intervals of the frame, Nicolai products rely exclusively on full complement, double-sealed ball bearings. 


Rear Aligning Dropout

So that you can hit every lane on the trail, we mount a form-fit sliding, exchangeable dropout for track and camber adjustment on all frames. Due to the differently milled, right dropouts for adjusting the lintel, the rear only needs to be slightly readjusted after installation. This takes the strain off the material. The respective lintel height is milled into the RADO with the digits 0, 1, 2 or -1 and -2. After the toe and camber have been set, the RADO is fixed ex works with a pin. This makes the original setting easily reproducible during replacement. This is the only way we can guarantee that NICOLAI products work precisely on the track.

color variety


With a NICOLAI frame, you decide the design. Every Nicolai frame can be produced in any colour according to your preferences. Choose from different frame colours, anodised colours for reversing levers and pull holders as well as frame decor to add your individual touch to the frame.

Topology optimized structure

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.

manufacturing quality

The manufacturing quality itself is not yet an added value for a customer. The following two added values result from production quality:

Durability & precise driving characteristics

Only if the welds are welded deep into the root and have no notches, a bike frame can withstand the impacts from the ground for many years without breaking. Precise riding characteristics are achieved when the rear wheel is precisely straight to the front wheel and even a layman notices that an oblique bike rides strangely (but usually he thinks it’s because of his riding ability).


We manufacture your custom-made frame

You can order, pay for and pick up your tailor made frame directly from us or from your Nicolai dealer. For technical details, please contact us directly. First we need to know why you want to ride a custom-made frame. Most of the reasons lie in the past.


“We don’t care about trends! All that matters is lap times, driving pleasure, safety and the physical facts.” This quote from Kalle Nicolai describes Nicolai’s approach to the development of new mountain bikes. This mission statement has made NICOLAI one of the most innovative bicycle companies in terms of chassis performance, steering dynamics and geometry.

10 years spare parts availability

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.




spring deflection

105 mm


2.75 KG

wheel size



5 years


100% Handmade

All NICOLAI frames are manufactured in Germany. This is the only way to ensure our high quality standards in the long term.


Test rides can be done anywhere in Germany. Try it!


From the date of purchase you get 5 years warranty. We also ensure a ten-year supply of spare parts.