The RocknRollout Dropout is at the heart of the OLSEN frame design. We have focused our design around the rear derailleur dropout, but taken it further. Most bicycle frames have replaceable dropouts, but they do not allow for anything other than a derailleur. This idea came from the fact that UK riders often have a winter bike, which is often single-speed.
The RocknRollout Dropouts turn 1 Bike into 2 Bikes giving the rider more versatility. Summer bike with derailleur; winter bike as single-speed or internal gear hub.
Riding Bikes through Mud, Sweat & Tears.
Based in Sussex near the South Downs Way - we are used to different types of mud. In fact, Sussex has more than 30 dialect words for mud. The South Downs Way is a mixture of flint, clay and chalk. It's infamous for poor draining soils that set like concrete in summer and porridge in winter.
Choosing Gates Carbondrive ensures your ride or event isn't hampered by mechanicals inflicted by mud. And it means that the clean-up afterwards is fast and efficient.
Singlespeeding is cheap, fun and allows you to ride more, spending less cash. I just do not understand why other people are so reluctant to try. Our great grandparents would have had little or no choice. We can all learn to live with less tech and we all need to convincing to try something new or old…
Here are some gear ratios so that you are never in the "wrong" gear:
• 29er start with 32:19T
• 27.5 start with 32:18T
• 26aint dead start with 32:17T
• Belt start with 39:24T
Long Distance Riding Training Tips:
OLSEN Bikes started as a brand when I started riding and training along the SOUTH DOWNS WAY. There are charity rides every summer to complete the 100mile route. So what is the ideal bike and how do you prepare?
The South Downs way is a 100mile neolithic trade route which is part of the National Park. It is has over 10 chalky climbs over the 100 miles. It is a challenge to do it in 1 day. Stevo has completed it several times including a sub 10 hour ride on his SINGLE SPEED.
Here are some tips and tricks to enjoy, compete or complete.
EXPEDITION PINION GEARBOX BIKES
MOKIHINUI is the Maori name for the river that cuts through the Old Ghost Road on the West Coast of New Zealand. OLSEN also have a PINION Gearbox bike – this will take you further with less maintenance.
Pronounced "Mock·ah·newey" the MOKIHINUI Gearbox version will take you further than Trail Centres. It has a low top tube to protect your crown jewels or nether regions, when you are throwing it off things. It is a good climber and descender, making it perfect for riding in aggresive places. The Mokihinui was designed around the dropper post and both 27.5x3.0” or 29x2.4” tyres. It comes with 29” wheels and will fit 29x2.8” tyres
SINGLETRACK TRAIL MOUNTAIN BIKES
MOKIHINUI is the Maori name for the river that cuts through the Old Ghost Road on the West Coast of New Zealand.
Pronounced "Mock·ah·newey" the MOKIHINUI is a Trail bike ideal for days out in Wales or Scotland Trail Centres. It has a low top tube to protect your crown jewels or nether regions, when you are throwing it off things. It is a good climber and descender, making it perfect for riding in the Peaks as well as Trail Centres. The Mokihinui was designed around the dropper post and both 27.5x3.0” or 29x2.4” tyres. It comes with 29” wheels and will fit 29x2.8” tyres
Shangdu is a historical UNESCO site north of the Great Wall of China, also known as XANADU.
Pronounced "Zan·ah·doo" the XANADU frame is our long distance Bikepacking 29er plus Bike. This is ideal for long rides in the Brecon Beacons, Bear Bones or outer Mongolia. The XANADU has a large cockpit and is perfect for tall riders. Fitting up to 29x2.8” tyres the XANADU is a modern twist on an XC bike, for those who want high volume tyres for grip control and comfort. This frame is at home with a Rigid or 120mm suspension fork.
142 FRONT : 142 REAR EXPEDITION FORK:
This FORK is something SPECIAL... This also means that we can return to the Surly Pugsley concept of same Front and Rear Wheel spacing. OLSEN HQ wanted to do something similar – filling the gap in the FAT Fork Market with existing the single speed rear hub format 142mm, instead of 150mm.
You can build a bike into the following:
CROSS COUNTRY MOUNTAIN BIKES
KARAPOTI is a long running MTB race in the foot hills of Wellington New Zealand. Pronounced "Kara·po·tea" the KARAPOTI is ideal for long fast days in the saddle. Ideal for the South Downs Way (SDW). It has loads of bottle points for luggage and bottles. Tyre clearance is 75mm so it will fit 29x2.25” tyres easily with clearance for mud. This is my bike of choice to Single speed the SDW. The Karapoti will also run drop bars for Monster Cross and can run Fixed for Tracklocross and with a 30.9mm seat tube this bike will fit a dropper post.
GRAVEL CYCLO-CROSS BIKES
ARDNAMURCHAN is a peninsula in the Scottish Highlands and is well known for its scenic beauty and the Lost Road of Ardnamurchan Gravel Ride.
Pronounced "Aad·nuh·muh·kn" the ARDNAMURCHAN is the ideal bike for GRINDURO Events and COMMUTEERING. Commuting the long way home instead of going to the gym. This is your Bike has 65mm tyre clearance and will run up to 29x2.1” or 700x50c tyres. Wider tyres mean more grip and more comfort on those long fire roads, this bike will take you places and back again.
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