DESIGN DETAILS & THE REASONS BEHIND
Bicycles should not be complicated, they should be ridden, not constantly in the shop. We have adapted 'stable' future-proof bicycle standards, choosing the best high-tech options without losing the reliability of low-tech components. This means that your bike is repairable and adaptable.
OLSEN BIKES ARE COMPATIBLE WITH
GATES CDX CARBONDRIVE
At OLSEN HQ I put a lot of emphasis on designing the RocknRollout Dropout to work with GATES Carbondrive BELTS. I have developed this on and off over 5years getting the micro tension just right...
When it comes to bicycle drivetrains, Gates Carbondrive is the gold standard for low maintenance, reliable performance. Unlike a traditional drivetrain, Gates Carbondrive belts are incredibly strong, lightweight, and silent. Gates Carbondrive belts are a great choice for anyone looking for a reliable, low-maintenance drivetrain.
ROCK N ROLLOUTS
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.
extra wide and stiff bB?
T47 bottom bracket
There is a lot going on in this part of the bike frame. Tyre and chainring clearance, but also frame stiffness. T47 comes in two "standards" with external or internal bearings. T47 internal keeps the bottom bracket nice and wide, while resolving the issues with PF92. A 92mm shell allows the chainstays to be wider, providing more tyre clearance. 92mm also means that the chainstays can be welded wider on the frame, making the bottom bracket area stiffer for belt drive use. I know this might look like another bottom bracket standard, however this is versatile and backward compatible. While T47 is mostly 30mm, we also have T47 inboard 24 for Shimano. T47 inboard DUB for SRAM.
I chose the straight 44mm Headset "standard" for several reasons. They are straight and keep a simple look, while hiding their versatility. The S.H.I.S. measuring standard is 44.0mm top and bottom. This is now a very common standard taking Zero Stack 44mm (ZS44) top or bottom cups and the External Cup 44mm (EC44) bottom cup. In SHIS codes 44/44 allows for both Tapered Carbon fork steerers using ZS44/EC44 and is backward compatible with straight steerers with either a crown reducer or a ZS44/ZS44 headset.
NEXT LEVEL MOUNTAIN BIKING:
PINION EQUIPPED MOUNTAIN BIKES
A central, low centre of gravity for excellent handling and unrivalled riding dynamics, minimal maintenance, and a superior, perfectly graduated gear range – mountain bikes with Pinion gearboxes are made tough for your next offroad adventure. Whether it’s a multi-day tour, a demanding enduro stage, or a World Cup downhill course, Pinion shifting is the definition of consistent and reliable performance.
ROLHOFF SPEEDHUB COMPATBLE BIKES
f you're planning a long-distance bike packing tour, one of the best upgrades you can make to your bike is to switch to a Rohloff geared hub. A Rohloff Speedhub offers a number of benefits over a traditional derailleur system.
Overall, a Rohloff geared hub is an excellent investment for anyone planning a long-distance bike packing tour. Its durability, smooth shifting, and wide range of gears make it the perfect choice for touring on any terrain.