For 25 years, Nicolai GmbH has made its business to manufacture high-quality bikes at its own location in Germany. In 1996, we were dissatisfied with the quality of a contract manufacturer and we said to ourselves: “We have to do better!” The CNC machining of complex aluminium components made from 7000 series aluminium in our own factory enables us to create the best products. Similar to aircraft construction, we start with aluminium blocks which are then milled from all directions to create very strong, durable, but also visually appealing components. All components are digitally designed in a CAD system, topologically optimized and FEM calculated. These methods help us to develop lighter and stiffer structures. In the last 25 years a lot has happened in the field of digitization, but the most important tool of a bike engineer remains the experience with different bikes on the trail. In recent years we have often been asked why we do not offer carbon frames. The answer to this question can be found in the company philosophy – we want to produce high quality, robust, durable and recyclable bikes. Bikes that can withstand a fall without worry and without hidden damage in any laminate layers. For 25 years we have been building these bikes from the best aluminium: the 7000 alloy. At NICOLAI, we have been dealing with the subject of electric bikes for over 10-years. With our own products or with engineering services in the field of electromobility, we have built up a second foothold. In the following we will take you on a tour through our company and show you how our new G1-EBOXX bike was created.
Machining methods start with the material supplies for production. For the various components, rectangular or round extruded profiles and material blanks made of the most varied 7000 aluminium alloys are available. Special profiles are also produced for some components in order to reduce the volume of waste created as a byproduct.
As this tour shows, the NICOLAI G1-EBOXX is not a standard E-MTB from Asian mass production, but an elegant high-end product tailored to customer requirements. With a maximum payload of 150 kg and 5 frame heights, every customer will be able to find a NICOLAI bike to suit their needs. You are welcome to visit us at our location in Mehle, take a test ride and get your own impression of the production. Contact us so that we can find a suitable date.