Neil reviews the Helios

Neil sent us a review of his Helios a while back which, to my shame, I hadn’t published until today. Here is what he had to say about his ride:

Build

The build was very easy, I’ve built up a few bikes over the last couple of years but this was the simplest build. I had to get a couple of tools, a bearing press for the BB30 and headset and a
cutting guide (not strictly necessary) for trimming the integrated seat post and fork. The internal cable routing is brilliant and easy to build.

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Ride Performance

My first serious ride on my Helios was in Lanzarote where we covered about 120km. To begin with I had the saddle a little high but I trimmed it by 5mm twice before finding my ideal height.  Better to cut a couple of times than to cut once and get it wrong! I’ve really enjoyed riding the Helios, so far I’ve covered about 1000km on it [note: this was a couple of months ago, I hope he has covered many more kms on it since!]. I thought with it being a proper carbon race machine that it might be a little harsh but it soaks up the road really well.  On the couple of long 10km climbs I have done, everything felt silky smooth and I wasn’t wasting power. Coming down the other side of the hills was even more fun: the bike felt solid and held its line well at high speed. Sprints have also gone really well with a with several city limits victories already under my belt! It feels a lot more solid than the other bikes I’ve used in the past, with much less give when you’re really stomping on the pedals.

Racing

I took part in my first race of the year on Sunday.  I finished 25th out of 80 which wasn’t that great because I missed the main break of 20 riders on the first lap.  However the bike felt really responsive when I needed to respond to attacks from other riders. The bikes I’ve had before always seemed to take a few pedal strokes before I felt like I’m getting going, but the Helios just leaps forward.

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All the best to Neil for the rest of the season!

 

Ride safely,

Nicolas